Book Club Meeting

Lake Forest Park Library

17171 Bothell Way NE · Lake Forest Park, WA

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Meeting room at Lake Forest Park Library

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Join us at the Lake Forest Park Library Meeting Room for our Book Club event! Feel free to bring your coffee/tea, a vegan snack for yourself or to share (optional), and a notepad and pen. This is a casual, open-minded group, coming together to share thoughts and ideas.

We plan to have one meeting in September for the first half of the book, and another meeting in October for the 2nd half. Even if you can't make it in person, you can participate in the discussion questions we will post in the discussion tab on Meetup.

Our book will be "The Cow with Ear Tag #1389" By Kathryn Gillespie.

"Take a look at the packaging on a container of milk and you’re likely to see bucolic idylls of red barns, green pastures, and happy, well-treated cows. In truth, the distance from a living cow to a glass of milk is vast, and nearly impossible to grasp in a way that resonates with an average person ticking items off a grocery list.

In contrast to the widely known truths of commercial meat manufacture, the dairy industry enjoys a relatively benign reputation, with most consumers unaware of this kitchen staple’s backstory. The Cow with Ear Tag #1389 explores how the seemingly nonthreatening 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 are transformed into food. The result is an empathetic look at cows and our relationship with them, one that makes both their lives and their suffering real—in particular, the fleeting encounter with the cow of the title, just one animal whose story galvanized Gillespie to write this book.

The myriad ways that the commercial meat industry causes harm are at the forefront of numerous discussions today. The Cow with Ear Tag #1389 adds a crucial piece to these conversations by asking us to consider the individual animals whose lives we may take for granted. "