I hate skipping to the end of a thread and replying without reading the entire thing, but I will come back and read them all, I swear.
So anyway, I've half-heartedly wanted to be vegetarian for most of my life, but my parents pretty much just said no when I was younger and I didn't put up much of a fight. Then in high school one of my friends went vegan and did the whole bit where you try to gross out and humiliate anyone you see eating meat (to this friend- you know who you are!) And so, being the rebel I am, I tried to enjoy my meat more disgustingly, all the while feeling more and more guilty as I learned more about factory farming and such. Then I read Old Macdonalds Factory Farm and decided I couldn't do it anymore. So I told myself I would be vegetarian for a month and see how rough it was. Turns out, it's pretty easy, so I just never went back. I occasionally crave a Burger King double cheese burger or Hardees ham and cheese, or some Carl Buddig thin sliced lunch meat, and if you get me boozed up enough I might crack, but for the most part it doesn't really affect my life too much, other than the fact that animal rights is a slippery slope. So you can now find me protesting the circus and pamphleting movie theater bathroom stalls. For the animal-rights-record, I am also as vegan as I can be. When obtaining milk/eggs/dairy, I get them from humane sources like my parents chickens, and I've written to many a company asking about their practices before I make a habit of patronizing them.
Anyway, I think it would solve a lot of the world's problems if we could just convince people to stop eating meat. Or at least cut down drastically. Feel free to pm me if you would like to hear one of my many spiels.