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She charmed us, challenged us, and made us double over laughing in her best-selling diet manifesto Skinny Bitch (2008). Now Freedman turns to a tenderer topic: our relationships with animals. What begins as an endearing celebration of the animals we know best—our pets—becomes an impassioned entreaty on behalf of all creatures, especially those we may never see but that are involved in the production of our films, food, clothing, and pharmaceuticals. Freedman manages to craft a read that is both spry and absorbing even when she recounts the most troubling details of animal mistreatment. Though it employs a healthy dose of the same snarkiness that defined Freedman’s previous book, Beg goes further, situating animal advocacy within a spiritual and ethical worldview. Readers are even offered a peek into Freedman’s own personal transformation from a top New York City modeling agent to an animal-rights activist. Beg is both sweet and unsettling; any animal lover interested in deepening his or her commitment to animal welfare will find it a highly motivating call to action. --Brett Beasley

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Victoria Moran, bestselling author of Main Street Vegan and Creating a Charmed Life
“Rory Freedman speaks Dog—and Cat and Cow and Guinea Pig. In Beg, she translates the barks, the moos, and the looks in those innocent eyes so we get the message: These beings matter more than we ever dreamed, first to their autonomous selves, but also to our very humanity. And she does this in writing so crisp, honest, and engaging that you won't put this book down—at least not until it's time to walk the dog.”

Alexandra Paul, actress
Beg has all the wit and no-pulled punches style of Skinny Bitch, and Rory Freedman's intensely personal revelations will tug at your heart at the same time that you are chuckling at her candor.  It is at once a memoir, a how-to manual, a self-help book, an animal rights treatise and an intimate letter from your best friend.   After reading this wonderful book, not only have I changed the way I treat my cat, I have also changed the way I look at the world.  I BEG you to buy this book—you'll be glad you did.”
Lisa Bloom, New York Times bestselling author of Think and Swagger
“Ready to make love an action verb? Beg is your essential handbook.”

Simone Reyes, cast member of Running Russell Simmons and animal rights activist

“Rory Freedman heard the call of billions of suffering animals and was brave enough to answer it in print, in the media and in your face. She is an integral part of our fight for total animal liberation and has provided us with the gift of this new book which is sure to recruit more warriors of compassion to our cause.”  

Kathy Freston, NY Times bestselling author of The Lean, Veganist, and Quantum Wellness
If there were a rock star advocate for animals, Rory Freedman would be it…I love that Skinny Bitch!

John Joseph , Cro-Mags
"I can honestly say that Rory has done more than any other person I know to promote the cause of compassion for animals.  Her energy and determination is unending and unapologetic, and it needs to be.  Beg is a vital piece of literature for this growing movement in that it makes us take a look at the industries profiting off of the cruel mistreatment of animals and end it so we can live harmoniously on Planet Earth with all beings.  Bravo my Sister!  

Dr. Jenn Berman, host of VH1 Couples Therapy
Beg is an important book to read for anyone who cares about animals. Rory manages to educate, inspire and entertain all at once. I BEG you to read it.”

Russell Simmons
“Thanks to Rory Freedman people who love animals but don't know how to help them now have an all-inclusive guide to being their savior "

John Robbins, bestselling author of Diet For a New America, The Food Revolution, and Co-founder of The Food Revolution Network
"If you love your dog or cat, if you love animals, this book is a must. You will be talking about it for years, because it will change your life and make you a better person."  

Ingrid Newkirk, cofounder and president PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)
“Funny and Frank.  Ms. Freedman doesn’t pussyfoot: she lays it on the line with her unembarrassed love for the dogs in her own life and a perfect plan as to how every dogophile can shake a leg to help dogs and other living beings who aren’t as lucky.”

Sharon Gannon, cofounder of Jivamukti Yoga
Beg begs to be listened to. Rory’s voice is informed, passionate, smart, humorous, non-judgmental, but perhaps most importantly her voice is our own collective voice—longing to be kind in an unkind world. This book will show you how to be an irresistibly happy person whose own life has the power to uplift the whole world.”

Nathan Runkle, executive director Mercy for Animals
“Rory Freedman’s Beg is a call to arms for anyone who considers themselves an animal lover. In this seamless follow-up to her Skinny Bitch series, Freedman highlights a world that is rarely seen. Your eyes will be opened, but more importantly, so will your heart.”

Emily Deschanel, actress and activist
“Funny and heartwarming, but also revealing, Beg is a must-read for every animal lover. You'll laugh, you'll learn, and you'll be a better animal lover.”

Tatiana von Furstenburg, filmmaker
“I read it in a couple of hours and am extremely motivated to increase my mindfulness and action towards my respect for life and my love of animals. The book is filled with research, information and finely-combed facts. So much detail, and yet, delivered in an easy, conversational style that has levity and transmits the enthusiasm of the author. The message is contagious—an amazing example of advocacy.  I look forward to being able to buy the book and spread the message by giving copies to friends.”

Ben Lee, award winning singer/songwriter, actor
Beg is an important book. It opened my heart to realities that were quite painful, but important for me to face and understand. It asks us to step up in awareness and begin making more conscious choices in our daily lives. Thank you Rory for the wakeup call.”

Ione Skye, actress, painter, and director
Beg makes the process of changing our relationship to animals feel easy and inspired rather than burdensome. Something about Rory and the way she has written this book makes a difficult subject matter digestible to everyone.”

Gene Baur, president and co-founder Farm Sanctuary
“In Beg, like in Skinny Bitch, Rory Freedman explains directly and succinctly about how each of us can make simple choices to create a better world. Kindness to animals is good for animals, and it’s also good for us. Highly recommended.”

Nellie McKay, award-winning singer/songwriter and actress
“Rory Freedman is on a mission not just to change our lives or the lives of our companions but to make the world a better place for all its inhabitants.”

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“A read that is both spry and absorbing . . .a highly motivating call to action.”
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press (April 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762449543
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762449545
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #656,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book really needs to come with a warning label. Its graphic descriptions of everyday animal cruelty literally made me physically ill. This book is not for the faint of heart. But, the author's purpose is clear--she asks "can you know what is happening every day to the animals we use for our own purposes and NOT change?" The cover is actually misleading--this is not a book about man's best friend. It is a no holds barred description of animal cruelty. I would challenge people to read this book without discarding it when the going gets tough. As the title says, it presents a radical new way of regarding animals, and is an essential read if you are to be properly informed about how we unwittingly contribute to the suffering of animals..
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BEG hit the nail on the head! Wish I had known this information years ago...I, sadly, was one of those people who had so much stress going on, that I surrendered our dog 30 years ago!!! Wish I could have been aware of the humane thing to do! Even though this book reminds me that I made some huge mistake in the past, I now try to live my life to help all animals and I know that Rory does that and is doing that with this perspective. I hope her book will stop others from doing what I did. Even if you do not understand the entire, empathetic connection we have to all animals, this book just may get you there. I love Rory for her truth, for her honesty, for her kindness and compassion! Rory is one of the most influential authors of our time. She is changing people all over the world to think about how we need to be inclusive with all beings, not just human beings. All beings want protection from harm and need love just like all of us! Thank you Rory for another way to educate and touch hearts! This is a must read for all humans!
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In this book, Rory Freedman gives us a very real and comprehensive education on the exploitation of animals by humans. But she's not just a Debbie Downer. She lays out specific actions we can all take that are very practical, and will make a huge difference. I found this book to be very inspiring, motivating, and encouraging. Rory also provides lots of great information on taking care of our own companion animals (even for us experienced dog mom's!). Rory really covers everything in this book. I would highly recommend it to those new to helping animals, and also to us more seasoned animal activists as well.
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I love my dog and I love this book. I read this book in 2 days and found myself shocked, amazed and inspired. I never read anything like it. If you love cats, dogs, and all animals, this is a must-read.
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I like Rory's style in so many ways. Her passion and conviction is clear without being preachy.
I have read other books on this subjet so my rating of 3 is because there was nothing new in the book for me.
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On behalf of every dog (or cat) in the world THANK YOU for this book!!!

I didn't really know what I was getting when I asked to review this book but from page 1 I was not disappointed (it is also the first book I have read on this subject). The author's sense of humour combined with her own personal experiences makes this book a must read for anyone considering adopting a pet for the first time or the tenth.

This is such an important book - from pointing out why adoption from rescues should be the preferred method of pet adoption to explaining the differences between buying from a breeder or pet store - it makes you think and rethink previous pet adoptions and future adoptions. Hopefully along with that rethinking, it does the job by convincing pet owners to be more responsible towards our four legged bundles of love instead of considering them as disposable as last year's furniture.

Over the past few years, I have become what I never expected to be - a doggy mom, lover and advocate (I am owned by two dogs that were rescued by me before they got dumped at shelters). I have become disgusted watching friends and family BUY when there are rescues flying in dogs from up north (I live in Manitoba) that are subjected to yearly stray dog culls. This is a way of life and the people up don't even blink when it happens. Yet it is 100 percent preventable!

The second half of this book focused on the rest of the animal kingdom. It is a call to arms against zoos, circuses, factory farms, fishing, hunting, trapping, bull fighting, dog races, horse races, carriage rides, animals in movies - basically any practice that animals can suffer, be injured or killed.
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It's cute. I'm not a dog person but I am a cat person and I love all the animals I've had in my life and can relate to the antics of pet owners; but that's only the first chapter. After a weird almost immature introduction to the 'icky' realities of animal cruelty, the rest of the book felt like a self-serving, weirdly written diary entry. Beg felt like a book I would read if I didn't want to deal with the heavier reading of Animal Liberation.
Read Beg- any education is good. There's even a good segment on animals used for entertainment I found original in content. But do yourself a bigger favor and read the classic, Animal Liberation. For something more modern, read Eating Animals or The Meat Racket.
Unfortunately, it was a quick read I didn't really enjoy.
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