- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Thorsons; 1st Paperback Edition edition (22 April 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0722531621
- ISBN-13: 978-0722531624
- Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 13 x 1.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,578 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Silent Ark: A Chilling Expose of Meat - The Global Killer Paperback – 22 Apr 1996
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From the Back Cover
Juliet Gellatley’s hard-hitting personal story is riveting, bold and persuasive. She exposes the political protection, disinformation and PR glitz which have propped up an all-powerful meat culture. Some in the industry have labelled her ‘public enemy No I’.
Juliet Gellatley is one of the country’s most effective vegetarian campaigners. She has changed people’s thinking and their habits. In 1994 she set up the campaigning charity Viva! to accelerate the vegetarian revolution and fight for a saner, more compassionate world. She was previously director of The Vegetarian Society and is the creator of many of their major campaigns.
Tony Wardle is the award-winning TV programme maker and writer. He co-authored Michael Mansfield’s book 'Presumed Guilty', which savaged the British criminal justice system. He also wrote 'The Battle for Orgreave' and is actively involved in Viva!’s work.
“This is a journey of discovery which will shock and anger you. Its logic is simple: we are destroying the planet and its inhabitants, impoverishing the world’s poor and destroying our own health in pursuit of something we don’t even need. The tool for this destruction is our abuse of billions of diseased and dejected farm animals. This is a brave and important book which will be seen as a classic.”
MICHAEL MANSFIELD QC
“This is an important book telling the horrors of the animals’ plight and yet telling it with precision and compassion – a mixture which is rare on such a sorrowful subject. Anyone who wishes to enlighten themselves about people and their cruel relationship with other creatures must read it. This book tears at the heart, enlivens the mind and is a large step towards understanding for, having read it, one becomes hooked on putting things right.”
About the Author
Juliet Gellatley is one of the country’s most effective vegetarian campaigners. She has changed people’s thinking and their habits.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
It is impeccably researched and written.
Millions of animals are unnecessarily slaughtered for food in the UK every year; worldwide it is billions. We'd all like to believe that this is done with concern for their welfare during their lives, and humane methods used when it is time to slaughter. The meat industry would LOVE us to keep thinking that. Sadly, though, it could not be further from the truth.
Few people would carry on eating meat if they had to spend just one day in a factory farm or a slaughterhouse. People should know the pain, misery and suffering that goes into their meals, and THEN decide if they want to economically support it by continuing to consume meat.
This book, however, goes MUCH further than the animal welfare issue and demonstrates that we benefit both our health and the environment when we stop eating meat.
Most compelling of all, she catalogues how meat production contributes DIRECTLY to humans dying of starvation. Many poor countries are economically incentivised to export their crops as livestock feed so that rich foreigners can eat steak, while the local populations starve.
The only thing one can possibly say in favour of meat (and even this is a matter of opinion) is that it 'tastes' good. Is that really enough to justify the third world children and babies dying of starvation, the animal cruelty, the first world heart attacks, and the wholesale destruction of the environment?
This book is a must for everyone who claims to be an animal lover whilst tucking into their dinner of roast lamb.
From the personal stories to the devastating statistics, every page brings a new shock about the hidden world of animal cruelty, and the pure evils of a dishonest meat industry.
If everyone read this book, we would have far fewer meat eaters. I decided when I picked this book up that it was not going to convert me. It didn't, but it gave me, literally, food for thought, and now I am a definite and strict vegetarian.
This book isn't about emotional blackmail, it isn't about horriffic pictures and over dramtised writing style. It is about simple facts, which should not, and indeed cannot, be ignored.
Then in 2006, 10 years later, this hit some (but not all) headlines:
"Livestock's contribution to environmental problems is on a massive scale. The impact is so significant that it needs to be addressed with urgency." United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation
This month, the Green Party (of which I am a member) thought it was about time to raise the profile of this subject and will be announcing a new policy statement on the environmental damage caused by the livestock industry, they are a decade too late.
Just think about it, there are 6BN humans who require over 20BN animals to be born, fed, watered & slaughtered or used for milk. The books sets out in detail how much it takes to maintain this statistic, how the developing world pays for the developed world's needs. This is not rocket science, it's obvious stuff once you bother to read about it.
We bang on about cars/planes/boats & transport in general. The global warming caused by our livestock industry is far in excess of all transport emissions put together? It is easier for you and me to make a difference in the food that we eat than in the car we drive.
How many people wonder what happens to male dairy calves or male chicks born to egg laying hens, ie half the millions of births a year? Or how are cows able to continue to produce milk all year around?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Read this book and you will never eat meat again. This brings to light just how animals suffer just to put something on our plate, and really what it means. Read morePublished on 5 Mar. 2010 by Ms. S. Mclaren
This is a brilliant book that i recommend strongly. Its a book that you can read with ease and still get all the facts etc. Read morePublished on 20 July 2009 by Mr. S. Felix
Absolutely brilliant book, outlines all the cruel aspects of farming animals for meat consumption. Veggies and vegans can treat this like a bible full of ammunition to shoot at... Read morePublished on 26 Jan. 2007 by K. Cartin
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