BUT... I have lived on large cattle ranches (3 to be exact) all my life. Whether it rains or not, whether the grass grows, whether the cattle get fat, this all depends on how much food I get to eat, the clothes I get to wear, the gas we are able to buy to go to town. Cows are my college fund! I eat meat and lots of it because of this, and also because the only meat we eat, is butchered locally, and is a steer or heifer that we raised ourselves, from day 1. Of course we treat our animals properly! Yes, we brand, but this is for their own good and for the good of the ranch and it's not like unbearable pain, and please nobody please tell me to try burning myself and see how it feels. Yes, we "drag" calves to the fire to brand, but that, IMO, is not cruel.
Everybody has opinions on this and it's such a debatable subject. But the meat I do eat, comes from what we raised ourself. Out in the pasture, with the sun and fresh water and grass. Then we bring it up and fatten it up, yes, but in a good dry environment where we are sure the steer/heifer stays healthy. When we take it in to be butchered, the company who does this runs the beef through a chute and then they use a "stun gun", which knocks them out without any pain, and then they slit their throat, and the bovine never knows what happened.
When we go to eat at restaurants, I usually have chicken, because these are, for the most part, treated humanely.
I am a big fan of meat, believe it is important to my body, and know that our beef is taken care of properly. I am fortunate to not have to worry about the meat that I myself eat, and if it has been mistreated or not.