As previously reported, Natalie Portman recently shifted to a vegan diet after reading an advanced copy of Jonathan Safran Foer’s new book Eating Animals. Now, the 28-year-old has written a review of the work as well.
In an article for the Huffington Post, Portman says that Eating Animals reminds her that “some things are just wrong.”
“Perhaps others disagree with me that animals have personalities,” she continues. “But the highly documented torture of animals is unacceptable, and the human cost Foer describes in his book, of which I was previously unaware, is universally compelling.”
The human cost that Portman discusses includes the current H1N1 outbreak, human respiratory ailments (as a result of pig shit being sprayed into the air), and other new bacterial strains. “Factory farming of animals will be one of the things we look back on as a relic of a less-evolved age,” she writes.
In it’s Fall Reading Guide, Oprah Magazine praises Foer’s book saying, “What makes Eating Animals so unusual is vegetarian Foer’s empathy for human meat eaters, his willingness to let both factory farmers and food reform activists speak for themselves, and his talent for using humor to sweeten a sour argument.”
This conclusion is something Portman reaches as well saying that “Foer makes his most impactful gesture as a peacemaker,” uniting “the two sides of the animal eating debate in their reasoning.” However, while we may think along the same line, she remarks, it’s how we define ourselves that makes all the difference.