I stopped eating meat when I was a little kid like 8 or 9 after hearing about the way livestock is treated and seeing a slaughterhouse. I'm not bleeding heart about it anymore but meat just stopped being food. I've tried to eat it but it makes me gag. I recently started eating fish again but even that gives me a mini heartattack if the eyes are left on or something. Personally, I'm mildly embarrassed by my vegetarianism and feel like a wuss every time I get misty eyed during California Cows commercials. They've just got such big ol eyelashes and it's chickens if you raise them like pets will wait by the door for you to come home they're just like puppies. All the growth hormones, torture, no exposure to sunlight, chopped off limbs/beaks, etc etc is excessive cruelty for the sake of convenience that I don't want to be a part of but if you can hack it, you can hack it.