I recently quit eating meat. I made some friends when I moved that now board my horses and they (as well as their kids, with the exception of the son) are vegetarians. I thought it was interesting, but I never really thought about it much.
Then, I started working for (and made friends with) a couple that also has horses and they are vegetarians too. Almost vegan at times. I'd never met (knowingly) any vegetarians before and then all of a sudden I knew six. So... I asked why, what they eat, etc. I educated myself, and gave up meat cold-turkey (pun intended). I haven't had meat for over a month now, and it has been surprisingly easy to stick to. I also stay away from most dairy... we drink almond milk and I buy eggs from a local fellow, but the cheese is tricky... I freaking love cheese.
I've probably lost 10lbs since I started eating more salad and less barbecue. The health benefits are endless, and it feels good knowing I'm not eating animals. Because I LOVE animals.
So, I don't eat meat, I don't like hunting or hearing about dead animals in general (I ran over a turtle and cried for the rest of the day), yet I work at a gun shop and I am in the military. Why am I so weird?