City of Roses
This is indeed a tough issue to talk about, often loomed with many contradictions I believe, and it's because of those contradictions I have been a vegetarian for over four years and going now.
I believed and I continue to believe that there is an ethical way to hunting an animal, as I have learned the Lakota and Sioux in particular understood; that whenever an animal was to be hunted, that the hunter would pay a proper blessing and respects to the animal, as well as promise to distribute the food democratically among the community.
Ultimately, I can understand how even that has some contradictions, in that ultimately it's killing an animal all the same and the animal surely feels tortured from it, but it is in my belief there are more ethical ways in preparing the hunt than others.
I became a vegetarian on the basis that, too often in the news, I heard food manufacturers and hog farms doing things to animals I found especially atrocious, like slicing the legs off of live steer and dumping young pigs into tubs of boiling water. I cannot accept that kind of treatment toward animals, and it got to the point where it seemed so commonplace, I didn't know who to trust anymore, and thus I didn't want to live with that guilty pang in my stomach that my dollars I spend for poultry at the supermarket were going to condone those especially barbaric acts on animals, so, I became a vegetarian. Not because I believe carnivores are evil people who hate animals and such like many radicals at PETA preach, which in fact the vast majority of carnivores I know love animals and don't endorse that sort of animal cruelty, but rather because I'm especially sensitive about animals and can't bear imagining my dollars running those tubs of boiling water and axe-grinders.
I believe a vast majority of carnivores are good, harmless people who simply can't resist the taste of meat and their love of meat isn't in any way associated with the masochism behind the torture of animals. After all, I used to eat meat.
"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other"