Well, you might explain that some vegetarians are simply protesting against the way meat is grown and processed here, and you could go into that....
I have to say that as a very young child I remember being very upset seeing animals killing other animals on TV. I have often wondered how children growing up on a farm learn to deal with this. So many kids just seem to naturally love animals (my DD included). I'll be interested in hearing the replies to this!
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Mama to DD14 and DS12, both born on MDC.
As for dh being a hunter. Sorry, I don't have good advice for you.
My grand mother and grand father were both raised on farms. My mother spending a lot of time with the gp saw many animals slaughtered, but only chickens. The kids were never allowed to watch the pigs and cows slaughtered. Mom said watching chickens slaughtered was awful. I also knew some farmers who made it clear to the children that the farm animals were food and not pets. They were not allowed to get emotionally attached to the animals. No names, aren't allowed to talk to or pet the animals, ect.
OTOH, animals like the deer your dh hunts live a pretty good life (at least a natural one) and die a pretty good death (assuming he's a good shot, LOL). I think hunting is much more humane than the slaughterhouse, and certainly has a lot fewer environmental impacts.
Don't know if this is too abstract for your dd or not, but what I'm trying to get at is the difference between a miserable, unnatural life and a nasty death and a free, natural life and a quick death. (Not to over romanticise the life of a white tail deer, but you catch my drift.)
Or you could tell her that some people just don't like the taste of meat and find fruits and veggies a lot tastier.
I've known some people who decided to be vegetarian at a young age and stuck with it. So you may have a veghead on your hands..... If so, there are a lot of great resources here at MDC and online for raising healthy veggie kids, which it's very easy to do (meat/dairy is really not necessary for a healthy diet. even for growing kids).
Good luck, I'll be interested to hear how you handle it!
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We talk a lot about personal choices, about balance, and about the different ways our food comes to us. A hunter going out and shooting a deer who is living free in the wild is much more humane than a cow living it's entire exhistence in the filthy conditions of a commercial farm IMHO. Nobody has to be the bad guy here, just lots of options.
I'm impressed with your dd, whether she sticks with this or not. It takes some sophistication to worry about where your foods come from.
Divorced mom of one awesome boy born 2-3-2003.
slightly OT: One of my cousins (they are all hunters) refuses to eat commercial meat. He is a good hunter and it is kinda funny to be over at his place and hear the kids saying "Daaaaad, not elk sausages agaaaainnnn!" They also don't have meat every day. Maybe three to six meals a week. The rest is good vegetarian meals.
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