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Giving a child a pet could ultimately turn them vegetarian

  • More domestic animals at home may make a meat-free adulthood more likely
  • Young adults were questioned about their history at a New York university
  • A psychologist said owning pets increased opposition to animal exploitation 

It’s well documented that looking after a pet encourages children to be responsible.

But it seems those hamsters and gerbils could also be influencing young carers’ eating habits in later life.

A study claims that giving a child a pet could ultimately turn them vegetarian. And the more domestic animals living under the family roof, the higher the chances of a child going meat-free in adulthood.

The more domestic animals living under the family roof, the higher the chances of a child going meat-free in adulthood. a study found 

Psychologist Sydney Heiss, of the State University of New York at Albany, questioned 325 young adults about their diet and pet-owning history, with the results published in the journal Appetite.

She said: ‘Exposure to a greater number of different childhood pets leads to greater restriction of animal products from the diet through more positive attitudes towards animals and a moral opposition to animal exploitation.

‘Individuals who grew up around a greater variety of pets were more likely to engage in greater degrees of meat avoidance in adulthood.’ 



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