I love and respect all animals equally. So why not eat them equally?
When I was a vegetarian, I thought you should be able to kill whatever you eat; I couldn’t kill anything, so I didn’t eat meat.
Last Week, My Husband Rescued A Bird From Our Front Yard, And Then A Kitten In A Parking Lot: On Animals And Compassion
There's discussion of animal death and also animal rescue here. So it might be a mixed bag, emotionally speaking.