Animalkind: What We Owe to Animals
by Jean Kazez
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In Animalkind: What We Owe to Animals Jean Kazez argues for a drastic reduction in our consumption of animal products. Though certainly not an abolitionist, Kazez argues we owe all animals a "respect" which, though its exact boundaries are "fuzzy", is clearly incompatible with our current treatment of them. Kazez's writing style is at both accessible and engaging but what is most impressive is the book's breadth, as it moves elegantly through history, theology, anthropology, neuroscience and philosophy. Both the book's limited conclusion and Kazez's refusal to reduce her position to a set of simple moral prohibitions may frustrate some vegans. Vegans are, however, not Kazez's intended audience. Instead this book is addressed to omnivores who, after decades of consuming a large number of animal products, are open to considering whether their life choices are consistent with their moral commitments. Kazez's style is perfectly suited to this task, with the charming honesty of her brief autobiographical interludes (despite considerable changes to her lifestyle, Kazez is not yet vegan) making it clear that this is not the saint preaching to the sinners. If you are already a committed vegan, then this may not be the book for you but it is the perfect present for your omnivorous friends and family.