What if the Shoe Were on the Other Hoof?
Author: Keith Allison · Subject: Animal Rights & Activism
Through essays, poems, and art, What if the Shoe Were on the Other Hoof? allows us the chance to reverse our perspective; to see what animal agriculture might look like through the eyes of the animals. It asks us to consider the impact of our choices on other humans, the environment, and the animals with whom we share this world.
With both earnest contemplation and biting satire, this book acknowledges the power of the choices resting in our hands and asks that we make these choices with awareness and compassion.
About the Author
Keith Allison is an author and educator. He made national news when he filed a lawsuit against his former school district employer for being removed from his position as an elementary school tutor as a result of sharing his vegan beliefs on Facebook. Allison is now an educator for the Ethical Choices Program– a program which aims to empower high school students to make thoughtful, responsible lifestyle decisions. They examine issues related to modern agriculture and its impact on the environment, our health, and farmed animals.
“I just read Keith’s wonderful book and appreciate his easy way of discussing such an important topic. I am now 82+ and wife and I have been vegans for over two years. Our compassion for all living beings continues to be invigorated and reinforced by Keith and Will Tuttle and others who are speaking out for all our brothers and sisters whether human or not.” – Jerry Townsend, Amazon
“I have read countless books on animal advocacy/rights/liberation. I’ve seen the documentary films, heard the speakers, watched the debates, and still… this book with its powerful simplicity and imagery has taken my breath away. Thank you, Keith Allison, for your bold love and leadership.” – Ms. Raems, Amazon
“I think the true question is not what this book discusses—it is what it doesn’t discuss. WSWOH covers the whole spectrum of animal-related concerns: birth to death of the animals society eats, the way most individuals care deeply for some animals (dogs and cats) but ignore the well-being of animals who have an equal amount of intelligence and capacity to feel (cows, pigs, chickens, and turkeys) and common arguments against veganism, the “normal and natural” argument, the ever famous “I only purchase humane meat” argument, and—the best argument yet—the “I won’t get enough protein” defense. In addition, Keith talks about the health and environmental effects of consuming animals and addresses the intersection of human and animal rights and the paradox many educators face when it comes to speaking up versus staying quiet about ugly truths, like animal cruelty in our food system. What truly makes the discussion of these topics special, though, is the way Keith presents them. He doesn’t state fact after fact in a way that makes the reader feel like he or she is reading a textbook. Rather, he engages the reader by constantly asking questions. Moreover, each section of his book is no longer than a few pages, so it can be read in short spurts. It’s likely that readers will walk away asking themselves questions about their own behavior after reading just one or two sections. Keith also presents his points with a sense of humor, which makes the topics being presented feel less threatening. In short, I highly recommend Keith’s book. It won’t leave readers disappointed, just more aware of the issues that exist within our current food supply systems.” – Lori, Amazon
Your Daily Vegan Review
“Allison’s work shines a light into the dark shadows of modern-day animal agriculture, exposing something that the industry wishes we would forget- animals matter. What if the Shoe Were on the Other Hoof? is a poignant examination of the fundamental truth about all of us; none of us want to hurt animals. So why do we? The answer to this question requires us to re-evaluate our most deeply-held beliefs about using animals. Keith shows how to widen our view and build upon the compassion that we all inherently possess. Engaging and filled with complexity, What if the Shoe Were on the Other Hoof? is a good book to share and wait for the conversations to follow. Because they will.”
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