David Duchovny Tackles Animal Rights, Veganism in New Book
Most people know David Duchonvny as an actor but with a new book out tackling the issue of veganism and animal rights in fiction form, he is ready to be known as a writer.
Duchovny spoke to The Los Angeles Times about his new project, a fable for adults called ‘Holy Cow.’ The book tells the story of Elsie Bovary, a cow that leads another two animal characters in their plight to escape a farm so they won’t become dinner.
“I always had this idea — I thought, ‘If I was a cow, I’d try to get to India,’” explained Duchovny who said he pitched the idea to several studios in hopes to make it a film but had no success because the topic was too controversial. “Last year, I woke up and I thought… ‘You’ve been saying you’re a writer your whole life, why don’t you … write something?’ That’s how that all started.”
Duchovny, a former vegetarian-turned-pescetarian , drives an electric car and has a green home, so it’s no surprise all of the topics of animal rights and the effects of meat eating on the planet are touched upon in the novel.
“For me, it was fun to play with the cow’s consciousness: She knows about Homer but doesn’t know she’s going to be eaten. That’s kind of fun, huge ignorance on the one hand and a liberal arts education on the other,” he explains of the process of Elsie discovering that as a cow she will become food for humans. “I’m also interested in the taxing of the environment in terms of our meat-eating lifestyle. The sheer number of cattle, pigs and chickens that — through no fault of their own, they’re kept by us humans — are polluting the environment in ways that are shocking.”
Duchovny will be reading and signing his novel ‘Holy Cow’ at Barnes & Noble at the Grove on Feb. 18. For those outside of LA, though, the book will be available in bookstores nationwide on Feb. 3.