I think it's pretty arrogant for someone to think that they have a soul, and an animal, doesn't. You are just another animal on the planet, just like a cow, or a pig. If you have a soul, they have souls too. You are no different, no better. I don't think it's ok, to eat meat, because they're lives are just as important as yours or mine. There is no excuse to eat meat, when the vegetables and grains are plentiful either. I am glad you atleast admit that the cruelty is unacceptable what-so-ever. Not only do you run the risk of being part of something corrupt, but you run the risk of getting sick from all of the hormones, and antibiotics they inject in the animals, and catching the disease, that the treatment of the animals causes.