This child’s reasoning perfectly conveys the reasoning behind my decision to no longer eat meat: “We should take care of animals, not eat them.” How much simpler and more logical can you get than that? Remember when you thought that way, too? Remember the feeling you had when you realized that the meat you ate was once a living thing? I do. And I remember being grossed out by it. I also remember my family quickly rushing to condition me into accepting the idea that killing animals for my own benefit was OK. There’s probably a reason our first reaction to the idea of eating meat — once we realize how it gets to our plate — is disgust. Don’t get me wrong, I love meat. I love fried chicken. I love grilled steak. I just don’t love where it comes from or how it gets there.