Scott, I appreciate your line of questioning and will attempt to address them the best I can below:
"Huh? Are you seriously trying to make the argument that it's okay to question someone's choice to hunt and eat the game they take, but it's not okay to question someone's choice to abstain from the consumption of meat or to bash hunting?"
I never stated that someone can't question my choice to abstain - heck, I question it when I am at my favorite restaurant and no longer partake in dishes that contain meat or dairy. It's a struggle, believe me. I would invite anyone to question the choice to abstain - you should question the logic and science behind such a decision and investigate it for yourself. Nor do I discount the possibility that the dietary guidelines are flawed or could be improved upon. Certainly, if we accept that science generally improves over time, I suspect results will support, refute or (most likely) produce mix results as to the merits of a plant-based vs. omnivore diet.
Nor did I write that your choice is wrong. I said that that there is data and evidence that diets rich in animal fats have negative impacts upon health.
"Look, those on both sides of this debate should appreciate the fact that we live in a time and place where we have the choice of what we're going to eat, and how we're going to get it. Our ancestors were not so lucky. In hard times, they ate some pretty disgusting stuff or went hungry."
We agree that we live in a time when food is relatively plentiful and easy to obtain. You are correct, we do have a choice of what to eat. And I suggested that a plant-based diet is, based upon evidence I've read, healthier than other choices. The evidence I've cited is up to debate - as are the conclusions drawn from that data.
But you have touched upon an important fact when it comes to our choices. Human physiology (and really, any animal) is conditioned to go after fats and calorie-dense foods. This is a survival instinct, an animal wants to get the food that would provide the most caloric nourishment while in turn, expending the least amount of energy to obtain it. Fats are high in calories. Hence, the reason we are attracted to fatty foods: caloric density!
"I don't care what you eat or how you get it. Just don't tell me that my choice is wrong. There is no right way, and we're all just one disaster away from losing this choice, so let's not belittle it by telling one another that we're wrong!"
I never said you choice was wrong - what I stated was that there is a lot of evidence that suggests health is related to diet, and that a diet rich in plants is healthier than one high in animal-based fats at this point in human development (this is assuming that we are talking about western diets which are already calorie dense and food plentiful).
I did suggest there are ethical considerations that are up for debate when it comes to these choices, and therefore, a value judgment does come into play. If a person feels that animals have rights that extend beyond the right to be consumed by humans, then they very well might consider the practices and choices of the omnivore to be "wrong." But I wasn't debating those choices, just discussing the ramifications of diet and the boundaries of debate.