The Politics of the Pasture

» May 7th, 2013

Dear Readers,

My book about the Bill and Lou affair at Green Mountain College, a topic covered in great depth here at Eating Plants, is now available as an e-book. The title is The Politics of the Pasture: How Two Oxen Inspired a National Debate about Eating Animals. At the moment it can be purchased on Amazon, but over the next few days will also become available at iTunes, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, and  And, of course, you can always purchase it at Lantern Books, who did a brilliant job with the project.

I hope you will help me and Lantern Books spread the word. This book covers what I think was a critical moment in animal rights history—the moment when a national discussion finally arose over the troubled intersection of environmental and animal rights ideologies.

I worked every day for many hours on this book for three months without interruption. In some ways, that’s way too fast. But the upshot is an analysis that comes while the embers of this event are still glowing. My passion for these animals remains similarly afire.

In many ways, this is your book. Readers were relentless in their support of my endeavor. I never could have written the book without the constant stream of contacts, news items, tips, and analytical suggestions. As I write this post, I’m overcome with gratitude and inspired by your dedication to the cause of animals. Thank you so much.


James McWilliams

9 Responses to The Politics of the Pasture

  1. John T. Maher says:

    Bravo! This is your niche — writing about Deleuzian “becomings” (here we are collectively “becomming” both empowered opponents of GMC’s attempts at OX-cide and enlightened opponents of GMC’s delusional sustainability theories) in real-time (almost) history and helping humans face the issues they should. To respond to yesterday’s blog post: this is the way to combine the identities of history professor with an animal activist.

  2. markgil says:

    congrats James-i have been looking forward to this since i heard you speak about it on AR Zone last year. btw, the Lantern Books link does not currently work-will this also be offered as a PDF for those of us with a Kindle?

  3. Taylor says:

    Congratulations. I hope the book reaches a wide audience.

  4. JL says:

    James, I just downloaded it and can’t wait to read it! I shared it via FB and Twitter and hope many more people are moved to read it!

  5. Lori says:

    Congrats! Going to buy it on Amazon today and share on Facebook.

  6. Bea Elliott says:

    Many thanks for your dedication to this project. The story about Bill and Lou (and the conflict of eating them) must be heard and I know you’ve done a fine job at telling it. Looking forward to reading your critique on the whole event. I hope it gets into a lot of hands that eventually change more minds and hearts.

  7. Jean says:


    Congratulations! I believe in the strength and quality of your work and ideas. I am certain that The Politics of the Pasture will go far in bringing down speciesism. I can only echo John Maher here: “this is the way to combine the identities of history professor with an animal activist.”


  8. Melody says:

    Hi James, this story needed to be written and I am so glad you did. I will be purchasing this immediately. As the people above, I also thank you for your dedication and voice for two oxen that brought so many people together and brought Green Mountain College into the spotlight for their heartless actions.

  9. Rose says:

    It is the anonymity animals that helps support the meat industry. People don’t see them they just eat them. Also, as Paul McCartney said, if slaughterhouses had glass walls there would be a lot more vegetarians.

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