You don't have to become a vegetarian...simply know your sources for meat and ensure you are supporting self-sustaining farmer's who raise their animals the old fashioned way. There are plenty of cruelty-free sources, especially given the media attention such conglomerate farms have gotten in the recent past. Remember too that much of PETA's material is propoganda, skewed and not always honest. For example, many of their "cruelty" videos were not shot here in the US. This is not to say that such conditions do not exist here, but they are certainly not indicative of all farming.
If you want to wean yourself off meat, then by all means, that is your choice...but do make sure to discuss it with your family and consider what they want as well. My SIL went vegetarian a couple years ago without the consent of her family and it created quite a bit of problems for them.
at 5:05 AM on Jan. 9, 2009