Persuasive Ethics In Eating Animals, By Jonathan Foer

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Did you know, that the United States consumes about 24 billion pounds of meat every year? Meat and poultry is one of the fastest growing industries in the world today. For many, all that goes through their mind is how good it is and they chow it down without a second thought. It has become a habit, an act of second-nature. However, many are not aware of the way it was produced or where it comes from. In his 2009 New York Times essay, award winning novelist and New York University professor, Jonathan Foer considers the effects of consuming meat and argues that the contemporary ways in which the animals we eat are produced, is highly unethical. Specifically the conditions they are raised in, the genetic tweaks, and the inhumane killing process. He spent three years researching his book, Eating Animals, which was published on November 2, 2009. It is clear he is not forcing his views on his readers, rather he is speaking to them on a more logical and emotional platform. Bringing to light the controversial ways of modern day meat production, he insists on more conscientious food choices. Foer is critically acclaimed for his persuasive writing techniques, staggering research, clever language, and graphically creative instances. His main claim is that meat is bad when it comes at the expense of animal suffering, danger to your health, and negative effects to our environment. To advance his claim he does the following: first, he uses narration as a way to attract his audience attention and keep them engaged with the text, next, he employs the strategy of cause and effect, to help his audience to fully comprehend the results in his research, and lastly, uses convincing descriptions to appall his readers and to leave them in dismay. His audience is mostly mainstream, however, it specifically entices rhetoricians. It seems his main purpose is to inform his audience and educate them on the matter at hand. This book contains an overwhelming amount of pathos, mostly because the book is about him. The, first strategy, narration, is one of his most notable ones. Foer narrates a time when his grandmother refused to eat meat despite her degenerating condition. By referring back to this memory, his readers are

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