Animal Ethics Part 1 – The Animal Loving Meat Eater?

I adore animals. I’ve always loved animals, for as long as I can remember. I absolutely hate animal abuse or cruelty, it makes me sick and it breaks my heart. I can’t even look at photos or video of animals who were injured due to abuse. ┬áBut I’m a meat eater. I eat meat on a regular basis, and for me it’s truly hard to imagine not eating meat. So when I hear about animals being treated inhumanely on their way to the slaughterhouse in order end up as my dinner, I question my position. I know for a fact that I couldn’t kill an animal in order to have it for food. So am I being morally inconsistent for eating meat? Like most people who don’t live on a farm, I can eat meat because it’s so easy to compartmentalize – we never see or think about the process that took place before it got to our plate.

What do you think? Am I sounding like a bleeding-heart liberal? Or do you agree that there’s an incongruity in loving animals, opposing the mistreatment of animals, yet eating meat (without knowing where it came from)?

I titled this Part 1 because there were a few different issues I wanted to talk about within the topic of animal ethics.  Stay tuned for Part 2.