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Gloucester author muses on the animals we eat

Anthropologist and author Barbara J. King of Gloucester has released a new book, “Personalities on the Plate: The Lives and Minds of Animals We Eat.”

The book “asks us to think hard about our meat eating—and how we might reduce it,” according to the description on, where the book is available for purchase. The book is not intended to convert readers to veganism, the description stated, but rather to give them a better understanding of what is known about the minds and lives of chickens, cows, octopuses, fish and other animals. It is rooted in the latest science and built on firsthand experience, as well as discussions with scientists, farmers, veterinarians and chefs.

“Personalities on the Plate” asks such questions as: What is the proper ethical stance toward eating meat? What are the consequences for the planet? and How can we live an ethically and ecologically sound life through our food choices?

The book received favorable rev...

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