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on 26 January 2016
Some thoughts for the violence on your plate tonight as it is not worth the life lost for your meal

The most “humanely” raised animals are still kept and killed in horrible circumstances. Period. All of this talk about “happy” animal products is about us; it’s about making us feel more comfortable about doing something that nags at us. It’s about keeping us from having to recognize that we are all Michael Vick so that we continue to consume animal products. It’s really got nothing to do with the animals. They continue to suffer horribly irrespective of what “happy” label —“free-range,” “cage-free,” “organic,” “Certified Humane Raised and Handled,” or “Freedom Food” —is slapped on their corpses or the products we make from them. And it’s even worse when large animal organizations praise and support these “happy” products.

To say that a sentient being is not harmed by death denies that the being has the very interest that sentience serves to perpetuate. It would be analogous to saying that a being with eyes does not have an interest in continuing to see or is not harmed by being made blind. The Jains of India expressed it well long ago, “All beings are fond of life, like pleasure, hate pain, shun destruction, like life, long to live. To all life is dear.”
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on 25 April 2016
This 138 page book on the morality of eating animals is set out into three sections. Firstly: an introduction and a simple examination of human nature when it comes to ethical issues surrounding the debate on eating animals. This is titled 'We're all Michael Vick: Our moral schizophrenia'. It examines why the public was so outraged when Vick was found out to not only be involved in dog fighting, but the ring leader. He was in charge of raising dogs, training them to fight and also putting them down when they were too damaged to carry on, or if they were inferior. This resulted in a public defamation of him based on the moral argument that the suffering of animals cannot be justified by profit or pleasure. Francione and Charlton use this same line of argument to include the eating of animals: consumption for pleasure, or as they call it 'palate pleasure'. They move on from this to give a general view of what Veganism entails, from arguments against, to conversations with friends and family.

They then move onto to section two which is titled '"but": The excuses we use and why they don't work'. This section spreads over 85 pages and is the main meat (pun intended) of the book. It goes into details of what the common refutations to Veganism are. Including questions about protein, iron, calcium and calorie intake. Becoming ill from not eating animal products. The naturalistic argument and the argument of human superiority over animals via God's authority. The famous desert island argument. Tradition and if fish feel pain. Personal choice and being the apex predator. And why these attempts at refuting the claim that not using animal products is okay, don't work.

The last section is a conclusion on all the previous sections, concluding (not surprisingly) that Veganism is morally superior and is part of our duty on this planet to bring to a greater popularity. This book is useful for anyone curious about the facts concerning a change of diet from animal products to a Vegan diet, or for Vegetarians wanting to go that step further. In general the arguments are sound and logically follow. Although that doesn't change the fact that most arguments for and against Veganism are emotionally based. However, it is refreshing to read a book on such a sensitive subject that doesn't take an emotive stance which anyone who doesn't already agree with the authors would find repulsive, and quite frankly: unreadable.
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on 26 February 2017
This book is thought-provoking, compelling and extremely accessible. Whilst one doesn't necessarily need to agree with some the theoretical foundations proposed, or with some of the views expressed, e.g. that we’re all Michael Vick, this book is enormously beneficial.

An argument for veganism is elegantly presented as being based on two intuitive principles: the first principle is that we have a moral obligation not to impose unnecessary suffering on animals. It follows from this principle that if animals matter morally at all, we cannot consume them or products made from them and we are committed to a vegan diet. The second principle is that although animals matter morally, humans matter more.

Regardless of whether you agree with the theoretical foundation proposed for veganism, Eat Like You Care is excellent at responding to the most common questions and objections to veganism, such as “where do you get your protein from?” and “What would happen to all those animals if we did not eat them?” and a long list of similar “buts” that vegans are often confronted with.

The book ends with a defence of veganism against the charge of extremism and concludes as follows: “What is extreme is that we say we care about animals but we continue to eat animals and animal products.”

If you’re a relatively new vegan, you’ll feel more empowered to answer awkward questions with conviction, and you’ll be even more determined to educate yourself further on the subject by further reading and reflecting. If you're not a vegan but care at all about animals, I hope that this book will seriously challenge your convictions.
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on 2 January 2017
One of my favourite books. I've bought several copies to give to other people. It's concise and clear and cuts through the usual arguments against going vegan better than any other book I've read so far. I highly recommend it as a gift to someone in your life, a friend, a coworker or a relative, who may not understand why you're a vegan.
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on 17 June 2017
I was very disappointed with this book. It felt very negative,as though I was being angrily lectured at on every page. I am a vegan so I don't require convincing of the arguments, but it left me feeling negative and irritated by the message. There were a couple of points I would take away from the book (and would deliver them more positively) hence why it got 2 stars rather than 1, but I absolutely wouldn't recommend it to anyone and won't ever pick it up to read again. I'm sorry to be writing such a negative review and I'm sorry it was such a negative book when it has (potentially) such a positive message to spread.
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on 21 February 2017
The answers to all the 'buts' from non vegans. Simple common sense rational.
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on 19 June 2017
Fast delivery, great price and brill product!
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on 17 September 2016
Thought provoking well written book.
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on 2 September 2016
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on 29 July 2016
A must read for every vegan!
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