April 19, 2024


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My critique of “Animal Agriculture Is Immoral” | Richard H. Schwartz

Animal Agriculture Is Immoral is an anthology of scholarly,  insightful, believed-provoking essays from environmental, social, religious, and religious perspectives by major vegan activists about the really adverse outcomes of animal-based mostly diet programs and agriculture. As an activist who has browse and written extensively about plant-centered weight loss plans, I welcomed the new info and thoughts from the cogent essays.

Dependable with its themes, the ebook is devoted “to all the animals with whom we share this wonderful earth and to all the children who will inherit the effects of our options.”

     The a lot of precious elements of the e book include things like:

  • Lewis Regenstein, president of The Interfaith Council for the Defense of Animals and Character, and the writer of  Replenish the Earth: The Teachings of the World’s Religions on Shielding Animals and Character, discusses the Bible’s teachings on environmental sustainability and compassion to animals.
  • Dan Brook, Ph.D, sociology instructor at San Jose Condition University, editor of the non-revenue veg cookbook Justice in the Kitchen area, and author of Having the Earth (in a variety of languages), discusses 12 motives to be vegan.
  • Rabbi David Rosen, former main rabbi of Eire,  details out that “Judaism categorically forbids gratuitous cruelty to sentient beings, but present-day animal agriculture consists of absolutely nothing significantly less than the most flagrant gratuitous cruelty.”
  • Karen Davis, Ph.D., President and founder of United Poultry Problems and author of Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs and other guides, discusses how the ‘livestock’ industry works by using euphemisms to mislead individuals about the extremely cruel procedure of farmed animals.
  • Jeffrey Spitz Cohan, Govt Director of Jewish Veg,  discusses Jewish teachings about compassion to animals, which include, “Just as God is merciful, so shall you be merciful.” (Babylonian Talmud: South 14:a)
  • Judy Carman, author of Homo Ahimsa, Peace to All Beings, and Vegan Soup for the Chicken’s Soul, argues that the globe have to change from the concept of individuals staying homo sapiens, which has had such devastating effects for the world, to humans being homo ahimsa, people today of kindness and compassion, in buy to conclude the several negatives of manufacturing unit farming.
  • Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz, Ph.D., founder and CEO of Shamayim: Jewish Animal Advocacy and creator of 18 publications on Jewish ethics, describes how “an interfaith compassion motion can adjust the environment.”
  • Stephen Kaufman, MD, chair of the Christian Vegetarian Association and author of two books relating Christianity to veg eating plans, argues that just as with wars involving nations, the 1st casualty of the “war” between the ‘livestock’ industries and animal rights activists is the truth of the matter, with the many abuses of animals and other negatives of the manufacturing of animal merchandise mostly concealed from the general public.
  • Victoria Moran, author of Major Avenue Vegan, The Appreciate-Driven Diet regime, and The Good Karma Diet plan, host of the Main Road Vegan Podcast, and director of Primary Street Academy, “which trains and certifies vegan lifestyle coaches and academies,”  discusses the value of “confronting the the immorality of feeding on meat in our personalized lives.”
  • Will Tuttle, PhD, creator of the broadly translated preferred World Peace Diet, editor of Circles of Compassion and  Buddhism and Veganism, and receiver of the Braveness of Conscience Award and the Empty Cages Prize, discusses the extremely adverse “banquet of consequences” linked with animal agriculture.
  • Rabbi Yonatan Neril, founder and director of the Interfaith Heart for Sustainable enhancement and co-editor of the not long ago released Eco-Bible,  discusses the numerous negatives included in the generation and consumption of eggs.
  • Hope Bohanec, writer of The Final Betrayal: Is There Joyful Meat? Assignments Manager for United Poultry Problems, and host for the Hope for the Animals Podcast, stresses the urgency of a put up-COVID-19  anti-speciesism initiative to produce a new ordinary in the romance of human beings to animals.
  • Sailesh Rao, Ph.D., editor of this book, Government Director of Local climate Healers, and activist with Human Overall health Animal Liberation (Mend), summarizes a lot of of the book’s discussions, arguing that animal agriculture “needs to be buried in the trash heap of background, alongside with colonialism, racism, ableism, patriarchy, casteism, and other such discredited ideologies,” and “the time to do it is NOW.”

     Additional essays supporting the book’s theme are by Pramoda Chitrabhanu, author of Rainbow Foodstuff for the Vegan Palate Bradon Burr, O.D., Food Plan Committee Chair for Animals Wellness Action Jason Glasson, extensive time vegan activist Susan Hargreaves, author, humane educator, and founder of Animal Hero Kids, an all-volunteer kindness instruction charity empowering youth to compassionate action and Duke McLeod., a Ph.D college student in Social Anthropology, investigating the Muslim conceptions of veganism.

     At a time when the world faces a opportunity local climate disaster, a devastating Coronavirus, an epidemic of  coronary heart illness, cancer, and other lifestyle-threatening health conditions, and other damaging consequences  of animal-based mostly agriculture and diet programs, this reserve is particularly timely and pertinent. It has the likely to be a sport changer, aiding to change our imperiled world on to a sustainable route. I urge anyone to browse it and heed its beneficial messages.

     Due to the fact the troubles are so particularly crucial, the book is not copyrighted, and any element of it can be reproduced and transmitted freely.


     I am grateful for acquiring the possibility to lead to this excellent anthology with an essay entitled “Abolishing Intensive Animal Agriculture: A Worldwide Crucial

Richard H. Schwartz, Ph.D., is the writer of Judaism and Vegetarianism, Judaism and World wide Survival, Who Stole My Faith? Revitalizing Judaism and Making use of Jewish Values to Enable Recover our Imperiled World, and Arithmetic and Global Survival, and above 200 content and 25 podcasts at JewishVeg.com/schwartz. He is President Emeritus of Jewish Vegetarians of North America (JVNA) and President of the Culture of Moral and Religious Vegetarians (SERV). He is affiliate producer of the 2007 documentary “A Sacred Duty: Making use of Jewish Values to Enable Heal the Globe.” He is also a Professor Emeritus of Arithmetic at the College or university of Staten Island, which is aspect of the Town College of New York.