Is it really? Well lets analyse this, would you eat your wife, husband, son, daughter? Why not, you can still love them and eat them, right? Animals and people both feel pain. The only reason you eat meet is for pleasure (there are other options.) So no, you can never truly 'love' animals, I am not saying you hate them, but heck, you sure don't love them. It is just exploiting and killing something you clam to 'love' for your own pleasure. Love is far too stronger word.
No need to be so abrupt, I was simply giving an opinion, in which love does not typically involve killing the loved thing for pleasure, be it a animal or human. Love is far more powerful, you can like some animals and still eat them, yes, but you can never love them.
No, I just don't think you can 'love' them, you can like and care about them. For example some people genuinely want to cause the animal pain and have no care about it. Other do not mind killing and eating it, but wish to do so as humanly as possible. I just mean you cannot really 'love' something and kill it for pleasure. If you have a pet dog, you may like that dog maybe even love that dog, but not love 'animals' then eat them. I mean you cannot love a cow, then go kill and eat this cow, purely for pleasure. It comes down to how you define love I suppose. But we often say we love our, parents/children/wife/husband/partner we would not eat these people even if they tasted good. I know it is an extreme example, but it is still a point. I am not judging somebody because they choose to eat meet, but I do not believe you can love a animal and eat it for pleasure. I suppose; why do we eat meet, when there are alternatives? I'm guessing for pleasure, then it is a selfish act of killing an innocent being for pleasure, now if you are okay with that, then that is entirely up to you, but you cannot love the animal. That was my point.
I hope I didn't cause offence, just giving my opinion.