Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It’s So Hard to Think Straight about Animals by Hal Herzog

Why do we eat chickens but feed bluebirds in our backyards? Why do we keep dogs as pets in America while other countries eat them? Why is cock-fighting illegal yet factory farming is not?
If you’re like me, you’ve never really wondered about the above questions. I had never deeply questioned the human relationship with animals. I eat bacon for breakfast, yet spend hundreds of dollars on vet bills to keep my beloved cat alive, and I’ve never questioned what that contradiction means about me. Science has shown that pigs are highly intelligent, yet I somehow see them as less worthy than a cat or a dog. Why? I never knew, and didn’t care much to find out. That is, until I picked up this book.
The author, Hal Herzog, is a psychology professor at Western Carolina University, and an expert in animal/human relationships. In this book he uses philosophy, psychology, evolutionary biology, and history to break down topics ranging from hunting to pet-ownership to animal cruelty laws. He explores the various ways humans view animals, and how these views have evolved over the years. The point of this book isn’t to turn anyone into a vegan (much to my relief), but to prompt readers to think more deeply about how humans interact with the other living creatures on this earth.
This book was a joy to read. The science in the book is mixed with humorous anecdotes, so it’s not a heavy read by any means. Rather, it’s a thought-provoking exploration of what it means to be an animal lover. Highly recommended for fans of Michael Pollan.

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