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Sins of the Flesh: A History of Ethical Vegetarian Thought Hardcover – 15 Jul 2008

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: University of British Columbia Press (15 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0774815094
  • ISBN-13: 978-0774815093
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 3 x 22.9 cm
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"In the field of animal studies, Rod Preece is a world-renowned scholar, and this current volume confirms that his reputation is well deserved. - Jodey Castricano, editor of Animal Subjects Preece's nuanced assessments of this history are worthy of consideration by both animal rightists and their opponents. - Daniel A. Dombrowski, author of The Philosophy of Vegetarianism The issue of our ethical obligations to nonhuman animals has been the subject of lively debate, and many books have been written on the subject. Sins of the Flesh will be an important addition to this literature. - Steve F. Sapontzis, author of Morals, Reason, and Animals"

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The issue of our ethical obligations to nonhuman animals has been the subject of lively debate, and many books have been written on the subject. Sins of the Flesh will be an important addition to this literature. (Steve F. Sapontzis, author of Morals, Reason, and Animals)

In the field of animal studies, Rod Preece is a world-renowned scholar, and this current volume confirms that his reputation is well deserved. (Jodey Castricano, editor of Animal Subjects)

Preece’s nuanced assessments of this history are worthy of consideration by both animal rightists and their opponents. (Daniel A. Dombrowski, author of The Philosophy of Vegetarianism) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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This is an excellent guide to the harsh realities of meat production. Preece goes into considerable depth about the history of live-stock farming, exploring the differing attitudes to animal rights that have prevailed along the way. Vegetarianism has become increasingly popular in recent times, for a variety of different reasons. As the author says, many today are concerned with the environmental issue of methane production. Similarly, rearing live-stock is an extremely inefficient use of farmland- that could otherwise be used for vital crop production within poorer countries. For myself, however, it is largely about the questionable ethics of rearing living creatures specifically to be slaughtered. The amount of pain and suffering that can be inflicted upon these animals is appalling. Even in cases where animals are treated humanely, they still find themselves being butchered before having lived out more than a fraction of their natural life-span.

Still, it's not easy to stick to being a strict vegetarian! When eating out, it isn't always possible to be fully sure as to what you are getting (except when dining in speciality vegetarian-only restaurants). In the real world, one simply cannot be 100% certain of avoiding meat-based contamination. Similarly, one also hears of vegetarians who find it extremely difficult to give-up the odd bacon sandwich- something that I can understand. If their hearts go on to remain in the right place (and they feel due remorse at having consumed the flesh of a living creature!), then that is what really matters. They should no more be shunned by the vegetarian community, than an occasional masturbator should be excommunicated from the Catholic Church. Personally, my solitary weakness lies with sauted foie gras, although I rarely give in to the cravings more than five or six times per year. Any more than that and I would be ashamed to go on referring to myself as a practising ethically-motivated vegan!
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