There are plenty of vegan books on the market today, but these next few books are some of the best. If you are looking for a good, educational, vegan read then you’ve come to the right place. These next 5 books are must reads!
1.) Eating Animals
Written by: Johnathan Safran Foer
Eating Animals, written by Johnathan Safran Foer explores the many theories we use to justify our eating habits, everything from folklore and pop culture, to family traditions. Eating Animals is a great source for cold hard, factual information about the animal agriculture business, as Foer incorporates philosophy, literature, science, memoir, and his own detective work from researching and visiting factory farms in the middle of the night into this eye opening book. This book is one of the things that inspired me to go vegan, and once you read it you’ll understand why. Foer isn’t afraid to expose the truth about things like what “cage free” really means, or how factory farm animals are treated. This book is a must have for any vegan book shelf.
2.) The China Study
Written by: Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Foreward by: Thomas M. Campbell II
In The China Study, Dr. T Colin Campbell details the connection between nutrition and heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. The China Study also dives deep into examining the source of nutritional confusion produced by powerful lobbies, government entities, and opportunistic scientists. This book is a must read for anybody who is interested in nutrition, and how dairy and meat negatively affects health. In this eye opening book, Dr. Campbell examines the results of a study conducted among 6,500 adults in 65 countries in rural China, and compares the predominantly plant-based Chinese diets with the high consumption of meat and dairy in the West. Drawing on tons of research and references collected throughout his career, Campbell makes a compelling argument that animal-based foods are responsible for the number of health problems many are suffering from in America, including but not limited to the high rates of heart disease, etc. This book makes it evident to see that America’s obesity and health problems do in fact have a direct correlation with the types of foods we eat, and that switching to a plant based diet can help reduce the risk of these diseases.
3.) Death At Seaworld: Shamu and the Dark Side of Killer Whales in Captivity
Written by: David Kirby
Death At Seaworld is a groundbreaking scientific thriller that exposes the dark side of Seaworld, and centers on the battle with the marine park industry over the controversial and deadly consequences of holding killer whales in captivity. This book is a must read for vegans and animal rights activists, especially if you’ve seen the documentary Blackfish, which focuses on the same theme, and also discusses the tragic death of trainer Dawn Brancheau in 2010.
4.) Silent Spring
Written by: Rachel Carson
The book Silent Spring, is a well known environmental science book that documents the harmful effects pesticides, etc. have on the environment. First written in the 1960’s, Carson’s book helped change history and start a revolution. The outcry following its publication in 1962, even forced the government to ban DDT and motivated change in the laws that affect our air, land, and water. This book is a must read for anybody who is vegan and/or environmentally conscious.
5.) Rattling The Cage: Toward Legal Rights For Animals
Written by: Steven Wise, Introduction by: Jane Goodall
Rattling The Cage is a compelling and well researched argument explaining how the failure to recognize the basic legal rights of chimpanzees and bonobos in light of modern science findings creates a contradiction in our law. Author and American Legal Scholar, Steven Wise, demonstrates that the cognitive, emotional, and social capabilities of chimps and bonobos entitle them to freedom from the imprisonment and abuse they currently face. This book is heartbreaking and exposes the truth about the abuse these animals face on a day to day basis. A must read for animal activists everywhere!