I'm not vegetarian by any means.
I can justify this by responding to the post popular points for vegetarianism by saying this:
I fully believe that I do more to help the planet by not having kids than I ever could by not eating meat.
My body is my business. No matter what diet is 'best' for me, as an adult I can put what I want into my body when I want to. Period.
I also think that death is pretty natural, too.
So that just leaves pain and suffering.
Yeah. I'm not so cool with that. The animal products I buy are always (or as close to always as I can get) open range, grain free, organic, game meat, ect.
If something lives a pretty natural life and then dies humanely, why not eat it?
Now if I could buy a big, juicy roast chicken and not have to do research for ten hours to make sure it didn't come from a cramped little cage and a life full of forced hormones, I sure as hell would. Even if it costs twice or three times as much, I would.
I think you are right about people still wanting to hunt. My husband hunts. He loves the activity of hunting, and he also loves bringing home food to his family. Inherent biology? The environment he grew up in? Both? I couldn't tell you. Nor do I condemn it. He's as humane as it gets, really.
I've also wondered, just for argument's sake really, what would happen to all the livestock we were no longer eating should the world simultaneously go vegetarian? I would just like to point out as a disclaimer, I have nothing against those who eat me (ie, me) or vegetarians at all. Each to his own, friends.
It's funny, salty, fatty, and not what god intended -- but fry a slice of SPAM up in a pan and it tastes pretty good to me.
I couldn't agree more with Adriana.
I'm healthy enough without any type of meat.