Books

My first book, Just Fodder: The Ethics of Feeding Animals, was published in 2022 by McGill-Queen’s University Press. The book explores a range of ethical dilemmas that are raised by human practices of feeding animals, and develops a novel theory of animal rights that pays close attention to the ways that human and animal lives are entangled.

You can read more about the book at the McGill-Queen’s University Press website, and you can see me presenting some of the ideas from the book here. You can find a discount code for the book in the image on this Tweet.

Ian Werkheiser interviewed me about the book for the Thought About Food podcast. You can listen to part 1 here and part 2 here. In addition, Siobhan O’Sullivan interviewed me about the book for Knowing Animals (you can listen to the episode here), and Kyle Johannsen interviewed me about the book for the New Books Network (you can listen to the episode here). I also spoke to the ethologist Marc Bekoff about Just Fodder for his ‘Animal Emotions’ column in Psychology Today; you can read that interview here.

A review by Kyle Johannsen is forthcoming in the Journal of Moral Philosophy, and you can read it here. A review of the book by Garaleh Salahi was published by The Vegan Society here. A symposium on the book (with contributions from a range of authors) is due to be published in the journal Food Ethics.


My second book, Food, Justice, and Animals: Feeding the World Respectfully, will be published by Oxford University Press in 2023. This is an abstract:

Imagine a zoopolis – a state that respects animals’ rights. What would the food system of the zoopolis look like? Ethicists typically assume that the zoopolis would be a vegan state. This book, however, argues that we can have our cow and eat her too – that we can respect animal rights while still having access to the animal-based foods we value. There are principled reasons that should lead us, as a matter of ideal theory, to be reluctant about fully endorsing plant-based food systems, even if animals have rights. These include concerns on both humans’ behalf and animals’ behalf. Consequently, if we could identify an animal-rights-respecting, but non-vegan, food system, the zoopolis should be ready to permit it, and even support it. What might this food system contain? This book explores non-sentient – unthinking, unfeeling – invertebrates, as well as those who may be non-sentient. It looks to highly realistic plant-based meats (and other plant-based ‘animal’ products). It considers cellular agriculture, which can produce animal products (such as cultivated meat or milk) with no or little animal involvement. And it asks if we could respectfully keep chickens for their eggs. Though a single book cannot show that a particular food system is the all-things-considered best, it does show that there are a range of reasons for us to believe that a non-vegan food system would be preferable to a fully plant-based system, even in a state that robustly protects animals’ rights.

You can watch a video of me presenting the arguments of the book at the 2022 Cambridge Centre for Animal Rights Law conference here, or a video of me presenting the arguments of the book (focussed on the chapter on plant-based meat) to the Culinary Minds Research Group at the University of Milan in 2022 here.