That's precisely it DJ!
Paikea - I think it's great that you can have local, biodynamically grown food, but not everyone can, for a number of reasons. Largely, there isn't the land for everyone to do that, especially as the population is still growing, and I have little doubt that feeding the everyone will become an increasing challenge as time goes on.
Aside from that, most people when presented with a more expensive, but organic option in the supermarket, will choose a cheaper less ethical option, especially as for a lot of people times are hard financially. This means that the choice they are left with isn't about sustainable meat eating, or eating more environmentally friendly, ethical meat.
People tend to over-consume meat for sure, and I certainly know many people who eat meat a few times a day (my parents for example, who take meat or dairy to work in their sandwiches, and eat meat every night with dinner). When this is becomes a habit, and yet for one reason or another, ethical meat is not an option, the simple thing to do is carry on the same practice, but as cheaply as possible. What would perhaps be a better idea would be vegetarianism, veganism, or as a friend of mine does, limited meat consumption from good sources.
I like the idea of raising poultry in the suburbs. I live in a fairly rural part of the country, and there's quite a bit of that going on here. Personally I don't eat eggs, because it's giving money to the same industry, and I can imagine what happens to hens when they're no longer "profitable". If they lived in my back yard, and I knew they were well looked after, no profit concerns involved, I'd feel differently I think.
Also, I should mention that I didn't mean my earlier post to sound aggressive Paikea, and if it came across that way then I apologise. I should point out, that I didn't claim that I had the answers and that my way of doing things was the "right" way. No dogma in druidry, is there!
After all, what we eat isn't merely an environmental issue, and people choose their diets based on ethics, health, and other factors. When that's taken into account, it becomes fairly individual, but I think there are things that most people can agree on.
So you know, I believe that the group you're talking about advocating vegan cats and dogs is PETA. They're really popular with teenage veggies, but as someone who's been involved with serious peaceful animal rights activism for a number of years, they're a bit of a joke in more mature circles. I certainly agree that cats shouldn't be vegan!