I'm pretty easy going. It takes a lot for me to be genuinely annoyed. That thread got me going which is why I had to back out, however it's difficult if people keep misreading my posts or calling me out on things. It's not a big deal I suppose, because I'm going to do what I do and .... everyone else, but the problem with using the internet is that it makes me more angry than I normally should be.
Yeah, I think a lot of it has to do with: a lot of people who eat meat get overly defensive whenever the subject comes up, and a lot of vegetarians/vegans get used to people reacting this way and are just as defensive/aggressive in turn. It's a great big cluster.... of a situation.
For me, if I'm overly defensive, it's because I'm not pushy at all, so if people say that I am, I get very pissed off immediately (basically, exactly what you experienced in that thread ).
I didn't see that post until after! That said, there is still a lot of moral superiority and generally bad tones in that thread, hence why I was getting pissed off with people. I've done my fair share to promote animal welfare and I've worked in a zoo for a short time, so for people to say that essentially whatever I do doesn't matter because I use animal products, well that pisses me off. Then there is a difference in what people perceive as natural and what we should override with our human sense of morality. It's a very messy subject that doesn't get solved by such silly bickering, all we can do is target specific problems with the industry and try to change them.