Well…what an interesting book to read for me. I enjoyed the fact that most of the book felt like I was being told a family secret story that gets passes down from generation to generation. However, we know that it was more about the story being told then how it was being described. I think what struck me the most were the different letters or journal entries from the people he interacted with. I thought that no one really thinks about presenting all sides of a case, especially from people with primary knowledge of it to begin with. Regardless, I think that’s a really good example of trying to present an educational case rather than an emotional one. So many vegetarians I know don’t want to talk about anything other than how horrible the situation is, and it is quite terrible, but they don’t acknowledge that not everyone practices the same way. It’s like Foer said about people would only be eating from a specific farm, that practices a specific way and they eat the one specific chicken (or something to this sort). Too difficult to keep track of which is why we don’t follow that.
What I did not like about the book was how descriptive. I will admit that I am one of those people who when reading/hearing about the details will immediately want to stop eating meat and go vegetarian. But I know that once it’s been put out of my mind long enough I’ll slowly return to my old ways and go back to enjoying the meat. I think this has to do with the being human aspects of food consumption. How do you stop doing something that is so wrong but is so delicious when it’s done? This is the pull that knowledge has over us. You can’t unknow things but you can forget them. It is the trade off we have to deal with for being complex individuals.
As far as the rest of the book is concerned, I was disturbed by the dogs but acknowledged the definitions, especially the one for PETA which I happened to find an article involving them today (PETA Lawsuit…). But otherwise the book generally sent chills through my body at the descriptions. There needs to be a warning label that comes with the book. You think it’s going to be swwet about how he’s a new father then boom he’s out sneaking into factory farms in CA. Not cool dude, not cool. But my question I get him becoming a dad inspired him to go out and write this book, but why wait until his son was just born, why not do this once he was older and stuff? I feel like he probably missed a lot of stuff because he was out writing and traveling for his novel, but that’s just my opinion. Who knows what’s really the right thing to do, but eating animals apparently is not one of them.