Well I was vegan for about six years as well
Personally I don’t find it necessary and I believe devoting resources to growing food by feeding it food is detrimental in the world we live in. I respect people who hunt their own food, but generally I view farmed animals as a waste of resources.
When I was vegan I essentially made a connection between consuming animal products as a corollary with eating my dog. Not much of a difference outside of cultural considerations, so I quit. I eat dairy and eggs now though, really more of a compromise with a diet that works well for me without being too restrictive based on the area I live in with availability of affordable alternatives. I have moved to a relatively high protein/low carbohydrate diet and that can be quite difficult without eating a lot of processed foods, which tend to be niche products and expensive.
I used to eat meat, grew up eating it, but at this point I don’t miss it. The mock meats don’t really taste the same, and I did have about a month where I tried eating meat again (that was about seven years ago now) and simply couldn’t do it. The meats that I could even stomach were too similar to mock ones - foods like hamburger, cold cuts, pepperoni, etc. - that I found it wasn’t worth it and the cost was about the same for what I considered good quality.
At this point I have made a pledge to myself that if I wish to eat animals, I have to be responsible for their deaths, IE I have to kill the animal if I want to eat it. I have several friends who are regular sustenance hunters (not trophy hunters, they aren’t after the biggest antler racks by any means) and have considered hunting with them to see if it’s something I am willing to do or even something of which I am capable.
Generally speaking I like animals more than people, so that’s always a factor too