When Noel Grace’s 5-year-old daughter, Indie-Rose, became distraught at the dinner table after realizing where the meat on her plate came from, he tried to explain to her why people eat animals and what being a vegetarian is.
In the video, Indie-Rose responds with a passionate plea as to why she no longer wants to eat meat, “I don’t like it when people eat animals. I just don’t want them to be chopped up. I don’t want to kill a horsey.” You can hear Noel attempting to console his daughter, telling her that they don’t eat horse, but she responds, “Pigs are nice. And chicks are nice. And cows are nice. I don’t like when they chop animal-people up.”
According to her mother Nicola, Indie-Rose hasn’t eaten meat since that day in March 2015, and after consulting with a doctor, Indie-Rose has become a full-time vegetarian. In response to online naysayers, Nicola wants people to know that her daughter “wasn’t pushed into anything, not eating meat has been completely Indie’s choice and no one else in the family is a vegetarian.”
Indie-Rose is not alone in her abhorrence of meat; vegetarianism among kids has grown over the past decade. According to the Vegetarian Resource Group, 3 percent of people between the ages of 8 and 18 identify as vegetarian, which is up 2 percent 10 years ago.