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This is absolutely brilliant. I'm recently turned vegetarian, not vegan and read this out of interest and wanting to know more. It's very well written and researched. The author isn't judgemental and lays out the facts which he backs up with the references. This books isn't just for vegans, it's for anyone who wants to learn more about the subject.
Brilliant book, well written and informative. I would go as far to say that if you read this book and get to the end and still think it's ok to eat meat or that animal farming and slaughter is ok then there is something not quite wired right in your brain. I do not say this as a personal judgement of meat eaters per say, we are all entitled to an opinion and entitled to free will (unless you are an animal of course) but I say it from the POV that this book is so well researched and fact checked that it's difficult to deny the brutality of the farming industry and if you continue to support it after gaining the indisputable knowledge that this book provides, shows a high degree of selfishness and apathy for the world around you. Anyway, great book, highly recommended to those who care about the world around them, other species and the environment. If you are thinking of becoming vegan, this is a must read and will seal your decision. If you are a confirmed meat eater this might at least educate you and hopefully prick your conscience.
This book is awesome in so many ways. I believe everyone vegan , vegetarian or meat eaters should read this. So many true facts and interesting points that get you thinking deeply . Highly recommend 5 stars from me !
I’ve been a fan of Ed Winters (aka Earthling Ed) for quite some time now. He, along with other leading advocates in the vegan world have been a heavy influence in me becoming vegan 18 months ago. So, this review is written from the pov of a ‘believer’, so to speak. Ed Winters’ approach to advocating his cause is that of Socratic questioning. This is clearly evident from his numerous YouTube videos and lectures. He persuades you by gentle nudging, prompting you to question your beliefs based on rational, step-by-step arguments. This style pervades the whole of his book. The first chapter is devoted to the moral case and provides an irrefutable standpoint leading a reader to the ‘cognitive dissonance’ state; i.e. you either accept the arguments and make the change, or think up excuses as to why you can’t face making that crucial moral decision. It’s an uncomfortable state to exist in, but life beyond this as a vegan is much easier. There then follows a history of animal agriculture, particularly focusing on intensive farming. That’s part 1 concluded. Part 2 looks at the environmental and health costs of a diet rich in meat, including the little talked about link between intensive animal farming and zoonotic diseases leading to pandemics. Finally, part 3 exposes the influences and tricks that the media can play when trying to convince us that eating meat, dairy and eggs is OK. This is a highly readable book. If you have watched any of Ed Winters’videos, that same personality comes through in his carefully researched treatise (dare I call it a manifesto?) As a scientist, I appreciated the extensive references to sources of information. My only criticism is that it didn’t always isolate the original source, simply quoting a blog or a newspaper article. These were minimal, however. Ed’s research team have largely linked to peer-reviewed articles in reliable scientific journals. I found myself underlining many passages, sometimes for their impact, sometimes for how they were underpinned by overwhelming evidence. Unlike some books, the ‘impactfulness’ does not peter out towards the end. In fact, Ed rounds things off with passages that push you to considering things from an entirely different perspective. I will quote one of the final excerpts here: ‘In the same way that each of us is not ‘just a human’ but instead a complex individual, our body simply a vessel through which we experience our life, the same is true of non-human animals. They may look different to us, but intrinsically they are not dissimilar to us, especially not in the ways that matter morally. They are alive, they are conscious, they feel, they can suffer, they have families and friends, they seek comfort and safety.’ Ed’s book is a great introduction for those who are curious about a movement that is growing by thousands each year. It is also a wonderful reference source for any vegan who seeks advice and reference sources for what they believe. Highly recommended reading.
I thank the Gods every day for individuals who are desperately trying to get the Truth out there. Ed Winters is one of them. Joey Carbstrong another. Governments around the world have wronged humanity by allowing the abhorrent and destructive meat and dairy industries to flourish. Consumers have been brainwashed into believing they need these ‘products’ to survive. Nothing could be further from the truth. Buy this book for the facts but if you’re too lazy to read, watch ‘eating our way to extinction’ which sums up exactly why both meat and dairy should have been outlawed decades ago. Go vegan, and be part of the solution for a better world.
Ed has absolutely outdone himself by writing a book that thoroughly explains what happens in our world right now and has been happening for many years. It’s truly eye opening and helps you understand why vegans are so passionate about their case. If we want to secure a healthy and happy future for our future generations we need to come together and act now, before it’s too late. The horrendous things we do to animals is not only destroying the environment and the planet we love on but will also destroy the human species in the end.
i got this as a valentine’s day present for my boyfriend, he and i have been vegan for over a year and he absolutely love Ed Winters and had been a fan for a few months. His face lit up when he saw it was A) a hard cover. B) that there were pages upon pages at the back on where Ed got his information from. Definitely a great gift for any vegan or animal lover. A very happy boy
Ed, thank you, thank you, thank you. You are such an inspiring human being and you write so eloquently. Your book is full of gold nuggets, a real page turner. Outstanding — I highly recommend this as a read for vegans and non-vegans.
Ed Winter (aka Eartling Ed) is one of the most profound people to speak on the immense cruelties of this planet .The book is concise easy to read , and yet every paragraph is loaded with information and which force ourselves to address each and every injustice on this planet. For any vegan and more so for those who wonder why veganism is rising , a perfect concise work to change your life in a better direction Go vegan..be in peace...much love