When I remember the things that I successfully leave out of my mind, I feel shame. Although I’ve been a vegetarian for over 3 years now, it’s so easy to pat yourself in the back and feel like that’s enough. It’s never enough.
Too often, arguments about eating animals aren’t arguments at all, but statements of taste. And where there are facts – this is how much pork we eat; these are how many mangrove swamps have been destroyed by aquaculture; this is how a cow is killed – there’s the question of what we can actually do with them. Should they be ethically compelling? Communally? Legally? Or just more information for each eater to digest as he sees fit? (from Eating Animals, by Jonathan Safran Foer)