"Mark Hawthorne's Bleating Hearts is a rare accomplishment. Both encyclopedic and incisive, it should be required reading for every consumer with a conscience. His penetrating overview of our often unthinking and always multi-faceted exploitation of nonhuman animals reminds us how deeply invested material culture is in horrors that, by design, we are not supposed to see. Hawthorne sheds an uncompromising light on not just on our poor treatment of farmed animals, but of all animals, including those we abuse for fashion, entertainment, recreation, and even art. In allowing the reality of the human-animal relationship to speak for itself, Bleating Hearts will fundamentally change the way you look not just at animals, but the world we share with them."
— James McWilliams, author of Just Food: Where Locavores Get It Wrong and How We Can Truly Eat Responsibly and The Politics of the Pasture: How Two Oxen Sparked a National Discussion about Eating Animals
"Mark Hawthorne speaks
with a deep knowledge and passion. It's a heady mix that suffuses you with a
desire to change the world. The shocking tales of animal cruelty are hard to
comprehend and Bleating Hearts may well make you angry, and indeed could
spark an eternal hunger for justice in your soul. The world needs us to use the
facts so well laid out before us in this poignant book, to call for a
revolution in society's institutionalized blindness in its treatment of
animals. An excellent book that will sway hearts and minds forever."
— Juliet Gellatley, founder and director of Viva!
"In Bleating Hearts: The Hidden World of Animal Suffering, Mark Hawthorne shines a desperately needed and penetrating light on the underbelly of the human-nonhuman animal relationship. Hawthorne has written this book to speak for the billions of animals who have no voice. It has taken a great deal of courage to bear witness to and then put into words the mindboggling amount of animal suffering that most of humanity chooses not to see. This is not an easy read, but it is a must-read. And, once you read this book, you will no longer be able to say: 'I didn’t know what was going on.' And, moreover, once you know, I hope, I pray that you will take action."
— Joyce Tischler, founder of the Animal Legal Defense Fund
"If you're looking for a
hard-hitting, up-to-date, and well-researched indictment against the animal
exploitation industries, this is your book."
— Jonathan Balcombe, PhD, Animal Studies Department Chair, Humane Society University
"Bleating Hearts deserves to be widely read. Well- researched and eloquently written, it is a most comprehensive overview of the cowardly and brutal way humans treat animals the world over. Reading this book requires some courage, as many chapters make for harrowing reading. Thankfully, this book also offers hope and features many organizations and individuals that will inspire readers to stand up for the animals we share the planet with."
— Hans Kriek, executive director of SAFE New Zealand
"Much as you might spin a desk globe, this book allows you to stop and put your finger on any of the many issues concerning animals in the world and look at it up close, especially those the public almost never hears about. Stories and statistics provide the reader with a clear view of the sometimes surprising issues that involve animals, and while each chapter will leave you informed, often aghast, they will no doubt motivate many to absent themselves from inadvertent participation in cruelty and, instead, adopt animal-friendly choices. A useful, accessible, riveting read."
— Ingrid Newkirk, president and co-founder of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
"An important, timely addition to unmasking the myth of the 'humane treatment' of nonhuman animals. Hawthorne's searing indictment is must reading for both those new to the animal rights movement and for seasoned animal rights activists."
— Tom Regan, The Case for Animal Rights and Empty Cages: Facing the Challenge of Animal Rights
Read an excerpt of Bleating Hearts.
— Ric O’Barry, founder of The Dolphin Project
"If there is a place in your heart for animals, this is an important book for you to read. But it is more than that. If you want to lift the veil of denial, so that you can make your life an effective statement of compassion, you'll find this book to be nothing less than extraordinary."
— John Robbins, author of The Food Revolution and Diet For A New America and co-founder of The Food Revolution Network (foodrevolution.org)
"I can't think of any recent book that so comprehensively covers animal issues and gets it so consistently right. If everyone read it, the amount of suffering in the world would be reduced considerably, for it would be impossible to read Bleating Hearts and not be moved toward the vegan way of life. His facts are incontrovertible, his arguments are convincing, his detailed analyses are persuasive. This is a powerful and wonderful book that I cannot recommend enough."
— Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, author of When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals and The Face on Your Plate: The Truth About Food
"Please don't read this book if you want a happy ending. Mark Hawthorne's depth and research surrounding the fragility and lives of our animal kin exposes too many 'secret shames,' sees an inevitable self-reflection, and should be mandatory reading for us all. A Chinese saying encapsulates perhaps something we can all do to create the kinder world that so many species deserve: 'To close your eyes will not ease another's pain.' Open your eyes, read, reflect, react, and be part of the dramatic change this book demands."
— Jill Robinson, MBE, founder of Animals Asia Foundation
"In the face of information that might render us speechless, Mark Hawthorne is thorough and articulate. Bleating Hearts empowers us with ways to challenge what has been both normal and hidden, making this book a remarkable achievement of vision and voice."
— Carol J. Adams, author of The Sexual Politics of Meat
"Bleating Hearts is gut-wrenching and heartbreaking. It’s also a shining beacon of hope that simply must be read by anyone who envisions a compassionate world. By unveiling the hidden atrocities committed against animals, Mark Hawthorne arms us with the most powerful tool for change: awareness. Once we know, we can't but act."
— Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, bestselling author and creator of The 30-Day Vegan Challenge
"Bleating Hearts is a gracefully written, authoritative account of our mistreatment of our nonhuman neighbors. Exhaustively researched and meticulously sourced, it exposes the entire panoply of suffering that we inflict on animals — suffering that the animal exploitation industries keep carefully hidden from our view. Written in a clear, straightforward style with no sensationalism or deliberate attempts to shock, Hawthorne’s descriptions of animal abuse throughout our society command our attention by their very judiciousness. A concluding chapter featuring several of the leading lights of the animal protection movement giving thoughtful and thought-provoking answers to questions that are at the forefront of the animal rights dialogue lends added moral depth to the preceding narrative. Bleating Hearts is among the most important animal rights books of the 21st century. For years to come it will be essential reading for animal activists, academics in the growing field of human-animal relations, and everyone who wants to know the documented, unadorned truth about our treatment of the sentient beings with whom we share our planet."
— Norm Phelps, author of The Longest Struggle: Animal Advocacy from Pythagoras to PETA and Changing the Game: Why the Battle for Animal Liberation Is So Hard and How We Can Win It
"Bleating Hearts is a must-read for anyone who cares about animals, humanity, or justice. Providing a no-
holds-barred look at our complex and all too often cruel and exploitive relationship with other animals, this book will forever change the way you look at what you eat and wear and how you entertain yourself. You will come away informed, moved, outraged, and inspired to take action."
— Nathan Runkle, executive director of Mercy For Animals