Perhaps it can be good to aim for having a balanced outlook, as there is Scripture dealing with both sides of the issue, including in the Torah (The Law).
Numbers 11:4 And the mixed multitude that [was] among them fell a lusting: and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat?
In order to be able to satisfy the world's level of meat craving, which has grown to arguably insane levels thoughout the past century, during fowl and cattle production the animals are routinely vaccinated and injected and fed with pharmaceutical products like antibiotics and synthetic growth hormones, to make them grow faster - all of which is highly unnatural - and all of which then also ends up on people's dinner plates. Not to mention the dismal conditions that most of these animals are raised in. So perhaps it's worth being open minded to considering all aspects of this issue and asking what's behind it.
Turning to Scripture, it is found that an allowance is made for either preference. For those who like to and those who do not. Some people may also just prefer to take breaks from eating meats for periods of time, reducing consumption. Often, this may be done for health reasons, and/or for reasons such as to lose excess weight.
Deuteronomy 12:15 Notwithstanding thou mayest kill and eat flesh in all thy gates, whatsoever thou desirest, according to the blessing of the "I AM" thy God which He hath given thee: the unclean and the clean may eat thereof, as of the roebuck, and as of the hart.
12:16 Only ye shall not eat the blood; ye shall pour it upon the earth as water.
Mayest does not mean one must. But, it gives people the allowance and option to do so if/as they desire it.
Whilst outside of the Garden of Eden, being able to eat flesh/meat can in many cases be the only way to survive and thus becomes essential. However, some people seem able to manage to do without either completely, or for periods of time and seem to do just fine.
Forbidding something (unless by God's Law) is one extreme while mandating or forcing something on people is another. It seems both have potential for being unbalanced approaches. Perhaps, the lesson is that finding a balance lies somewhere in between, so people have freedom to choose according to their conscience, while not being forced to eat one particular way or another by anyone. Beneficial guidance for all of this can also be found throughout Scripture. An example from the book of Daniel:
1:11 Then said Daniel to Melzar, whom the prince of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah,
1:12 Test thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulses to eat, and water to drink.
1:13 Then let our countenances be looked upon before thee, and the countenance of the children that eat of the portion of the king's meat: and as thou seest, deal with thy servants.
1:14 So he consented to them in this matter, and tested them ten days.
1:15 And at the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king's meat.
1:16 Thus Melzar took away the portion of their meat, and the wine that they should drink; and gave them pulses.
1:17 As for these four children, God gave them Knowledge and skill in all learning and Wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.
As shown there are Scriptures dealing with all sides of the issue (including showing potential benefits of meat free types of diets like in Daniel). This seems to indicate that it should be up to people to follow their conscience and being allowed to choose having a moderate approach. It's also indicated that all of Scripture should be equally considered.
At the end of the day, praise be to God. Whatever is happening in the world, is only His Will coming to pass. God knows best.
Perhaps some of these things happening now, could also be considered for the possibility of teaching the people who are living now, something of that which former people (Deut. 32:28) never understood? Many things about the "old normal", was completely psycho, and with people going about it as if it was nothing. Everything happens for a reason.
Sura 2:85. After this it is ye, the same people, who slay among yourselves, and banish a party of you from their homes; assist (their enemies) against them, in guilt and rancour; and if they come to you as captives, ye ransom them, though it was not lawful for you to banish them. Then is it only a part of The Book (The Torah) that ye believe in, and do ye reject the rest? But what is the reward for those among you who behave like this except disgrace in this life?- and on The Day of Judgment they shall be consigned to the most grievous penalty. For God is not unaware of what ye do.
Some people choose to not have it, and some want to try having less meat on very a regular basis, for whatever reasons. These can include for instance wanting to avoid the ingestion of the injected and animal-fed antibiotics, growth hormones, and other poisons, or not agreeing with how animal husbandry is currently practised. From a scriptural point of view, it seems that allowance was made (Deut. 12:15) for the benefit of man, for what is desired.
But, it may not have necessarily meant for it to become what it did. It can also be, that for some, whether it is all the time or just at times, there is simply no desire.
It seems to not be the eating of meat or the not eating of it that appears to be the real issue, but rather the overconsumption of resources to produce such vast amounts of meat, which has lead to using many unnatural methods, to try and keep up with demand, and that has potentially grown into becoming a real monster. And allowing that to happen also will have it's consequences.
Typical testimonial of someone who has changed their dietary preference for reasons they explain, one comment from someone who has lived vegetarian long term, and how some people then choose to respond to them.
P.S. Many people who have experienced both do mention experiencing a state of improved health, increased energy levels and increased mental clarity from choosing plant based or vegan meals.
Some may also point to the physiological pointers we find existing in the human body, that seems to testify that humans were not originally (Gen. 1:29) designed to be meat eaters (at least, not primarily, although we all know it is possible - after employing a few steps first - hunting, slaugtering, cooking or roasting). But without those steps done first, it is hardly possible for a human in most cases, to successfully eat an animal!
Link: How humans are not physically created to eat meat
Typical testimonials of some who have changed their dietary preferences for reasons they explain, one comment from someone who has lived vegetarian long term, and how some people then choose to respond to them.
Ive been vegan about 3 years. I began giving up animal products bit by bit 15 years ago for health improvement as i learnt just how badly things effect the body. But in the end i went vegan for animal rights and ethics issues, i just couldnt do it anymore, my conscience wouldnt let me rest.
I had no chronic health issues but i felt amazing ever since, and its not just the physical feeling of wellbeing, but knowing that no more animals will be killed in my name.
It wasnt that hard, i dont mind the planning and cooking from scratch, the internet is great for easy vegan recipes, there are so many natural foods to pick from.
I never once touched processed vegan foods, as i gave up that junk years before. Theres simply no need when its easy to do it yourself.
My yearly blood tests became perfect for the first 2 years so i dont bother anymore. My skin is clearer and smoother, i have so much more energy and my cts improved so much so i need not wear braces anymore, the inflammation is non existant at all at night.
Im female, mid 40s. My partner is male, early 50s. And we both feel better than we ever had before.
Clearer, more lucid mind.
At first we couldnt shut up about how great we felt but learnt quickly that meat eaters get very offended easily. Its strange because i was a meat eater over 40 years yet vegans and vegetarians never upset me.
I think its because for a long time ive always been open to improving my health and detoxing my life. Unfortunately most people dont care about their own health, so its most likely why they dont care about improving it, or for the lives of suffering animals.
I will never go backwards..
If you ever want help ditching processed food or want easy recipes or food swaps or advice or whatever, just ask...
vegan for the past 2 years, it is wonderful having plenty of energy, i eat only fresh whole foods such as vegetables legumes and fruit, barely any nuts since most are roasted and they do not digest when roasted so i only eat raw nuts rarely mostly do juicing and eat fruit all day and later in evening eat vegetables and legumes, i do not eat any sugar or anything with a package or an ingredient list as they all lie, i pray and meditate everyday, why should anyone have to die so you can be full for 5-6 hours till the next meal, for me no one has to die so i can live... that alone keeps me going and focused on being healthy, in my body in my mind and in my heart..i do yoga and stretching every day 140 sit ups every day.. i wish you the best... also i grow a lot of food such as squash and tomatoes potatoes legumes cucumbers onions carrots etc i grow fruit trees and lots of berries such as raspberries which produce fruit twice a year i grow grapes etc being a vegan my yard is a food garden... when i get sick which is rare maybe once every 10 years if that at all i find my remedy in the garden in the plants etc rarely do i seek a doctor, the good thing about being a vegan is the quality and richness of the experience of being alive GO VEGAN THE ANIMALS and THE EARTH WILL LOVE YOU FOR IT !!!
*Q...The reluctancy to go vegan stems from deep rooted beliefs. I am also open to improving my health/detox. The main question is: do we need meat to survive? *
A...No we do not need meat to survive. My mom is vegetarian and she raised me and my siblings to be as well and we raised our children the same way. Three generations of vegetarianism and we are all in perfect health. No weight issues, no high blood pressure, no diabetes, no cancer....
Then, there are people who join the discussion in order to respond in ways such as this:
I F'ING LOVE MEAT! I EAT MEAT EVERYDAY!
Ya know all you ********* enjoy your meatless diet.
More meat for me!
Don't compare healthy animal husbandry with factory farming.
Don't bull*** me with with animal slaughter. POOR ANIMALS...*
Plants are living organisms too! Vegans ARE SERIAL KILLERS.
Wanna get rid of CO2? Get rid of all the human serial plant killers.
Btw here's a new idea for your next topic, "ARE YOU GAY?"
(So they chose to go on the attack and seem offended... which doesn't come across as being the most enlightened mentality, but "to each their own").
Clearly, for some, the prospect of not eating meat, or eating meat less regularly, seems like the way to go for a number of personal reasons for them. At least, it doesn't seem to be a problem for them. But often it seems others are quick to take offence.
A farmers article about the effects of cattle-stress:
How Cattle Stress Affects Beef Tenderness and Flavor (Details how adrenalin - the precursor to adrenochrome - released into the animal due to cattle-stress effects the meat).
Becoming informed of these and other realities, can probably help some with striving to learn to become more conscious of one's choices and more responsible for one's actions, and the effects it can all have.
Excerpt taken from previously quoted article:
“You are what you eat”, is a slogan that I love to use to show the mental aspect of vegetarianism. When animals are slaughtered, fear and aggression enzymes are shot into their muscle tissue (including adrenaline - the precursor to adrenochrome). They remain in the meat until the consumer ingests the flesh and adapts the same emotions."
So, it is just that there may actually be something to all of this. And if we didn't actually raise or hunt the animals that we intend to use for food ourselves, nor did any of the preparing (going from live animal to packaged product), then it becomes harder to know what the conditions were. We don't really know.