I am not vegan, and I like eating meat because it tastes good.
I prefer to consume animals breed and killed in good conditions. For me it means natural food, no forced feeding (like ducks), life in the open, painless kill.
I also like products made of cattle leather or bones, because if one is going to kill cattle to eat, one might as well use everything the cattle provides. Such products also tend to be longer lived (eg. leather jackets)
I believe these animals are alive because of us. We do not hold any duties towards them but it's not an excuse to be cruel.