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In the tradition of Peter Singer's seminal Animal Liberation, author Horsman and her daughter Flowers have filled this slim primer with inspiring words from vegetarians throughout history, shocking statistics and grim descriptions of factory farms in its rundown of reasons to hold the meat. Ever wonder how broiler chickens survive chronic overcrowding? "Feather plucking and cannibalism are common in the sheds, so chickens must have their beaks removed;" the authors then go on to describe the beak-removal process in gritty detail. They also provide grim snapshots of the toll meat wages on the environment, the economy, human health and spiritual well-being. Unafraid of anthropomorphizing livestock, Horsman and Flowers subscribe fully to Singer's assertion that "in suffering the animals are our equals;" thus, they refer to dairy cows as "mom" and baby pigs as "Wilburs," and include quotes comparing the treatment of animals on factory farms to the treatment of humans during the Holocaust. Though powerful and logical arguments, these tactics may prove off-putting to curious omnivores, and aren't backed up with enough annotation to sway doubters. Still, for those who want an unflinching look at their last burger, this brief guide makes an excellent start.
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"..a reference for those of us who shun meat, and a handbook for our friends who are still on the fence." -- Joseph Connelly, founder and publisher, Veg News Magazine

"A wonderful, concise, and useful reference for us who shun meat, and a handbook for friends still on the fence." -- Joseph Connelly, founder and publisher, VegNews Magazine

"This is the ideal book to hand to those who ask, "Why are you a Vegetarian?" -- Beverley Pervan, Animal People

"This easy to read book gives you one good reason after the other to say "veggie burger." -- Ingrid E. Newkirk, president, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

"It is a pocket battleship of ammunition to use in debating those who consider meat-eating an inalienable right." -- Chris Mercer, Animal People

Horsman has 101 of the reasons for making food choices align with values of your body. It will thank you. -- John Robbins, Healthy at 100, Diet for a New America, and The Food Revolution
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 127 pages
  • Publisher: Quill Driver Books (October 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1884956602
  • ISBN-13: 978-1884956607
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,346,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Barbara K. King on January 30, 2010
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I read this book and cried. I had no idea how cruel we treat animals and how dreadful chickens are treated overall. I haven't been able to eat an egg since reading this book and have tears streaming down my face as I am writing this review. Meat, who needs it? That too is disgusting!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 3, 2007
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Please Don't Eat the Animals: All the Reasons You Need to Be a Vegetarian provides an impassioned explanation for the movement toward a planet-based diet in sections addressing issues of health, environment, animal welfare and spirituality alike. Given this four-point argument it's hard to refute the value of a guide which will hold appeal to a wide audience, especially those already following vegetarian path. Public libraries will thus find it a popular lend.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Linda Mchale on March 13, 2008
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I dare you to read this book and NOT seriously question your eating habits. As a happy meat-eater for 40 years, rarely thinking about where my food actually comes from, this little book was the source of an epiphany for me. Read it, and learn how to truly have an impact on our environment, the amount of compassion in our universe, and your own health.
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Jennifer Horsman has written many romance novels, as well as children's novels and non-fiction, plays and screenplays; Jaime Flowers is her daughter.

They note, "Contrary to popular belief, begetarians get plenty of protein. Indeed it is nearly impossible not to get enough protein in a HEALTHY vegetarian diet of 2,000 calories a day... Nor is there any truth to the myth that one must mix certain vegetable proteins at meals to ensure proper nutrition. The whole idea that vegetarians had to mix proteins was based on the totally unsubstantiated BELIEF of a 1950s doctor; and, inexplicably, this unsupported fancy took hold in the public consciousness." (Pg. 33)

They observe, "Going vegetarian can positively affect world hunger; it is a great humanitarian act... Lester Brown ... calculates that if Americans reduced their meat consumption by only 10 percent per year, it would free 12 million tons of grain for human consumption---or enough to feed 60 million people. The food spent on animal production, if properly distributed, could end malnutrition and hunger throughout the world." (Pg. 61-62)

They summarize, "The vegetarian philosophy regarding animals is both profound and simple: It is wrong to make animals suffer and to kill them inhumanely. Vegetarians do not participate in the abuse and inhumane killing of the cows, pigs, sheep, goats, or chickens that are raised and slaughtered every year. This is the great blessing of being a vegetarian, and the very best reason to become one." (Pg. 63-64)

They soberly record, "Meatpacking plants have the highest nonfatal injury and illness incidence rates among industries worldwise, primarily due to pressure to move far too many animals too quickly through the slaughterhouse...
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