I just submitted a comment to the NY Times under this blog article:
Cruelty-free meat is already available in the form of fresh roadkill that anyone can find and take for free, so why make big factories to immitate what the crows and jackals are already doing?
I quit eating meat fifteen years ago after learning about the ecological issues related to meat-eating and animal slaughter. Since that time I have met more ex-vegetarians then current ones, except for Hare Krishna devotees. I don’t believe a person can support animal slaughter, with all its implications and consequences, and still be a genuine environmentalist.
Most people don’t realize the impact their dietary choices have, and they have to be educated. What to do about those who know that meat-eating is unsustainable but still choose to eat meat? It’s hard to respect people who know what is right and good but choose otherwise. In that group I count both Al Gore and the Dalai Lama, both meat-eaters.
I started reading Hare Krishna books a few years after I quit eating meat, and quickly learned why people sometimes call it The Kitchen Religion. Every meal is vegetarian, and purified by offering with love to God. The result is karmically pure food, and a taste that is out of this world. I’ve never heard of a Hare Krishna devotee going back to eating meat.
As Krishna said in Bhagavad-gita, “The embodied soul may be restricted from sense enjoyment, though the taste for sense objects remains. But, ceasing such engagements by experiencing a higher taste, he is fixed in consciousness.” http://bhagavadgitaasitis.com/2/59/en
Vegetarian foods offered to God tastes so good that I couldn’t ever imagine eating meat again, even if it did not involve killing.