One atheist’s view on eating meat
When it comes to a topic like eating meat, you have to be able to separate what is viewed as food and what is not. We evolved as being omnivores, meaning we hunted for our food when the opportunity arose. We share many aspects with predators, forward facing eyes for added depth perception, an intestinal tract with enzymes specifically designed to consume meat, the ability to think strategically (higher intelligence), canines and incisors for tearing meat, the list goes on.
Now that doesn’t give us an excuse for being cruel to the animals we consume, there are humane and inhumane ways to dispatch an animal. Ask a person how they would like to die and the answer (usually and hopefully) is quickly and painlessly, which is very achievable in this day of age.
Personally I hunt and fish, I don’t waste what I kill and don’t let the animal needlessly suffer, I understand animals ( even those I view as food) can feel pain. I don’t deny what I am, I’m a predatory animal, much like a bear, what differentiates us though from bears and other predators is our compassion and empathy to our fellow beast. My dog is my companion, we hunt together and when we hunt something, we share the bounty. I don’t look at my dog as food, my dog is my friend, that’s the key difference. There shouldn’t be a reason though to hate what you are, but you can do things to make it more humane for those animals you eat.