Top 10 Tuesday: Vegetarian Starter Pack

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I love animals, probably even more than people. I enjoy movies about animals, books about animals, pictures of animals in clothes, you name it. I think society’s relationship with animals is fascinating in that some are our friends, some are our food. You can love an animal, but assigning it human characteristics is wrong. Are animals sentient beings or not, and why do we treat some differently from how we treat others? I’ll probably never find answers to these questions, but that’s not for a lack of looking. Here are some books about animals and meat.

  1. My Year of Meats by Ruth Ozeki – Jane is a journalist who becomes involved in writing an expose of the meat industry.
  2. The Vegetarian by Han Kang – Yeong-hye stops eating meat after a series of strange dreams.
  3. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame – Classic anthropomorphic childrens stories about a Toad in pants.
  4. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Fowler – Rosemary and Fern are inter species sisters.
  5. When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson and Susan McCarthy – A closer look at animals experiencing emotions the same way humans do.
  6. Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl – Another children’s classic about anthropomorphic animals.
  7. Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer – Foer explores traditions surrounding the eating of meat and why we eat some animals but not others.
  8. Watership Down by Richard Adams – This book follows a warren of rabbits doing rabbity things and is one of my all time favourites.
  9. Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis – Similar to Watership Down, Fifteen Dogs follows the lives of dogs escaped from a vet’s office and gifted with human consciousness and language.
  10. The Sexual Politics of Meat by Carol J. Adams – Adams examines the hidden correlations between meat eating and patriarchy, vegetarianism and feminism.

 

6 comments

  1. I’m very enthusiastic about my vegetarianism πŸ™‚ Often though, if someone offers me meat and I say “no thank you, I don’t eat meat”, I’m the one who faces judgement. I know there’s a stigma around vegans and vegetarians being judgemental-but, more often than not, it’s the other way around. I think sometimes people attack because they know, at least to some extent, that they’re in the wrong-otherwise, why would they get so defensive about it?

    I agree with you though, society is very conflicted. Great post! x

    • I don’t know why that happens! Like, it’s annoying and preachy if vegans talk about veganism, but it’s ok for meat eaters to mock people who don’t eat meat? Haha. Maybe we can all just eat what we want and not discuss it to death πŸ˜‚

      • Yeah, but to be fair, eating meat hurts animals, but both veganism and vegetarianism don’t. I think we should eat what we want, so long as it’s not harmful to others :). I have no problem with “carnivores”, but naturally, I would like to persuade them otherwise πŸ˜‰

      • Oh totally, I do think (even though it’s “annoying”) vegans and vegetarians have a very valid point. But I also think that nobody should really be telling anyone else what to do πŸ˜‚

  2. I was a vegan for about ten years, but developed a medical condition that made it impossible to maintain. So now, I do eat some meats, but rarely. i’d much prefer to eat veg, eggs and cheese, grains and……..cookies! yea, I know, they aren’t a food category. I do fish and shellfish, and every now and then pork. I see both sides now…the way people look at vegans and vegetarians and the way they (we?) look at meat eaters. Both are wrong to judge.

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