Dear Jonathan Safran Foer
My name is Isabel, I am Spanish even if I live now in Italy.
I read yr. book. I like it very much. It didn't convince me of the kind of diet I have to follow since I was already convinced , I became vegetarian in 1983.
I would like to tell you my feelings on yr. book and my experience on this purpose .
When I was child and teen (in Spain) my home was at only 500 meters of Local abattoir.
All kind of big animals were killed there: sheeps, cows, pigs.
I am talking about the end of sixties and all seventies. My home town Zaragoza, at that time wasn't a very big city and frequently you could see the shepherd with his flock to arrive there walking !!! it was nice .
However, when you were just passing by there you could hear how animals cried, ... when you were just passing by there you could felt a terrible smell of death… and when you were just passing by there you could see animal hanged, skinned and blood dripping.
This abattoir was composed by 3 porch buildings. In the middle there was a patio. Inside those porch there were many hooks where dead animals were hanged for dripping.
Practically during about 20 years, I everyday saw, hear and smelled that horrible situation, that nightmare !
At the beginning, when I was child I couldn't understand which was the point.
At home we ate meat, I liked it… even if I preferred fish.
Then in my youth, I understood and in 1983 I became vegetarian.
1st I stopped to eat fresh meat, then stopped to eat ham or salami or any other cold meat….., then I understood and also fishes could feel pain and I stopped to eat fish.
I don't eat anything food which proceeds from killed animals.
Your book makes me dubious about the opportunity to stop also with eggs and cheeses. I buy only ORGANIC ones but I understood that it cannot guarantee animal life style. Even if I think that here in Italy is less worse than the situation in the States., is it ?
I am always looking for natural and traditional systems. Now, here in Italy ZERO KMS. Markets are very common . I usually buy eggs and cheeses there, but not always.
I thank you because I hope that persons who already read or will read yr. book can understand the gravity of this situation and they do something to protect and preserve animals rights.
Bye . Isabel
P.S. I don't remember when abattoir stopped its activity. Now, these 3 buildings are a Cultural center called SALVADOR ALLENDE !!!