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Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism Paperback – September 1, 2011
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"I think Gandhi would have loved Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows. For this is a book that can change the way you think and change the way you live. It will lead you from denial to awareness, from passivity to action, and from resignation to hope." --John Robbins, author of Diet for a New America and The Food Revolution
"An altogether remarkable book that could transform the way society feels about eating animals." --Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, author of The Face on Your Plate
"A thoughtful book full of substance and style. It should be required reading for anyone interested in what we eat and why." --Kathy Freston, author of the New York Times bestselling Veganist and Quantum Wellness
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Dr. Joy notes that following a carnist rather than a vegetarian or vegan dietstyle is made less distressing by the fact that most of the billions of animals Americans eat each year are literally hidden from sight. Animal agribusiness spends a fortune creating the fiction that these animals live outside on idyllic farms. Dr. Joy encourages readers to become informed about the violence and suffering bound up with mainstream food choices, and to begin reducing consumption of animals products. She sees regaining empathy for suffering farmed animals as part of a vital process of personal and societal integration, wherein values, beliefs, and behavior come into harmony.
These ideas resonate with me because my wife and I dearly love our two cats, Justa and Justine, and our Bernese Mountain Dog, Pearl. Each one has a unique personality and shows great will power in realizing goals and desires. Like the humans in the household, they fully experience pain and suffering as well as contentment and joy.Read more ›
I was able to take in her message because it was presented in a non blaming, non shaming way.
I may still hunt and bring home an animal to the table every now and then. I know the paradox and pain of what I'm doing for my food.I accept it even as I wrestle with it. But I will never purchase or knowingly eat another morsel of factory meat. I've been to Auschwitz and Birkenau, and seen how mechanized slaughter works, and how inhumane it is, whether it's people, pigs or pugs. Joy points out what "we" are doing- there's no blame in her tone. The systemic structure of carnism, just like the systems of racism, sexism, totalitarianism, is evil at it's core, precisely because there is no "we" there, seeing what "we" are causing to done in "our" name. Thanks to Dr Joy for sending a message to open our eyes. After reading this book, we know, and must take responsibility for our choices.Negligence starts tomorrow.
I may still hunt and kill an animal on occasion, and many will berate me for that. But I will no longer be party to wholesale slaughter.
Melanie Joy, a psychologist, professor, and author, explains these inconsistencies in Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows. She points out that many people engage in selective empathy, feeling for some animals but not others, based on what they've learned.
She asserts that much of our beliefs about animals and what is appropriate for eating is based on illogical thinking, physic numbing, misinformation, and denial. Being told that it's okay to eat meat over and over from childhood to adulthood, being denied access to the slaughter of animals, and pushing animals' suffering from our imagination results in being a carnist, someone who eats meat, not from necessity, but from choice.
I find the author's arguments, logical, convincing, and morally compelling. If we have to force ourselves to be ignorant and block our empathy in order to eat meat, then we're fooling ourselves at the detriment of animals and our own moral integrity.
Thinking about animal suffering clearly, seeing the horrors that animals suffer without sugar-coating their slaughter with mythologies, considering the options we have as omnivores, and freeing ourselves from the lies (repeated they become false truths), and vegetarianism becomes the logical conclusion.
The author wants us to stop denying the trauma and torture that animals suffer because of many people's choice to be carnists.Read more ›
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If everyone in the world was given this book, and only one person read and comprehended the content, than we would already be headed in a better direction. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Vincent
I've wanted this book for a long time. B&N has ordered it 3 times for me but for some reason I don't get the notices. So I ordered it here...got it in 4 days. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Carla Bramlett
This book is wonderful because Melanie Joy demonstrates the relationship we have with our pets vs. the animals we deem fit for consuming and wearing. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Melanie Joy explains how humans now have the choice of continuing to murder and use other animals and their lack of empathy or revert to the plant-based foods that were the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dee
This is a must read for anyone who wants to help the animals, the planet and themselves. Melanie provided all the facts to enlighten people with. Very well written. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Diane Abraham
This book is amazing. It really opens one's eyes to the meat industry and I highly recommend it!Published 4 months ago by Whitney Smalley
A very necessary book for everyone to read! No judgements, just a very compassionate approach to learn more about ourselves, others and an industry that is more harmful than you... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Denise Zimmerer