The Cow with Ear tag #1389 gives a very good insight into the dairy industry. And also a short analysis in the last chapter on how the different oppressions are connected, and a critique of ethical consumerism (not enough to change the system).
Very accessibly written ! (no academic jargon!). Glad I read it.
The Cow with Ear tag #1389, Kathryn Gillespie, University of Chicago Press (2018).
Abstract and table of Contents taken from The University of Chicago Press website:
To translate the journey from a living cow to a glass of milk into tangible terms, Kathryn Gillespie set out to follow the moments in the life cycles of individual animals—animals like the cow with ear tag #1389. She explores how the seemingly benign practice of raising animals for milk is just one link in a chain that affects livestock across the agricultural spectrum. Gillespie takes readers to farms, auction yards, slaughterhouses, and even rendering plants to show how living cows become food. The result is an empathetic look at cows and our relationship with them, one that makes both their lives and their suffering real.
Two. The Politics of Research
Three. The Smell of Money
Four. Life for Sale
Five. The Cow with Ear Tag #1389
Six. Seeking Sanctuary
Seven. Doublethinking Dairy
Eight. “The Stamp of Dairyness”
Nine. California Dreaming
Ten. On Knowing and Responding