hello, I would like to post my view on this if anyone still reads the thread.
For the one interested in spirituality and who is dedicated and threading on this path then meat is obviously off the table. If you need to ask why,
then you are not really interested and is still only looking for excuses, some of them listed here in this thread.
For anyone else this is not necessary and is only a matter of tastes, health and desires. But to be offensive to individuals with different views is
one of the worst things, so don't do that.
Let me also say this, from my own experience. You are what you eat. So consumption of meat products will have a whole different effect than plant
products. This can be observed if inspected very carefully within if you experiment with yourself with diets.
When you are eating primary meat based food than you are different mentally, habitually and desires of animal nature will be much stronger and when
you are eating mainly plants or seeds and fruit you should notice a change in you, you will be more "plant like". With this I mean that mental state
will become more comm or focused, desires will subsides with time, skin will be different, etc .. the degree of change is probably different for
different people, but still it should be noticeable.
Do plants feel anything? You bet they do, but probably not in the sense we or animals do. Their conciousness is very primal and basic (find
sunlight,water and grow) compared to ours which has developed a lot further and can experience much much more. And even with plants you should eat
only as much as you really need and be grateful for their nourishment and so on, because all life is sacred and miracle by itself. It should be
respected on all levels - plant, animals, humans.
I wonder, if everybody made their own food, how many meat eater would still insist?
I come from a farm and I know how to butcher some animals and
it is messy and disgusting. Most women would probably be vegetarians and many man would change their view, when they would come eye to eye with living
cute animal (rabbit or young goats are so hug-able!) which they would have to kill and butcher and then prepare for the meal.
whatever you may eat, bon appetit!