So how "good" is American culture? I only have to point out the extraordinary lengths of time people from other countries are willing to wait for a green card, or the desperate illegal methods others will take to live in the U.S.A.. America will always be a metaphor for freedom and justice.
If you live in a stone age, hunter-gatherer society, then your premise is granted, otherwise, it is not necessary to eat meat. If it is unnecessary and entails pain, suffering or death, it is by definition cruel.
Hitler was a vegetarian. Gee, what are we to conclude? Vegans are psychotic, Nazi, elementary school children murderers?
This fallacy is called "poisoning the well" and is not sound logic.
The number of illegals trying to enter the US has declined since the economic turn down. The Illegal Mexican I worked with, could not have cared less about politics and freedom. He was working in the US for the money, which he enjoyed spending. He also sent money to his family in Mexico.
Are you arguing a reverence for life is not important or that someone who eats meat can not be a reverent person? Human beings have different metabolisms and some people do better with a meat diet.