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Veganomics: The Surprising Science on What Motivates Vegetarians,
from the Breakfast Table to the Bedroom
by Nick Cooney

Book Description
Flip through a magazine, turn on the TV, or browse around online, and it quickly becomes clear: vegetarian eating is on the rise. But just who are vegetarians? How do they make the transition? And what really drives them to take the meat off their plates?

Vegetarians differ from omnivores not just in their eating habits but also in their psychology, personalities, friendship choices, even their sex lives. Extensive studies from around the world show that they vote differently, take different jobs, and have brains that fire differently. This research also provides insight into why people who consider themselves vegetarian may not really be vegetarian at all, and why so many fall off the vegetarian wagon.

Veganomics is a fascinating journey through the science on vegetarians and vegetarian eating, shedding new light on how and why people eat the way they do, and what impact their dietary choices can have on the world around us. Be forewarned: after reading this book, you may never look at vegetarians the same way again!

About the Author
Nick Cooney is the author of Change of Heart: What Psychology Can Teach Us About Spreading Social Change. He is the Founder and Chairman of the Board of The Humane League, a vegan advocacy and farm animal protection organization. His work for animals has been featured in hundreds of media outlets, including Time Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times.

Published November, 2013. To order:

The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them
by Wayne Pacelle

Book Description
A fascinating exploration of humanity's eternal bond with animals, and an urgent call to answer the needs of millions of at-risk creatures
A landmark work, The Bond is the passionate, insightful, and comprehensive examination of our special connection to all creatures, written by one of America's most important champions of animal welfare. Wayne Pacelle, the president of the Humane Society of the United States, unveils the deep links of the human-animal bond, as well as the conflicting impulses that have led us to betray this bond through widespread and systemic cruelty to animals.

Pacelle begins by exploring the biological and historical underpinnings of the human-animal bond and reveals our newfound understanding of animals, including their remarkable emotional and cognitive capacities. In the book's second section, Pacelle shows how the bond has been disastrously broken. He takes readers to a slaughter plant shuttered for inhumane practices, as well as the enormous egg factory farms of California. We visit Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary in Kansas to speak with NFL star Michael Vick, then serving his sentence for dogfighting. Pacelle paints a portrait of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and highlights the heroic actions of residents and volunteers to reunite pets with their owners. Pacelle's narrative also leads the reader to remote locations in which conflicts over the killing of wildlife continue to play out - from the fields outside of Yellowstone National Park where bison are slaughtered with the encouragement of federal authorities, to the ice floes of Atlantic Canada where seal nurseries turn into killing fields.

In its final section, The Bond takes on the arguments of opponents and critics of animal protection and spotlights the groups and industries standing in the way of progress - from the National Rifle Association and agribusiness organizations like the American Farm Bureau, to surprising adversaries like the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Kennel Club. Ultimately, Pacelle points the way to a new, humane economy - one not built on extraction, suffering, and killing, but on the celebration, stewardship, and care of animals.

An eye-opening must-read, The Bond reminds us that animals are at the center of our lives, they are not just a backdrop. How we treat them is one of the great themes of the human story.

About the Author
During his seventeen years with the Humane Society of the United States, including seven years as president and CEO, Wayne Pacelle has played a leading role in making HSUS, the nation's largest animal protection charity, into a dynamic public force and voice for animals. Taking a special interest in law reform, he has been the leading strategist in getting animal protection laws enacted by direct action of the electorate, designing winning campaigns in a dozen states for ballot initiatives that outlawed cockfighting, factory farming practices, bear baiting, and a host of other inhumane practices. He has become the voice and face of the humane movement in this country.

Hardcover: 448 pages
Publisher: William Morrow (April 5, 2011)

The Animal Rights Debate: Abolition or Regulation? (Critical Perspectives on Animals)
by Gary L. Francione and Robert Garner

Book Description
Gary L. Francione is a law professor and leading philosopher of animal rights theory. Robert Garner is a political theorist specializing in the philosophy and politics of animal protection. Francione maintains that we have no moral justification for using nonhumans and argues that because animals are property or economic commodities, laws or industry practices requiring "humane" treatment will, as a general matter, fail to provide any meaningful level of protection. Garner favors a version of animal rights that focuses on eliminating animal suffering and adopts a protectionist approach, maintaining that although the traditional animal-welfare ethic is philosophically flawed, it can contribute strategically to the achievement of animal-rights ends. As they spar, Francione and Garner deconstruct the animal protection movement in the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe, and elsewhere, discussing the practices of such organizations as PETA, which joins with McDonald's and other animal users to "improve" the slaughter of animals. They also examine American and European laws and campaigns from both the rights and welfare perspectives, identifying weaknesses and strengths that give shape to future legislation and action.

About the Authors
Gary L. Francione is distinguished professor of law and Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Scholar of Law and Philosophy at Rutgers University School of Law-Newark. He is the author of numerous books and articles on animal ethics and on animals and the law, including Animals as Persons: Essays on the Abolition of Animal Exploitation. Robert Garner is professor of politics at the University of Leicester and the author of, among other books, Animals, Politics, and Morality.

Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: Columbia University Press (November 9, 2010)

The Inner World of Farm Animals
-- Their Amazing Social, Emotional, and Intellectual Capacities
by Amy Hatkoff

Review by Karen Davis, PhD, President of United Poultry Concerns:

I looked at the piece of animal on my plate, and it symbolized fear, pain, and death. I stopped eating it.    - Jane Goodall, Foreword

The Inner World of Farm Animals is dedicated "to farm animals everywhere and to all those who are standing by, with, and for them." The book combines beautiful color photographs with stories and perspectives by sanctuary directors and animal scientists showing that chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, cows, sheep, pigs, and goats possess complex emotions, intelligence, consciousness, and social skills. Like us, these animals are sentient beings. Sentience, Hatkoff explains, "means being aware of oneself, one's surroundings, one's bodily sensations, and of the emotions corresponding to that awareness. It means having an awareness of other animals as well as of humans. Research shows that farm animals have a wide range of feelings, including loyalty, sadness, joy, and fear" (p. 17).

Stories illustrating these claims begin with an account of a mother duck who quacked and tugged beseechingly at the pant leg of a police officer to get him to accompany her to a sewer grate where he discovered that her eight ducklings had fallen through the grates. The ducklings were promptly rescued and reunited with their mother. The point of the story is that the mother duck's actions on behalf of her youngsters showed conscious intention, determination, parental devotion, and distress, the same as would be found in a human mother.

The sad irony of the story is that the vast majority of farmed animals are stuck, without any hope of being rescued, in the sewer. No police officer will ever pull them out of it and no caring mothers will hear their cries, let alone be in a position to help them. Rescued farmed animals represent the lucky few - comparable to a teaspoon of ocean water - who chanced to find comfort and joy in the friendship and loving companionship of other animals in a sanctuary, in the care of compassionate people. Their stories along with the photographs are the heart and soul of this book.

The scientific contribution focuses mainly on experiments in which chickens and other animals are praised by researchers for proving they're smart enough to learn which levers and computer keys to press in order to get food or some other so-called reward. Are you surprised to learn that chickens will peck keys 100 times to reach a place where they can dustbathe but only 10 times to reach a place full of thumbtacks? Marion Stamp Dawkins, who designed this experiment, also "discovered" that the hens in her laboratory will work harder to get back to their chicks, when experimentally separated from them, than they will to get back to their adult flockmates (p. 37). Granting this, one wonders what application it could have to chicken farming, in which breeding flocks and hatcheries are totally separate operations.

In this generally lovely and illuminating book, to which I was pleased to contribute, I wish that the author had shunned the pseudoscience that ranks animals according to who is "smarter" than whom. At best, it's plain silly. And I wish the book had not included Matthew Scully's fusty declaration about animals in Dominion that "We are called to treat them with kindness, not because they have rights or power or some claim to equality, but because they don't."

If a purpose of The Inner World of Farm Animals is to teach people to respect farmed animals instead of patronizing and demeaning them, the Scully quotation doesn't fit. Nor does suggesting that people like Wolfgang Puck, who cook animals and make money off their misery while spouting rubbish about being against "factory farming," are benefactors of farmed animals. Fortunately, while mentioning welfare measures that are being taken to help animals raised for food, Hatkoff does not overstate their effectiveness.

The Inner World of Farm Animals, with its beautiful images and moving personal stories, should be placed in locations where ordinary people can easily pick it up, browse and be affected by the beauty, plight, and fellowship of farmed animals and want to help them. It is a thoughtful holiday gift that includes a list of advocacy organizations and sanctuaries to contact for more information. - Karen Davis, United Poultry Concerns

Published by Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2009

Confronting Animal Abuse: Law, Criminology, and Human-Animal Relationships
by Piers Beirne

Book Description:
Confronting Animal Abuse presents a powerful examination of the human-animal relationship and the laws designed to protect it. Piers Beirne explores the heated topic of animal abuse in agriculture, science, and sport, as well as the potential for animal assault to lead to inter-human violence. He convincingly shows how from its roots in the Irish plow-fields of 1635 through today, animal-rights legislation has been primarily shaped by human interest and why we must reconsider the terms of human-animal relationships. To confront animal abuse, the book argues, attention must be paid not only to one-on-one cases of animal cruelty, but also to those far more numerous institutionalized harms where animal abuse often defined as socially acceptable.

Release Date: July 28, 2009. Paperback.
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

Striking at the Roots: A Practical Guide to Animal Activism
by Mark Hawthorne

Nanthan Runkle's world was rocked the day activists handed him some literature explaining how billions of animals are treated every year in our society. "I had never heard of factory farming or vivisection or veal crates or battery cages," he says. "I was shocked. I felt sick to my stomach." Even at 11 years old, Nathan knew he had to do something about this injustice, and he did: He promptly stopped eating animals and then, four years later, established one of most active animal rights groups in the United States.

Nathan is among more than 100 activists readers will meet in Striking at the Roots: A Practical Guide to Animal Activism. Concise and full of practical examples and resources, this manual for success demonstrates how many of the world's most engaged advocates overcome obstacles, speak to the public, lobby policymakers, conduct corporate and restaurant outreach, deal with law enforcement, cope with stress and avoid burnout - all while keeping their eyes on the prize of achieving victories for animals.

Why a book on animal activism? When asked in a 2006 Label Networks survey which non-profit they are most interested in volunteering for, nearly 30% of respondents age 13 to 24 replied People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. This was by a wide margin the most popular answer, indicating a strong interest among this demographic in being active for animals. Furthermore, when the same survey asked this group why they are not already active, the number-two open-ended answer was "I don't know how to get started."

Clearly, many people want to take action for animals but either don't have the necessary knowledge or don't know where to look for it. Now available from O Books, Striking at the Roots fills that void, bringing together the most effective tactics for speaking out for animals and giving voice to activists from around the globe, who explain why their models of activism have been successful - and how anyone can foster the growing awareness of animal abuse, inspire awakenings and help create changes for billions of lives every year.

Striking at the Roots will empower activists to make the most of their skills. From simple leafleting and tabling to shelter work and taking direct action, each chapter clearly explains where to begin, what to expect and how activists can ensure their message is heard.

Foreword by Bruce Friedrich
Paperback, 304 pages, January 2008
$19.95 / £9.99
ISBN: 9781846940910
Published by O Books

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About the Author
Mark Hawthorne adopted a vegetarian lifestyle soon after an encounter with one of India's many cows in 1992 and went vegan a decade later. His writing has appeared in Satya, VegNews, Vegan Voice, Herbivore, Hinduism Today,, and daily newspapers across the US. He serves on the outreach advisory council for Animal Place, a farmed-animal sanctuary and education center in northern California. Much of Mark's work is chronicled on his Web site,

Ethics and the Beast: A Speciesist Argument for Animal Liberation
by Tzachi Zamir

Book Description:
Many people think that animal liberation would require a fundamental transformation of basic beliefs. We would have to give up "speciesism" and start viewing animals as our equals, with rights and moral status. And we would have to apply these beliefs in an all-or-nothing way. But in Ethics and the Beast, Tzachi Zamir makes the radical argument that animal liberation doesn't require such radical arguments--and that liberation could be accomplished in a flexible and pragmatic way. By making a case for liberation that is based primarily on common moral intuitions and beliefs, and that therefore could attract wide understanding and support, Zamir attempts to change the terms of the liberation debate.

Without defending it, Ethics and the Beast claims that speciesism is fully compatible with liberation. Even if we believe that we should favor humans when there is a pressing human need at stake, Zamir argues, that does not mean that we should allow marginal human interests to trump the life-or-death interests of animals. As minimalist as it sounds, this position generates a robust liberation program, including commitments not to eat animals, subject them to factory farming, or use them in medical research. Zamir also applies his arguments to some questions that tend to be overlooked in the liberation debate, such as whether using animals can be distinguished from exploiting them, whether liberationists should be moral vegetarians or vegans, and whether using animals for therapeutic purposes is morally blameless.

Hardcover: 158 pages
Publisher: Princeton University Press (September 7, 2007)

Why Animals Matter: The Case for Animal Protection
- Erin E. Williams and Margo Demello

Book Description
Our treatment of animals in modern America is full of contradictions. Pets are a beloved feature of most American households, many enjoying the most luxurious food and accessories, and reveling in the love and companionship from their human families. At the same time, animals raised for food or clothing, or used for medical experiments and product testing, often live painful, lonely lives in small cages from birth to death. And wild animals suffer in other ways--losing their lives as their habitats disappear, being hunted for trophies, and finding themselves removed from their homes for the exotic pet trade.

Why Animals Matter: The Case for Animal Protection offers a concise yet complete overview of the problems of animal suffering, linking them to larger issues of human and environmental exploitation. Authors Erin E. Williams and Margo DeMello examine industries that exploit animals--meat processing companies and agribusinesses; medical experimentation and cosmetic testing facilities; the entertainment industry (circuses, rodeos, zoos, racing, and film making); the pet industry; the fur and leather industry; and commercial and recreational activities centered on hunting. The authors also consider the adverse environmental effects of animal exploitation from pollution to deforestation and the depletion of biodiversity. In addition, they look at the connections between the poor treatment of animals and human exploitation of immigrants, slaughterhouse and farm workers, as well as the larger issues of globalization, hunger, and the negative consequences for Third World nations. Highly informative yet very reader-friendly, this book not only explores the connections between animal and human suffering, but also integrates solid information with positive case studies of rescued animals and inspiring stories of individual successes.

Paperback: 397 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books (June 5, 2007)

For the Prevention of Cruelty: The History and Legacy of Animal Rights Activism in the United States
- Diane L. Beers

Book Description
Animal rights. Those two words conjure diverse but powerful images and reactions. Some nod in agreement, while others roll their eyes in contempt. Most people fall somewhat uncomfortably in the middle, between endorsement and rejection, as they struggle with the profound moral, philosophical, and legal questions provoked by the debate. Today, thousands of organizations lobby, agitate, and educate the public on issues concerning the rights and treatment of nonhumans.

For the Prevention of Cruelty is the first history of organized advocacy on behalf of animals in the United States to appear in nearly a half century. Diane Beers demonstrates how the cause has shaped and reshaped itself as it has evolved within the broader social context of the shift from an industrial to a postindustrial society. Until now, the legacy of the movement in the United States has not been examined. Few Americans today perceive either the companionship or the consumption of animals in the same manner as did earlier generations. Moreover, powerful and lingering bonds connect the seemingly disparate American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of the nineteenth century and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals of today. For the Prevention of Cruelty tells an intriguing and important story that reveals society’s often changing relationship with animals through the lens of those who struggled to shepherd the public toward a greater compassion.

Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Swallow Press (July 1, 2006)

The Way We Eat: Why Our Food Choices Matter
- Peter Singer, Jim Mason

Book Description
A thought-provoking look at how what we eat profoundly affects all living things - and how we can make more ethical food choices

Five Principles for Making Conscientious Food Choices
1. Transparency: We have the right to know how our food is produced.
2. Fairness: Producing food should not impose costs on others.
3. Humanity: Inflicting unnecessary suffering on animals is wrong.
4. Social Responsibility: Workers are entitled to decent wages and working conditions.
5. Needs: Preserving life and health justifies more than other desires.

Peter Singer, the groundbreaking ethicist who "may be the most controversial philosopher alive" (The New Yorker), now sets his critical sights on the food we buy and eat: where it comes from, how it's produced, and whether it was raised humanely. Teaming up once again with attorney Jim Mason, his coauthor on the acclaimed Animal Factories, Singer explores the impact our food choices have on humans, animals, and the environment.

In The Way We Eat, Singer and Mason examine the eating habits of three American families with very different diets. They track down the sources of each family's food to probe the ethical issues involved in its production and marketing. What kinds of meat are most humane to eat? Is "organic" always better? Wild fish or farmed? Recognizing that not all of us will become vegetarians, Singer and Mason offer ways to make the best food choices. As they point out: "You can be ethical without being fanatical."

Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Rodale Books (May 2, 2006)

Dining With Friends: The Art of North American Vegan Cuisine by Friends of Animals
- Lee Hall, Priscilla Feral

Getting Active in the Kitchen
Some take their activism to the streets, distributing pamphlets to passers-by. Others pour their passion into the keyboard, devising eloquent arguments for their cause. Still others go underground, breaking locks or cutting nets. And they there's that special breed of advocates who pushes for plant-based diets through the dinner plate, conducting a lively dialogue with food that bypasses the brain and goes straight for the beltline. Friends of Animals, a non-profit organization founded nearly 50 years ago, has released a tasteful cookbook entitled Dining With Friends for just this purpose.

This appropriately coined compilation borrows recipes from such famed figures as author John Robbins, Now & Zen founder Miyoko Schinner, and dessert chef David Lebovitz. Brief introductions to each recipe provide pleasant conversational tidbits. For example, did you know that the French Dip Sandwich originated in Los Angeles, or that the House of Representatives recently renamed French Toast "Freedom Toast"? Interesting factoids expand into full-length passages providing fresh insight into all aspects of vegan cuisine.

FOA keeps this cookbook practical with deceptively simple recipes. The cool purple and blue-green motif and gorgeous assortment of photos will surely make it a delightful topic of discussion the next time you host a dinner party orsoiree, enclosed in a circle of friends.
2005. 168 pages - $19.95

Speciesism by Joan Dunayer

About the Book:

Defining speciesism as "a failure, in attitude or practice, to accord any nonhuman being equal consideration and respect," Joan Dunayer compellingly critiques speciesism both outside and inside the animal rights movement. With bold originality, she examines philosophy, law, and activism in terms of three categories: "old-speciesists" limit rights to humans; "new-speciesists" advocate rights for relatively few nonhumans, those who seem most human-like; nonspeciesists advocate rights, such as rights to life and liberty, for all sentient beings. Uniquely egalitarian, Speciesism outlines nonspeciesist thought, law, and action.

About the Author:

Joan Dunayer is a writer, editor, and animal rights advocate. Her articles and essays have appeared in magazines, journals, college textbooks, and anthologies. She is the author of Animal Equality: Language and Liberation.

• Paperback: 208 pages
• Publisher: Lantern Books (October 30, 2004)
• ISBN: 0970647565
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Hempnut Cookbook by Richard Rose and Brigette Mars

About the Book:

Features over 200 tasty, vegan, omega-rich meals from hempseed. From Apple Pie and French Toast to Enchiladas and Lemony Hempseed Pound Cake, you’ll find that shelled hempseed and hempseed oil can be added to almost everything.

About the Authors:

Richard Rose is founder of The Hemp Food Association and Hempnut Inc., a food company specializing in researching, developing and marketing hempseed foods. Brigette Mars is an herbalist, nutritional consultant and author. Christina Pirello is an author of four books and hosts the PBS television series Christina Cooks.

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Animal Talk: Breaking the Codes of Animal Language by Tim Friend
Hardcover, January 2004

About the Book -- From the Publisher:

Is it possible that there is a universal language spoken and understood by all animals on earth, including humans? Is human language unique, as linguists and philosphers have taught for centuries, or could it share and combine well-developed components of other species' communications? Do you long to know what wild animals are discussing and what your dog, cat, bird, fish, or horse is really saying?

Animal Talk, the first authoritative, popular book about animal communication, answers these and other provocative questions with often astonishing news about the latest scientific discoveries. Using his ten years of field research and numerous interviews with preeminent scientists in the field and under the sea, veteran journalist and popular science write Tim Friend helps us understand what lies behind the eyes, within the sounds and scents, and beneath the flashy displays and postures of our animal neighbors.

The world has an estimated 10 million species, all chattering away with noisy and smelly abandon, using their own seemingly unique and baffling signals. Nonetheless, Friend reveals that animals and humans can easily understand each other because every creature on earth "speaks" a common nonverbal language -- an animal Esperanto that has developed through hundreds of millions of years of evolution. Through a skillful interweaving of amazing facts and compelling true animal stories, Friend demonstrates how similar human behavior and language are to other species', including the ways we attract members of the opposite sex, rear children, and compete in society.

A scientific Dr. Dolittle, author Tim Friend is your guide on a fascinating tour of the animal kingdom. Along the way, he enlists the enthusiastic translation services of the top scientists in animal communication to show a wonderful range of animals in action, to explain the intricate ways in which they use signals, and to interpret what they mean by them. From the Amazon and Central American rainforests to deep into the Ozarks, every environment Friend visits reveals a fascinating new insight and clue to the great puzzle of how animals communicate within and between species -- and how the many tongues, stripes, and resonances of the animal kingdom laid the original foundation for our own language.

Animal Talk tells the grand story of animal communication through the stories and signals of the animals themselves. Vital to our understanding of birds and bees, dogs and dolphins, and ourselves and our fellow primates, Animal Talk is also vital to the survival of our planet.

Empty Cages: Facing the Challenge of Animal Rights
by Tom Regan
(Hardcover - February 2004)

About the Book: EMPTY CAGES is a non-threatening, courteous but uncompromising book that explains animal rights to ordinary Americans and invites them to join in the struggle for animal liberation.

Tom Regan's journey from butcher to animal rights advocate is a common thread used throughout the larger narrative. For example, it helps explain who animal rights activists (ARAs) are (we're not a motley crew of misanthropic social misfits hell bent on terrorizing the local furrier), how different people become ARAs (there's no one-size-fits-all answer), what we believe, why we believe it, and how (when given the opportunity) we can defend our convictions against the most challenging objections.

The role the media plays in misinforming the public about ARAs is explained as is the power exercised by the major animal user industries. Roughly speaking, the public has a negative image of ARAs because this is the picture presented by the media, and the media presents this picture because this is the one that serves the interests of the major animal user industries - who just happen to pay a lot of advertising dollars, for example.

EMPTY CAGES unmasks the rhetoric of these industries and shows why what their spokespersons say about their treatment of animals (these industries treat animals "humanely") is not sometimes false. It is always false. The book helps readers understand why these spokespersons should never be trusted.

EMPTY CAGES takes the reader inside fur mills, the leather industry, factory farms, and the slaughterhouse, among other places. What we find is not pretty. What we find is truth. And the truth is anything but "humane." The public will never demand change in how animals are treated if they do not know how animals are treated. EMPTY CAGES provides readers with the necessary knowledge, far surpassing any other book on the market in the depth and breadth of its coverage.

The animal rights movement is not going anywhere (except backwards) if too few people want to make its goals a reality. Among the major impediments to real progress is the behavior of ARAs. Paradoxically, we can be the animals' worst enemy. Sometimes we are self-righteous. At other times we get so caught-up in staging outrageous or tasteless media opportunities that we give animal rights a bad name. These and other "turn-offs" (including vandalism and other forms of violence) are explored. Readers are encouraged not to generalize on the basis of the behavior of a few. Not all ARAs engage in violence, for example, just because a small handful do.

EMPTY CAGES is written in a relaxed, conversational style. Although the topic is serious, humor finds a place. Above all, it tells a story filled with faith and hope: faith in the goodness of humanity, hope for a better future for the animals.

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Obligate Carnivore: Cats, Dogs, and What it Really Means to be Vegan
by Jed Gillen

Book Description: The book we've all been waiting for!
Not only provides a definitive answer to the controversial question "Can cats be vegan?" (they can!), but through examples, philosophical musings, and personal stories, explains why those in the ethical vegan community MUST feed their cats and dogs a vegan diet!

Discusses relative merits of meat vs. vegan diets from a number of perspectives (ethical, health, environmental, etc.), and gives practical advice for making a successful switch for your cats and dogs.

From the Author: I only ask one thing: that you read the book and consider my arguments before you decide that I'm wrong. This issue is simply too important to shrug off with lame rationalizations like "cats and dogs were meant to eat meat" or "it's wrong to force our morality on them".

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The Pig Who Sang to the Moon: The Emotional World of Farm Animals
by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson.

Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson's groundbreaking bestseller, When Elephants Weep, was the first book since Darwin's time to explore emotions in the animal kingdom, particularly from animals in the wild. Now, he focuses exclusively on the contained world of the farm animal, revealing startling, irrefutable evidence that barnyard creatures have feelings too, even consciousness.

Weaving history, literature, anecdotes, scientific studies, and Masson's own vivid experiences observing pigs, cows, sheep, goats, and chickens over the course of five years, this important book at last gives voice, meaning, and dignity to these gentle beasts that are bred to be milked, shorn, butchered, and eaten. Can we ever know what makes an animal happy? Many animal behaviorists say no. But Jeffrey Masson has a different view: An animal is happy if it can live according to its own nature. Farm animals suffer greatly in this regard. Chickens, for instance, like to perch in trees at night, to avoid predators and to nestle with friends. The obvious conclusion: They cannot be happy when confined twenty to a cage.

From field and barn, to pen and coop, Masson bears witness to the emotions and intelligence of these remarkable farm animals, each unique with distinct qualities. Curious, intelligent, self-reliant-many will find it hard to believe that these attributes describe a pig. In fact, there is much that humans share with pigs. They dream, know their names, and can see colors. Mother cows mourn the loss of their calves when their babies are taken away to slaughter. Given a choice between food that is nutritious or lacking in minerals, sheep will select the former, balancing their diet and correcting the deficiency. Goats display quite a sense of humor, dignity, and fearlessness (Indian goats have been known to kill leopards). Chickens are naturally sociable-they will gather around a human companion and stand there serenely preening themselves or sit quietly on the ground beside someone they trust.

For far too long farm animals have been denigrated and treated merely as creatures of instinct rather than as sentient beings. Shattering the abhorrent myth of the "dumb animal without feelings," Jeffrey Masson has written a revolutionary book that is sure to stir human emotions far and wide.
Hardcover and paperback. 304 pages. Publisher: Ballantine Books; (November 4, 2003). ISBN: 034545281X
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Incredibly Delicious: Recipes for a New Paradigm
by Michael A., Md. Klaper
(Introduction), Gentle World (Editor)

A beautifully presented collection of over 500 plant-based, cholesterol-free recipes from quick and easy meals to gourmet banquets. It includes holiday dishes, international cuisine, an extensive chapter on raw food preparation, breads/muffins, breakfast, soups, salads, gravies and sauces, dressings, dips, side dishes, appetizers, entrees, desserts. Plus, a resource section with non-vegan ingredient listing and vegan alternatives, cruelty-free companies, healthy hints, feeding pets, vegan-organic gardening and composting, sprouting, growing wheatgrass, vegan baking guide, how to cook whole grains and beans, vegan sources of vitamins and minerals, etc.

Almost every page has a quote from medical or environmental authorities affirming the benefits of the vegan diet and lifestyle or inspiring words from some of the great thinkers of all time such as Einstein, Gandhi, Tolstoy, Thoreau, Socrates, The Buddha, Da Vinci, etc. Endorsements on the back cover are from: Neal Barnard, M.D., (president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and author of Turn off the Fat Genes and Eat Right; Live Longer), Casey Kasem (host of the American top 40 radio show), John Robbins, (best selling author of: The Food Revolution and Diet for a New America), Howard Lyman (author of Mad Cowboy, ex-cattle rancher turned vegan) and Ingrid Newkirk, (president and director of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).

Reviews have been saying if you only purchase one vegan recipe book, this one has it all! Howard Lyman said "Our lives have improved because of this book." One we just received from a customer at Powells' Bookstore in Portland Oregon wrote, "Your book is truly the best collection of practical and delicious vegetarian recipes, wisdom, and inspiration that I have found anywhere." Tom Bertka.

The book was written by the member-volunteers of Gentle World, a non-profit organization in existence since 1979. Its purpose is to enhance the quality of life, by educating the public as to the health, spiritual and environmental benefits of a plant-based diet and lifestyle. Gentle World has offered hundreds of free seminars with food, free cooking classes to those interested, published books including: the classic, The Cookbook for People Who Love Animals, published in 1981. They created and catered two celebrity vegetarian banquets in Hollywood, California to inspire those who are an inspiration to others. In Hawaii, they established The Vegan Restaurant. Presently, Gentle World is developing two Vegan Paradigm Centers, one on the big island of Hawaii and the other on the north island of New Zealand. Please visit to learn more about the authors.

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Raising Vegan Children in a Non-Vegan World

Seal Wars: Twenty-Five Years on the Front Lines With the Harp Seals
by Paul Watson, Martin Sheen

Book Description: Captain Paul Watson has rammed fishing trawlers, smashed whaling ships, sailed boldly into Soviet-controlled waters, and stood bravely on an ice floe between a baby harp seal and an oncoming seal boat. In this daring and sprawling memoir, the captain of the Sea Shepherd recounts his remarkable life on the front lines in the war to stop the viscious slaughter of the Canadian harp seal.

Seal Wars opens in 1996 with Paul Watson -- holed up in a hotel with Martin Sheen in the Magdalen Islands and facing an attacking mob of angry sealers -- being rescued by police and airlifted to safety. Watson recounts the childhood experiences that shaped his adult consciousness and environmental ethic. He records a history of the seal hunt (including all the tragedies, brutalities, and government mismanagement and obfuscation) from its beginning up to the rescue campaigns he courageously led from the prow of the Sea Shepherd.

About the Author: Captain Paul Watson grew up on Canada's east coast and became aware of the seal hunt at a very early age. He was a founding member of the Greenpeace Foundation and the Founder of Friends of the Wolf. In 1977 he founded the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and he continues to be its president. The author of Ocean Warrior, Watson has been the captain of a succession of ships dedicated to the protection of the world's oceans, most recently the R/V Farley Mowat and the R/V Sirenian.

Publication date: February 2003 - Paperback
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Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy
by Matthew Scully

This book is now available in the Toledo Public Library - thanks to a donation from PAR!

Book Description: A powerful new book advancing the cause of animal protection is receiving high praise from critics across the country. It's written by Matthew Scully, until recently a special assistant and senior speechwriter to President George W. Bush. Scully's brief against cruelty in all its forms - from whaling to trophy hunting to factory farming - is bringing animal issues before a national audience as few books have done before. "Scully," says The Washington Post, "has written what is surely destined to be a classic defense of mercy. A master of language, he leaves a memorable phrase on virtually every page." "Scully asks the right questions," writes journalist Christopher Hitchens in The Atlantic Monthly. "When he is in form, he does this in beautiful and witty prose..."

The Humane Society of the United States' vice president, Wayne Pacelle, expects that this book "will be the most influential book on animal protection in the last twenty-five years." I found the book to be fast-paced, eloquent and powerfully argued.

This book is one of the most important recent contributions to the literature on animal rights, and it is a must-read for animal advocates.

Publication date: October 2002 - Hardcover
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Peace to All Beings: Veggie Soup for the Chicken's Soul
by Judy Carman

Book Description: This is a guidebook full of miracle-making tools. Lighten up your journey with inspiration, meditations, heartfelt stories, over seventy prayers, and solid, fact-based reasons that explain why we human beings must make peace with the animal nations if we are ever to find true inner peace, heal our earth, and create authentic world peace.

"A source of inspiration to everyone who is looking for words of faith and hope in the face of overwhelming animal suffering." ‹ Karen Davis, Ph.D., author, More than a Meal

About the Author: Judy Carman is the author of Born to Be Blessed: Seven Keys to Joyful Living, a dedicated animal rights, peace, and environmental activist, and founder of Circle of Compassion Initiative. She is a former therapist and program director for mental health clinics. She lives in Lawrence, Kansas.

Publication date: November 2002 - Paperback
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The Ten Trusts: What We Must Do to Care for the Animals We Love
by Jane Goodall, Marc Bekoff

Book Description: World-renowned behavioral scientists Jane Goodall and Marc Bekoff have set forth ten trusts that we must honor as custodians of the planet. They argue passionately and persuasively that if we put these trusts to work in our lives, the earth and all its inhabitants will be able to live together harmoniously. The Ten Trusts expands the concept of our obligation to live in close relationship with animals -- for, of course, we humans are part of the animal kingdom -- challenging us to respect the interconnection between all living beings as we learn to care about and appreciate all species.

The world is changing. We are gradually becoming more aware of the damage we are inflicting on the natural world. At this critical moment for the earth, Goodall and Bekoff share their hope and vision of a world where human cruelty and hatred are transformed into compassion and love for all living beings. They dream of a day when scientists and non-scientists can work together to transform the earth into a place where human beings live in peace and harmony with animals and the natural world.

Simple yet profound, The Ten Trusts will not only change your perspective regarding how we live on this planet, it will establish your responsibilities as a steward of the natural world and show you how to live with respect for all life.

About the Author: Jane Goodall is one of the world's leading conservationists. The author of many books, including the New York Times bestseller, Reason for Hope, she is renowned for her work with the chimpanzees of Gombe National Park in Tanzania, as well as for her extensive worldwide lecturing on conservation and preservation of all species.

Publication date: October 8, 2002 - Hardcover
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Specious Science:
How Genetics and Evolution Reveal Why Medical Research
on Animals Harms Humans
by C. Ray Greek and Jean Swingle Greek

Review by MRMC Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D. : Drs. Greek have followed up their book Sacred Cows and Golden Geese with a more sophisticated scientific critique of animal experimentation. Their first book largely documented how animal experiments have frequently misled medical science. This book provides up-to-date data on animal experimentation's failings, and the authors have provided impressive evidence that the animal model paradigm has not advanced medical science.

The first two chapters helpfully explain why animal experiments have such a poor track record. Drs. Greek explain the criteria of valid scientific models, and they show how animal experiments fail to meet these criteria. In particular, they note that valid animal models must not simply look the same as the analogous human conditions. They must have the same underlying causes. Otherwise, it is not reasonable to believe that perturbations of the animal model will result in similar changes in the human clinical setting.

Specious Science is perhaps the most up-to-date and cogent book available that argues for scientific antivivisectionism.

Publication date: May 2002 - Hardcover
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Portrait of a Burger As a Young Calf:
The True Story of One Man, Two Cows, and the Feeding of a Nation
by Peter Lovenheim

Book Description: Four years ago, journalist Peter Lovenheim was standing in a long line at McDonald's to buy a Happy Meal for his little daughter, which would come with a much-desired Teenie Beanie Baby - either a black-and-white cow named "Daisy" or an adorable red bull named "Snort." Finding it rather strange that young children were being offered cuddly toy cows one minute and eating the grilled remains of real ones the next, Lovenheim suddenly saw clearly the great disconnect between what we eat and our knowledge of where it comes from. Determined to understand the process by which living animals become food, Lovenheim did the only thing he could think of: He bought a calf-make that twin calves, number 7 and number 8 - from the dairy farm where they were born and asked for permission to spend as much time as necessary hanging around and observing everything that happened in the lives of these farm animals.

Portrait of a Burger as a Young Calf is the provocative true story of Peter Lovenheim's hands-on journey into the dairy and beef industries as he follows his calves from conception to possible consumption. In the process, he gets to know the good, hard-working people who raise our cattle and make milk products, beef, and veal available to consumers like you and me. He supplies us with a "fly on the wall" view of how these animals are used to put food on America's very abundant tables.

Constantly vigilant about wanting to be an observer who never interferes, Lovenheim allows the reader to see every aspect of a cow's life, without passing judgment. Reading this book will forever change the way you think about food and the people and animals who provide it for us.

Publication date: July 16, 2002 - Hardcover
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Animals Like Us
by Mark Rowlands

Book Description: Foot-and-mouth and mad-cow disease are but two of the results of treating animals as commodities, subject only to commercial constraints and ignoring all natural and moral considerations. Chickens hanging by their necks on conveyor belts, bloated dead sheep with their legs in the air, mutilated dogs waiting to die after undergoing horrendous experiments in the name of science or even just product-testing -- these are some of the images that illustrate the indifference of a consumerist society to the suffering of animals.

Few are willing to recognize that the packaged, sanitized supermarket meat that materializes on their dinner tables every day is the result of an industrial process involving unimaginable pain and suffering. In this clearly argued book, Mark Rowlands claims that it is simply unjust to harm animals. As conscious, sentient beings, biologically continuous with humans, they have interests that cannot simply be disregarded. Using simple principles of justice, he argues that animals have moral rights, and examines the consequences of this claim in the contexts of vegetarianism, animal experimentation, zoos and hunting, as well as the animal rights activism that has resulted from the recognition by a relatively small group of political activists that animals cannot simply be considered in their relation to humans.

About the Author: Mark Rowlands is Lecturer in Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is author of Supervenience and Materialism, Animal Rights, The Body in Mind, Environmental Crisis and The Nature of Consciousness.

Publication date: July 2002 - paperback
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Animal Rights/Human Rights: Entaglements of Oppression and Liberation
by David Alan Nibert, Raf Casert (Translator)

Publication date: June 2002 - paperback
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Vegetarianism: Movement or Moment?
by Donna Maurer)

Book Description: Vegetarianism seems to be increasing in popularity and acceptance in the United States and Canada, yet, quite surprisingly, the percentage of the population practicing vegetarian diets has not changed dramatically over the past 30 years. People typically view vegetarianism as a personal habit or food choice, even though organizations in North America have been promoting vegetarianism as a movement since the 1850s. This book examines the organizational aspects of vegetarianism and tries to explain why the predominant movement strategies have not successfully attracted more people to adopt a vegetarian identity.

About the Author: Donna Maurer is a long time vegetarian and freelance academic editor who also teaches online for the University of Maryland University College, where she is Adjunct Associate Professor of Sociology. She has co-edited three books on food and body weight issues (with Jeffery Sobal), including Eating Agendas: Food and Nutrition as Social Problems. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Association for the Study of Food and Society.

Publication date: April 2002.
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Animal Rights a Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by David Degrazia

Book Description: This volume provides a general overview of the basic ethical and philosophical issues of animal rights. It asks questions such as: Do animals have moral rights? If so, what does this mean? What sorts of mental lives do animals have, and how should we understand welfare?

By presenting models for understanding animals' moral status and rights, and examining their mental lives and welfare, David DeGrazia explores the implications for how we should treat animals in connection with our diet, zoos, and research. Animal Rights distinguishes itself by combining intellectual rigor with accessibility, offering a distinct moral voice with a non-polemical tone.

Publication date: April 2002.
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