Ninety-five: Meeting America's Farmed Animals in Stories and Photographs by No Voice Unheard
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Although somewhat melodramatic in places, this is a beautifully photographed book that talks about the personality and individuality of the featured animals. I found it to be consistent with what I know about the traditionally farmed animals that I keep as pets as well as those I interacted with when I was in veterinary school. It raises significant moral questions about the fate of animals kept in factory farms. Do Americans really know what they are eating and how much suffering goes into producing cheap meat, eggs and milk? If you don't know, you should make an active effort to find out. Willful ignorance and continued participation in a corrupt and unethical system makes you just as guilty as those who raise these animals in deplorable conditions just to provide you with a cheap chicken dinner.
I'm also currently reading Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer, which is a logical, calm and open look at animal production. It's a great read so far. Ok, back off my soapbox and back to thinking about happier things!