The fundamental difference between us? While many of them switched because Ghandi was a vegetarian, I switched because Hitler was.
Remarkably, as soon as the Nazi Party came to power in 1933, they began to enact scores of animal protection laws, some of which are still operative in Germany. (See here for the 1933 legislation.) For example, in Nazi Germany, people who mistreated their pets could be sentenced to two years in jail. The Nazis banned the production of foie gras and docking the ears and tails of dogs without anesthesia, and they severely restricted invasive animal research. The Nazi Party established the first laws insuring that animal used in films were not mistreated and also mandated humane slaughter procedures for food animals and for the euthanasia of terminally ill pets. (The Nazis were particularly concerned with the suffering of lobsters in restaurants). In addition, the German government established nature preserves, a school curriculum for the humane treatment of animals, and they hosted one of the first international conferences on animal protection
It's long been debated by moral Zionists if Hitler was really a vegetarian or not. How could that be? The villainized inhuman bastard who commited one of the worst genocides (not really) in world history actually had values of some sort?
If I had my choice between saving a Jew or a cat, that isn't any kind of a choice at all. If I had my choice between saving a human of ANY creed or a cat, that isn't any choice at all.
Was he a vegetarian? Arluke and Sax think so. Hitler once told a female companion who ordered sausage while they were on a date, "I didn't think you wanted to devour a dead corpse...the flesh of dead animals. Cadavers!" Hitler claimed that meat-eating was a major factor of the decline of civilization and that vegetarianism could rejuvenate society. His henchman Goebbels wrote in his diary, "The Fuhrer is a convinced vegetarian, on principle. His arguments cannot be refuted on any series basis. They are totally unanswerable."
Anti-Nazi propagandists will always try to dehumanize every single living soldier in the Third Reich because it would shatter their narrow minded worldview and actually give them one less ancestral thing to bitch about on a daily basis. But the Nazi's, like all people, weren't of a single track mind; Hitler was an advocate of animal rights, often over human rights.
I can't say I don't agree with him. I think all animal testing we do should be carried out solely on human animals. But I think there are plenty of prisons we can take from, rather than singling out a specific ethnic group.