The truth will set you free.
"We cannot pretend that we do not know this. We are not ostriches, and we cannot believe that if we do not look there will not be what we do not wish to see.”
Leo Tolstoy, on animal cruelty on our farms.
The following are a few of the books that I have read on the topic of animal ethics, especially through the lens of the Catholic faith. I have no relationship with the authors or the publishers. Neither do I agree with everything they have to say. However, their writings provide good material to help us ponder about our treatment of animals.
Dominion is the best book I have read on this topic. By weaving a narrative of cultural practices that includes scientific and philosophical content, Matthew Scully does an stellar job in presenting a holistic view of the place of animals in this anthropocentric world. This book will speak to you intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually. I have linked below the four page introduction of the book with permission from the author.
All God's Animals is an academic treatise on the subject, and requires the reader to have some background in Christian philosophy and theology. It is a good resource for those looking for a philosophically robust discussion.
For Love of Animals provides a good overview of concern for animals to a Catholic reader. It provides a light discussion of veganism in the Catholic Tradition while providing useful jumping off points for further reading.
Animal Rights is a good introduction to the topic from a secular ethics perspective.
Are we addicted to the suffering of animals? - John Berkman
Introduction - Dominion by Matthew Scully