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Eating Animals

By Jonathan Safran Foer

Eating Animals
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  • Hardcover: Nov 2009,
    352 pages.
    Paperback: Sep 2010,
    368 pages.

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The author of Everything is Illuminated presents an unflinching look at factory farming, and an impassioned argument for compassionate eating

I love sushi, I love fried chicken, I love a good steak. But there is a limit to my love. - Jonathan Safran Foer

Eating Animals is, at times, an emotionally tough read. It describes the miserable lives and often horrible deaths of poultry, cows, pigs and fish that are bred (or caught) for human consumption. You may want smelling salts for some of the passages that describe what happens to the animals that aren't yet dead when they get near the end of the conveyor. Nevertheless, this is a book that everyone should read, vegetarian or not. It is didactic without being dull, it presents its arguments without preaching, it manages to be both approachable in style and appealing to educated readers, and it offers up new arguments in addition to some familiar ones.

One of the elements that sets Foer's book apart from others in this genre is that he begins and ends with what he calls "...

One other mention: you will be missing out if you ignore the 60 pages of notes and references at the end of the book. They provide interesting, additional information that's not included in the main text. If you find it too disruptive to flip back and forth as you read, try skimming through them after you have finished. The book even has an alphabetized index in the back.

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