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SCCAA Presents: Why We Love Dogs Eat Pigs and Wear Cows with Dr Melanie Joy


PRESENTED BY author and social psychologist Dr. Melanie Joy 
Campbell, Ca 
An INTRODUCTION to CARNISM In her captivating slide show, Melanie Joy, Ph.D., Ed.M, explains carnism, the invisible belief system that shapes our perception of the meat we eat, so that we love some animals and eat others without knowing why. Dr. Joy, a longtime activist for social and environmental justice and animal protection, describes how carnism is sustained by complex, hidden social and psychological mechanisms, and it is most harmful when unrecognized. Using powerful imagery, thought-provoking analyses, and a compelling narrative, Dr. Joy elucidates how, although unjust belief systems (racism, sexism, ableism, etc.) all are unique, the mentality that enables such systems is strikingly similar. When unnoticed, these “isms” can cause us to act against our core values, our own interests, and the interests of others. By illuminating carnism, Dr. Joy helps us become more empowered citizens and more active social witnesses. Audiences appreciate her accessible, engaging and levelheaded approach, regardless of their dietary choices. 
Parental/guardian discretion is advised for younger attendees. 
Melanie Joy, Ph.D., Ed.M. is a Harvard educated psychologist and professor of psychology and sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Dr. Joy has written articles on psychology, animal protection, and social justice, as well as the acclaimed Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism 
and Strategic Action for Animals. Dr. Joy is also the founder and president of the Carnism Awareness and Action Network (CAAN).

This is a No Cost Event!

A Complimentary Veggie Grill Tasting Bar will be offered.

Presented by Santa Clara County Activists for Animals www.activistsforanimals.org

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  • Shirley W.

    Great presentation and Veggie Grill's food was delicious

    1 · November 7, 2013

  • Paris H.

    62 people filled the Bascom Library. Veggie Grill generously donated mountins of food...we even had some left over...But also Dr Joy was very very good. Her topic is rich with dta and clever analogies.

    November 7, 2013

  • Sharon K.

    Very informative presentation and delicious food!

    1 · November 6, 2013

  • Paris H.

    “There is a vast mythology surrounding meat, but all the myths are in one way or another related to what I refer to as the Three Ns of Justification: eating meat is normal, natural, and necessary. The Three Ns have been invoked to justify all exploitative systems, from African slavery to the Nazi Holocaust. When an ideology is in its prime, these myths rarely come under scrutiny. However, when the system finally collapses, the Three Ns are recognized as ludicrous.”
    ― Melanie Joy, Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism: The Belief System That Enables Us to Eat Some Animals and Not Others

    November 2, 2013

  • Paris H.

    Complimentary Veggie Grill Dinner served here....
    “It is impossible to exercise free will as long as we are operating from within the system. Free will requires consciousness, and our pervasive and deep-seated patterns of thought are unconscious; they are outside of our awareness and therefore outside of our control. While we remain in the system, we see the world through the eyes of carnism. And as long as we look through eyes other than our own, we will be living in accordance to a truth that is not of our own choosing. We must step outside the system to find our lost empathy and make choices that reflect what we truly feel and believe, rather than what we've been taught to feel and believe.”
    ― Melanie Joy, Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism: The Belief System That Enables Us to Eat Some Animals and Not Others

    October 26, 2013

  • Paris H.

    “Think about it: virtually every atrocity in the history of humankind was enabled by a populace that turned away from a reality that seemed too painful to face, while virtually every revolution for peace and justice has been made possibly by a group of people who chose to bear witness and demanded that others bear witness as well.”
    ― Melanie Joy, Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism: The Belief System That Enables Us to Eat Some Animals and Not Others

    October 16, 2013

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