How to Love Animals

How to Love Animals

In a Human-Shaped World

Summary

*A BOOK OF THE YEAR 2021 IN THE TIMES, DAILY TELEGRAPH, FINANCIAL TIMES AND BBC RADIO 4 THE FOOD PROGRAMME*

*A GUARDIAN 'BOOKS OF 2021' PICK*


We all love animals, but does that make their lives happier?


With factory farms, climate change and deforestation, this might be the worst time in history to be an animal. In an age of extinction and pandemics, our relationship with the other species on our planet has become unsustainable. What if we took animals' experiences seriously - how would we eat, think and live differently?

Henry Mance sets out on a personal quest to see if there is a fairer way to live alongside other species. He goes to work in an abattoir and on a farm to investigate the reality of eating meat and dairy. He explores our dilemmas around hunting wild animals, over-fishing the seas, visiting zoos, saving wild spaces and owning pets. He meets the chefs, farmers, activists, philosophers, scientists and tech visionaries who are redefining how we think about animals.

This is not a book about what animals can do for us, but what we can do for animals.

Reviews

  • Convincing and urgent
    Guardian

About the author

Henry Mance

Henry Mance is the award-winning Chief Features Writer at the Financial Times. He has contributed to a number of other publications including Tatler, GQ and Radio Times. He lives in London with his wife and two young daughters, plus their cat and various frogs.
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