I've been meeting more and more people that have been vegetarians for a long time and now eat meat. I always hope that I don't make that switch back. My boyfriend was buying local sausage from a woman who had her own farm and raised her own pigs. I think its a start from factory farming. Anyway, she said she was a vegan for 26 years, but now eats the pork she produces. I have no idea how I could ever do that. For me, to raise an animal, have it trust me, then kill it for food would be the ultimate act of betrayal.
I do think that there is sort of a step ladder, and I don't equate factory farms with locally and humanely (up until slaughter) animals, or hunting. I think quality of life up until a quick death is very important and I'd prefer more humanely raised animals (again, not an ultimate solution, but a huge step in the right direction). But anyway, I would still find it very difficult to again eat meat after being a vegan for so much time. I get annoyed sometimes that I love to cook and my options are limited by veganism, but the thought of eating meat again creeps me out. A quick trip to the Farm Sanctuary would straighten me out. ;D