Leo Tolstoy wrote a great article on reasons to be a vegetarian.
Check it out: <A HREF="http://www.ivu.org/history/tolstoy/
Suffice to say, I completely agree with him. It's incumbent upon the
top species on earth to be the custodian for the others, and not to
hide behind religion and societal convention as copouts for
continuing to eat meat. There is NO persuasive rationale for it.
It's bad for health, the environment, geopolitics, and of course the
animals themselves. Would you eat your cat? Then why a pig, which
is smarter than a dog? Get your head out of the sand.