Happy Veggie Kids: Julian and Astrid! »
Fourteen-year-old Julian and nine-year-old Astrid live in Vancouver, B.C. and they’ve been vegan their whole lives! The hilarious picture above was taken at an all-vegan Mad Tea Party—jealous! And my goodness, these kids are DEEP! We’ve got some real thinkers!
Vegansaurus: What is your favorite food?
Astrid: Pizza—vegan pepperoni and Daiya cheese, thank you.
Julian: Inside out German Chocolate Cake!
What is your favorite kind of birthday cake?
Astrid: Chocolate cake with peanut butter icing.
Julian: Chocolate pudding cake! [Mom note: I was a vegan baker by trade for five years; the kid knows his cakes.] [Ed. note: So. Jealous.]
Why are you vegan?
Astrid: Because I feel animals that aren’t human should have the same rights as us. Also, I think that it’s not right to kill animals and sell them for the prices that people do, because you took a life away, and you’re selling it for cheap. Also, another thing, I find animals reeeeeaaallllly cute.
Julian: I suppose one of the reasons is because I was raised that way—that could be a slight influence. If I hadn’t been raised vegan, I may not have even thought of being vegan. But since I have been raised vegan, I’m more aware of stuff like, there are a lot of impacts that supporting mass animal farming has on the environment. It accounts for the majority of air pollution, and raising animals takes up a larger amount of grain crops than humans do. And besides all that, it just isn’t right to cause such a huge amount of suffering for no real necessity.
Do you like being vegan? Why?
Astrid: Totally! It’s awesome because I feel that because of my awesome mom’s cooking, I can have almost every single thing that meat-eaters have, without having this disgusting thought in my mind that I’m eating a dead animal. That’s just nasty. It’s awesome to be vegan. [Ed. note: love it!]
Julian: Yes, definitely. Because there’s absolutely no reason to not like being vegan, as long as you have someone doing some good cooking, capable of making both nutritious and tasty meals.
Is it ever hard to be vegan?
Astrid: Well I think when kids at school bring in cupcakes or cake or something and they’re sharing them with everyone and I’m sitting beside someone stuffing their face with that, I can get a little jealous if I don’t have something vegan. So I could say that’s hard, but in another way, it’s better to not take the cake or whatever because of what it is, and how the animals were treated for the milk and eggs they use. Booyah.
Julian: Now that I’m in high school, I’m being exposed to people who are physically more mature rather than behaviourally mature, so sometimes it’s a bit disturbing to be a vegan around these people, because they have violent and/or scary feelings about how animals should be treated. Recently I have observed a class dissection and it turned out to be more of a way to output anger than actually learn any anatomy of the creature. Like, they were violently dismembering the rat and joking around about the evisceration. I thought that was a really disrespectful thing to do to the animal who was killed to be studied.
What do your friends think about you being vegan?
Astrid: I’ve changed one girl in my class’s mind, and she is changing how she eats because of it, but she’s not vegan yet. I’ve told lots of other people about it and they think it’s interesting, what I eat and what I bring for lunch; they think they might try being vegan when they get older.
Julian: Most of my friends are fairly nonjudgmental about it. Most of them are surprised by the concept when they first hear about it but get used to it eventually. Although most of my friends are quite ‘off’ when they think about the nutritional aspects. They often underestimate the amount of nutrition you can get from vegan foods.
What is your favorite animal? Why?
Astrid: This is a hard one. I think I’ll have to go with a panda, because they’re vegetarians and they’re my two favourite colours, black and white. They also are really cute (obviously), and they are really cool how they can climb.
Julian: Platypus. Because they are mostly vegetarians, and they look amazing. They are not in fact part beaver, part duck.
Do you like pink dinosaurs? Can you draw one for us? We would love it!
[Mom note: They both like pink dinosaurs and accept your challenge.] ]
LOVE THEM! Julian’s vegansaurus is RIPPED! And if you can’t see what Astrid’s says, “Vegan is tasty! My fave food is carrots and cabbage,” what a healthy dino! Or Irish dino? That’s what they eat in Ireland, right? Sometimes I make stuff up. As usual, if you have a vegan or vegetarian kid who wants to do the interview, email me!