THE PIG WHO SANG TO THE MOON

Ik heb onlangs het hartverwarmende en briljante boek ‘The Pig Who Sang to the Moon: The Emotional World of Farm Animals’ door Jeffrey M. Masson uitgelezen. Ik heb best wat boeken over dierenrechten gelezen en ze laten me altijd verdrietig achter. Natuurlijk doen ze dat. Ze vertellen de waarheid over de wreedheden die veel mensen de niet-menselijke dieren van deze wereld aandoen. Dit boek raakte me echter ook op een andere manier.

Ik kwam het boek tegen toen Sam werd gered. Ik wilde met ons team een Instagram-account en website maken met woorden en beelden die zou doordringen tot in de harten van velen en daarvoor wilde ik woorden vinden die diep in mijn ziel zouden resoneren. Het bleek dat ik het juiste boek had gekozen. Hoewel ik het vaak moest wegleggen om te snikken en om alles wat ik voelde te verwerken, was het ook opbeurend om te lezen over de grootsheid en briljante van de dieren die we helaas nauwelijks te zien krijgen omdat de meeste mensen ze als voedsel beschouwen.

Als er boeken zouden zijn die ik zou aanraden om nu te lezen, dan zouden het dit boek, Braiding Sweetgrass en De Eiwitleugen zijn.

Onlangs kwam ik deze quote tegen, gedeeld door Enchanted Farm Sanctuary. Het vat mijn verlangen en ontzag voor de meer dan menselijke wereld samen:

“We need another, a wiser, perhaps a more mystical concept of animals. Remote from universal nature & living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creature through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified & the whole image in distortion. We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate for having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein do we err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older & more complete than ours, they move finished & complete, gifted with the extension of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings: they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life & time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth.” – The Outermost House

Je kunt een printversie van ons plant-based BBQ boekje bemachtigen als je vriend wordt van House of Animals of gratis downloaden (EN & NL) via Sam’s nieuwe website.


I just finished the heartfelt and brilliant book ‘The Pig Who Sang to the Moon: The Emotional World of Farm Animals’ by Jeffrey M. Masson. I have read my fair share of animal rights books and they all leave me sad. Of course, they do. They tell the truth about the brutal acts we inflict on the non-human animals of this world. This book however moved me in a different way. I came across it when Sam was rescued. I really wanted to create an Instagram account and website with our team that would reach into the hearts of many and for that, I wanted to find words that would resonate deep into my soul. It turned out I chose the right book. Although on many occasions I had to put it away to sob and to move through all that I was feeling, it was also uplifting to read about the magnificence of the animals we hardly get to see because most humans view them as food.

If there would be some books I would recommend reading now, it would be this book, Braiding Sweetgrass and De Eiwitleugen.

I recently came across this quote shared by Enchanted Farm Sanctuary. It sums up my longing and awe for the more than human world:

“We need another, a wiser, perhaps a more mystical concept of animals. Remote from universal nature & living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creature through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified & the whole image in distortion. We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate for having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein do we err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older & more complete than ours, they move finished & complete, gifted with the extension of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings: they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life & time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth.” – The Outermost House

You can get your hands on a print version of our plant-based BBQ book when you become friend of House of Animals or download it for free (EN & NL) via Sam’s new website.

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