The Ethical Carnivore: My Year Killing to Eat

Bloomsbury, 2016 - 320 ˹
Louise Gray'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 extraordinary 'rabbit with a white blaze', she vows to do its death justice and continue her quest to find out what it really means to kill and eat animals. .Inspired by the hand-wringing at middle class dinner parties, where everyone claims to care about animal welfare, Louise Gray sets out to find exactly where our meat comes from. The Ethical Carnivore takes the reader on the entire journey from field to fork, including the moment of death. At times shocking and always enlightening, the story promises to make us fully appreciate not only the farmers and fishermen behind our meals, but most of all the animals themselves. .Starting small, Louise shoots and traps game such as pigeon and squirrels, and learns how to skin and cook them in the traditional way. Louise infiltrates elite shoots and considers whether killing game birds can ever be justified. She bravely visits halal and non-halal slaughterhouses and finds out how animals are killed and processed, and the effect it has on the men and women who do it on our behalf. .The biggest animal Louise kills is a stag, in a chapter about blood lust, the question of masculinity and whether we are really meant to hunt and kill. At the end of the year, Louise goes wild fowling on the Isle of Lewis to shoot a goose for Christmas and reflects on how she has become more connected to nature and as a result a more compassionate person..Confronting current anxiety about the modern food system, Louise Gray's frank and funny writing encourages us all to reconnect with the countryside and take responsibility for the animals on our plates.

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Louise Gray is a freelance writer based in Scotland. She trained with The Press Association and was a staff writer for The 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. The Ethical Carnivore is her first book.
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