Between 20 and 23 February, the Guardian newspaper ran a series of extracts from the new book Eating Animals by acclaimed American novelist Jonathan Safran Foer.
Much more than a catalogue of horrors, Eating Animals contains a very personal account of the author's own journey towards vegetarianism. When he describes the reality of the lives endured by millions of chickens, pigs, farmed fish and other animals, he doesn't spare his language. In the Guardian extract from 22 February, he describes his visit to a broiler (meat) chicken farm:
"One chick is trembling on its side, legs splayed, eyes crusted over. Scabs protrude from bald patches. Its beak is slightly open, and its head is shaking back and forth. How old is it? A week? Two? Has it been like this for all of its life, or did something happen to it? What could have happened to it?"
The Guardian is offering Eating Animals, published by Hamish Hamilton on 4 March 2010, at a reduced price.