Living Cruelty Free: Book Review

Want to live a more compassionate lifestyle?

Want to avoid things that involve the harming or killing of animals for meat or cosmetics?

Want to be a more ethical shopper?

Living Cruelty Free, by Jennifer Thomson, (first published in March 2012), will provide you with facts so you can make decisions about what you purchase, be it food, cosmetics or clothing.

Remember…we can all make the world a kinder place to live.” Jennifer Thomson

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Living Cruelty Free is available in the USA and UK

The book is not easy to read in that the facts, are the facts! Kidding oneself about what is really happening will not help. Reading and finding out what you can do differently will.

I like that Jennifer has suggestions on small ways to make a difference. Here’s an example with sheepskin.

The sheep have to be killed first and Jennifer writes that, “it’s the equivalent of wearing fur because the wool is still attached to the skin when it’s taken off. Hence the word sheepskin.”

Therefore, anyone have Ugg boots? 

Jennifer points out that faux sheepskin can provide just as much warmth, and at a much lower cost than real sheepskin.

Sheepskin can also be in furniture (sofas, chairs, cushions) and  bedding, handbags and clothing. Read labels and be aware!

In my opinion, that’s a small change (faux sheepskin) and will benefit the sheep!

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As Jennifer points out on her Facebook Page: “Even having one vegetarian meal a week can make a difference. Not just to animals, but also to your health.” 

Here’s a great quote used in the book, “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” Tolstoy

Despite the topic, there are no gruesome, graphic photos. Words alone convey the horror. The only photos are, in fact, “happy” ones. Photos of Sir Paul McCartney, and his quote:

“If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian.” Sir Paul McCartney

Really. Sir Paul’s quote is all I need to write about the section, “How animals are killed for food” as it presents what happens in both the UK and the US. It’s awful and heartbreaking. Don’t be afraid to expose yourself to the truth, though. Just because you aren’t a Vegan or Vegetarian, it doesn’t mean that you can’t learn how to make choices that could at least improve the quality of life for those animals that are used for food.

Here’s a photo of the dog that Jennifer adopted:

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As Living Cruelty Free stresses to adopt, I love that Jennifer shared a photo of her adopted dog, Benjy. You can click on the photo to enlarge!

Remember, Don’t Shop, Adopt! Save a Life!

I encourage you to read the book and make changes in your life to show compassion for the animals.

“It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do little. Do what you can.” Sydney Smith, clergyman

Disclosure: I received Living Cruelty Free only in an ebook form. All links are for your convenience only; I do not profit from any clicks or purchases.

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  1. One thing I often hear folks say is that they can’t read (hear, see) stuff like this because it’s too painful. I agree that it’s painful. But running from the truth does not make things any better for the animals; it just makes things easier to “not have to think about” for us.
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    • I know Rumpy. I hear you!! The book is certainly not easy to read in that the facts, are the facts! Kidding oneself about what is really happening will not help. Reading and finding out what you can do differently will. xo

  2. Thanks so much for posting this. I hadn’t heard of this book and I’m always interested in learning about new cruelty-free resources!

    I definitely agree with you – I feel like trying to ignore facts because they’re too painful is a common mindset, but one that doesn’t get us any closer to changing things. I’ve always thought that it’s pretty shocking what we, as a general public, are able to stay oblivious about and I do think a big part of it is that it’s just easier not to know.

  3. Thanks for taking the time to review my book, Moxie:)
    I agree RumpyDog that finding out the truth does help animals.
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