Eating Animals Read É 104

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Eating AnimalsJonathan 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. 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 welfare of animals or for your own welfare and most people don't want to hear it We know something is wrong with meat today with how completely estranged we are from the process that turns animal into product We have that general feeling and we don't want the specifics We don't want to face being held accountable for what we know We don't want to think about eating animals Why not If there's no shame in it then why is there such an aversion created by the title aloneI say we because I'm guilty of the same and it took this book to make me realize it It took seeing how the people around me wanted nothing to do with a book that might challenge their eating habits Allow me to explain with a little bit of backstory here which is irrelevant to the book itself but entirely relevant to my reading of the bookI've been a vegetarian for close to five years I've had a moral ualm about eating animals since I first made the connection between the meat on my plate and the animals in my backyard I grew up on a farm There were cows and they had much happier lives than most do these days though I never saw what end they met once my parents sold them Why then did I only become vegetarian at the age of eighteen I mean obviously I pieced together that burgers were made from cows long before then; I wasn't that slow of a child My various attempts to give up meat failed I'm not sure why The obvious answer would be that I had weak willpower but I think that's a cop out When vegetarianism did stick I didn't feel any self empowered In fact the attempt that succeeded started as a fluke I had no intention of seeing it through I found out about PETA's 30 day challenge and I was curious I can abstain from eating animals for a month I reasoned When the month was over I didn't want to eat animals any No craving for meat was strong enough to compensate for the amount of suffering inflicted on animals What can I say I'm a bleeding heart a pussy whatever I surrounded myself with literature and images of slaughterhouses long enough to fend off the desire for flesh The desire disappeared and I felt better I felt better because I was eating better fresh fruit and veggies was a vast improvement over my childhood diet of Hardees and Mountain Dew I felt better once the nagging guilt the conflict between my beliefs and my actions caused was no longer Or so I thoughtThe truth is that over the years I became lax in my beliefs Not eating animals became habit and preference than moral conviction People wore down my enthusiasm Oh the enthusiasm was there to begin with There's nothing exciting and refreshing than newfound vegetarianism I felt better and I wanted other people to feel better too I thought I could help initiate that I thought that I could lead by example I wouldn't push my opinions down anyone's throat of course because I didn't want to be uppity about it It doesn't work that way or at least it didn't for me in rural North Carolina in the county supporting the largest Smithfield slaughterhouse in the world to be exact People were interested but only for the sake of arguing Foer obviously experienced the same writingI can't count the times that upon telling someone I am vegetarian he or she responded by pointing out an inconsistency in my lifestyle or trying to find a flaw in an argument I never made I have often felt that my vegetarianism matters to such people than it does to meThere's only so much antagonistic uery I was euipped to handle at the age of eighteen To be perfectly blunt I stopped giving a fuck I decided to be a vegetarian not explain my reasons to others and to stop giving a fuck what others thought about it When someone asked me why I didn't eat meat my responses ranged from I don't like being overwhelmed by choices to I was raped by a butcher When you stop giving a fuck then people generally stop harassing you These people aren't that clever to begin with so they usually don't bother if they have to compete with another's nonchalanceMy initial reason for not considering becoming vegan was the difficulty I felt it was a big enough change to uit cold turkey cold turkey Yeah I know there's no excuse for my sense of humor Over the years I should have made the necessary steps to eliminate eggs and dairy from my diet I have no excuse for that either I knew neither were essential to my nutrition or well being that it was just a matter of putting forth effort In the back of my mind I knew too that my inaction was supporting animal cruelty towards laying hens as well as indirectly promoting the veal industry That nagging guilt was still there but I pushed it aside I realized this past week that I can no longer do this It is no longer acceptable In fact it never was Nothing changed I was hardly beginning the book when I started to suspect that I was on the brink of a life altering decision Was Foer so persuasive that he alone managed to turn me vegan within the first few chapters No It wasn't even the news that Natalie Portman turned vegan after reading Eating Animals either ; It was my boyfriend telling me that he didn't want to hear it when I mentioned that piglets on factory farms have their testicles removed without anesthesia within the first ten days of their lives It was the moment when my literature teacher asked me if Eating Animals contains information so disturbing and disgusting that she would probably never want to eat meat again; and then without pausing for a reply she said I'd better not read it thenIt was this general reaction I received coinciding with what I read that made me re examine my own unwillingness to live by what I know something I've known without needing to be told but something I needed to be reminded of shame I am ashamed to be part of a system that is inexcusable Not responding is a response we are eually responsible for what we don't do In the case of animal slaughter to throw your hands in the air is to wrap your fingers around a knife handle What does all of this say about the book Not much Just read it Throw your assumptions away uit looking for someone else to tell you what to expect and just read with an open mind and a willingness not only to accept what feels right but to take the actions necessary so that you may be at peace with yourself In defense of my boyfriend although no defense is necessary since the conversation mentioned took place he has agreed to read Eating Animals Ideally he'll read it and never eat another bite of meat again; just as ideally when I handed my copy of the book to my mother a few hours ago and asked her to please do me a favor and read it she would have done so in earnest in an attempt to understand her daughter's lifestyle instead of putting it down after a few pages and resuming her crossword puzzle which although not ideal was what actually happened I can't allow myself to expect much to come of it because there's enough disappointment in life as it is but I am grateful for this much that he cares enough about me to read what he would otherwise rather turn away fromWritten 111209Update 7611 He never read it We broke up for reasons unrelated to diet But if you know any cute single straight literate vegan boys send 'em my way If they do in fact existUpdate again 5213I'm a feminist now so I apologize for the derogatory use of the word pussy within the original review If there were any point to it I'd also amend the previous update to exclude the word straight and change boys to men not the band because it's creepy when grown men want girls so vice versa There's no point though because I'm not looking I'm no longer single We're dating again Everyone advises against dating an ex but everyone can go fuck themselves I'd like to think compassion is about second chances For whatever complicated than that reasons I've decided to give it a second go He recently read the book Kudos right Everything in its own time or something He's been vegetarian since but I announce that tentatively because obviously things change you can see that in just the span of updates to this not a review review I'm happy right now I'm hopeful I finally realized I can't change the people I love I can't shake them until they see what I see if they don't want to look but I can tell my truth and maybe just maybe it will reach someone willing to take off the blinders 111513 Another update But you'll have to scroll through my blog post if you want it bad enough

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Eating Animals Read É 104 ¿ 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 being unable to explain why we eat some animals and not others Foer set out to explore the origins of manyTs 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. Hear are my thoughts in order as I was reading this book1 OMGOMFG2 Crapnow I'm a vegatarian3 I can never have my favorite Mongolian Chicken from Mings again snifYes in that order I have not eaten meat since half way through this book Will it stick I hope soNot only the mind numbing crulety of the factory farms which is plenty and the enviormental damage they cause but the shear crap they feed the animals did it for me H1N1factory farms traced back to a hog farm in one of the Carolinas They feed them antibiotics in every meal That is how the resistant strains of bacteria are bornnow they are using Cipro which the medical community screamed out against But the farm lobbies were strongermost chickens and turkeys can't naturally reproduce anyWhat They have been so geneticly altered that they can't reproduceeeww They can't even walkThe author made the statement that if this was 60 years ago he would probably eat meat But things have changed with factory farming for the worse People want really cheap meatwell you get what you pay for

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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 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 small hick town and then picking up my nicely packaged and already butchered meat from the store Foer addresses this in the book about how people just don't want to think about how their meat ends up ready for them to purchase and that's surely the case with me I have no issues picking up the value pack of chicken breasts yet I can't go to Red Lobster any since I feel so bad for those damn lobsters on display I've always assumed operations in a slaughterhouse wouldn't exactly be pleasant but again I willingly ignored to really think about what goes on thereOne of the main points Foer brings up in this is factory farming Corporations have taken over the aspect of farming and of course done everything they can think of just to make it as profitable as possible The majority of all meat in this country comes from this type of farming now and there is only a very small percentage of actual farmers left How these animals are treated throughout their short lives in these factory farms is sickening I don't think anyone who reads this book will be able to ignore these issues any I know I'm not able to This book really opened my eyes not only to the ethical standpoint of eating animals but also to the health related issues The conditions at these factory farms are vile There is no way I can feed my kids this kind of meat knowing the shit yes actual shit it's been through JSF's writing throughout this is never preachy or whiny; he just presents the facts and wants the reader to make hisher own choice on the matter He talks with ranchers who are still trying as best they can to hold onto the old way of farming members of PETA and vegans who are trying to construct humane slaughterhouses The book never felt one sided or that it was attacking people who eat meat It did inspire me to make a drastic change though and I think anyone who reads this would feel the same