I thought about this issue a lot over this past week. I could only come to the conclusion that using/eating animals is selfish. It is one of the many short-cuts we use to further our pleasures. I state it without judgement on the character of people that use/eat animals. Although we are taught (at least I was) that selfishness is a shameful quality, even animals place their own well-being before others. It’s a matter of survival. Fortunately, for us compassionate human beings, it is not a matter of survival to consume animals. We are smart, innovative, and resourceful enough to thrive on alternative means. Because of enculturation, most people just don’t know it…yet.