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Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
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Jan 10, 2010

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Just started this, and a present too from Sandra Joy, although one wonders if perhaps she ought to be reading this, not me? Apparently, and I am only on page 10, some nasty things happen to animals before people eat them. Sadly lacking pictures...

Much to Sandy's chagrin - a cracking read. Basically exploring the factory farming industry in the US, which as you might expect has fairly widespread and utterly deplorable animal welfare conditions. I was surprised by the sheer number of cows who were chained up, legs broken, hung upside down, and had most of their skin removed whilst still alive. Amusingly, Foer has a look at why, particularly meat eaters, get a bit touchy about all of this. Why is it people don;t want to talk about how the meat arrives on their plate. That said, hard to know how widespread such practices are in the UK or Australia. Also, it was a bit repetitive in places, but this was off-set by Foer's, mostly, non-preachy style. If anything it crystallised my own vegetarianism, although a bit 'preaching to the converted'.

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message 1: by russell (new)

russell barnes Have you read Fast Food Nation? I'm sure it probably covers the same ground, only in much more detail as obviously many of the horrific intensive farming practices were born out of this massive industry. You should, it's v good.

Me? I'm trying to book myself on a butchery course. Serious.

message 2: by Rob (new) - rated it 3 stars

Rob Manwaring Yes, have read and 'enjoyed'. Covers similar ground, although FFN has much better stuff about how McD's are anti-union and treat their staff like dog-poo.

Butchery course, well at least that makes you 'closer' to how animals are processed etc - which is in your favour. Seriously everyone knows mung beans are SO much tastier than rotting animal carcasses.

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