I almost hate to say this, but I have to agree with what Mr. Balluch says, too. That said, I'm more willing to at least read some of the references you provide in your arguments, and will go so far as to say I can even agree with some of that which is being said. I also have to admit that some statements truly made me stop and think.
Now, will this all change me? Perhaps so; perhaps not. The jury is still out on that one, but at least I'm willing to consider change.
Is that a little better?
No, that is excellent! Also, nothing I say here is personal. I apologize if I have offended you or anyone else. What I do here is a small part of my humble and long struggle for those who I have loved and respected ever since I was a child on a vineyard when I realized their suffering and pain and felt for their yearning to live and avoid the suffering. How much each of them exactly suffers and feels pain, I don't really know and I don't think that anyone does at this time; but there is enough evidence that they do. Some animal behaviorists even think that their experience of terror is much more severe because they live in a state of "now," continuous present and can not fully rationalize that the pain and terror inflicted upon them will ever end.
Anyway, in spite of what I say, which is most of the time rhetorical in nature, I am trying not to judge anyone or harm personally anyone in any way, nor do I think that I am better than anyone. Far away from it. For example being a freegan is in some way like being Christian. It is realisation that we can NOT ever be perfect but we try the best we can.
I'll be off for a while. I have to work on my income tax return, so you are all going to get a brake from me. All the best!