I believe that fruits and herbs exist to satisfy the occasional need of other living creatures to feed. They offer themselves freely unto us, and indeed to other energetic manifestations, thus there can be no slaughter.
Animals, on the other hand, exist in their own personal reality, which I believe we are mere observers of, not destroyers. The cow, the pig and the sheep exist perfectly as they are (or would do were it not for our intrusion). These animals, these spirits, have not taken form to be herded, mutilated and burnt. They have their own natural laws to adhere to, as do we...the difference being of course, that "we" pay no heed.
One only enters into the "eat or be eaten" mindset if one truly believes that the human race belongs on this planet. I feel we are observers and studiers here to experience this vital plane of existence, and should leave it as we arrived: in perfect order. As soon as humanity intervenes with notions of superiority and greed, then this order is lead to ruin, as one can clearly see the instant one's eyes open.
The eating of flesh and other unnatural "foods" is not only morally wrong, it is self-destructive. Humanity is plagued by misery and suffering, much of which is physical, and this suffering simply would not exist were "we" to dignify the Divine laws and live in balance with all else.
(This is all just my opinion of course, and I should make that perfectly clear as some here on CureZone react badly to alternate viewpoints.)
Thank you for taking the time to compose your views. I do not agree with the majority of course, but that makes it nonetheless interesting/worthy.