At the moment our human world is based on the suffering and destruction of millions of non-humans. To perceive this and do something to change it in personal and public ways is to undergo a change of perception akin to a religious conversion, Nothing can ever be seen in quite the same way again because once you have admitted the terror and pain of other species you will, unless you resist conversion, be always aware of the endless permutations of suffering that support our society.
–Arthur Conan Doyle
I just read The Face On Your Plate: The Truth About Food by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson and although I don’t eat all that much meat to begin with I am pretty sure that cutting it out completely might be the only way I can have a clean conscience at this point. Although this book is a bit preachy in parts, I think Masson does a good job of describing the ethical, environmental, and health issues related to eating meat (especially that which comes from huge factory farms). The meat section in super markets has really creeped me out for a long time, but I was in a store yesterday and after reading this book all I could see was how terrible the meat industry is and how disgustingly dirty their product has become. We are lucky to live in Toronto where there are many sources of cleaner and more ethical meat options so if anything, take advantage of them. You would be doing yourself a huge favor!