Animal Liberationby Peter Singer. One of the best books I’ve read on animal rights. The chapter on scientific experimentation was devastatingly sad.
Eating Animalsby Jonathan Safran-Foer. From Amazon: “On the eve of becoming a father, Foer takes all the arguments for and against vegetarianism a neurotic step beyond and, to decide how to feed his coming baby, investigates everything from the intelligence level of our most popular meat providers-cattle, pigs, and poultry-to the specious self-justifications (his own included) for eating some meat products and not others.”
The Omnivore’s Dilemmaby Michael Pollan. This book really changed my life and I recommend it for veg*ns and omnivores alike. It really makes you think about where your food comes from – whether you continue to eat animal products or not. I know a lot of vegans and vegetarians don’t like this book because in sort of promotes “happy meat”, but it opened my eyes up to a lot that I hadn’t known before – and that knowledge eventually led me to veganism, so you never know!
The Pig Who Sang to the Moon: The Emotional Lives of Farm Animals by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson. I’m not going to lie–there is a good chance this book will make you cry, but I loved it anyway. You’ll learn so much about what farmed animals would be like if they were free to roam. After all the reading I’ve done, I still learned a lot in this book.
“All Hat, No Cattle“, written by Michael Markarian, president of the Humane Society Legislative Fund. In this article he talks about Proposition 2 in California, the confinement of animals on factory farms, and the horrible conditions workers are forced to endure.