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Eat Like You Care: An Examination of the Morality of Eating Animals Paperback – September 26, 2013
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About the Author
Gary L. Francione is Board of Governors Distinguished Professor of Law and the Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Scholar of Law and Philosophy at Rutgers University School of Law. Anna Charlton is Adjunct Professor of Law at Rutgers University School of Law. She was the co-founder and co-director (with Gary L. Francione) of the Rutgers Animal Rights Law Clinic from 1990-2000.
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This book starts from the same premise: do you care about animals? If yes, then you should try to become vegan. If not, skip it. Not all well-meaning meat eaters use all of the reasons rebutted in this book, but a plethora of anti-animal trolls has provided us with lots of "buts". You have heard some: but what about plants, but what about predators, but what about evolution, but what about this holy book, but what about protein, but what about cheese, but, but, but. If you cling to one of those buts against your love or pity or concern for animals, this book will help you make the transition to a vegan diet and bring peace to your conscience.
If you are already vegan, with non vegan friends and relatives, this book will answer all their "buts", so at least you will not have to keep repeating yourself! Just find their favorite "but" reason in this book and pull the answer out, a couple of pages long or less. Those who are able to abandon irrational or conflicting beliefs and choices (love animals but eat them), will be able to make the transition to a vegan diet. The others will know that their "but" is rebutted and may be they will stop bring it out every time they see you!
Professors Francione & Charlton's approach is extremely accessible, straightforward and logical, and their presentation of the moral arguments for ethical veganism can only be described as airtight.
A book with truly international scope and appeal, it has already been translated into nine languages since its initial publication in 2013 (apparently with more to come), including Dutch, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Romanian and Russian. Indeed, "Eat Like You Care" would appear destined to become a modern classic, not merely in the realm of animal ethics, but in the literatures of social justice and moral philosophy as well.
Most highly recommended, without hesitation or equivocation.
I became vegan only about six months ago and to me it is how I should have lived the first 53 years of my life. I have never eaten and felt better and I am always surprised on how everyone reacts around me. Sometimes I just don`t know how to respond at all, or don`t know how to respond correctly.
I want to be a kind and gentle vegan and this book is truly making it better for me.
Since it's written by lawyers, at times the sentences can be a bit long and over-explanatory, but it isn't difficult for the adult reader to piece together the point of each sentence.
If you are a vegan it gives you excellent, straight-forward logic with which to address the questions you may be asked. If you are a non-vegan, it helps you see that there really is no realistic exception that allows for the consumption of animal products.
Not a long read either. I finished in about 2 days but if you had the time you could finish in 2-3 hours.
Even for those indifferent to animals, the authors' summary of the extreme environmental degradation caused by the meat, dairy and poultry industries needs to serve as a wake-up call.
This quick read is an excellent follow-up to either The End of Food or What the Health.