That's Why We Don't Eat Animals: A Book About Vegans, Vegetarians, and All Living ThingsHardback
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- Publisher: North Atlantic Books,U.S.
- Format: Hardback | 48 pages
- Dimensions: 231mm x 279mm x 13mm | 340g
- Publication date: 1 June 2009
- Publication City/Country: Berkeley, CA
- ISBN 10: 1556437854
- ISBN 13: 9781556437854
- Illustrations note: Four Colour Illustration Throughout
- Sales rank: 12,279
"That's Why We Don't Eat Animals "uses colorful artwork and lively text to introduce vegetarianism and veganism to early readers (ages six to ten). Written and illustrated by Ruby Roth, the book features an endearing animal cast of pigs, turkeys, cows, quail, turtles, and dolphins. These creatures are shown in both their natural state--rooting around, bonding, nuzzling, cuddling, grooming one another, and charming each other with their family instincts and rituals--and in the terrible conditions of the factory farm. The book also describes the negative effects eating meat has on the environment. A separate section entitled "What Else Can We Do?" suggests ways children can learn more about the vegetarian and vegan lifestyles, such as: "Celebrate Thanksgiving with a vegan feast" or "Buy clothes, shoes, belts, and bags that are not made from leather or other animal skins or fur." This compassionate, informative book offers both an entertaining read and a resource to inspire parents and children to talk about a timely, increasingly important subject. "That's Why We Don't Eat Animals" official website: http: //wedonteatanimals.com/
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Ruby Roth is an acclaimed activist, artist, and author whose work has been featured in the "San Francisco Chronicle, The Huffington Post, The Washington Times, Change.org, Glamour, "and "Wired "as well as on The Today Show, FOX, ABC, CNN, and other major media outlets." "She first discovered children's interest in veganism while teaching art at an elementary school. Complementing her degrees in art and American studies, she has researched animal agriculture, health, nutrition, and the benefits of a plant-based diet for nearly a decade. A vegan since 2003, she lives in Los Angeles.
"This is a powerful and important book. Farm animals have emotions similar to our pets and this is conveyed in Roth's enchanting illustrations. It will make children--and their parents--think. But it will not lead to nightmares, rather respect and compassion for the creatures whose wellbeing is in our hands." --Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace "A refreshing, sympathetic, and attractive book that children are smart enough to understand, embrace and grow up a little by reading." --Ingrid Newkirk, founder, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) "Ruby Roth has done us all a great service. If your children are vegetarians, or have friends who are, or are simply interested in why people might be vegetarians, this is the book for them!" --John Robbins, bestselling author of "The Food Revolution, Diet For A New America" "Where adults are more firmly entrenched in their ways, children need only the slightest insights and guidance, and off they soar into the direction of a more conscious and kind way of living. This book will help to create the much needed healers and leaders of tomorrow. " --Kathy Freston, NY Times bestselling author of "Quantum Wellness" "Like many people, I knew as a child that I didn't want to eat animals. That's Why We Don't Eat Animals would have offered me the guidance and inspiration I needed to understand those instincts. This book is a must-have for anyone who loves animals." --Alicia Silverstone, actress, animal-rights activist "In a time when we are all working to go green, I am thrilled that "That's Why We Don't Eat Animals" makes the connection between food and the environment, inspiring children to be aware and involved. " --Ed Begley, actor, activist "Stunning artwork, meaningful content, and a message that will inspire-this book is a must-read for every child. " --Rory Freedman, NY Times bestselling author of "
From an opening that establishes all earthlings' mutual connection, Roth follows with evidence of humanlike behavior among animals. Turkeys dance and grieve together; they blush and fly to the treetops when the moon comes out. In factory farms they have no freedom and are made too fat to fly. Fish, cattle, ducks, geese, chickens and pheasants are all similarly mistreated. Carnivorous diets for humans are destroying the rainforests and killing endangered species. This tract spends most of its time supporting the idea that animals are very like people and too cute to eat. The unsubtle illustrations feature black-bead - eyed animals that are adorable in the wild but terrified and dirty on the farms. Environmental impact gets a mention, but health concerns (for humans) get no ink at all. Also, the suggestion that pets can survive on a vegetarian diet can kill those that are carnivores in the wild. Children young enough for this are in no position to make dietary choices for themselves; it will work best for children in already vegan or vegetarian households. (Informational picture book. 6-10) (Kirkus Reviews)