“…the illusion of differences is maintained out of fear that seeing similarity will create an obligation to accord respect and perhaps even equality.”Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
A lockdown is a perfect time to learn about a new topic and maybe even adopt a lifestyle change. Here are some of our favourite books about animal rights, the ethical dilemma of eating animals, and why so many people are opting for a vegan lifestyle.
In Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows, Melanie explores the disconnect people have for farmed animals. It questions how we love certain animals, whilst allowing others to suffer needlessly for consumption. This book not only investigates how animals are treated, but also the hazards slaughterhouse workers face, and the environmental impacts of raising animals for food.
This is a controversial book and will make you question your behaviours.
Animal Equality focuses on the power of language, focusing on how it has helped conceal cruelty, and aid nonhuman oppression and injustice. Joan also explores nonhuman thoughts and emotions.
In the Sexual Politics of Meat, Carol explores the controversial interplay between society’s ingrained cultural misogyny and its obsession with meat and masculinity. The links are much more common than you may think.
Jeffrey and Susan bring forth fascinating insights into the animal world, highlighting the existence of animal emotion. They explore how various animals exhibit love, anger, joy, fear, shame, compassion, and loneliness, making one re-evaluate how humans treat animals.
Jeffrey has given the most exploited animals on earth a human voice, meaning, and dignity. In the Pig Who Sang to the Moon, Jeffrey focuses on farmed animals emotions, feelings, and consciousness. This book teaches us about the intelligence and individual personalities of the animals who are reduced to body parts. He uses a combination of personal experiences observing animals, history, literature, and scientific studies, forcing us to really question is what we are doing right?
As a young adult, Jonathan regularly switched between being an enthusiastic carnivore to an occasional vegetarian. It was when he became a father, that he really questioned the moral implications of eating animals, and wanted to explore the question of “why do we eat some animals and not others”?
Anyone who eats meat (and wants to continue doing so), should read Eating Animals to decide if these industries are something they really want to support.
Bob and Jenna have put together a practical and informative guide for people who are wanting to become vegan. Vegan Freak, provide tips and advice on how to thrive on a plant-based diet; how to live in a non-vegan world (think restaurants, dinner with omnivores, and parents); dispelling popular myths; and arguments for why you should become an ethical, abolitionist vegan.
John gives concise and simple answers to 100 common questions (and objections) vegetarians and vegans encounter. From nutrition, religion, making a difference, the economy, to the environment, this book has the answers.
Whether you are already vegan and want help answering these questions or are genuinely curious about the answers, But You Kill Ants is a highly recommended read.
If you have already made the switch, you may also enjoy:
Neuropsychologist, Dr Ash Nayate, provides activists with ways to stay positive whilst living in a non-vegan world. She explores why others don’t seem to care, how to cope with stress and burnout, how to transform our sadness and guilt, and how to become an effective change agent.
If you would like to try veganism but aren’t sure where to start, Vegan Easy has an easy 30-day meal plan to help kick-start your journey.
Did we miss your favourite? Leave it in the comments below and we can add it to the list for others!