I’m a meat eater; but the future is vegetarian
There are lots of reasons not to eat meat.
Some make sense (morality, current environmental impact, taste) but most don’t hold as much water (health or evolutionary arguments typically).
But that’s all going to change in the next ten years. Work being done by companies like Post Lab and Future Meat on growing meat is going to make farming look medieval. Instead of getting our beef for animals we’ll get it from factories.
They’ll be free of cruelty, disease, be cheap and have all kinds of interesting taste profiles (extreme waygu here we come). And when that happens keeping animals won’t make sense. Why, when you can grow meat in a multi storey car park with zero maintenance would you continue to run a farm.
I have no doubt that 100 years from now, our great gran children will look back at us like savages. “You killed animals to eat them?!?!”. And I’m guessing there will be a tipping point, where society at large switches from traditional methods and when that happens it will mean scary things for cattle. Imagine a mass cull of unwanted cows on a biblical scale. With just a few left for strange, ancient delicacies.