I wish I could vote more than once for this poll.
I hate when people compare animals to vegies. Shows their own cabbage headed mentality, imho. Animals have nervous systems and hearts and lungs and livers etc just like us. Doctors have even tried cross species transplants. That's how close we are.
We own land here and I was thinking of raising pastured pork for market. I send away to the gov. for a course on how to raise pigs. I scored 98% btw. But what I saw in the course was horrifying. You see the feed cost is a big part of raising meat so if you can keep them from moving it lowers the cost. So tiny cages to keep them from moving are recommended. Plus you can cram a lot more animals in a building that way. It's so cruel it's beyond comprehension. All for the almighty dollar.
I was at a friend's place for dinner one time. My old man went out with the rancher to check on the cows. They raised beef cattle and it was getting close to calving time. The guys never came back so we went and found them in the barn with a cow that was having a hard time birthing her babe. So the farmer, Den reached inside the cow and put this contraption on the baby's front legs. It was a come-along of sorts. He started cranking on it trying to pull the babe out. Mom was mooing, obviously in pain, her eyes big and scared. She kept trying to lie down and we had to try to stop her. They had me try to hold her up by the tail. Den kept cranking on the baby until we heard the baby's legs snap. When the babe finally did come out he was dead and then mom prolapsed all over. That's when the uterus and intestines fall out because of the mom having to push so hard. It all fell into the straw which Den then pushed all back inside her and sewed her up. She was kept alive to go to market because she's still worth some money that way.
That was the first of many mothers on that farm. The breeder of the cows had made a mistake and bred too large a bull to too young a cow.
These are only two stories. They go on and on. Eating meat = causing suffering. Unless you hunt and always kill on the first shot, you shouldn't eat meat. Actually, you still shouldn't. Just my two cents.