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- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0743291581
- Publisher: Touchstone; Reprint edition (March 4, 2008)
- Publication Date: March 4, 2008
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B0015867LC
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Bauer (who is a very impressive dude, doing what he did with the resources he had against the enemies he faced) is still alive and runs facilities around the country, btw. He does a great job of writing about the livestock industry in a way that makes the numbers really POP OUT at you. There aren't many graphs or anything like that, he just writes it well.
A key aspect of his persuasiveness is also the way he demonstrates and explains the evidence for animals having a far greater level of consciousness as well as emotional and social depth than we are led to believe by those who profit by the slaughter of them. With a little background information or personal research, you will find that this is at least as true as he makes it sound and is better supported today by the body of scientific research available (and ongoing) than it was when this book was written.
That makes it plain to the astute reader that the way we are conditioned to think about animals is brought about in the same way that we are conditioned to dehumanize and think less of peoples that we go to war with as nations and so on. For the same reasons, and often much worse ones, honestly. This was a painful realization that overshadowed, for me, the realization of the excessive environmental impact that an industrialized carnivorous diet has.
However, even if you just can't bring yourself to think of the bacon on your table as having recently been the flesh of an animal that is JUST AS AS SMART and has JUST AS MUCH OF A PERSONALITY AND A SOCIAL SENSE as the dog or cat in the last doggo or caturday meme you saw, or that you know in real life... the fact that a single cow produces such and such a ridiculous amount of feces each day to produce the 55 gallons of milk that is harvested from them... coupled with the number of dairy cows out there and the amount of milk the nation drinks... and how much more powerful methane is in the atmosphere than CO2 re: the greenhouse effect... and how much of it comes from livestock... and how much land they use up... AND SO ON.
I hope you are convinced. Don't be disappointed if you feel irrationally stubborn, it is an addiction. Quitting meat and dairy is at least as difficult as quitting alcohol, cigarettes and some other popular drugs (believe me I know) and is, in my experience, essentially the exact same mental process, requiring the same tools and fighting the same battles.
It's worth it though. SO BUY THE BOOK.
I didn't mean to make this an advertisement for veganism, I guess it's true what they say about us, but that was *my* main takeaway from the book, the critical nature of making the switch. It's been about 4 years now and I consider it possibly the best thing I ever did.
I am as grateful to the author as to my ex!
After reading the book, I reevaluated my own thoughts and feelings regarding consuming dairy and eggs. I've since decided to adhere to a more vegan diet and continue educating myself on being a more informed consumer of goods to ensure companies I support have ethical practices and are cruelty free.
I encourage people to give the book a read whether they're vegan or carnivores. The book encourages self-examination and a more humane way of living.
Top international reviews
Baur is an incredible and inspirational person, some of the stories of rescued animals are beautiful. I now want to take my veganism further and would like to be involved in the kind, compassionate activism that Farm Sanctuary embodies. This book is a complete education, I urge you to read it and then see if you look at your food choices beyond your own palate and desires.
This book will warm your heart, and maybe give you some hope about animal rights.