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{Read E-pub} á Eating Animals Þ 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 Many Eating Traditions And The Fictions Involved With Creating Them Traveling To The Darkest Corners Of Our Dining Habits, Foer Raises The Unspoken Question 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, Places Jonathan Safran Foer At The Table With Our Greatest Philosophers Hear are my thoughts in order as I was reading this book.1 OMG..OMFG 2 Crapnow I m a vegatarian 3 I can never have my favorite Mongolian Chicken from Mings again snif.Yes in that order I have not eaten meat since half way through this book Will it stick I hope so.Not 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 H1N1.factory 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 stronger.most chickens and turkeys can t naturally reproduce any..What They have been so geneticly altered that they can t reproduce.eeww They can t even walk.The 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 meat.well you get what you pay for. 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 alone I 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 book I ve been a vegetarian for close to five years I ve had a moral qualm 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 anyself 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 thought.The truth is that over the years I became lax in my beliefs Not eating animals becamehabit and preference than moral conviction People wore down my enthusiasm Oh, the enthusiasm was there to begin with There s nothingexciting 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, writing I 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 mattersto such people than it does to me There s only so much antagonistic query I was equipped 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 nonchalance.My initial reason for not considering becoming vegan was the difficulty I felt it was a big enough change to quit 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 fortheffort 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 then It 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 equally 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, quit 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 from.Written 11 12 09.Update 7 6 11 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, exist.Update again 5 2 13 I 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 whatevercomplicated 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 11 15 13 Another update But you ll have to scroll through my blog post if you want it bad enough This book should be required reading in America No joke. 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 and fuckoff what he s ever written or what he ever will write he s a great man for this book alone he s a great man by default, perhaps, because most people are such evil and miserable cunts but, no set apart from a race of miserable cunts he s still a great man the problem, really, with hitler and stalin and mao and all those other guys is not what they did but what they didn t do a bad case of extreme short sightedness they set their crosshairs on specific targets when what they really should have gone after was the destruction of the entire human race logistically i know this is problematic you need to start small but i can dream, eh if i found a magic lantern, before the genie uttered and your first wish can t be for a millionwishes , i d already have made my only wish that every human being on the planet be instantly transformed into a dog except for me and rosario dawson or marisa tomei decades of silence and masturbation and i d probably end up throwing myself off a bridge after a week long romp with a border collie and i d hang out with all of em i d toss a few hundred dogs into a swimming pool and do laps i d play tag in forests with em i d take em swimming in oceans and lakes and then i d retire to my cabin, start a fire, pour myself and rosario a cold beer, stuff about 3 or 4 hundred dogs into a large room, and me and my woman d take a long nap with on them the human race is capable of such beauty and goodness, and life is not easy there s little clarity it s seldom easy to know what is truly right or wrong but factory farms the torture and intense suffering of creatures weaker than us no brainer and all the war and peaces, all the mona lisas, all the moonlight sonatas, all the oskar schindlers and MLKs cannot possibly justify what we ve done to one another, what we ve done to the planet we inhabit, and most offensively, to the rape and utter destruction of the animal kingdom.my dream scenario as a result of the evil actions perpetrated on animals, a variant of swine or bird flu gets ultra deadly, goes airborne, and wipes us all out yes we have reached the point in which the kanamits should come and serve us we ve earned it and we should know what it s like to be on the other end as human beings we simply must lie to ourselves about much but not about this it is not necessary but we do and for what for the least interesting of our five senses because stuff tastes good we tolerate factory farms because stuff is yummy evil and miserable cunts do i sound too angry hyperbolic unstable juvenile like some blood throwing PETA nut am i not going to convince anyone with this tone good i don t want to convince anyone i just want the human eradicating disease to come and come soon.and if considering a vote for this review, understand that it s almost totally certain that if i knew you i d wanna toss you in a woodchipper keep your vote, miserable cunt.