During the last week of May, an interesting article entitled The Brain Functional Networks Associated to Human and Animal Suffering Differ among Omnivores, Vegetarians and Vegans was published by a group of European researchers.
The article discussed an experiment wherein them there scientists tried to find out if vegetarians and vegans demonstrated empathy in a significantly different way, in brain function terms, in situations that are not food related. Different than who? Than, well, everyone else - those who consume animal products without considering the ramifications. (The veg*ns in the readership are exclaiming answers right now, but just keep your pants on. The findings are quite interesting, I promise!)
Lucky for those of us who don't make a hobby of reading peer reviewed scientific journal articles, Psychology Today published a chipper little blog post discussing the original article and its findings.
So... read, learn, enjoy!