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Animal Machines

4.12  ·  Rating Details  ·  16 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
When you think of Ruth Harrison, who died at age 79 on 13 June 2000 at her London home, your immediate thought would be of her long crusade against factory farming. But you could also think of Henry Salt, Mahatma Gandhi, George Bernard Shaw, Rachel Carson & Richard Ryder—movers & shakers, all.
Harrison was one of them & together they ushered in the modern era
186 pages
Published (first published March 5th 2013)
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Mar 01, 2015 Linden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ruth Harrison (1920-2000), a Quaker and lifetime vegetarian, had felt a moral responsibility to help factory-farmed animals. A vital insight that developed from her work was the importance of a fully integrated approach to ‘animal welfare’ in which concerns such as environmental impact and human health are taken alongside each other. She observed that the incidences of degenerative diseases were rising at an alarming rate and recognised that human health and wellbeing were directly related to an ...more
Spicy T AKA Mr. Tea
If you've read about the chemical alteration of food to create taste and aesthetic appeal or the mass (de)assembly of live animals in factory farms, then "Animal Machines" will take you back to the UK in the early 1960's where these newly found forms of mass production were created. It explains the animal cruelty of the newly founded factory farm, looks at the ways meats, cheeses, and eggs were chemically altered to look and taste better, the conditions that lead to the mass industrialization of ...more
Mar 31, 2016 Chua rated it it was amazing
A reality about modern animal farming and the pioneer of animal welfare concept.
Erik Graff
Oct 07, 2008 Erik Graff rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: persons interested in animal rights
Recommended to Erik by: Andy Stanger
The first demonstration my little brother ever went to was a protest at the Pickwick Theatre in Park Ridge against the showing of a hunting film. A score or two of us marched outside with handmade posters. So powerful was the vegetarian sentiment amongst young people in town that our infiltrated local Burger King had a vegetarian menu--Vegie Whoppers for 25 cents! The book circulated amongst us which probably had the greatest influence was Ruth Harrison's Animal Machines, a rather upsetting port ...more
Rita O'connell
Dec 26, 2014 Rita O'connell rated it really liked it
It was strengthening in my conviction to try to be vegan.
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“In fact, if one person is unkind to an animal it is considered to be cruelty, but where a lot of people are unkind to animals, especially in the name of commerce, the cruelty is condoned and, once large sums of money are at stake, will be defended to the last by otherwise intelligent people.” 86 likes
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