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The cover of the book Bleating Hearts. Features a picture of a pig on a transport truck looking through an air hole.

Bleating Hearts

Author: Mark Hawthorne · Subject: Animal Rights


In his introduction, Peter Singer writes: “This book is about the tyranny of human over non-human animals. This tyranny has caused and today is still causing an amount of pain and suffering that can only be compared with that which resulted from centuries of tyranny by white humans over black humans.”

Since its original publication in 1975, this groundbreaking work has awakened millions of concerned men and women to the shocking abuse of animals everywhere — inspiring a worldwide movement to eliminate much of the cruel and unnecessary laboratory animal experimentation of years past.

An important and persuasive appeal to conscience, fairness, decency, and justice, Animal Liberation is essential reading for the supporter and the skeptic alike.

About the Author

Mark Hawthorne is the author of two books on animal rights: Bleating Hearts: The Hidden World of Animal Suffering, which examines the many ways humans exploit nonhumans, and Striking at the Roots: A Practical Guide to Animal Activism, which empowers people around the world to get active for animals. He gave up eating meat after an encounter with one of India’s many cows in 1992 and became an ethical vegan a decade later.

Mark’s writing has also been featured in the anthologies Uncaged: Top Activists Share Their Wisdom on Effective Farm Animal Advocacy and Stories to Live By: Wisdom to Help You Make the Most of Every Day and The Best Travel Writing 2005: True Stories from Around the World. Mark is a frequent contributor to VegNews magazine.


“If there is a place in your heart for animals, this is an important book for you to read. But is also more than that. If you want to lift the veil of denial, so that you can make your life an effective statement of compassion, you’ll find this book to be nothing less than extraordinary.” – John Robbins, author of The Food Revolution and Diet For A New America and co-founder of the Food Revolution Network

“I can’t think of any recent book that so comprehensively covers animal issues and gets it so consistently right. … This is a powerful and wonderful book that I cannot recommend enough.”- Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, author of When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals

“In the face of information that might render us speechless, Mark Hawthorne is thorough and articulate. Bleating Hearts empowers us with ways to challenge what has been both normal and hidden, making this book a remarkable achievement of vision and voice.” – Carol J. Adams, author of The Sexual Politics of Meat

“In Bleating Hearts: The Hidden World of Animal Suffering, Mark Hawthorne shines a desperately needed and penetrating light on the underbelly of the human-nonhuman animal relationship. … This is not an easy read, but it is a must-read. And, once you read this book, you will no longer be able to say: ‘I didn’t know what was going on.’ And, moreover, once you know, I hope, I pray that you will take action.” – Joyce Tischler, founder of the Animal Legal Defense Fund

“An important, timely addition to unmasking the myth of the ‘humane treatment’ of nonhuman animals. Hawthorne’s searing indictment is must reading for both those new to the animal rights movement and for seasoned animal rights activists.” – Tom Regan, author of The Case for Animal Rights and Empty Cages: Facing the Challenge of Animal Rights

Bleating Hearts will fundamentally change the way you look not just at animals, but the world we share with them.” – James McWilliams, author of Just Food: Where Locavores Get It Wrong and How We Can Truly Eat Responsibly

“A staggering investigation into the ethics of animal exploitation around the world, Bleating Hearts pulls no punches as it examines the many ways humans use and abuse our fellow creatures. Hawthorne artfully travels to the darkest corners of animal suffering, bringing to light not only the disturbing truth about people’s mistreatment of nonhumans, but what we can do about it. Eloquently written and thoroughly researched, this doesn’t just belong on every animal advocate’s bookshelf—it deserves to be discussed and shared. This is a brilliant, powerfully persuasive book that will inspire you to make a difference.” – Ric O’Barry, founder of The Dolphin Project


The cover of the book Bleating Hearts. Features a picture of a pig on a transport truck looking through an air hole.

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