Top 3 Vegan Books
Why is it that we love some animals and allow others to suffer needlessly? Melanie Joy takes the exploration of this question one step further with her bold societal commentary ‘Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs and Wear Cows’. Starting of course with the ethical and environmental effects of eating meat, Joy also turns much-needed attention to the meatpacking workers themselves – the hazards they face – and of course the vast negative health implications for millions of Americans every year. One of the most striking things is Joy’s dive into the psychological aspects behind how we view and treat other animals. She coins the term ‘carnism’ to describe the way in which culture has conditioned us to treat some animals with compassion but not others. Whether you’re a new vegetarian or a long-time vegan, this book will bring home very real truths about society and the current food system.
Though there have been significant strides in our awareness of animal welfare in the decades since this book was written, ‘Animal Liberation’ is as relevant today as it ever was. Often described as the “the bible” of the animal liberation movement, Peter Singer’s book delves deep into the animal rights movement on both a psychological and philosophical level, sparking a wave of animal activism and even inspiring PETA’s Ingrid Newkirk to found the life-saving organization. ‘Animal Liberation’ depicts the graphic scenes of animal cruelty and suffering that is rife today in the world’s farms and laboratories. For some it may be a difficult read…but it is nevertheless a life changing one.
Though the vegan movement can be traced back almost 2000 years, over half of today’s vegan population is made up of millennials – people aged 15-34 years old.This already aware group is increasingly light-years ahead of its predecessors in terms of animal compassion and limiting social norms. However, there is still much work to be done in terms of spreading that awareness further – both to their fellow peers and future generations to come. Taft’s ‘Millennial Vegan’ provides helpful advice on social situations as a vegan; as well as everyday advocacy, dating and maintaining overall well-being. No matter how conscious you already perceive yourself to be, ‘Millennial Vegan’ can help you take it further.