Animal Oppression & Human Violence, Domesecration, Capitalism and Global Conflict by David Nibert is the new book the Book Club will read through and discuss from Tuesday 11th June. To join the book club please book by sending an email to vegansireland[at]

  • Book: Animal Oppression & Human Violence, Domesecration, Capitalism and Global Conflict, by David Nibert.
  • Where: Cornucopia (upstairs), 19/20/Wicklow St, Dublin 2.
  • Time: 6.30-8.30pm.
  • When: Starts 11th June, Tues (11th, 25th June, 9th, 23rd July, 6th, 20th Aug).
  • Price: Free (Obtaining a copy of the book is essential).

About the Book

“Examining the exploitation of other animals for food and resources, David A. Nibert connects “domestication” – which he renames domesecration – to the promotion and enabling of violence and destruction.
Beginning with the earliest societies, when elites first acquired wealth and power by controlling large numbers of domescrated animals, Nibert shows how the need for land and water to maintain these animals led to invasions and warfare that levelled whole cities and societies. The spread of domescration-fueled European imperialism and the acquisition of plundered wealth necessary for capitalism’s rise only perpetuated these practices.

Nibert believes this disastrous pattern continues to plague twenty-first century societies, especially in the growing oppression of other animals as food under capitalism, causing the rapid depletion of vital resources, environmental destruction, climate change, and global land grabs. If domesecration continues, Nibert warns, powerful nations like the United States will have no choice but to respond militarily to environmental decline, food shortages, and resource wars”
How does it work?

Every fortnight for 6 meetings from the 11th May, the Book-Club will meet to discuss part of Animal Oppression and Human Violence. Participants will have read a selected part prior to each meeting.
Everyone will have an opportunity to discuss and ask questions about the book. Further discussion is available on the Book Club’s online email forum.

Copies of the book will be available at all upcoming Book Club meetings from 28th May (A separate paper is discussed on this night (see below).

A Book-Club is where a group of people get together to discuss a book; express their opinions and ask questions.

It is essential that everyone participating obtain a copy of Animal Oppression & Human Violence. Vegan Ireland will have copies at the Book-Club. A Book Club meeting will take place next Tues the 28th May which will cover a paper by David Stzybel titled “Can the Treatment of Animals be compared to the Holocaust”. To receive a copy of this paper please email vegansireland[at]