Please Don’t Eat the Animals
All the Reasons You Need to be a Vegetarian
by Jennifer Horsman & Jaime Flowers
About this Book
“Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.”
Please Don’t Eat the Animals: All the Reasons You Need to Be a Vegetarian is an exciting and provocative new book on the universal benefits of being a vegetarian.
Authors Horsman and Flowers detail the many reasons for
the burgeoning movement toward a plant-based diet in four
short, interesting, easy-to-digest sections:
Nowhere is the appeal of vegetarianism reflected more than
in health issues. Scientists and doctors have begun drawing the connection between heavily meat-laden diets and the most serious health problems.
Livestock farming accounts for over half of both fresh water
and ocean pollution. It significantly effects air pollution,
deforestation – especially of rain forests – and the decimation of wildlife populations.
• Animal Welfare
Animal welfare issues have gained prominence in recent
years. Animal rights/ethics courses have emerged on university campuses, even in law schools. Please Don’t Eat The Animals reveals the plight of animals on factory farms, a sad and troubling picture indeed.
• Religious and Spiritual
Fresh and original, this section points to the fact that Christianity, Judaism, and Islam have strong injunctions against cruelty to animals. All Hindus are vegetarians. Mohammed said, "Whoever is kind to the creatures of God is kind to himself." And, according to the Buddha, "The eating of meat extinguishes the great seed of compassion."
Why Please Don’t Eat the Animals?
• Vegetarianism is big
—Millions are strict vegetarians. Many will welcome
Please Don’t Eat the Animals to explain their choice.
—The United States Restaurant Association reports
vegetarian entrees are now available in almost all restaurants.
—Teens are embracing meatless diets: 14 to 25 percent of
teenagers are vegetarian, depending on how you define it.
• Books on healthy diets are big
— Witness Atkins, South Beach, et alia, and The Omnivore’s Dilemma, a current best-seller.
— According to Edouard Cointreau, a cookbook expert,
vegetarian cookbooks are the hottest trend in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.
• Animal rights is big
—Over two hundred different animal rights organizations
are active in the U.S.
—Animal rights/ethics courses have emerged on university
campuses, even in law schools.
About the Authors
Jennifer Horsman and Jaime Flowers are a mother-daughter writing team and enthusiastic vegetarian advocates. Jennifer Horsman is a well published writer who has written a multitude of romance novels (Avon Books, Zebra Books), several successful screenplays (Warner Bros., Julian Krainin Productions), and weekly book reviews for Publishers Weekly. Jaime Flowers is a senior at Chapman University,majoring in film and screenwriting.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Just last month, a new study led by doctors at the Harvard Medical School and Brigham’s and Women’s Hospital revealed that women who ate more than 1 1/2 servings per day of red meat – cow, pig, or lamb flesh, were almost twice as likely to develop hormone-related breast cancer as those who ate fewer than three portions per week. While adopting a vegetarian diet in no way guarantees one will never develop cancer, it is, however, a wonderful way to increase one’s protection against not only breast cancer, but also other forms of cancer.
Indeed, there are many reasons to switch to a plant-based diet, not the least of which is reducing one’s cancer risk. But if you need further convincing that vegetarianism is for you, add Please Don’t Eat the Animals: All the Reasons You Need to be a Vegetarian to your reading list.
Obviously, choosing to go vegetarian or vegan is a highly personal and individual decision, and most of us would not appreciate being told what we should or should not eat. Yet, when considering a lifestyle change, it helps to have the most accurate and up-to-date information – preferably all in one easy-to read book! This is what readers will find within the pages of Please Don’t Eat the Animals. The authors list the numerous benefits of vegetarianism, with chapters on the environment, animal welfare, health, religion and spirituality. The book is an excellent guide that can assist in making a confident and well-informed decision to go vegetarian.
In one chapter, the authors describe how “the process of becoming a vegetarian acts like a spark to consciousness…”. The same can be said of Please Do Not Eat the Animals. The book’s title is a reminder, “a spark to consciousness,” that the packages of chops, cutlets and ribs conveniently for sale at grocery stores are the remains of animals that were once living, breathing creatures, not merely meat.
While Please Don’t Eat the Animals is most suitable for non-vegetarians, the book includes many quotes—some rather uncommon, on the topic of vegetarianism that will interest long-time vegetarians. So, if you’re thinking about giving vegetarianism a try, pick up a copy of Please Don’t Eat the Animals and discover the many reasons to seriously consider a change to a more healthy and compassionate way of life.