Mindblowing Veganism-Bolstering Book

August 25, 2015

orca book

Because I am an information hound and like to keep my arsenal of animal knowledge stocked (and because I like to win arguments), I'm reading a beautiful book you should read, too, called Of Orcas and Men: What Killer Whales Can Teach Us by David Neiwert. 

If you loved Blackfish, you'll gain heaps more in-depth, but easy-to-read knowledge from this book, which is full of absolutely stunning information about the minds and lives of these animals, both free and captive. It's the kind of reading that makes your heart soar/ache and fills you with a sense of solidarity with other activists and a (re)commitment to veganism.

SIDE NOTE: Every time I post something like this that advocates for a specific species, I always get comments from people who have to poo on the parade by asking, "What about cows and chickens and pigs?" Can we agree not to do that anymore?

Even if I understand the sentiment, I don't want us thinking that gaining peoples' compassion is a zero sum game—as if it cancels out the possibility of gaining their compassion for other species. It's no doubt a healthier outlook to think of compassion as an endless resource instead of a limited one if we are going to go on with any activism at all.

Duh, it can be maddeningly annoying when people love some animals and eat others, but winning a piece of anyone's heart/brain for any animal opens a small crack through which other information might seep in. 

It's great to be critical, but let's never hate on a win, please. They're not easy to come by (though it helps if you have solid arguments...which brings me back to this book!). 

Let me know what you think of Of Orcas and Men, happy reading!

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