The following is a list of thought-provoking books on animal rights and vegan living which we recommend to you.

We’ve included links to purchase the books in the summaries below. 

Animal Liberation Now - Peter Singer

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In 1975, Animal Liberation started a worldwide movement when it revealed the abuse of animals in factory farms and laboratories. 

Now fully rewritten and entirely updated to reflect the pressing problems of today, Animal Liberation Now presents the definitive case for radically rethinking humanity's relationship with other animals.

Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy – Matthew Scully

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Matthew Scully looks into the many ways in which society has distanced itself from animals, leading to a climate of cruelty and exploitation. He counters the hypocritical arguments that seek to justify animal abuse. These range from the belief that the Bible condones mankind using animals as it pleases, to the hunters claim that through hunting, animal populations are controlled, to 'scientifically proven' notions that animals are neither capable of feeling pain, or being sentient.

Eating animals – should we stop? - Jonathon Safran Foer

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The third book by Jonathan Safran Foer which provides a deep discussion about the implications of consuming animals in an industrialised world.

When we choose to include meat in our diets, it has significant consequences not just for animals, but also for the environment and our own health. Foer concludes that the detriments of factory farming far outweigh the advantages of taste.

Farmageddon: The True Cost of Cheap Meat – Philip Lymbery

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Farmageddon is a fascinating and terrifying investigative journey behind the closed doors of a runaway industry across the world – from Europe to the USA, from China to Latin America. It is both a wake-up call to change our current food production and eating practices, and an attempt to find a way to a better farming future.

How to Argue With a Meat Eater (and win every time) – Ed Winters

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If you follow a vegan lifestyle, you're probably familiar with how provocative it can be. You never know when someone will question or challenge your choices. However, being able to counter arguments against veganism is hugely important. Not only because many of these arguments lack substance, but also because each interaction presents an opportunity to make a difference.

How to Argue With a Meat Eater will teach you to not only become a skilled debater, sharing the secrets of renowned vegan educator Ed Winters, but it will arm you with powerful facts and insights that will give pause to even the most devout meat eater.

How to Love Animals and Protect Our Planet - Henry Mance

How to Love Animals and Protect our Planet book cover.

Factory farms, climate change, deforestation and pandemics have made our relationship with other species unsustainable. In response, Henry Mance sets out on a personal quest to see if there is a fairer way to live alongside the animals we love. He takes work in an abattoir and on a farm to investigate the reality of eating meat and dairy. He explores our dilemmas around over-fishing the seas, visiting zoos and owning pets, and he meets the chefs, activists, scientists and tech visionaries who are redefining how we think about animals.

This is Vegan Propaganda (& other lies the meat industry tells you) – Ed Winters

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Whether you're already a vegan or just starting to explore this lifestyle, this book will unveil the other side of the story that has been hidden for far too long. 

Drawing from extensive research and conversations with slaughterhouse workers, farmers, animal rights philosophers, environmentalists, and everyday consumers, Ed Winters will provide you with a deeper understanding of the impact of our food choices.

Vivi the Super Vegan – Tina Newman

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(Age range 3-8)

The idea of 'Vivi the Supervegan' came about when Tina Newman went to buy her daughters some vegan books. She soon realised that there was a lack of children's stories out there with a vegan message. She had already bought some educational books but felt there was a place and a need for a children's story book. So, she created the 'Vivi the Supervegan' series, with the hope that it will encourage children to take a stand, empower them to be compassionate and kind. She hopes it will help them understand that they have power with their choices and in educating and inspiring others to make changes.

​Follow Vivi on her adventures as she makes it her mission to save animals whilst trying to stay out of trouble at the same time.

What Are Animal Rights For – Steve Cooke

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The traditional belief that animals exist solely for human exploitation has been seriously challenged in recent decades. How far must we still progress to reduce, and even eradicate, animal suffering?

The topic of animal rights raises important questions about how humans treat other animals with which we share the planet. With livestock farming having a devastating impact on our planet and the animals themselves, and we learn more about their capacity to think and experience pain, these questions are becoming increasingly urgent.

The key message in this book is that like us, nonhuman animals have the capacity to experience suffering and emotions. Existing welfare protections don't go nearly far enough as they permit serious and systematic mistreatment.

Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism - Melanie Joy

Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows book cover.

How can we love our pets and care for animals, yet by consuming animal products, support an industry that severely abuses and slaughters billions of sentient creatures a year?

Melanie Joy addresses this question and makes a strong argument for veganism. She also examines corporate animal agriculture, and the vast amount of money that is spent creating the fiction that these animals live happy lives on idyllic farms.

Joy encourages readers to become informed about the cruelty behind mainstream food choices, and to begin reducing consumption of animal products.