I just posted this on Quora which I think might also be relevant to this thread. --
I'll add my two bits here. As a lot of the other guys who have answered here, I grew up in a vegetarian house so initially in a way I was forced to be a vegetarian. But I'm 20 now and I still do not eat meat and it is my choice.
Most of my reasons have already been covered in other posts here.
Also, I just can't imagine, let alone actually do it, the thought of eating an animal that once lived, breathed, had emotions, felt pain and was also capable of showing love. As an example, I have seen many people saying that cows are so dumb. I wonder how many of these people have had a chance to observe one in close proximity. The love one cow shows for her calf is immense. I have seen so many instances where a cow grows very anxious if she thinks there is a danger to her child. They protect their child much like a human mother would. There are these two particular incidences that come to my mind.
There were these two guys on a scooter and the person on the backseat was holding a young calf on his legs. They were riding pretty slowly and the reason I guess was the cow who followed the scooter religiously (presumable the calf's mother). She was sprinting as fast as a cow could, not willing to let her child out of sight for a moment.
My mother told me about this other incident as she had seen it from her own eyes through the window. We have this kind of backyard (I say kind of because it isnt exactly a backyard and it doesn't belong to us but I do not know it's English term ) at our house. A cow had just given birth to her child over there. The calf was covered in blood. The cow actually licked the blood off her child. When I later on saw the cow and calf, remembering the story did not gross me out but instead filled me with that emotion that makes you giddy with warmth and happiness, something that you feel when you see love in its purest form.
Also, it might interest some of you to visit the following website and watch the video.
Her's the answer on Quora.
People laugh at me 'coz they think I'm a fool...I smile because I made someone laugh
I agree with you about cows. We have more in common emotionally with other species than we realize.
Recently, I finished reading Larry Young and Brian Alexander's The Chemistry Between Us. They described how the more or less monogamous prairie vole was used to identify the chemicals that form a basis for love in both our species. These chemicals don't determine love, but they make it possible, like an eye makes it possible to see.
I'm omnivorous. I eat when I'm hungry and drink when I'm dry. When I lose my teeth I may have to live on brochan tana lom but now I can rip and tear and chew like any beast.