Michael Morris has been a biological scientist, an animal rights activist, a government policy adviser and a university teacher. He is now running his own environmentally focused tertiary education institute in New Zealand. Michael has written a great deal of non-fiction, much of it academic scientific work of little interest to anyone outside a narrow speciality. More recently Michael has written more easlity accessible information and advocacy pieces about the environment and promoting decent treatment of animals, including his book on factory farming published at Smashwords.
Michael is new to fiction writing, but sees some parallels with writing advocacy pieces. Both types of writing need to engage the emotions as well as the intellect. The dark elf series is his first foray into fantasy. Michael also has a horror short story published in the "darker times" anthology.
on Nov. 16, 2013 :
When it comes to factory farming, Michael Morris is one of the most knowledgeable people in New Zealand. I found this book so clear, informative and hard-hitting, providing very disturbing evidence about what goes on in New Zealand's factory farms even under the protection of legislation that mostly pays only lip service to the welfare and rights of the animals concerned.
Whilst the situation in/on many of our farms is very dire, this book didn't leave me feeling totally powerless and helpless because it gives some very good advice on what ordinary individuals can do to help the situation and it is so do-able. After reading this book I've come away convinced that there is absolutely no reason that animals have to suffer for the sake of our tastebuds, stomachs, or health (indeed, our health is all the better for avoiding or minimizing animal products), and that even as an ordinary person there are things that I can do to make a difference.
Thanks, Michael Morris, for writing this book - I only wish it was compulsory reading (especially in High Schools!)
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)