Is being a vegetarian morally "right"?

I am a vegetarian and all my life I disliked meat (which is pretty weird for a Texan). Once as a young teen I stumbled upon a PETA magazine, thinking it was just for animal lovers, and saw some articles about animal testing, and decided I didn’t want to know about it. More recently I was looking up ways to get extra protein, iron, and calcium into my no-meat diet when I came across several PETA ideas and recipes. Soon after a little surfing there I witnessed some incredibly disturbing videos, articles, and photos of various animals being brutally treated in slaughterhouses. :bigyikes:

Despite what I saw, I still firmly understand that slaughtering an animal for food is not immoral. I know several figures in the Bible have done such things and that some animals were put on planet earth for that very reason! I also know that animals don’t have “rights” despite what PETA fights for. But when I see God’s own creatures living awful lives and constantly being abused by humans I wonder, is it immoral to eat some kinds of meat?

When someone simply doesn’t know what happens in slaughterhouses I can understand that, but if you know about it, would it be morally “right” to avoid eating meat? Thanks.

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