I know I’ve said it before, but I do really think its a tremendously important book worth reading. So again I would like to recommend everyone to read “Eating Animals” by Jonathan Safran Foer. Foer is a gifted novelist but this book is a thoroughly researched and journalistic work that deals with the industry of factory farming and the way we look at animals and the natural world merely as commodities to be exploited for profit.
Im not sure about Europe, but did you know that in the US, where factory farms constitutes about 99 % of the meat- egg- and milk producers, a milk cow lives only about four years? Its supposed to live about twenty years, but it dies after about four because of maltreatment. Because it can’t survive its livingconditions. That is the norm these days. Things need to change. Its like voting, Im a vegetarian turning into a vegan because I refuse to pay to support torture of animals. After reading this book its clear to me that besides not eating any kind of meat and not wearing fur or using fur in any of my pictures Im not gonna support the milk and eggproducing industries anymore. When you think about it, its really bizarre how one sits down for a nice meal and it just comes from pain and suffering. That isnt the kind of energy I want to fill my body and soul with. Its just tragic.
And shrimp for example. On average for every pound of shrimp brought up in nets five pounds of other creatures come up as “bycatch” and are thrown back dead. The bycatch includes bass, herring, crab, mullet, flounder and tuna, often juvenile, as well as ancient, endangered sea turtles. There is an endless amount of gruesome facts that I would like to bring up but I have to stop, cause I could go on forever about this. Please read the book, its very straightforward and interesting.
“[Eating Animals] is a postmodern version of Peter Singer’s 1975 manifesto Animal Liberation…Foer is the latest in a long line of distinguished literary vegetarians.” (New York Times Book ReviewJennifer Schuessler )
“[Eating Animals] is extraordinarily thoughtful and intelligent, and reads more like philosophy than journalism.” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch Holly Silva )
“Eating Animals carefully, deliberately, takes you through every relevant dimension of factory farming…One sees it from the inside, the outside, the moral high ground, the dithering consumer level, through Foer’s family stories, from slaughterhouse workers, animal behaviorists, even from defenders of the system… Foer’s aim is not to make your choice, but to inform it. He has done us all a great service, and we, and the animals, owe him our thanks.” (The Huffington Post Dr. Andrew Weil )
Martha Gellhorn was a brilliant reporter and she was married to Ernest Hemingway. Here’s a beautiful passage from the book “Selected letters of Martha Gellhorn”. Its from a letter from Martha to Ernest:
“There are no real rewards for time passing. And I was not beautiful when I was young and no one said so and I never found myself so; and god knows it was a mean row to hoe. I have so much now that it startles me: blessings overflowing, and I had nothing then. But I don’t really like what I know; I don’t really care for wisdom and experience. I would rather believe, and beat out my brains, and believe some more. I do not like this safe, well-armed woman I have become. The loud bleating disheveled starry reckless failed girl was a better person.
I wish we could stop it all now, the prestige, the possessions, the position, the knowledge, the victory: and that we could by a miracle return together under the arch at Milan, with you so brash in your motorcycle sidecar and I, badly dressed, fierce, loving, standing in the street waiting for your picture to be taken. My God, how i wish it. I would give every single thing there now is to be young and poor with you, as poor as there was to be, and the days hard but always with that shine on them that came of not being sure, of hoping, of believing in fact in just the things we now so richly have. Well, shit I am a fool.”