This is a well-researched and straight to the point account of the meat industry. I declare my hand as a butcher's son of 60+ years with three vegetarian daughters. This is a comprehensive review of the history of meat eating. It really augments some basic premises. There are no conflicts in our house regarding preferences as the changes in availability and acceptability of alternative food sources and attitudes have been remarkable over the last 20 years or so. Holidaying with my daughters used to be a nightmare. No vegetarian options.
Do we, for whatever reason, want to eat meat or take it to the extremities of veganism? As a meat-eater, my concern is with mass production. My father knew where the meat was produced, where and how it was coming to the slaughter market and then to butchers' shops, (now mainly supermarkets), what was the feed, what antibiotics, steroids or enzyme tenderisers had been given and the conditions of rearing. He would never eat a bought pie of any sort from the 50's to his end. He had some horror stories even then; some became news but most was suppressed. What's changed? My family, and I am sure many others, are concerned with animal welfare. My father used to say that pigs have no function except food (they do forage unwanted grassland) and I dare say that can be applied from insects to other forms of life. I don't agree as the concept could stretch to humans.
An insightful book full of thought and debate presented in a quick-read format.