The Compassionate Carnivore

Catherine Friend

The Compassionate Carnivore

An original, witty look into the clamour over livestock and meat, showing consumers how they can be healthy and humane carnivores As an animal-loving, animal-raising, animal-eating farmer, Catherine Friend explores the contradictions, nuances and questions surrounding the bewildering choices facing today's meat-eaters. Using her own struggle to become a conscious carnivore as a lens, she has written one of the first books to educate readers about the lives of animals, and still support their choice to eat meat. Conscious carnivores know about factory farming and the use of antibiotics and growth hormones, but they know little about the animals themselves. This book offers a different perspective, the view of someone who must spend time, energy and money nurturing an animal whose sole purpose is to be killed and eaten. With Friend's signature wit, humour, and yes, compassion, The Compassionate Carnivore is an eye-opening look into the lives of the animals on our tables 3.0 out of 5 based on 2 reviews
The Compassionate Carnivore

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Classification Non-fiction
Genre Food & Drink, Society, Politics & Philosophy
Format Hardback
Pages 291
RRP £13.99
Date of Publication June 2008
ISBN 978-1600940071
Publisher Da Capo Lifelong
 

An original, witty look into the clamour over livestock and meat, showing consumers how they can be healthy and humane carnivores As an animal-loving, animal-raising, animal-eating farmer, Catherine Friend explores the contradictions, nuances and questions surrounding the bewildering choices facing today's meat-eaters. Using her own struggle to become a conscious carnivore as a lens, she has written one of the first books to educate readers about the lives of animals, and still support their choice to eat meat. Conscious carnivores know about factory farming and the use of antibiotics and growth hormones, but they know little about the animals themselves. This book offers a different perspective, the view of someone who must spend time, energy and money nurturing an animal whose sole purpose is to be killed and eaten. With Friend's signature wit, humour, and yes, compassion, The Compassionate Carnivore is an eye-opening look into the lives of the animals on our tables

Reviews

The Guardian

Steven Poole

The brutal and polluting practices of factory farming are denounced, and the "sustainable" operation of Friend's own farm is described in prose that tends towards winsome, folksy comedy but is full of interesting facts (pigs love beer) and tips (how to catch a recalcitrant sheep). "What does it mean to be a chicken?" Friend wonders, and it is a thing worth wondering.

05/07/2008

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The Daily Telegraph

Tim Lott

Anyone expecting a philosophical treatise will be disappointed. Friend's writing style is hokey and sentimental with lots of exclamation marks and use of the vernacular - 'whoa!' 'nope!' 'oooh'. The book works best when read as a simple memoir and a practical guide to how to square your conscience with what Friend considers the perfectly moral practice of killing and eating animals... Her answer amounts to: doing a little bit is better than doing nothing at all and don't turn into a veggie but cultivate some sense of sacredness about the animals you eat.

01/06/2008

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