Eat Like You Care: An Examination of the Morality of Eating Animals [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Eat Like You Care: An Examination of the Morality of Eating Animals

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Overview

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 dog fighting 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 dog fighting operation was justifiable because he enjoyed watching dogs fight? Vick liked sitting around a pit watching animals fight. We enjoy sitting around the summer barbecue pit roasting the corpses of animals who have had lives and deaths that are as bad, 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 that there is no difference, or at least not any difference that matters morally.

Francione and 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 eating 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.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016712956
  • Publisher: Exempla Press
  • Publication date: 6/22/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 480,746
  • File size: 341 KB

Meet the Author

Gary L. Francione is Board of Governors Professor, Distinguished Professor Law and Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Scholar of Law and Philosophy at Rutgers University School of Law.

Anna Charlton is Adjunct Professor of Law at Rutgers University School of Law. She was the co-founder and co-director (with Gary L. Francione) of the Rutgers Animal Rights Law Clinic from 1990-2000.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2013

    This is one of those potentially world changing books, so make s

    This is one of those potentially world changing books, so make sure you don't miss out.  Anyone alive on the planet today who can read this ought to.  The topic of the ethics of eating other animals is alive and growing in our societies today, and no one yet has addressed it as effectively or as clear-headed as Gary Francione and Anna Charlton have in this book.  Don't miss out on joining your voice to this important social dialogue.  No matter your perceived position about humans place in the world, whether you are vegan, not vegan, 'vegetarian', anti-vegan or simply thought you were no even interested in this subject before - this book will open your eyes to a brand new way of thinking, a way for a profound and positive change to occur in all our lives.  No matter your background, age, personal beliefs, religion, atheism, employment or financial status - this book will change your life and you will re-examine everything you ever believed in a new clear way.  Don't miss out on this or you may be left behind.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2014

    A must for understanding what out diet is about!

    If you ever eat, you must read this book. Those who have hardened their hearts to our modern day food processing may not be troubled, but anyone with compassion will be forced to once again look at his/her priorities in this life.

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