My neighbor, Jonathan Safran Foer, wrote this book about why he doesn't eat animals. It is very convincing. I was convinced that I would become a vegetarian after I read this book, but that didn't happen, because I like eating meat and don't love vegetables. But that is sort of the point of the book: most of us know how the meat industry breeds hybrid monster animals who bare little relation to the chickens and pigs that we imagine and who are so mistreated and malformed that they can barely stand up and their bodies pretty much implode and it is crazy wasteful and horrific and the whole industry is more destructive to the environment than fossil fuels and that goes for fish also and we are very likely to have many more pandemics in the near future because of the crazy way the meat industry is run and even if that wasn't all the case, maybe we shouldn't kill animals to eat them when we don't totally have to. Most of us know that without reading this whole book, but we are willing to ignore it because:
a) meat tastes good.
b) our food is packaged in a way that you don't have to think about it.
Read this book if you dare, but, as in my case, even if you are completely 100 percent convinced that the taste of meat should not overwhelm all of your moral convictions, it's pretty easy to not think about it.