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Meat Logic: The Book that Examines Our Rationalizations for Eating Animals

While much animal advocacy justifiably focuses on our emotional connections to animals, Meat Logic: Why We Eat Animals by author Charles Horn, reveals that many rationalizations for eating animal products are actually based on appeals to reason or logic and therefore may not be effectively addressed with emotional appeals alone. This includes the many naturalistic fallacies and pseudo-scientific claims such as “we have evolved to eat meat,” “eating animals is the basis for our higher consciousness and/or more advanced brains,” … Continue reading

Interview with Dan Bodenstein, Author of Steven the Vegan

For me, it was important that the book taught about being vegan through compassion, not fear, and not anger. There’s enough negative emotions like that in the world, and I didn’t want to contribute to it. Parents seemed to like the message the book portrays. It educates the concept of being a vegan, without pushing “being a vegan” on people. Continue reading

Ruby Roth’s New Children’s Book ‘Vegan Is Love: Having Heart and Taking Action’

Author and illustrator Ruby Roth presents her new children’s book, Vegan Is Love, introducing young readers to veganism as a lifestyle of compassion and action. Roth illustrates how our daily choices ripple out locally and globally, conveying what children can do today to protect animals, the environment, and people across the world. Continue reading

New Study Illuminates the Moral Conditioning that Allows Us to Love Some Animals and Eat Others

This paper addresses the meat paradox: how people can love animals and love meat. In this study we manipulated whether people categorized an animal as meat or non-meat. We found that being categorized as meat led to people to reduce the animals perceived capacity to suffer. This reduced capacity to suffer undermined the animal’s moral standing. Continue reading

Vegan Author and Illustrator Ruby Roth Finds an Empathic Audience in Children

Upon first glance of Roth’s children’s book, That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals, one is immediately taken by the compelling illustrations and simple yet thoughtful messages as it guides us through the natural world of animals and contrasts it with the world of animals on farms today. We discovered this book on a LinkedIn group where it raised much interesting discussion about when and how children should be made aware of the realities of modern farming. Here is our interview with Roth about the book and beyond. Continue reading

Animal, Vegetable, Science, Ethics: Interview with Jonathan Balcombe

Author, ethologist and biologist Dr. Jonathan Balcombe is breaking new ground in our understanding of and appreciation for animals. For many, Second Nature, his last book, was their first introduction to his fascinating and brave new world of animal behavior. His new book, The Exultant Ark: A Pictorial Tour of Animal Pleasure, promises to broaden even more the base of his audience with compelling visual references for all of the major insights in the book. Continue reading

The Moral Lives of Animals: Exclusive Interview with Author Dale Peterson

In the study of animal behavior and intelligence, Jane Goodall may be the first name that comes to mind, but author and researcher Dale Peterson is no less important in bringing a new understanding, not only of animals but of evolution. In his new book, The Moral Lives of Animals, Peterson shows how much animal behavior follows principles embodied in humanity’s ancient moral codes, from the Ten Commandments to the New Testament. In this book what we can learn about animals also applies to what we can learn about ourselves. Continue reading

UK Author Joseph D’Lacey Talks to Us about His Novel ‘MEAT: You Are What You Eat’

UK Author Joseph D’Lacey has taken the literary world by storm with his recent novel, MEAT: You Are What You Eat. The transformative power of this book and the creative ways it has been marketed have together made it a phenomenon in Europe. And in 2011 it will be released in the US. MEAT has been translated into German, French, Hungarian, Russian and Turkish and was optioned for film in ’08. MEAT also secured him the British Fantasy Award for Best Newcomer in 2009. After numerous press appearances and 30,000 books sold, D’Lacey shares with us the fascinating background story and ideas that led to the writing of this profound work of fiction. Continue reading