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you see in pixels? Accidentally introduce yourself with an "@gmail.com"
at the end of your name? Ever say the letters "LOL" instead of
laughing? You might not be this far gone, but let's face it: We're wired. If
you're ready to unplug and spend your downtime with a page-turner, get ready
for this weekend. The first Saturday of November is Book Lover’s Day, and what
better way to celebrate than to hit "Power Off" and open an animal
rights–related book? Check out the following list for a variety of reads we recommend:
Practical Guide to Animal RightsBy Ingrid E. NewkirkThe most comprehensive book on animal
rights out today, The PETA Practical Guide to Animal Rights lists
hundreds of easy ways to stop cruelty. Written by PETA President Ingrid E.
Newkirk, this book provides facts, personal insight, inspiration, ideas, and
resources. It is your go-to guide to making everyday compassionate choices.
LiberationBy Peter SingerFirst published in 1975, this
groundbreaking book helped launch the modern animal rights movement. Singer
exposes the truth behind industries that abuse animals, offers a philosophical
argument against "speciesism," and provides concrete humane
solutions. It is no wonder that this timeless book still persuades even the
hardest of hearts today.
Next of Kin: My
Conversations With ChimpanzeesBy Roger Fouts with Stephen Tukel MillsIn this fascinating page-turner,
primatologist Roger Foust recalls his 30-year career studying the language of
chimpanzees. While training them to communicate through sign language, Fouts
develops a deep connection with his subjects and evolves into an animal rights
advocate who questions the very morality of biomedical research on chimpanzees.
Eating AnimalsBy Jonathan Safran FoerIf you prefer a personal touch to facts and figures, look no further than Foer's
memoir-investigative report Eating
Animals. The bestselling author shares his extensive quest to learn who lies on his dinner plate: He investigates
factory farms, discusses societal food norms, and digs deep emotionally to
arrive at the answer.
Rabble-Rouser's MemoirBy Dan MathewsIn this highly entertaining memoir, PETA's
very own Dan Mathews shares his colorful adventures as a longtime animal rights
activist. Whether he's dressed in a rabbit costume or his birthday suit, Mathews
has advocated for animals all around the world. He's living proof that
controversy wins victories—and definitely earns laughs.
Skinny BitchBy Rory Freedman and Kim BarnouinPart diet book, part gab fest, this
informative and downright hysterical book explains serious issues—like factory
farm abuse and meat's dangerous health impacts—with a side of sassiness. Chock
full of nutritional facts, Skinny Bitch is
a great book to give to family and friends because it'll definitely make them
think and laugh!
EvaBy Peter DickinsonSearching for a present for pre-teens
and teenagers who are beginning to consider animal rights on their own?
Consider Eva, a spellbinding young adult
science-fiction novel that follows a teenager whose consciousness is medically
transplanted into the body of a chimpanzee after she is paralyzed in an
accident. After spending half her time in chimpanzee society, Eva plans to save
the species from destruction.
VeganistBy Kathy FrestonDon't like to be lectured to? Prefer a
gradual introduction that's kind, not shocking? Then Freston's lifestyle guide
is the perfect companion for you. Veganist
encourages readers to "lean into" a "veganist"
lifestyle—one that is vegan in intention but less concerned with achieving hard
and fast perfection. Instead, Freston persuades readers with high praises for
veganism's health, environmental, and spiritual benefits.
Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of AnimalsBy Jeffrey
Moussaieff Masson and Susan McCarthyThis national
bestseller captured the country's heart for a reason. Masson and McCarthy
explore animal emotions with fascinating anecdotes and call on readers to
reconsider the treatment of animals who can so clearly feel love, anger, shame,
and fear. It is a thought-provoking book that skillfully raises questions
without forcing answers.
Meat Is for Pussies: A How-To Guide for Dudes Who Want
to Get Fit, Kick Ass, and Take NamesBy John JosephThe "in-your-face" title says it all. Written by a punk rocker-Ironman
triathlete who's kicked the meat habit for 30 years, Meat Is for Pussies exposes hard-to-swallow food facts but doesn't
want to hear your excuses. A how-to guide that arms readers with steps to take
charge of their diet like a man, this fast read is a great "dude's"
version of Skinny Bitch.
We're certain that once you crack open
one of these books, Book Lover's Day will just be the beginning of an all-out
read-a-thon. Have you been inspired by any of these books? Or have another
suggestion that you think should make the list? Please share in the comments
Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights? Read more.