Monday, May 19, 2008

Why Animals Matter

For a fuller discussion of my thoughts on Why Animals Matter, check out the newly posted review at The Environmental Blog. I would love to hear your thoughts on this issue, so feel free to drop a comment here or over at the EB.

7 comments:

  1. Sounds like an interesting, but heartbreakingly eye-opening book. While I don't advocate a meat-free lifestyle I do find it abhorrent that some companies get away with cruel treatment, etc. in order to make the most profit they possibly can. And I cannot believe that cruelty and neglect of that sort doesn't somehow affect our health as well as the environment. I cannot imagine how desensitized you have to become to work under those sorts of conditions...must be really sad when that day comes that seeing that kind of stuff every day no longer elicits an emotional response.

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  2. Good review, Andi. See my comment "over there."

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  3. I did't know where to comment (and i'm typing with one finger) so i'm commenting here:

    1) I'm glad you're back from vacation, even if you're not, but glad u had a fabulous time

    2) about the book...did it make u no longer want to eat meat? I hate to admit that I don't think it would stop me from eating meat but I would feel very guilty! I also feel like I don't know if I could bear to read about the horrors these poor animals endure. Sadly it's easier to turn a blind eye. I do however try to support the ASPCA as often as possible and I am the biggest cheer leader for adopting animals! so, so sad :O(

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  4. Wonderful review, Andi. I've been seeing a lot of brief blurbs on animal cruelty, lately. I'll have to look for the book.

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  5. Great review. I try as hard as possible to only eat meat and eggs from farms that treat animals with dignity--cage-free, grain-fed, no antibiotics, etc. But I still eat at restaurants, so I am not guilt free. I highly recommend the Omnivore's Dilemma. He tackles both feedlots and small, humane farms as well as writing a great section on vegetarianism. (He does eat meat.)

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  6. I've read absolutely horrific things about factory farming and about "downed" cows, and although I am not a vegetarian, I gave up buying factory-farmed meat years ago. Overall, I eat very little meat compared to the average American (less than half a pound a week). Responsible farming practices are very important to me, and I don't believe humans are superior to non-human animals or that we deserve to live better lives than they do. By the same token, I am well aware of the tragic cycle of life, which is that all animals must kill (something, whether it's other animals or plants) in order to live. Doing that in the least harmful way possible (to other animals, to plants, and to the earth as a whole) is the goal towards which I'm striving at this point in my life. I think the best way to do that is to eat a wide variety of foods (to keep a balance on demand), that, whenever possible, are locally and organically grown.

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  7. Wonderful review, Andi. You've inspired my thematic "Weekly Geeks" posting this week!

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