Actually, at the end of the article, the author writes: "While it's true that sustainably raised, grass-fed beef may be better for the consumer, it's hard to argue that it's ultimately better for the cow. What these steak apologists seem to be missing is that no matter how "lovingly" the cow was raised, no matter how much grazing or rooting he did in his life, he gave up that life to become their dinner." Give her credit: she does point out that "happy meat" isn't all that happy in the end. I think even her tongue-in-cheek statement at the very end (about how eating a battery-raised, factory- farmed animal would at least be a form of mercy-killing) made as much sense as most of what meat apologists say.
All too many of these articles about former vegetarians who make peace with their inner carnivore (that is, cave in to meat cravings) take this bizarre tone about how liberated they feel. ("I'M FREE!! I'M FREEEEEEEEEE! I CAN EAT YUMMY FOOD AGAIN! AAAH-HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!) (I exaggerate only slightly). Well... some of us vegetarians never lost our appetite for animal flesh, judging by the way we salivate a tiny bit when we smell meat cooking. In fact, I think mine has gotten a bit stronger since I also dropped egg and milk products. But it's not a physical need!!! It's just a peevish annoyance that a number of foods which I formerly enjoyed are no longer ethically acceptable. My health hasn't been adversely impacted at all... a vitamin B-12 supplement, and occasionally calcium, are all I need.
I'd understand someone going back to omnivore if they had other issues to contend with... diabetes, maybe, or a serious allergy or intolerance to common staples such as wheat. I'm not saying vegetarianism would be physically impossible even then, but it would surely be a damned bother.
Peasant (1963-1972) and Fluffy (1970s?-1982- I think of you as 'Ambrose' now)- Your spirits outshone some humans I have known. Be happy forever.