I find the current focus on pulling away from eating animals to be quite strange.
Don’t get me wrong, I am completely against showing cruelty towards any creature, whether a mammal or insect or even plants.
We should all develop a greater respect for the natural world, but many others take that to mean we should never eat another animal, whereas I take that as another aspect of human ego attempting to elevate ourselves above nature.
Part of respecting an animal means respecting the natural order of the world. All animals, in one way or another, are a part of the cycle of life and death. Even herbivores will eat insects, and plants are sentient in their own way.
Everything in nature survives through the death of other creatures, whether through the fertilization of soil through the body of a dead animal or the feces leftover from another animals last meal.
Life to death, death to life. This is how the Earth functions, and trying to make humans into this special creature that can go past that is simply pure arrogance, usually coming about because of peoples intense inability to deal with our being animals and the inevitable endpoint of life.
Again, we should all strive to create a system where the animals we raise or hunt are treated as kindly as possible so that the lives they live are as peaceful as possible, but that does not mean that we can suddenly let them all loose and live in a utopia where death does not exist.
Everything dies, and most of the natural world dies through the actions of another creature.
Accepting this facet of life is the first step to truly learning a deep and profound respect for the existence of all creatures, especially those that feed us and nourish our bodies and spirits so that we may continue to live on this planet.
I hope people awaken to this fact one day, or at least have a better perspective when choosing to forgo eating meat.