Vegetarianism - Balanced Diet - Compassion - Life
I have had this conversion in the past (a number of times) with different Anglo-Saxons here.
When they argue about plants & life, I always point out that it is the degree.
If people can eat animals, why stop there - why not human beings.. It comes down to what is acceptable to them and their values.
Some Buddhist/Jains take care when walking so that they do not kill ants.
My grandmother never used to eat anything that comes from under the ground.
It will be great if we could avoid hurting any living being.
I do my best (or what is practical as I see).
I also point out that I have been brought up in a certain way with certain values (right or wrong) and I see no compelling reason to change.
As alluded before, if everyone becomes vegetarian, there may not be enough resources to go around.
As for guiding children, it is better to practice rather than preach. They are smart enough to know which is truly valued.