James Donaldson’s Book Review – Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It’s So Hard to Think Straight About Animals – by Hal Herzog


Being a vegetarian for over half of my life, of course, I have had a closeness and understanding with animals, our environment, food sources and healthy living.

This book takes an interesting dive into our relationship with animals all around the world. Why is it, that “Some We Love (the cute and cuddly ones), Some We Hate (the rodents and insects and scary about and snakey slimy things) and Some We Eat (all of the meats that come across our plate just about every day).

A lot of it is cultural, some cultures eat animals that other cultures did not even think about eating, some of it is tradition or religious practices, some of it’s for so-called health benefits, and a lot of it is from socialization and peer pressure.

Dogs, cats, cute little mice and guinea pigs, most birds such as parrots and parakeets, and a lot of exotic fish and fish aquariums all around the country, we wouldn’t dare think about eating. But, they are food for quite a few other cultures and countries around the world. What makes some animals a menu item, and other animals, not to be considered?

I remember growing up watching the famed naturalist and outdoors person, Euell Gibbons, basically eating just about anything that he could get his mouth around. Stating, that just about everything was edible. And that’s true when you break it down to its raw essence, evening humans have cannibalized humans on occasion throughout history, whether out of necessity, religious practices or outright starvation.

This book will help you think in a broader perspective about why some animals are so important to us and we allow them to come right alongside us like domesticated dogs and cats, and other animals are so repulsive to us that we almost killed them on sight.

I am not advocating a particular lifestyle, or health style, I just know what’s worked for me over the last 35 years or so, and I feel like I’m doing my part in reducing my overall “carbon footprint” and “ecological impact” as I go through this thing called life.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I think you will too.