Maybe it's because Lars' father raises sheep,, or maybe it's because Lars worked in a slaughterhouse, apparently with no regrets, but no matter what evidence I've offered him, including written and photographic, his standard response has been to tell me I'm twisting his words, or that I'm lying. He's entitled to whatever opinion makes him happy.
For anyone else following this debate, here are some links. Please judge the matter for yourselves:
Why the meat industry is cruel to animals as if killing them was not cruel enough:
Written descriptions of factory farm conditions
Photographic evidence of factory farm conditions
Some things McDonald's does not want you to see
Why meat production harms the environment:
Meat production and world hunger
Why Meat is a Risk Factor in Many Diseases
General Information #2
General Information #3
National Cancer Institute's Dietary Guidelines (notice how meat isn't among their recommended foods -- I wonder why?
Link Between Meat and Obesity
Milk: White Fluid Which Squirts Out of Cows' Glands, and other Unpleasant Facts
Still Not Convinced?
How To Win an Argument with a Meat Eater
For Much More Information on All the Above Topics: