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Vegetarianism For The Lonely.

Last year around November, I was trolling through Collins bookstore in search of something decent and enriching to read. I had exhausted the fiction section, and casually wandered over to the non-fiction section, where I spotted a familiar name: Jonathon Safran Foer. The book I picked up was Eating Animals, and I wasn’t to know at this point, that this book would change my lifestyle completely. In short: the book is simply about where meat comes from or more specifically the facts about factory farming. It isn’t harsh, it doesn’t harass the reader nor does it make the reader feel guilty – it’s just the facts. What made me decide to buy this book, was a review on the back from South African author, J. M. Coetzee: “The everyday horrors of factory farming are evoked so vividly…that anyone who, after reading Foer’s book, continues to consume the industry’s products must be without heart, or impervious to reason, or both.”

I saw this as a challenge, so the next day I went to my favourite café, bought an expensive pot chamomile tea, curled up on an old sofa and opened the first page. I cannot begin to describe to you the horrifying imagery that burst from the pages. I found myself at times completely consumed by the book, and at others times I had to put the book down. Foer had managed to gain first-hand experience in a factory farm, and the facts are astonishing. At times the book made me feel physically ill, and it was beginning to very quickly convince me to stop eating meat forever. One particular statement however, changed my mindset entirely: “Let’s describe the reality: that piece of meat came from an animal who, at best – and it’s precious few who get away with only this – was burned, mutilated, and killed for the sake of a few minutes of human pleasure. Does the pleasure justify the means?” Well, does it? For me, absolutely not. Continue reading

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