I'm not a vegetarian/vegan and I'd probably be a vegetarian if my body's tolerance towards healthier foods didn't suck. So for now I simply take the position that it's important to care about animals' suffering, while at the same time not explicitly defending eating meat. I admit the People Eating Tasty Animals shtick used to be funny to me, and now it's slightly above a dull chuckle when I see it (I'm not concerned with people having a sense of humor). Some of the stances I saw above such as animals not being sentient, not having rights *because* they're animals, etc. only beg the question: Where is the line drawn? I don't know how much corroboration the "meat consumption leads to bigger brains" has behind it but a lot of these justifications seem like cop-outs. Even if meat = eventual sentience is true, it shouldn't necessarily mean we have to remain in control of nature's shabby stencil like every other heterotrophic organism.