My son Christian Voltaire (age 11) wrote this when he started to tell me about why he thought is was so important to be vegan and I said that he should write it down,
"It is important to me to be a vegan because I hate hurting animals. There is no reason to harm animals ever, even if it does help humans. There are many vegan replacements for every product that harms animals. These products taste much better and cause much less suffering. I believe that animals are better than humans. Humans believe their desires are far superior to all other animals and even most other humans. If anything gets in the way of those desires, then it is useless and it doesn’t matter if it dies or is abused in any way! Animals are more compassionate and their choices don’t affect other animals unless the animal’s choices are carnivorous. Humans are not carnivorous! They don’t even eat other animals unless the animals the humans are attempting to eat are packaged and don’t look like a thing like an animal. I have never seen a human eat a sheep without that sheep having been processed into meat. In my opinion, meat is just a fancy name for flesh. And what goes into this flesh? Nothing but pain, abuse, murder, and an animal who wanted to live. Nothing is a personal decision if it effects a being, human or not. Some of the worst excuses for animal abuse include first, “It’s my personal choice to eat animals!” This is stating that, although you know what happens to animals, you still want to justify eating animals so you don’t have to change. Second, “Plants feel pain too!” This excuse makes no sense. Even if plants could feel pain too, which they can’t, this still is not a good reason to continue eating animals. These excuses are just the person you’re talking too thinking of reasons that make a small amount of sense to them in order not to have to change. Humans, for the most part hate accepting new and/or different beliefs. Think back to Socrates. Because he didn’t agree with the status quo, they had him poisoned. Animals, however are very accepting of other animals. Just think of how many stories there are out there of animals forming bonds with different species. For example, my three-legged goat friend named Evie, is also friends with a wild deer named Daisha. Whenever Evie sees Daisha, she starts following and playing with Daisha. Evie seems sad when Daisha leaves to go off with the other deer, and tries to follow her. Evie is also friends with the chickens, and even eats with them. The chickens are also very accepting of her. All of this is why I am vegan."