Eat Like You Care

Eat Like You Care

An Examination of the Morality of Eating Animals

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This book puts the issue of eating animals squarely on the table.

We all claim to care about animals and to regard them as having at least some moral value. We all claim to agree that it's wrong to inflict "unnecessary" suffering and death on animals and-whatever disagreement we may have about when animal use is necessary-we all agree that the suffering and death of animals cannot be justified by human pleasure, amusement, or convenience. We condemn Michael Vick for dogfighting precisely because we feel strongly that any pleasure that Vick got from this activity could not possibly justify what he did.

So how can we justify the fact that we kill many billions of land animals and fish every year for food? However "humanely" we treat and kill these animals, the amount of animal suffering we cause is staggering. Yet no one maintains that animal foods are necessary for optimal health. Indeed, mounting empirical evidence points to animal foods being detrimental for human health. But however you evaluate that evidence, there can be no serious doubt that we can have excellent health with a vegan diet. There is also broad consensus that animal agriculture is an ecological disaster. Animal agriculture is responsible for water pollution, air pollution, deforestation, soil erosion, inefficient use of plant protein and water, and all sorts of other environmental harms.

The best justification we have for the unimaginable amount of suffering and death that we impose on animals is that they taste good. We enjoy the taste of animal foods. But how is this any different from Michal Vick claiming that his dogfighting operation was justifiable because he enjoyed watching dogs fight? Vick liked sitting around a pit watching animals fight. We enjoy sitting around a summer barbecue pit roasting the corpses of animals who had lives and deaths that were as bad as, if not worse than, Vick's dogs. What is the difference between Michael Vick and those of us who eat animal foods?

This book shows there is no difference, or at least not any difference that matters morally.

Prof. Gary L. Francione and Prof. Anna Charlton argue that if you think animals matter morally-if you reject the idea that animals are just things-your own beliefs require that you stop eating animal products. There is nothing "extreme" about a vegan diet; what is extreme is the inconsistency between what we say we believe and how we act where animals are concerned.

Many of us are uneasy thinking about the animals who end up on our plates. We may have thought about stopping our consumption of animal products, but there are many excuses that have kept us from doing so. The authors explore the 30+ excuses they have heard as long-time vegans and address each one, showing why these excuses don't work. Packed with clear, commonsense thinking on animal ethics, without jargon or complicated theory, this book will change the way you think about what you eat.
Publisher: [Kentucky] : Exempla Press, [2015]
Edition: Revised first edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781492386513
1492386510
Branch Call Number: 179.3 FRANCION
Characteristics: 136 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Charlton, Anna E.

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ScienceMommy
Feb 04, 2018

129 pages that is hard to put down.
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This thin little book is divided into a series of about two dozen short stand alone essays.
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It's organized as responses to specific points often raised by people seeking to justify why they are not vegan.

Francione, a gifted law professor and former clerk for Sandra Day O'connor is accessible and engaging. By the time you finish this book, you may no longer think it is the vegans who are extreme -- but rather those who continue to purchase and consume products that intentionally cause suffering and death when better options are widely available.

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smorgen
Oct 23, 2015

This is a quick read. Very succinct and to-the-point answers to questions about the ethics of what we eat. Highly recommended.

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