|The question still stands: Theoretically, if killing animals were painless, would that make it okay? I'm curious.
This is the deal with animals and pain and such. Oh, but first, the answer is no. But if I was living in the wild and could find no berries etc, I would kill an animal to survive regardless of what tools I had therefore how painful it may be. It is the nature of beasts - the greatest beast of all being man.
However, I have been attached to a cow, they are beautiful creatures with a loving heart and deep, soulful eyes. I have been friends with a lamb, until it reached adulthood, and they are funny people, and like to snuggle your neck. Just like our pets, the dog and the cat, we learn they are amazing creatures, with their own spirit and personality, and killing a cat or a dog after knowing this becomes an inner struggle. I love all creatures, and knowing there is such wastage of their bodies burns at my chest. We throw away so much, and the markets just keep churning them out - we have no respect for the lives we have taken. We don't see the flesh on our plate as something's mother or a thinking being.
When we eat meat in our home, we don't give thanks to God, we give thanks to the animal that was sacrificed so that we may eat in luxury. I didn't have to battle for hours to catch, kill and skin the animal - it just magically appears at the store. So this is how I am teaching my child thankfulness, and one day we will witness a real kill, so she knows the fullness of reality and appreciates what flesh is.
So, no, if it were painless (there are ways to kill painlessly), it wouldn't change anything for me as I appreciate all souls and all personalities of these amazing creatures. We are almost vegetarian and once my bone marrow problems are sorted, I will ditch meat completely. In fact, this thread has inspired me to just deal with the problems I face with iron supplements and ditch meat now.
Eat meat if you like, just be grateful - for all the things you don't have to do to have it, and all the things you prevented that animal from experiencing in life so you could have it.