to forgo medical insurance, eating in restaurants, and some other things, so we could afford to eat nutritious food, and that includes meat - mostly from local people who raise their animals humanely. I totally understand that not everyone can afford to buy locally-raised and organic food. But as a former vegan, vegetarian, macrobiotic, fruitarian, etc., I would never advise anyone to forgo conventional meat completely. (and please don't tell me I didn't do those diets properly, because I did, thanks. :-)) Instead, I'd tell them to eat less fatty meat because the toxins settle mostly in the fat, and encourage them to find ways to eat local or grow their own food, or look for a cowshare program, or barter for local food.
I agree that the conditions that factory farmed animals live in are atrocious. Educate enough people to this horrible practice and maybe things will change for the better. I'm for letting the free market decide to put factory farming out of business by no longer supporting these monsters and moving toward support of local farmers/ranchers.
We choose to eat Paleo and we get much of our food from our local farmers. After too many years of suffering poor health, I can credit Mark Sisson's books for pointing me in the right direction. Trash him all you want because he makes money from his books and his products, but even so, they have helped a lot of people get healthy.
You are free to eat in any manner you see fit.
Accusing all meat eaters of violating liberty principles is painting with a very broad brush.
“The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.”
― Albert Camus