Henry Salt Archive

Henry Salt (1853-1939) was the author of the Life of Henry David Thoreau, Animals Rights and A Plea for Vegetarianism which inspired Gandhi for follow a vegetarian diet.

Flesh or Fruit? An Essay on Food Reform

by Henry S. Salt (Author)

Flesh or Fruit? An Essay on Food Reform by Henry S. Salt
Title:Flesh or Fruit? An Essay on Food Reform
Publisher:W. Reeves and Turner, London
Edition:First Edition


Discusses the literature of vegetarianism, including that by Seneca, Plutarch, Porphyry, Wesley, Montaigne, Sylvester Graham, Anna Kingsford. The vegetarian diet is advantageous in that it is necessary in order to be consistently humane, is aesthetically in good taste, is healthful, is economic. Criticises objectors to vegetarianism who use the argument form physiology (humans' canine teeth), who claim vegetarianism violates the laws of nature (predator and prey), who say some people who have tried vegetarianism have failed to stick with it, who ask what will we do for leather, soap, candles, who claim that eating animals is in the animals' interests.

Reprinted from the Westminster Review