BE A PART OF THE PETA2 MOVEMENT

Duke and UNC Ask Students to Read 'Eating Animals'

Profile photo of Ryan-H

Posted February 23, 2011 by Ryan Huling

Duke strikes again!

You may recall just a couple of weeks ago that Duke University in North Carolina announced an initiative to encourage students to go meatless this February, to help reduce their environmental footprint.

Now, we receive news that both Duke and neighboring school UNC Chapel Hill will be asking incoming students to read Jonathan Safran Foer’s pro-vegetarian book Eating Animals for summer reading!

Of course, the book is brilliant enough on its own to warrant being chosen as part of the curriculum, but I can’t help thinking that some of peta2’s recent activities, like our high-profile “Is Eating Meat Ethical?” debate at UNC last fall, may have helped to get the conversation started.

Either way, to celebrate, here’s one of my favorite clips, of the book’s author explaining why he thinks eating meat will gradually fall out of fashion, and that people who eat animals will feel increasingly uncomfortable about doing so.




Respond

Comments

Post a Comment

Please log in to comment.

Your email address will not be published.

Connect with Facebook

Your email address will not be published.

Connect with Facebook

  • 1612 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

    0

    UPDATE: The UNC newspaper published a letter today (http://bit.ly/fKRco8) that is supportive of the selection of ‘Eating Animals’ for the UNC and Duke summer reading programs. The letter is also critical of the newspaper’s editorial board for it’s earlier dismissive comments (http://bit.ly/fqrMdD) in regards to the book, and also to the consequences of our food choices.

    In the letter, student Jonathan Tarleton writes: “Sadly, the Editorial Board demonstrated its lack of familiarity with the book while showing their complete shortsightedness — the connection between what we eat and arguably every major problem the future leaders of North Carolina will face in our local communities, state, and world is incredibly strong and notable.”

    You can read the whole letter–and add a comment, if you like–at http://bit.ly/fKRco8.

  • 1617 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

    0

    This is SO exciting!! Thanks so much for sharing this great news! The video clip is great.

    I’d like to add a couple details:

    “Duke’s freshman class contains over 1600 students, while UNC’s incoming freshmen class is about 4000 students.” (http://vegan.com/blog/2011/02/23/eating-animals-made-summer-reading-book-for-duke-and-unc/)

    The UNC newspaper reported on this story at http://bit.ly/fjjAeW. The paper’s editorial board also published a dismissive critique of the choice in their Quick Hits section saying, “Eating Animals: It’s about the origin of our food. Yeah, we get it — animal cruelty, caged birds, inhumane practices. But there must be more pressing concerns for N.C.’s future leaders than the decision between meat and tofu.” (http://bit.ly/fqrMdD)

    Obviously, we have more work to do.

    I’m absolutely elated that Eating Animals will be read and discussed by so many in our area as a result of this decision. It is a very moving book, and I expect its selection will have a major impact.

    As a UNC alum who remains involved on campus, it seems to me that the UNC-PETA meat debate helped create an environment where this type of awesomeness could occur.

    Thanks to everyone at peta2 for all the help keepin’ things cookin’ here in North Carolina!

  • 1617 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

    0

    Awesome!

US & Canada: Sign up for Mobile!

Games, freebies, events in your area & more

Mobile #
Email

  I agree to the full texting T&Cs. Msg and data rates may apply. Text HELP for help, text STOP to end. Up to 10 msgs/month.

Follow Us

Top Commenters

  • Profile photo of Emilyr
  • Profile photo of kaevans1
    kaevans1

    N/A

  • Profile photo of xXBugalooXx
  • Profile photo of babyhuey121795jess
    babyhuey121795jess

    ☸ ✵ ❂ ⚘ ❀ ❃ ❁ ✼☸ ✵ ❂ ⚘ ❀ ❃ ❁ ✼☸ ✵ ❂ ⚘ ❀ ❃ My name is Jason. Top 10 quirks: 1. I’m vegetarian. 2. I’m Sagittarius 3. Artist 4. I love The Beatles 5. Love dogs! 6. Spring is my favourite season. 7. I’m an only child. 8. I knit. 9. I like to press flowers. 10. I like to shrink potato chip bags. I have a tattoo on my wrist that says peace in braille. I feel like I should've been a teen in the 60’s-70’s. I have rainbow gauges in my ears. I’m FTM transgender but only identify as a gay male. I will write to anybody! I love fast food, glass blowing, making solar sensitive paper prints, ceramics, making friendship bracelets, tie dying, decorating my room, shopping online and off (but mostly online), cuddling with my Cockapoo named Mickey,eating candy, making things, fashion, & going to the mall. I can’t cook to save my life. I enjoy Netflix, crafts, & making people laugh, I am generous and enjoy Oldies. Green is my favourite colour. I hate the colour orange. Halloween is my favourite holiday. I’m addicted to playing Kardashian on my Ipod and using Instagram. I want to travel a ton one day, learn German, drive and lifeguard, and be an elementary school art teacher. I collect international stamps, coins, postcards, Betty and Veronica Archie Comics, kawaii stuff, cameos, *stickers*, and trinkets (I pick things off the ground, I’m a klepto like that). I write in a diary everyday. I hate candy corn. I have two cactus plants. I have Facebook, Snapchat, Tumblr and Instagram, so HMU if you want my usernames. I believe loosely in karma, fate, kismet, déjà vu, reincarnation, dreams, destiny & fate. I love for stores: Etsy, Hot Topic, Francesca's, & Claire’s. People say I look like Brenton Thwaites. My Celeb Hotties are: Joseph Gordon-Levitt *swoon*, James Franco, Paul McCartney, Jake Gyllenhaal, John Krasinski & Josh Hutcherson (I have no idea why they all mostly start with “J” lol). But my favourite actors are Robert De Niro and Dustin Hoffman. · My favourite foods/restaurants are mangos, 99 Restaurant, Dominoes pizza, pickles, & Pinkberry/Froyo World. My favourite movies and TV shows are Juno, Aquamarine, The Office, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, Investigation Discovery, Bojack Horseman, Detention, Crank Yankers, How To Catch a Predator, Mary and Max, Bates Motel, Bob’s Burgers, Salem, Dateline, The Killing, & Darknet. As for Horror films the scariest I’ve seen are: Vile, Quarantine, Would You Rather & Truth or Die My favourite books are The Catcher In The Rye, Penpal, It’s Kind Of a Funny Story, & Life As we Knew it. · My favourite quotes are "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. "If you wait to tell someone you love them, it’s too late." -Paul McCartney "If you don’t shoot, you don’t score." "It’s all okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end." "And in the end, the love you take, is equal to the love you make." -Paul McCartney Looking for: • Penpal • Art Pals • Package Pals • Snail Mail I send small gifts, and even surprise you when I’m thinking of you. **I ask that your age is 18-23.** No country requirements, I enjoy using stamps lol. What I expect from a pen pal is LGBTQA respect and a consistency to correspondence. But I seriously love meeting new people with different interests and writing to them.

  • Profile photo of katiesbw123
  • Profile photo of LuisaBYS
  • Profile photo of MadisonOG
    madisonog

    I've been a singer for 11 years, artist for 9, guitarist for 3, and an active member of PETA and peta2 for not even a year. I'm excited to see where this journey takes me! Feel free to add me!

  • Profile photo of megdansny
    megdansny

    Vegetarian since 2008 and committed vegan since 2013

  • Profile photo of AlayaBouche
  • Profile photo of Andres Perez