BOOKS: Please Don’t Eat The Animals: All the Reasons You Need to Be a Vegetarian
From ANIMAL PEOPLE, January-February 2007:
Please Don’t Eat The Animals:
All the Reasons You Need to Be a Vegetarian
by Jennifer Horsman & Jaimie Flowers
Quill Driver Books (1254 Commerce Way, Sanger, CA 93657), 2006.
128 pages, paperback. $12.95.
Jennifer Horsman and Jaimie Flowers have combined to produce
an excellent summary of the arguments in favour of vegetarianism.
With well-researched statistics and up-to-date scientific
information, Horsman and Flowers deal concisely with the four pillars
of vegetarianism, namely health, environment, animal welfare and
philosophy/religion. This would be the perfect booklet to hand to
the ubiquitous sceptic who asks “Why are you a vegetarian?” No
reasonable, open-minded reader could fail to discover hundreds of
good reasons why he/she should become vegetarian. It is a pocket
battleship of debating material to throw at those who assert than
eating meat is an inalienable right.
It is pleasing to see the authors include a section on the
religious aspects of meat-eating. The scriptures of all major
religions teach that cruelty to animals should be avoided. That
cruel methods of meat production are not merely unethical, but
actually sinful, has resonance within Christianty, Islam, Judaism,
Hinduism, and Buddhism.
–Chris Mercer & Beverley Pervan