This is one of those few areas where I’m political about food. Yes, I make fun of vegetarians a lot, but I respect them a lot more than meat eaters who want to pretend that their meat doesn’t come from a live animal. I myself have helped slaughter turkeys and have helped break down a pig. I thought the experiences would turn me off to eating meat. In fact, they helped me respect and appreciate where our food comes from.
Meat is more than something in a plastic-wrapped styrofoam container.
My favorite chef blog, Chris Consentino’s Offal Good, pictorially documents the process of cow to meat using humane slaughter techniques. My initial feeling is to warn you that it’s not for the squeamish. Then again, if you can’t handle what was sacrificed for your hamburger, you don’t deserve that hamburger.