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The Little Veal Cutlet That Couldn’t

October 24, 2014


When cow Betsy meets her fate at the slaughterhouse, her son lives on—at least until he ends up dinner at a posh country club.


The book has the appearance of a children’s book, told in rhyme and complete with illustrations by artist Cassie Hart. But parents should not be fooled—the book deals with some serious issues, including the treatment of cows in the production of milk and veal.


According to reviewer Mike Mannix, “For some the dark humor presented in the book will seem obnoxious and a bit self-indulgent. I would like to propose, however, that this humor has universal appeal and potentially serves as a point from which dialog around issues of vegetarianism and animal welfare can begin.”

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Ryan Forsythe

Ryan Forsythe is the publisher of Left Fork. Originally from the suburbs of NE OH, when not traveling, he now lives off-grid in the woods of SW OR. He is a writer, editor, teacher, artist, and dad, with an MFA in Creative Writing from San Diego State University. For four years he and wife Kaci ran a hostel in Redwood National Park. You can learn more at RyanForsythe.com.