If I had a dime for everytime that was posed I'd be a multimillionaire.
Firstly, we don't refuse to see/acknowledge anything. Our ( as in like-minded ) decision to eschew meat was a very conscious choice which ensued research and compassion. Mass agriculture is inhumane, e.g. - raising pigs in gestation crates to never see the sun or feel earth beneath their feet; castrating and docking piglet's tails without anesthesia; raping dairy cows with machines to keep them pregnant so they'll produce milk; taking newborn calves ( a byproduct of the dairy industry ) from their mothers ( because milk for human consumption is profit ) and placing them in gestation crates until old and lean enough for veal ( how and why do you think veal was created ); grinding or suffocating male chicks ALIVE because they're no use to the egg industry is standard practice. They're also canibalized and fed waste byproducts from their slaughtered counterparts because profit via fillers.
Our decision to not support such barbaric treatment deemed standard by an industry infected with greed is one of compassion and empathy. It's not a judgmental holier-than-thou election. It's a process of spiritual evolution recognized by some of the most brilliant men history has ever known.
Secondly, animals are sentient beings with a central nervous system that registers pain as humans. They also have souls. Do you eat dogs? Cats? Horses? Why not? They're animals aren't they? We're horrified that certain Asian communities raise dogs to eat, yet we think nothing of eating cows, pigs, chickens and the like. While in India they're appalled that we eat sacred cows.
There's a huge difference in farming and mass agriculture. I have nothing against farms who allow their animals to live normal lives, e.g. - pasture-raised cows, chickens, pigs, vs concrete floored buildings and gestation cages where the light of day is never seen. But when I look into the eyes of an animal, I see a soul.
I won't even go into the carbon footprint mass agriculture is leaving in its wake. . .
Compassion. Empathy. Love is my choice, and it doesn't make me better than anyone; it makes me me.
As for lab meat, they're working on it. For veggie burgers, strips, etc., Beyond meat is an excellent company; they recently released their Beast Burger. Quorn ( my personal favorite as it contains no soy ) has excellent 'chicken' fillets, strips, nuggets, as well as 'beef, crumbles, strips, and so forth. Morning Star has been bought out, so I haven't eaten them in years. The original Cali burger is good sauteed in olive oil.
Also, homemade recipes with organic ingredients aren't difficult to make.
We do understand what we're doing. We understand it completely.