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The Modern Savage: Our Unthinking Decision to Eat Animals Hardcover – January 6, 2015
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“In The Modern Savage: Our Unthinking Decision to Eat Animals, James McWilliams, a historian, makes a philosophical and emotional case for not eating meat at all, and he calls out the locavore movement as built on thoughtless and disingenuous claims...It's hard to argue with the author's points. When it comes to burgers, there are no happy cows.” ―Colorado Springs Independent
“McWilliams exposes the pervasive cruelty...and he convincingly presents the only real solution to the problem of industrial animal agriculture: We must stop eating animals.” ―Michelle Kretzer of PETA via IslandPacket.com
“McWilliams' uncompromising call for plant-based food will both rile and rally readers.” ―Booklist
“McWilliams is an expressive and persuasive writer.” ―Library Journal
“McWilliams offers convincing arguments for animal rights.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“The book offers a thought-provoking critique of popular, often unquestioned, meat production methods.” ―Science News
“I think James McWilliams is far and away the single best writer the vegans have so far produced…One of the most intelligent books I have ever read. His is a powerful voice that will resonate far beyond those interested in animal rights.” ―Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, Ph.D., bestselling author of Dogs Never Lie About Love
“McWilliams has issued a powerful challenge to the 'compassionate omnivore' movement. The Modern Savage is a book that everyone concerned about food, animals and the environment should read.” ―Peter Singer, author of Animal Liberation and Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University
“James McWilliams ably demonstrates that we've often underestimated the mental lives of farm animals, and that we need to start taking their interests more seriously. He doesn't skirt tough issues nor does he take positions based on what may be popular at the time. Such a moral accounting would lead to a revolution in both how we produce food and what food we eat.” ―Paul Shapiro, vice president, The Humane Society of the United States
“James McWilliams accomplishes something at once simple and profound. He explains in plain, accessible, and highly readable language what follows if we reject factory farming as morally reprehensible animal abuse, as most of us do. First, if animals matter morally, then killing them in any context is always wrong when we have a vegan alternative. Second, consumers of "humane" or "sustainable" animal-based foods will be surprised to learn that animal suffering routinely attends local and small-scale animal farming. McWilliams tells a riveting story while building an unassailable argument for veganism as the answer to our well-justified revulsion towards industrialized animal agriculture.” ―Sherry F. Colb, Professor of Law, Cornell University, and author of Mind If I Order the Cheeseburger and Other Questions People Ask Vegans on The Modern Savage
About the Author
JAMES MCWILLIAMS is a writer and historian living in Austin, Texas. He is the author of five previous books on food, animals, and agriculture, including Just Food and A Revolution in Eating. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Harper's Slate, The Atlantic, and a wide variety of other publications.
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Fish and their use for food are not discussed in the book so you will need to go elsewhere for that information. (I can save you time, though, by saying that the process is just as cruel, if not more cruel, than anything done to land animals).
If you care specifically about ethics, but also life in general, you owe it to yourself to read this entire book from cover to cover. All existence (planetary, human and nonhuman) depend on how we respond to the questions and facts raised in this important book.
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