I was skeptical when I first received this book. The reviews say things like this will change the way you think about animals. I really thought this would be yet another book about why we shouldn't eat meat and why animals should have lawyers. How wrong I was!
The text can be dry at times, as he does approach things as a scientist, but there is relatable humor and dilemma's through out it.
But it didn't change my perception of living with and eating animals. And I believe that is because of the relationship I already have with all my animals, livestock and working animals. (however I had no idea how well treated fighting roosters are, and agree with the author that I would rather be a fighting rooster than a factory fryer).
I highly suggest reading this book, even if you think that you relationship with animals is a good one. Many ideas and dilemmas that we consciously and subconsciously think about are debated and explored through-out these pages.
He didn't explore the relationship with homesteaders and animals as much as he could have, I think we have a healthier view than the public at large when it comes to treating are livestock similar to our "pets".
Two thumbs up.
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