In the Sunnah meat is refused because Muslims should only eat that which has been killed in God’s name. While meat in predominantly Muslim countries may live up to this standard, I’m fairly certain meat in the United States does not.
First of all, even if the person/company believes in the oneness of God, they butcher the meat for money. And secondly, meat is not killed in the Islamic fashion. Here in the US, cows are lined by the hundreds and pushed in to a guillotine like machine that chops off their heads.
After considering this I’m wondering whether or not I should stop eating meat. I am currently not a vegetarian but would become one if it would please God more. What is your opinion on the matter?
God has made certain meats permissible for us to consume. We have been given instructions as to which animals we may eat and how we should go about slaughtering them. As for the selling or bartering of Islamically lawful meats it should be known that there is no prohibition of such businesses. One may make money from buying and selling meat products without concern that they are offending any Islamic prohibitions because Islam does not prohibit the buying and selling of meats, as edibles, so long as they fall under the permissible category.
Lastly, your intentions are noble and I commend you on striving to please the Almighty. However, since we have been given the standards of leading a good life anything beyond that is a personal choice. The danger in this is when a person becomes fanatical and going overboard with what was not required of them in the first place. Since God has given us the guidelines to live a particular way then it should be appreciated that that indeed is a perfect guidance and nothing we do can exceed the quality of what the Lord desires of us. Your situation does not call for becoming a vegetarian because you have access to meat that is Islamically slaughtered and prepared in the United States. As such, you are not forced to become a vegetarian due to any particular conditions. In the end it is up to you to decide whether you want to take this step, keeping in mind that it is a choice you make for yourself not one that pleases the Almighty any more than if you follow His given guidance as closely as possible. In other words, to place such a dietary law upon yourself does not necessarily please God more than if you were to follow His guidelines. Hence, your actions would be voluntary and although in spirit they are commendable because you want to please the Almighty, yet in reality His guidance is best to follow. We do not need to overburden ourselves with restrictions we create unless there is some valid reason for it. Besides in the United States you have unlimited choices in regards to shopping for meat products. There are “halal” (i.e. Islamically permissible) markets in many places. You also have the option to buy kosher meats (i.e. conforming to Judaic dietary laws) in all major supermarkets. Considering the various options you have available, I would recommend that you benefit from what the Lord has ordained permissible, unless you are otherwise disinclined for personal reasons.
I hope I have clarified the issue.
God knows best.