Mad Cowboy: Plain Truth from the Cattle Rancher Who Won't Eat Meat

Mad Cowboy: Plain Truth from the Cattle Rancher Who Won't Eat Meat

by Howard F. Lyman, Glen Merzer
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Mad Cowboy: Plain Truth from the Cattle Rancher Who Won't Eat Meat by Howard F. Lyman

Told by the man who kicked off the infamous lawsuit between Oprah and the cattlemen, Mad Cowboy is an impassioned account of the highly dangerous practices of the cattle and dairy industries.

Howard Lyman's testimony on The Oprah Winfrey Show revealed the deadly impact of the livestock industry on our well-being. It not only led to Oprah's declaration that she'd never eat a burger again, it sent shock waves through a concerned and vulnerable public.

A fourth-generation Montana rancher, Lyman investigated the use of chemicals in agriculture after developing a spinal tumor that nearly paralyzed him. Now a vegetarian, he blasts through the propaganda of beef and dairy interests—and the government agencies that protect them—to expose an animal-based diet as the primary cause of cancer, heart disease, and obesity in this country. He warns that the livestock industry is repeating the mistakes that led to Mad Cow disease in England while simultaneously causing serious damage to the environment.

Persuasive, straightforward, and full of the down-home good humor and optimism of a son of the soil, Mad Cowboy is both an inspirational story of personal transformation and a convincing call to action for a plant-based diet—for the good of the planet and the health of us all.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743219051
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 07/07/2001
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 282,945
File size: 232 KB

About the Author

Howard F. Lyman is president of the International Vegetarian Union. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

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Mad Cowboy: Plain Truth from the Cattle Rancher Who Won't Eat Meat 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a terrific book and should be required reading for anyone who has ever eaten meat. What makes Lyman so convincing is that he's not 'some flake,' he's a regular guy from Montana who was raised in dairy farming and spent 20 years in the beef business. He witnessed first-hand the dreadful effects of eating meat on his own health (and the remarkable improvement he was able to effect by going vegan) and the dreadful effects of modern farming practices on the health and welfare of the animals and the land under his care. He put two and two together and realized WE HAVE TO MAKE A CHANGE in the way we treat our bodies, the way we treat other life forms, and the way we treat our planet, if we plan to have a future here. Lyman brings health and environmental arguments together in a compelling case for vegetarianism told in plain, down-to-earth English. He does not put much effort into addressing the third major argument for vegetarianism - the animal cruelty angle - but that is very well covered in Peter Cox's book You Don't Need Meat, which I highly recommend as a companion to this book. Between these two books, I guarantee you'll be thinking twice about ever consuming animal products again... I recommend thinking three times.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a new vegetarian and someone told me I should read this book. It is a quick read and I could not believe the information. I am concerned that still in today's america we have this going on. I do not know how anyone that reads this book would ever eat meat again. I became a vegetarian for health reasons and after reading this book I know that I have made the right decision. For anyone who would like to stop eating meat I recommend this book. If I can do it anyone can. I live in Montana and my husband is a hunter.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I never gave a second thought to what I consumed on a daily basis. This book sat around my house for a year before I finally picked it up. When I started reading it, I knew my life was about to change, I haven't eaten meat of any kind since. The information contained in this book hits you in the face and is hard to ignore. I always thought vegetarians were a strange bunch, but now I am among them. Call me what you like, but you'll also have to call me healthy. The world will not sustain flesh eating diets for much longer-we must change our ways. Read this book and become enlightened.
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ireadCindy More than 1 year ago
The book was a bit more technical than I thought it would be. I thought the book would give more insight into the day-to-day goings on of slaughterhouses and would discuss more about the author's decision not to eat meat and maybe shed light on whether his family or other workers chose the same route. That being said, I think it's a must read for individuals considering becoming vegetarian. Slaughterhouse by Gail Eisnitz is a little better. Read them both.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While not everyone wants to read an entire book about what's wrong with the habits we and everyone we know have been brought up with, this book forced me to take a step back and think about where my food comes from, the effect certain comforts here can have on the rest of the world, and what my food might be doing to my body. This is certainly a quick, entertaining, and thought-provoking book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Howard Lyman is an incredible person. This book shows that this world is ready for a change. When a rancher of 20 years writes a book telling you about the truth about meat and dairy products, then we all better open our eyes. When this same man is sued for trying to speak out to help inform the public about mad cow disease then there is something wrong with this country. Where is the free speech? Read this book and find out what the beef industry and dairy industry don't want you to know. It will change your life for the better. Good bye fecal burgers...hello veggie burgers!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book brings clear to us the dangers of eating meat. And it brings it to us from a ranchers point of view. Very interesting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books on the subject. Lyman gives very convincing evidence through first hand experience.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has definitely made me re-think the way I eat. However, I have problems with the sweeping generalizations Mr. Lyman makes throughout the book. Clearly not familar with research methods, Mr. Lyman often draws inappropriate conclusions from the statistics he cites. The facts speak for themselves and did not need such dramatization to prove the point.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The veggies you eat are also caked in chemicals, so does that mean you are going to stop being a vegetarian and eat nothing. So many lies in this book...