Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism Paperback – September 1, 2011
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"This eyeopening book makes us question what we really mean when we say we love animals. Anyone who has ever loved a dog or a cat or a hamster or a bird will find abundant food for thought here." John Robbins, author of Diet for a New America, The Food Revolution, and Healthy at 100 ― Reviews
"An altogether remarkable book that could transform the way society feels about eating animals." Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, author of The Face on Your Plate ― Reviews
"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 ― Reviews
"One of the most thoughtprovoking books in decades. The realization that we've been conditioned throughout our entire lives to think and act a certain way toward animals, and that we've been so disconnected from ourselves and our fellow beings, gives us a chance to make our choices freely." Heather Mills ― Reviews
About the Author
- Publisher : Red Wheel; Reprint edition (September 1, 2011)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 216 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1573245054
- ISBN-13 : 978-1573245050
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #132,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Strange that we care so intensely about a few who share our home, but the vast majority of food animals are beaten, thrown, shocked, or ignored as they suffer through the assembly line after their miserable short lives. The book points out the lack of feelings of the employees in the feed lots, chicken sheds, and farrowing pens ; how they become numb to the suffering they are a part of.
By coining the term "carnism," Joy gives the animal rights' movement exactly what it needs: A term by which to label the violent ideology in which we live. She exemplifies just how powerful language can be as a weapon, and even provides actionable steps for the reader to use this weapon to change the world. That of course, is if the reader feels up to the arduous and uphill battle that they will most definitely face.
In the end however, while everyone who reads this book certainly won't be found on the picket lines of the nearest animal rights' protest, I like to (perhaps optimistically) believe they will at least occasionally choose a veggie burger instead.
Once you read the book, you cannot un-know what you've learned from it. It ignites a thought process that can lead to a meaningful, permanent life change.
Read it with an open mind and let the ideas sink in, think them over and allow yourself to reconsider things you took for granted.
The planet should thank Dr. Joy for this book!
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An excellent read, well written and easy to follow. Whether you eat meat or are opposed to such consumption, this book is an important read which will fully inform and educate you in a balanced way.