by Jill Anderson Hussar's research looked at a total of 45 children--some vegetarians from meat-eating homes, some vegetarians from vegetarian homes, and some nonvegetarians--and inquired about their decisions to eat or not to eat meat through role play. In order to gauge how these children made their decisions, Hussar set up methods of questioning that provided four different stories for the children including moral, personal, meat-eating, and social. Then, Hussar compared the responses to determine how their judgments differed. Through these interviews, she discovered that many children made the choice based on moral reasons. "Their responses were more about how animals are their friends," Hussar explains. "They could've used personal reasons like, 'I feel healthier,' or taste reasons like, 'Bad for my taste buds--it's really chewy.'"