I'm semi-vegetarian. I only eat free-range meat that I've seen alive and know it had a good, natural, wholesome life. I don't have a problem with eating animals that were happy. It's human nature to eat meat, we've been doing it since we were cavemen with little flints and spears.
What I do have a problem with is this...
KFC, McDonald's, Burger King. Good, All-American names, right? Yummy food? (Well, I don't think so, but most people do.) As PETA puts it, the secret recipes' main ingredients are mainly cruelty.
Watch this horrific video. Visit the site. Your eyes will be opened to a whole new world. (Note: there is one few-second bit of the vid that has some blood. Well, a pot of blood. Skip over it if you have a weak stomach.)
Also check out this site, the Meatrix. (I hope that link works.) It's cute, it's animated, and it reveals some horrifying truths about factory farming. And factory farms are where the supermarkets and restaurants- especially fast-food ones- get their meat.
I tell my friends' parents I'm vegetarian when I'm over for dinner. I just don't want to spend half an hour explaining my beliefs to some skeptical parents. One of my friends became fully vegetarian after watching these videos.
I am fortunate enough to have parents that share my views on this matter. Every year, we order a pig, a cow, a few turkeys, and some chickens (butchered, of course) from a carefully selected and visited local farm.
It is positively horrifying how many people think meat is a hamburger or some red stuff on a Styrofoam plate. I hope this post begins to open your eyes to the world of factory farming and show you that the meat on your plate had a life... good or bad.