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Ts Foer raises the unspoken uestion behind every fish we eat every chicken we fry and every burger we grillPart memoir and part investigative report Eating Animals is a book that in the words of the Los Angeles Times place. I don t mean this dismissively but I feel like I finally get what Charlton Heston meant when he cried out Soylent Green is people It s peeeeople Just I don t know That movie s pretty silly but I keep walking around the house feeling like all those years that I ate meat I was really eating human souls And I even knew almost all of this information before reading the book I know I m being dramatic as per usual but there really is something about food that brings out both the best and the worst in humans I think that s part of the point of the title of this book It s about eating animals but it s also about us being eating animals See what he did there Anyway I can t give this book a full 5 stars because I have really high expectations for JSF and honestly this book isn t extremely well organized I think the topic of what we eat is probably the most important one in American society today though and the dialogue Foer creates is very representative of the arguments that smart people make in legitimate disagreement over the topic of eating animalsI saw Foer read from this book at Powell s last October and the day after that was the last time I ate meat For a long time I knew about the health and environmental issues of factory farming but I really love hamburgers so I thought I would just be really careful about where I bought meat I realized though that I really do care how we treat each other and how we treat animals and I was not careful about where my meat came from I became a vegetarian partly because it s easier than having that mental dissonance where I really care about all of the corruption and waste of the meat industry but I set it aside because something tastes good Other things taste good too It s not worth the energy I guess the other part of why I became a vegetarian is that I forgot how to put up the mental walls between the human behavior that is so disgusting to me that is almost uniformly represented in the food industry and my condoning it by eating its products The points that Foer read from this book in October just haunt meI don t think that death is the worst thing and so eating animals doesn t horrify me because of the killing I really get that other people do think that death is the worst thing and I don t necessarily think I m right but that s the place I m at in life My friend pointed out how silly this is of me yesterday when he was asking why I love the movie True Romance so much I was talking about how wonderful I think it is and then I was ualifying it by saying that the part between Christopher Walkins and Dennis Hopper is so racist and makes me really uncomfortable So my friend started laughing at me and was like So you don t care about the total disregard for human life but it really gets to you that they re being racist What can I say Maybe someday all of the things I m offended at will line up really neatly As it is obviously it would offend me a lot in real life to see someone killed than to see someone be really unpleasant but in movies the opposite is true Even then even in real life I think that pointless suffering not death is the worst thing And when pointless suffering is knowingly caused by humans I think it s bad just for the suffering itself but also because of what it means for the people causing the suffering What have we done to ourselves What have we made each other There is a letter toward the end of this book written by a slaughterhouse worker that describes this slaughterhouse atrocity that is burned into my brain now in a way that I can only think to describe as a Skye O Malley But this is a real true incident that I m glad was written because it needs to never happen again The incident itself was purely sadistic but writing about it was somehow Important in the way that confessions and justice are important But also important because although this man is responsible for his own actions and atrocities people who work in slaughterhouses like the animals going through them are some of the most vulnerable elements our society Both Gandhi and Aristotle are attributed with saying something like nations should be judged by how they treat the most vulnerable among them By that standard of judgment the US is not passingOne of the major themes in this book is about traditions surrounding food and the way it brings people together in this really wonderful way I think Foer speaks about family even humanity in such a beautiful nostalgic and hopeful way that there is something worthwhile about his uniue exploration of this topic It is not a cold moral topic It is about our mothers and fathers in the kitchen and our children playing in the yard while we barbeue But that doesn t remove us from complicity in what goes on to get the food to the table It doesn t excuse us There were two points he made about that particularly which really influenced my decision to become a veggie I m going to spoiler them a little bit and probably mangle them a lot so skip over if you wish Also my friend made this homebrew oatmeal stout in honor of his daughter s birth and it and its progeny are slowly changing this review into a drunk review so there s a chance none of this will make sense anywayview spoilerFirst Americans choose to eat less than25% of food on the planet Millions of dogs and cats are euthanized every year and the bodies turned into food for our food It makes no sense for us to eat cows pigs and chickens that have eaten dogs and cats rather than for us to eat dogs and cats ourselves The reason we do is that dogs and cats are pets and cows pigs and chickens are I don t know Food But the intelligence and habits of the animal species are not different than each other The animals we eat are as smart and social as the animals we refuse to eat And the system of feeding meat to herbivores because we ve decided that one species is okay for humans to eat and the others aren t is so arbitrary and well gross The thing that got me about this though which we all know is true but I hadn t really looked in the face before is that eating a hamburger made out of a cow is not different than eating a hamburger made out of one of my cats And I really am offended by the idea of one of my cats living the lives that chickens or turkeys or pigs live in factory farms than I m offended by the idea of eating one of them It is appalling Animals should not be treated this way and humans should not be in the position that they think it s okay treat them this way Second there s a little bit of a How the Grinch Stole Christmas uality to the book that really gets me I saw Foer read right before Thanksgiving and it turns out that the entire end of this book is about Thanksgiving His main point I think is that we associate meat with these wonderful family traditions but is that why the traditions are wonderful Turkeys have been genetically mutated and pumped full of antibiotics to the point that they can t breed can t fly sometimes can t even walk Setting aside the fact that the first Thanksgiving didn t even have a turkey do we show our thanksgiving best by eating one of these birds or by abstaining from it Do we show our love for each other by eating animals that have been bred to suffer hide spoiler

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Eating Animals

Jonathan Safran Foer spent much of his life oscillating between enthusiastic carnivore and occasional vegetarian Once he started a family the moral dimensions of food became increasingly importantFaced with the prospect of. EVERYONE should read this book I don t think I ve ever read something so important Starting from a neutral standpoint on the matter Safran Foer answers the uestion of whether he and his family should eat meat Approaching the subject as a journalist he includes interviews with family run farms activists and slaughterhouse workers He includes different perspectives and arguments which is great but ultimately exposes an underground network which is shocking I knew the situation was bad but I didn t know how bad Education is always important and this book is education of the highest form I would encourage you to read this so that you can make informed decisions

summary Eating Animals

Being unable to explain why we eat some animals and not others Foer set out to explore the origins of many eating traditions and the fictions involved with creating them Traveling to the darkest corners of our dining habi. I was torn how to rate this book It isn t perfect I noted many flaws in its comprehensiveness but it s amazing enough so 5 stars it isI ve read so many books such as this but none for a while and it s because reading about how humans use animals is so devastating for me It s not just the books contents it s knowing that at most only 1% of Americans feel as I do that my feelings and beliefs are shared by so few The latest statistics I have are that 3% of Americans are truly vegetarian and 1% are vegan vegetarian never any meat poultry fish vegan adds never any dairy eggs honey leather wool silk beeswax or as much as is feasible any product of animal origin Also disturbing for me is that I know that others will read this book and won t absorb what it offers but will dissociate that even people won t have the courage or the interest to read it at all Oh I kind of told a lie The information in here is incredibly disturbing whether or not you ve known it I don t want to discourage readers from reading this book though so I ll say it s upsetting but hope that people will want to make an informed consent about what they do I m hoping that s the case because I want many many people to read this book I highly respect Foer He is thoughtful and philosophical and maybe most importantly non judgmental and empathetic and he s very funny and that helps with taking in the disturbing facts I appreciated how he incorporates his Jewish background into the book and enjoyed the family stories that he tells I m truly puzzled why he doesn t have better communication with his dogwhy he can t interpret better his dog s communications but given that he started off not even liking dogs I guess he s made great progress in dog human relationshipsHe provides little snippets of information that are so interesting For instance Americans choose to eat less than25% of the known edible food on the planet I always know I ll learn a little with every book I read and I learned a lot especially about some individual animalscasesThe letter on page 84 is hilarious if the reader is already aware that the last thing any factory farmer wants is for the public to see their operations I laughed and laughed at this letter and I m so grateful it was there because so much of the book s contents caused me much emotional pain When I needed cheering up while reading the book I kept going back and rereading that letterI m glad he touched on the connection between animal agriculture and the existence of influenza illnesses in humans It s one of my perennial rants and with H1N1 in the news and scaring me it s very topicalThis book well it will depend on what the reader brings to it and who the reader is For me it s so obviously a cogent argument for veganism but it s like my last stint as a juror At the end of the case as the twelve of us were about to go into deliberations I said to myself it s obvious how we should vote but our first vote when we got into the jury deliberation room was 6 to 6 not so obvious in the same way to everybody and the deliberations ended up being very stressful People feel different ways and believe different things Foer respects that and that s one reason why I think this book can strike a chord in anyone who reads itThis book is very well researched and Foer spent three years in some hands on type research The book proper including acknowledgements went through page 270 the notes went from pages 271 331 and the index is on pages 333 341 but it reads like the memoir it partly is it does not read like a textbook The writing is engaging and not at all dryWell it s good to read a book that isn t preaching to the choir ethical vegans because I think readers will be open to what this author offers I don t see how anyone can read this book and not be changed whether or not they make changesFoer has a beef with Michael Pollan as do I but I have a bit of a beef with Foer it s his book and there are many other books out there and they re all doing a lot of good in my opinion but I wish he hadn t provided so much time to give their points of view to the 4 humane animal farmers and the vegan who was designing a slaughterhouse It boggles my mind even that those who ve really known these individual animals could kill them especially when one is vegetarian and one other says he knows it isn t necessary for humans to eat meat I have such mixed feelings but I m afraid their rationalizations will give permission for readers to act with the status uo However only 1% vegan and 3% vegetarian of the American population the actions these individuals take can make a difference Never will 100% of Americans go 100% vegan so reducing suffering and having less of a negative impact on the environment well how can I argue wholeheartedly but I felt very uncomfortable reading these parts although certainly not as uncomfortable reading the factory farming and slaughter parts of the bookI ve heard some vegans complain that Foer doesn t go far enough and the book doesn t promote veganism but this book is getting mainstream attention than most books of its type and some people say that they are eliminating or reducing the animal products they consume because of this book So Foer along with a bunch of others who are my heroes are putting and information out there It makes a difference This book will make a difference Hopefully many will read this book and then continue and read some of the other many books and other resources out there as well I m very happy that this book is getting the attention and readership that it isI found it very interesting reading this book in early November because Foer talks about American Thanksgiving in the book So now I feel incredibly sad and very angry I know anger is a distancing emotion and I don t want to others to withdraw from me but I have a lot of compassion for myself right now and I have a reason to feel that way and that s how I feel and I definitely need some lighter reading materials prontoEdit Re the compassion for myself blah blah I m not a new age type person at all and I don t remember ever saying anything like this with regard to myself but I was very distraught after reading this bookPlease go read other reviews of this book Don t let my distress dissuade you from reading this important book I can guarantee that if you get even remotely as emotionally involved as I did while reading this book you re either already vegan or you ll be grateful for the informationI do have a fundamental disagreement with Foer who seems to think it s okay at some level to use and kill animals if done humanely I don t feel that way Maybe because I m already vegan and knew so much of the information in this book my favorite parts were when Foer wrote about his holocaust survivor grandmother


10 thoughts on “Eating Animals

  1. says:

    This isn't as much of a review of Jonathan Safran Foer's latest book as it is a reaction to it a reaction to the reactions of others even The title of this book garners a reaction from people who haven't read it and who may never read it Just carry Eating Animals around for a few days and you'll understand There's an assumption that a book about eating animals is going to tell you that it is in some way wrong to eat animals whether for the

  2. says:

    TO SERVE MANi can't review this book can't even finish it the page count to tears shed ratio is just too high and my head's not in the right place for this shit and talk about preaching to the choir i haven't read jonathan safran foer's novels

  3. says:

    EVERYONE should read this book I don't think I've ever read something so important Starting from a neutral standpoint on the matter Safran Foer answers the uestion of whether he and his family should eat meat Approaching the subject as a journalist he includes interviews with family run farms activists and slaughterhouse workers H

  4. says:

    I am not a vegetarian Honestly I've never even tried to be a vegetarian at any point in my life I love steak I love bacon I love sushi I could go on but you get the ideaWith my son not being able to have any sort of gluten or artificial coloring in the food he eats I've always thought I was doing good by stopping by the actual farmer's stand to get fresh eggs and some fruit veggies one benefit of living in a sm

  5. says:

    Should we stop eating animals? To my mind the answer to this uestion is very plain and very straightforward; it does not reuire much thought or calculation the answer is of course yes We should stop We should have stopped a long time ago but it is very difficult for an entire population to break a habit that is centuries i

  6. says:

    I was torn how to rate this book It isn’t perfect I noted many flaws in its comprehensiveness but it’s amazing enough so 5 stars it isI’ve

  7. says:

    i've long flirted with vegetarianism for a few months in the early '00s i even dated her but i'd never truly wanted to spend all of my time with her send her flowers or introduce her to my parents and everyone i've ever cared about until i read this bookfoer claims early on that he hasn't set out to write a book about why people should become vegetarians an argument that holds zero ounces of water once you act

  8. says:

    I don’t mean this dismissively but I feel like I finally get what Charlton Heston meant when he cried out “Soylent Green is people It’s peeeeople” Just I don’t know That movie’s pretty silly but I keep walking around the house feeling like all those years that I ate meat I was really eating human souls And I

  9. says:

    Hear are my thoughts in order as I was reading this book1 OMGOMFG2 Crapnow I'm a vegatarian3 I can never have my

  10. says:

    I realize I finished this book 10 days ago and have not rated itand I also can't stop thinking about it There's a lot I could say about this book and how much it made me think it's completely riddled with highlighter but ho

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