- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 10 hours and 14 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Recorded Books
- Audible.com Release Date: November 3, 2009
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002VGERCI
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Jonathan Safran Foer does a wonderful job of remaining objective throughout the book; he doesn’t try to persuade anyone to do anything, but rather simply shares the facts he finds out.
I was required to read this book for a class I took in college, but I’m glad I read it – I’m a vegetarian and this book was part of the reason why I chose to become one.
Even if you’re convinced you’ll never give up meat or dairy, this book is still an important read to shed light on the goings-on of the meat and dairy industries. I would highly recommend it.
This book focuses on the main point of factory farming and the steps that go into getting their meat to the consumers. His book is full of hard facts and statistics to back up his information. I think Foer did a very good job of conveying his information and getting his point across, making the reader actually think about their choices. He shows the reality of factory farms and how their animals are treated, but he also shows the reality of a family owned farm and the perks of it. I like how he took the time to visit and interview individuals.
I do however feel like he jumps around a lot from subject to subject and that many things seemed to be repeated. Maybe it just seemed repeated though because they were similar things or information that should have been placed relatively in the same place. This book wasn’t written to make people emotional it was to inform people of real life conditions and awful animal conditions, but that in itself should bring up some emotions.
I recommend this book to anyone who is curious about the meat they are consuming. I think Foer does a very good job at informing and hitting on both sides of the spectrum. He gets his readers to think about many issues and cites his information. He put 3+ years into this and it shows through all of the information he inquired.
It is unrealistic and, I think, unnecessary for everyone to go vegan. But I feel it is non-negotiable that we should become ethical eaters.
The above book as well as those of Michael Pollen, Gene Baur, etc. can be used as epiphanies to help raise one's conscience to rise above the seductiveness to eat without thinking thrust upon us as we are manipulated by the factory farming industry. Our culture has made it oh so easy to dismiss this issue and just go along with the crowd.
Food is a deeply complicated issue and I am appreciative of those able to write books that start to untangle the threads - humane treatment of animals, healthy eating, environmental issues, keeping food affordable yet of high quality, and many other considerations.
The book's purpose is not to present groundbreaking information about how animals in the food system are treated; most of the facts were already available elsewhere as of the book's publishing. Safran Foer's biggest contribution is in synthesizing a wide body of information into a powerful narrative. I highly recommend Eating Animals to everyone, regardless of fluency with the horrific state of animal welfare in today's food system. At the very least, it will be a fascinating read about one of our society's most critical problems.