Eating Animals

Eating animals!

“I wouldn’t eat George, because she’s mine. But why wouldn’t I eat a dog I’d never met? Or more to the point, what justification might I have for sparing dogs but eating other animals?” (24)

“More than any set of practices, factory farming is a mind-set: reduce production costs to the absolute minimum and systematically ignore or ‘externalize’ such costs as environmental degradation, human disease, and animal suffering…Factory farming considers nature as an obstacle to be overcome.” (34)


“Shame is both intimate – felt in the depths of our inner lives – and, social – something we feel strictly before others.” (36)Have we no shame in front of others or to ourselves when it comes to animals?

Words and meanings 42 – 77

Bycatch – 49

Downers – 56

Organic – 70

Peta – 70

Species Barrier – 75


What do you think about “C” and the rescue that she and Jonathan did together, and her idea of killing to bird as a “rescue” also what did you think about her background story?

What about the counter argument from the chapter called “I am a factory farmer” on page 94

Do you believe in what he says?

What do you think of Frank Reese and his turkey farm?

What do you think when he says “What the industry figured out – and is the real revolution – is that you don’t need healthy animals to make a profit. Sick animals are more profitable.” (111)

After reading about the connection between factory farms and possible influenzas. Does this change your mind on the impact and the acceptance of factory farms?

“Vegetarian diets tend to be lower in saturated fat and cholesterol, and have higher levels of dietary fiber, magnesium and potassium, vitamins C and E, Folate, carotenoids, flavonoids and other phytochemicals” 144

What did you think about Paradise Locker Meats and Mario Fantasma’s story and reactions to Jonathans questions? 161

What do you think about the Paul Willis and his wife and their ideas behind farming?

What do you think about the story about the Michigan Shit lagoon worker? Also what where your reactions to the thumping practices and how nasty they are? Do you still feel comfortable supporting these farms that do this?

What kind of reaction did you get hen you found out that Nicolette was a Vegan? Did this make you think that she was crazy, or did you understand how someone who raises animals to be slaughtered could be vegan?

What is your belief when it comes to rights vs welfare?


Frank Reese, Turkey farmer

Paul Willis, Pork processing for Niman Ranches

Bill and Nicolette, Cattle for Niman Ranches

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