The Ethical Carnivore: My Year Killing to Eat (Paperback)

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The Ethical Carnivore: My Year Killing to Eat (Paperback)


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If you had to kill it yourself, if you had to look it in the eye . . . would you eat it?

Louise's first kill is a disaster. She injures a rabbit, and thinks it has died in agony. But the experience teaches her a lesson, and when she subsequently finds the rabbit, she vows to do its death justice by finding out what it really means to kill and eat animals.

Many people claim to care about the meat that they eat, but do they really know how the animal died? The Ethical Carnivore addresses this universal question, through an emotional personal quest. Taking the current fashion for "ethical meat" to its logical conclusion, Louise vows to eat only animals she has killed herself for a year.

Starting small, Louise shoots and traps game such as hare and squirrels, and learns how to skin and cook them. She builds a new appreciation of the British countryside, and its wild fish and animals.

The narrative moves to domestic animals. Louise sees cows in the slaughterhouse; by talking to the men and women who work there, she finds out how the animals are killed and the effect it has on the people who do it on our behalf.

At the end of her journey, Louise goes wildfowling in the Orkneys to shoot a goose for Christmas dinner. She reflects that the rabbit with the white blaze has taught her to appreciate meat by facing up to the death of animals and to look deeply at her own morals and values.

Louise Gray is a freelance writer based in Scotland. She trained with The Press Association and was a staff writer forThe Scotsman. From 2008 to 2013 she was Environment Correspondent for The Daily Telegraph. Louise specialises in writing about food, farming and climate change. In recent years she has written for The Sunday Times, Scottish Field, the Guardian and The Spectator, among others. She has also appeared on BBC television and radio.

Louise is passionate about environmental issues, increasingly focusing on how individuals can make a difference through the choices they make, such as the food we eat. She is the author of The Ethical Carnivore and Avocado Anxiety and Other Food Stories.

@loubgray /

Product Details ISBN: 9781472933102
ISBN-10: 1472933109
Publisher: Bloomsbury Natural History
Publication Date: January 2nd, 2018
Pages: 320
Language: English

"A courageous and important narrative offering an enlightened perspective on making informed choices about eating meat." - Kirkus Reviews

"An entertaining and enlightening work of environmental reporting." - Booklist

"A charming and eye-opening book." - The Guardian

"A thorough, engaging, sometimes shocking account of where our meat comes from. It is also, importantly, a book about caring." - Malachy Tallack, Caught by the River

"Well paced, well researched and politically even-handed." - Country Life

"Louise Gray is a micromaster." - The Scotsman

"This humane, adventurous and wonderfully illuminating exploration will entertain and challenge everyone, from carnivore to vegan." - Patrick Barkham

"She writes well and this is a book that all should read – but it isn’t simply a duty, it’s a gritty pleasure." - Mark Avery

"The Ethical Carnivore is an engaging book." - Spectrum Culture