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Dominion, by Matthew Scully
Dominion argues that when God gave man dominion over the animals, he meant that we should protect them, not line them up, gut them, and serve them on bread. This line of reasoning has been a great comeback for me when Bible-thumpers give me flack for not eating meat. It’s a powerful book, and a break from the factory farming books that seem to be in abundance recently. Scully goes a few steps further than farms, introducing the annual convention of Safari Club International, where rich people pay $20,000 to hunt elephants abroad or in “safari ranches,” and animals are kept in pens. He also pulls back the curtain on the International Whaling Commission conference—you will learn more about whaling since the last time you read Moby Dick. (But this time it’s for real.)
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