I'm Mirage, a college student in MA. I have been a vegetarian since about 7th grade, but I do eat eggs, dairy products, and some types of seafood. I basically started on the veggie path because of my inability to eat most types of meats that was caused by a episode in elementary school that forever changed my view of eating meat. It was basically a control thing for me, and not caused by my awareness of cruelty to animals. I have now found myself becoming more aware of the amount of hormones that are being put into our food now in the U.S., and the cruetly used to kill the animals that are going to eventually be consumed. I have also became appealed by how much meat Americans are consuming, and I have become convinced that many of the diseases that we are beginning to suffer from more often can be traced to the excess consumption of meat. I don't know if I will ever be able to give up eggs and dairy products, but I have begun to work on my consumption of seafood.