I agree, we should all respect each other's decisions. Don't you think that, given the choice, an animal would choose to stay alive?
Besides, it's kind of unreasonable to ask people who care about victims to respect your choice to harm those victims. On that basis, criminals could ask for us to respect their right to rob banks, or lie in court, or drink and drive, since *they* think it is okay. As nice as it is to believe 'agreeing to disagree' solves everything, morality just doesn't work like that.
Hello! I hope you're having a nice day ^^ I apologize if anything I happen to say is upsetting, my purpose isn't to be callous. I just do prefer to get straight to the point.
I am alive and perfectly healthy, and have had no health issues in the past beyond the common cold. I also have no deficiencies, and in fact get much more of several vitamins and minerals than the minimum recommendation--yes according to my doctor, I do not self-diagnose. This is all without taking any supplements, keep that in mind. And I haven't eaten meat in a long time, so clearly we do not need meat to survive, nor do we need the protein, seeing as there are most definitely other sources to get it from.
And what else would you compare eating meat to? Perhaps it doesn't explicitely sound as bad as everything else listed in the analogies. However, you should remember that in all of these, the end results were the same. Executing homosexuals and witch trials killed people, just as eating meat kills animals now. On that note, bullfights and dogfights kill animals on a much smaller scale than the meat industry does. So while I agree that animal fights are horrifying, they are technically much less extreme than the meat industry actually is.
And as for organic, "cruelty-free," non-gmo, and free range meat, as well other types of humane meat--if that is really all you eat meat-wise, then good for you! You're already on the path to improvement. However, treating the animals less cruelly doesn't erase the fact that they die in the end. And killing can hardly be considered humane, regardless of how the victim was treated beforehand. You wouldn't argue that point on the basis of humans or pet animals (like dogs) would you?