The pertinent question is: are you better off eating meat? If the answer is yes then you should do it. Why you should have to cheapen your existence for the sake of an animals who don't have anywhere close to the appreciation for their own existence as you do doesn't make sense to me. You're the important one, not them. Vegetarians can be martyrs if they want but I'm not impressed and I wouldn't have anyone else deny themselves the joys of eating meat for no good reason. Humans come first with me.
If you still have issues with the prolonged pain and suffering thing, there is free-range pasture raised meat that is also healthier. So it's win win.
Stabbing conventional wisdom in its face.
Anyone who wants to talk nutrition should PM me!