Yes, I think meat eating is ethical.
To deny that would be to deny what I am.
What are you?
I have binocular vision, like other predators.
I also have canine and pre-molar teeth along with the incisors and molars. (This of course, makes me an omnivore.)
No so. Case and point: Gorillas. Binocular vision, and our puny canines hardly compare. Gorillas are not omnivores, they are purely vegetarian.
You're talking about omnivore by design, which at first glance I feel is very compelling, but analyzing various biological features and details in out anatomy should also remind us that we carry with us elements of our ancestors. It does not mean that is what we are.
Also, we can eat animals. It does not mean that we must eat them. We also have the ability to digest cardboard. What does that say of our neccesity to eat cardboard?
Compare human's digestive track with that of known carnivores. Theirs is designed to eat the meat raw. Ours has much difficulty doing this. So unless you think our body is designed to eat cooked meat, the argument from design kind of falls apart.
If you choose not to eat meat that is up to you.
In my mind every ear of wheat has as much right to live as any cow.
And humans? Are we somehow divorced from the animal kingdom?
I believe that waste of life - any life - is unethical.
Life taken in a cruel manner (engendering unnecessary fear and pain) is unethical.
This is why I think the ethics of food have to open up their aperture. Eating meat has a negative effect on humans. We pollute the environment, and use lots of resources which could more efficiently be used to grow crops.
People eat meat because they want to, not out of neccesity. I stopped eating meat because there was no steak in the world that was worth the 8 meals of food that could have been produced with the same resources. There is a human element to vegetarianism as well.