This is a fascinating and persuasive essay, and I found myself nodding along with interest and agreement, and occasionally pausing to reflect on something I'd never thought before. I love the last part, about the disingenuous vegan stance, and realise I've been guilty of it. If the opportunity arises, I will feel very righteous about eating meat from now on. I haven't eaten any for a while, because of a sensitivity about 'the moment of death' but this post has really made me rethink that.
Excellent work, thanks!