For me, while I don't eat much meat (as I feel is natural for an omnivorously evolved species rather than eating three burgers a day), I want to be able to provide my family and my pets with real meat. I hate what I am reduced to feeding my dogs, rat, and cats right now. Seriously...bleh!! I'd honestly happily go vegetarian if not for them. I can not always afford, and personally can't justify the price tag on high end foods, and factory farmed meat can be affordable, but not something I want to buy. I'm very eager to move out onto some land and start with meat birds. Will I cry the first few times? Oh yes. but, I'll also personally be happy that I am providing my birds with a good life (and death), providing my pets, family, and community with better health, and taking part in cycles so deeply ingrained in nature that it brings me much closer to it. And I personally love nature, in all it's brutal and beautiful, gentle and violent ways.
There is something to be said for the self-sufficient aspect too. That gives one a real feeling of peace and accomplishment, or at least, I never am as satisfied as I am when I am doing something with true, raw meaning.
Edited by punk-a-doodle - 6/26/12 at 12:02pm