Very Much, and I Try Not to Utter These Thoughts, But I Can't..
I know that many won't understand what I'm about to say, many will disagree, and the only thing I can say is "yes, you don't understand!" because you're too ignorant.
Stop telling me about how you love animals but you just crave meat every now and then, if you understood you wouldn't crave it. You would feel sick if you just saw it.
OK, so there's those people with their own farms or local farmers where they buy their meat from etc etc, but how do you know where the meat from the restaurant comes, how do you know where the eggs and milk in the cookies you bought are from? They are most likely from very badly treated animals, because it's the cheapest way to keep them in small unhygenic spaces and a hurtful death.
I never say that you should not eat meat. My mother sometimes asks me why I won't eat this or that, and as I start explaining she says "Don't try to convince me not to eat meat." That's it! Ignorant! Even if you see animals as inferior to humanity, which I do too to a certain extent, it is absolutely impossible for me, to understand how you can live knowing that this steak you are currently eating, has suffered for several months, and now you're eating it, and the only thing you can say about the steak is "It's tough!".
We watched a movie about global warming, animal farming etc with school some years ago. There were two groups after the movie:
Group 1: not eating meat that day, however would have forgotten everything the next day
Group 2: eating meat afterwards, supressing their feelings by making fun of the bleeding chickens etc.
I believe, that most meat-eaters have not even seen a slaughtery once in their lifetime, some have, but just try not to think of it while eating meat.
My favorite Pro-Meat argument: But we've done that for generations. Homo sapiens wouldn't exist without meat. OK, maybe, in a different time. When meat was seen as something precious, and was hunted. Of course, I think that's cruel too. But they have a relatively short death, have not suffered in small cages, are not consumed in the amounts as today. Apart from that, nowadays we know about vitamines etc, and know exactly what we have to eat. And we can get everything by a vegan diet! (Except for Vitamin B12. If you say that it's not a natural diet then: Vitamin B12 is produced by microorganisms, which are for example in dirty water etc. So if we wouldn't have turned our world into this artificial world, you would be able to get it even if you eat vegan. However, it can be produced synthetically, and taken as supplements. And in case you didn't already know: No, that's not something just vegans take. It's probably in the cereals you eat! (Many cereals already contain B12 supplements))
How can humanity make so many beings suffer, when knowing exactly, that it's not necessary?