Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism, 10th Anniversary Edition

Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism, 10th Anniversary Edition

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Overview

An Introduction to Carnism.

“An important and groundbreaking contribution to the struggle for the welfare of animals.” Yuval Harari, New York Times best-selling author of Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

“An absorbing examination of why humans feel affection and compassion for certain animals but are callous to the suffering of others.” — Publishers Weekly

Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows offers an absorbing look at what social psychologist Melanie Joy calls carnism, the belief system that conditions us to eat certain animals when we would never dream of eating others. Carnism causes extensive animal suffering and global injustice, and it drives us to act against our own interests and the interests of others without fully realizing what we are doing. Becoming aware of what carnism is and how it functions is vital to personal empowerment and social transformation, as it enables us to make our food choices more freely—because without awareness, there is no free choice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590035016
Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser
Publication date: 08/01/2020
Edition description: Enlarged/Expanded,10th Anniversary Edition
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 140,238
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Dr. Melanie Joy is a Harvard-educated psychologist, celebrated speaker, and the author of six books, including the award-winning Beyond Beliefs: A Guide to Improving Relationships and Communication for Vegans, Vegetarians, and Meat EatersPowerarchyUnderstanding the Psychology of Oppression for Social Transformation; and Getting Relationships Right. Her work has been featured in major media outlets around the world, and she has received a number of awards, including the Ahimsa Award – previously given to the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela – for her work on global nonviolence. Joy has given talks and trainings in over 50 countries, and she is also the founding president of the nonprofit organization Beyond Carnism. You can learn more about her at carnism.org.
 

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Foreword to the Tenth Anniversary Edition xi

1 To Love or to Eat? 1

2 Carnism: "It's Just the Way Things Are" 12

3 The Way Things Really Are 25

4 Collateral Damage: The Other Casualties of Carnism 63

5 The Mythology of Eating Animals: Justifying Carnism 85

6 Through the Carnistic Looking Glass: Internalized Carnism 105

7 Bearing Witness: From Carnism to Compassion 125

Afterword 141

Book Group Discussion Guide 151

Endnotes 156

Resources 177

Selected Bibliography 178

Index 193

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