Libby I understand your sentiment about not wanting to kill animals, but I have to question your use of the word "pleasure" I do not eat animals for my pleasure, it is for survival. No living thing can escape the cycle of life or it's biology, we eat and are eaten; it's a fantasy to think you can escape that reality. You can chose to eat ethically raised meats, or if that feels wrong eat eggs that are raised by hens w/o roosters (no chance that the egg will become a chick) or eat oysters (they have no central nervous system).
To me it is also about relationships; eating veggies and meat that we raise ourselves (pigs & chickens) or from farmers we know versus relying on corporations to produce my food. It would be extremely difficult if not impossible for me to be a vegan and get my food locally let alone grow it myself, I would have to rely on food that is grown and processed far away and transported to me. I don't feel good about being that reliant on industrial food production nor do I feel that it is ethical to transport food over such great distances to satisfy my personal preference the damage that inflicts on the planet is just so unnecessary.
Life is death. We all take turns. It's sacred to eat during our turn and be eaten when our turn is over. RichMahogany.