Vegans are often called to defend their choices, whether that be by answering investigative questions or responding to unaware comments from their non-vegan peers. Frankly, it can be exhausting toeing the line between educating others through approachable, palatable conversations and educating others through the shocking and unsugarcoated facts. When you ask if I’m vegan, it is often expected that the answer might be for the animals. No one wants to hear the details that go on behind the scenes of what is happening to the animals. Mind If I Order The Cheeseburger thoughtfully answers the common questions that vegans face, without shying away from the darkness of the animal farming industry, highlighting the uncomfortable truth: the only humane way of life is a vegan way of life.
Sherry F. Colb hits controversial topics such as why there is a strong need to transition vegetarians to vegans, as vegetarianism is actually not a harm reduction model. I, unfortunately, never fully understood the vegetarian contribution to the meat industry and I am disappointed in myself for not recognizing this vital connection sooner. I could never do a summary that gives these chapters the justice they deserve, I can only speak highly of them and suggest that if this area of animal rights intrigues you, you should check it out immediately. She fluidly makes comparisons between heavily debated subjects such as abortion and LGBTQ+ rights, anatomy between humans and carnivores, impact on relationships with others, and analyzes the ethics of supply and demand culture, all in the context of veganism.
She leaves no stone unturned and allows vegans to build confidence in their responses (and perhaps beliefs!) She focuses on clear, concise arguments and dissects her own thoughts to make sure they are logically sound. I was sucked into the book and couldn’t put it down because it was so straight-forward and personal – she knew exactly what I was experiencing. I applaud how many topics she encompassed in the book as I am sure each topic could have a book of its own dedicated to it. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this book to anyone already vegan looking for validation, as well as vegetarians who feel they’ve “done their part,” those considering veganism who haven’t committed, or family members that seem to be consumed with questions on why I am vegan.
I do want to issue a warning that there are graphic details in parts of the book that might not be suitable for all ages, but there is an important take-away for everyone within this book.