I remember reading in the early 80's a book by Frances Moore Lappe "Diet for a small planet". Two things have stuck in my mind for over twenty years since reading it.
1. The mother cow bellows like mad when her calf is taken away from her.
2. If we all stopped eating meat, there would be more than enough grain in the world to feed all of the worlds population.
Both of those things were enough for me to try three times to become and stick with vegetarianism. The first two times I fell off the wagon after a few years. This time, I have managed to stick with it.
I know that there are very good reasons why some people justify their meat consumption. Primarily they just like it, bacon was always the thin end of the wedge for me ;)
I just googled Frances Moore Lappe and came across her website and an offshoot Eat Grub. On it's homepage, Eat Grub says the following;
1. grub is healthy, local, sustainable food for all
2. grub is food that supports community, justice, and sustainability
3. grub should be universal
Those three points sum it all up for me about why I am a Vegetarian. I won't try to convert anyone here or bog you down in statistics. I just wanted to 'think out loud'. More later.