Review – Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer

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“I simply wanted to know – for myself and mu family – what meat is. Where does it come from? How is it produced? What are the economic, social and environmental effects? Are there animals that it is straightforwardly right to eat? Are there situations in which not eating animals is wrong? If this began as a personal quest, it didn’t stay that way for long…”

Jonathan Safran Foer’s Eating Animals is the most original book on the subject of food written in this century. It will change the way you think, and change the way you eat. For good.

This book was not written for vegetarians or vegans. Part of it’s brilliance is that it is unbiased. The author was not a vegetarian to start with and set out on a quest lasting three years to find out what actually happens before meat is served up on your roast dinner. He looks at factory farming of different types of animals from pigs to chickens, cows and even fish. He then looks at the way free range animals are treated and speaks to a variety of people from factory farm workers to vegans and everything in between. This book goes in depth and as you would expect is truly shocking and disturbing.

Once the cruelty of animal farming has been discussed the author goes onto wondering how to solve this major problem. He looks at whether veganism and vegetarianism is the best way or whether we should be working on destroying factory farming and going back to basics.This brings him to talk to many interesting people including a vegetarian rancher and a vegan who owns a slaughter house. It is a thought provoking issue and he does not judge people for their decisions.

This is definitely a book that needs to be read by anyone who eats meat (and even those who don’t). It’s not a case of trying to make people feel guilty for enjoying their cheeseburger, it’s a case of making them aware where that burger has come from. If you do want to eat meat it’s important to know how that meat ended up on your plate. If you decide to carry on eating it that’s up to you but people should not be living in ignorance. I’ll leave you with my favourite quote from this shocking but brilliant book.

“Just how destructive does a culinary preference have to be before we decide to eat something else? If contributing to the suffering of billions of animals that live miserable lives and (quite often) die in horrific ways isn’t motivating, what would be? If being the number one contributor to the most serious threat facing the planet (global warming) isn’t enough, what is? And if you are tempted to put off these questions of conscience, to say not now, then when?”

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