Louise Gray “The Ethical Carnivore: My Year of Killing to Eat” (Bloomsbury USA, 2016)
I have to say that this book wasn’t what I was expecting. From the blurb, I had expected a story of someone hunting or fishing their food. Definitely more of a back to the land experience. This book actually is an exploration of modern meat handling.
Gray takes a conscious look at the industry, or at least the most modern aspects of the industry. From the raising of the animals to the eventual butchery, Gray takes an unflinching look at the industry. She meets and talks with the men and women who do the work.
This in an interesting and illuminating look at the industry which affects most of us. It is not a plea for vegetarianism, nor is it an expose of meat is murder. It is a thoughtful and conscious examination of where the steak or chop comes from. How is that animal raised and eventually slaughtered?
Gray’s non-partisanship in the ongoing argument between those who eat meat and those who don’t make this an interesting read. Can we consume responsibly?