Recommended Reading: Animals As…

The “Animals as…” reading list is organized by topic: Animals as…food (“meat” and “dairy”), …clothing (fur, leather, etc.), …game (hunting), …entertainment (zoos, circuses, bloodsports, etc.), …pets, …pests, and …research subjects (vivisection). Finally, there’s a list of “general” resources at the end; these books typically discuss two or more of the aforementioned animal (ab)uses in some depth.

This list is somewhat selective, as there are volumes written on the everyday cruelties of the animal exploitation industries.

Some subheadings are rather sparse; for example, since much of our animal-based clothing is leather, and the leather industry is an offshoot of the “meat” industry, most of the readings concentrate on the latter. Feel free to help me add to the sections that are lacking!

As always, I welcome your comments, suggestions and feedback. The comments section on this page is open, so leave ‘em if you got ‘em!
Animals as Food


Braithwaite, Victoria. 2010. Do Fish Feel Pain?. Oxford University Press, USA.

Coats, C. David. 1991. Old MacDonald’s Factory Farm: The Myth of the Traditional Farm and the Shocking Truth About Animal Suffering in Today’s Agribusiness. New York, New York: Crossroad Publishing Company.

Davis, Karen. 2009. Prisoned Chickens Poisoned Eggs: An Inside Look at the Modern Poultry Industry. Summertown, Tennessee: Book Publishing Company.
(You can download a free .pdf version of the 1st edition here.)

Eisnitz, Gail A. 1997. Slaughterhouse: The Shocking Story of Greed, Neglect, and Inhumane Treatment Inside the U.S. Meat Industry. Amherst, New York: Prometheus Books.

Greger, Michael. 2006. Bird Flu: A Virus of Our Own Hatching. Brooklyn, New York: Lantern Books.
(You can read the book in its entirety and access additional materials online at

Marcus, Erik. 2005. Meat Market: Animals, Ethics, and Money. Cupertino, California: Brio Press.

Mason, Jim. 1990. Animal Factories. Three Rivers Press.

Masson, Jeffrey Moussaieff. 2009. The Face on Your Plate: The Truth About Food. New York, New York: W.W. Norton & Co.

McWilliams, James. 2009. Just Food: Where Locavores Get It Wrong and How We Can Truly Eat Responsibly. Little, Brown and Company.

Rifkin, Jeremy. 1993. Beyond Beef: The Rise and Fall of the Cattle Culture. Plume.

Scarce, Rik. 2000. Fishy Business (Animals Culture And Society). Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Temple University Press.

Schlosser, Eric. 2005. Fast Food Nation. New York, New York: Harper Perennial.

Spurlock, Morgan. 2006. Don’t Eat This Book: Fast Food and the Supersizing of America. Berkley Trade.
Animals as Clothing

Animals as Game


Cartmill, Matt. 1996. A View to a Death in the Morning: Hunting and Nature Through History. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press.

Luke, Brian. 2007. Brutal: Manhood and the Exploitation of Animals. Champaign, Illinois: University of Illinois Press.

Animals as Entertainment


Palmer, Chris. 2010. Shooting in the Wild: An Insider’s Account of Making Movies in the Animal Kingdom. Sierra Club/Counterpoint.

Animals as Pests


Animals as Pets


Delise, Karen. 2007. The Pit Bull Placebo: The Media, Myths and Politics of Canine Aggression. Anubis Publishing.
(You can download a free .pdf copy of this book here, courtesy of the National Canine Research Council.)

Winograd, Nathan J. 2009. Irreconcilable Differences: The Battle for the Heart & Soul of America’s Animal Shelters. CreateSpace.

Winograd, Nathan J. 2009. Redemption: The Myth of Pet Overpopulation and the No Kill Revolution in America. Los Angeles, California: Almaden Books.

Animals as Research Subjects


Croce, Pietro. 2000. Vivisection or Science?: An Investigation into Testing Drugs and Safeguarding Health. London: Zed Books.

Francione, Gary L. and Anna E. Charlton. 1992. Vivisection and Dissection in the Classroom: A Guide to Conscientious Objection. The American Anti-Vivisection Society.

Greek, C. Ray and Jean Swingle Greek. 2000. Sacred Cows and Golden Geese: The Human Cost of Experiments on Animals. New York, New York: Continuum.

Greek, C. Ray and Jean Swingle Greek. 2003. Specious Science: How Genetics and Evolution Reveal Why Medical Research on Animals Harms Humans. New York, New York: Continuum.

Greek, Jean Swingle and C. Ray Greek. 2006. What Will We Do If We Don’t Experiment On Animals? Medical Research for the Twenty-first Century. Trafford Publishing.

Groves, Julian McAllister. 1996. Hearts and Minds: The Controversy Over Laboratory Animals (Animals, Culture and Society Series). Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Temple University Press.

Reitman, Judith. 1995. Stolen For Profit: The True Story Behind the Disappearance of Millions of America’s Beloved Pets. Zebra.



Scully, Matthew. 2003. Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy. New York: St. Martin’s Griffin.

Singer, Peter. 2001. Animal Liberation. New York, New York: Harper Perennial.

Last updated 1/11/11

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