Jonathan Safran Foer on the "Ellen" show, USA.

Novelist Jonathan Safran Foer, plugging his book Eating Animals, makes some interesting sociological points in the clips below.

In particular, he talks about the images we have about "farms" compared to the realities. As such, much of what he says is similar to the material I developed in my Ph.D in a chapter on the maintenance of socially-constructed ideas about the species barrier.

Apparently, Foer is a big fan of both the HSUS and PeTA, so not everything he says and stands for is great - however, these short clips are worth watching.


  1. Aren’t humans amazing Animals? They kill wildlife - birds, deer, all kinds of cats, coyotes, beavers, groundhogs, mice and foxes by the million in order to protect their domestic animals and their feed.

    Then they kill domestic animals by the billion and eat them. This in turn kills people by the million, because eating all those animals leads to degenerative - and fatal - - health conditions like heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and cancer.

    So then humans spend billions of dollars torturing and killing millions of more animals to look for cures for these diseases.

    Elsewhere, millions of other human beings are being killed by hunger and malnutrition because food they could eat is being used to fatten domestic animals.

    Meanwhile, few people recognize the absurdity of humans, who kill so easily and violently, and once a year send out cards praying for "Peace on Earth."

    ~Revised Preface to Old MacDonald’s Factory Farm by C. David Coates~

    Check out this informative and inspiring video on why people choose vegan: http://veganvideo.org/

    Also see Gary Yourofsky: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bagt5L9wXGo

  2. Foer's not just a big fan of PETA and HSUS, but he views vegan education as unreasonable and extremist and has recently misrepresented abolitionist animal rights in an interview with Erik Marcus (portraying it as divisive, wrongheaded and absolutist).

  3. Do you have a link for that interview, Mylene?

  4. Hi Roger... Here's the link you're asking about:

    As far as Foer's book is concerned - My thought is that his book is already written. None of us can go back in time and persuade him to write a different one. BUT - the fact that this book does encourage a conversation about alternative "choices" can't be denied.

    Foer puts into everyday conversation that what a person eats should be given much more consideration. I agree that you can't ask someone to take the last step before you even make them aware of the "stairs" to begin with.

    I don't recommend his book - Nor do I reach the same conclusions that he does... BUT I think it gives abolitionists a perfect opportunity to finish off what he starts. The hardest part (for me) is to get people thinking in the first place. Foer's book starts the dialogue that food and "animals" are important issues. All vegans then have the opportunity to pick up where he leaves off. I think this is what we can do with a "bad" situation.