This is kind of a side topic of this issue, but I just want to say that I think part of the problem with animal products is that the public is no long involved in every aspect of bringing food to the table. Very few people are able to sustain themselves solely; it just is not practical for most people to grow and farm everything they need. I feel like there was more respect and understanding in the days that you actually had to live off of the things on your own farm, put work into it, and make sure nothing was wasted. Now, our food comes to us already cut, cleaned and packaged, which makes it easier to be ignorant of the sometimes cruel circumstances that it comes from. I think one way that we, vegetarian or not, can prevent this form happening is simply to be aware of where our food comes from and the quality of it, and show the industry what we really want and think is okay. I think just as much effort and uniqueness from the universe goes into growing plant material, and it is an equal amount of destruction when we consume plants and we need to realize that. Plants may be different from animals, but we need to realize that nothing is disposable and appreciate it as best we can.