We support the animal species by farming them
The meat industry means that many species are guaranteed survival due to their value to us.
Enter the background of the argument here ...
Meat is an integral part of many cultural/religious festivals, holidays and other rituals. Not eating meat is more than just a sacrifice of the palate. It is important to people for reasons of tradition and cultural integrity. Most religions, including Hinduism, Christianity, Buddhism, Islam and Judaism, have specific (often meat-based) foods that hold specific symbolic or spiritual value (as well as restrictions on some meats or how the meat is cooked/prepared).
Cultures and religions continually evolve over time. Now that we know about the negative repercussions of eating meat we should reform our traditions for the better.
[P1] The practice of eating animal products is important for many religious or cultural groups. [P2] This needs to be respected and left alone.
[Rejecting P2] We do not have to leave these customs alone. They are capable of changing with the times.