NCR Today: It's the Feast of St. Francis, a good time to remember that the words we choose to describe life on our planet matter.
THE SEXUAL POLITICS OF MEAT: A FEMINIST-VEGETARIAN CRITICAL THEORY (25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION)
By Carol J. Adams
Published by Bloomsbury Academic, 336 pages, $25.95
By MARY E. HUNT
Prudence the bunny nibbles on organic greens, listens to classical music and hops about on soft blankets in a sweet-smelling space larger than many college dorm rooms.
She shares her “guest room” with no other animal, though staff at the headquarters of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, working in the adjacent office, visit frequently to cuddle her.
Here on the banks of the St. Elizabeth River, you could say PETA runs the Waldorf Astoria of animal shelters.
Last month, I looked at the documentary "Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret." Among its many disheartening statistics on the agriculture industry, the film also proposed a possible way out of the mess: eating lower on the food chain, for the sake of the animals, the planet and our health.
In other words, going vegan, or at least vegetarian.
Most of our refrigerators stand as monuments to animal cruelty and environmental destruction.
That’s right, all that chicken, hamburger, steak, bacon, eggs, butter, yogurt, cheese and milk occupying shelf space in your fridge may cause more damage to our planet than the transportation industry.
One erroneous news story has equaled thousands of dashed hopes on the part of animal lovers everywhere.
Book review: If we claim to be supporters of justice, nonviolence and environmentalism, can we still engage in common practices such as eating meat, owning pets and hunting?