Attitudes Towards Meat-Eating In Teenage Girls
From the course of these interviews, eight themes of the cultural meaning of meat were identified among groups of vegetarian and non-vegetarian teenage girls: Animal (66% Veg, 33% non-veg), Taste/Texture/Smell (66% veg, 60% non-veg), Flesh and blood (86% veg, 26% non-veg), color (33% veg, 20% non-veg), miscellaneous (60% veg, 46% non-veg), eating well ( 40% non-veg), Life/Death (66% veg), Health (20% veg).
Vegetarians were generally against the killing of animals for food, the sensory properties of meat and blood.
Non-vegetarians perceive meat positively, both with respect to sensory properties and associating it with luxury and special occasions.
There was some evidence of a dislike for using animals for food even in the non-vegetarian group, but those non-vegetarians who related animals to meat were less bothered by the origins of the meat.
Meat is a highly valued food for some teenagers.
Health was not an apparent reason for adoption of a vegetarian diet, most vegetarian teenage girls in the study had an aversion to blood and associated meat with blood.