Dear friends, I want to make you aware of a new book -- released this week -- which should be of interest to anyone concerned about animals. Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows, by Melanie Joy, Ph.D., defines "carnism," the belief system of meat-eaters. Dr. Joy teaches at Boston University and was at the Animal Rights Conference in Los Angeles this summer. I've cut and pasted my review of the book (at Amazon) below for further background.
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By naming and defining "carnism," the belief system of meat-eaters, Melanie Joy has opened a new chapter in the discussion of animal exploitation. If you've ever wondered why otherwise kind and compassionate "animal lovers" can turn a blind eye to the horrors of factory farming or animal skinning, Dr. Joy's book provides an explanation.
Carnism is a creeping, largely-unconscious ideology rooted in societal norms and inherited psychological schemas, generally lacking basis in reason, and of course encouraged by the animal agriculture industry that benefits from its perpetuation. Just as feminists who put a label on "patriarchy" helped to change society's perception of sexism, so should Dr. Joy's book help change our perception of speciesism and the treatment of animals.
The writing is engaging and the book is well-researched and thorough. I recommend it strongly for anyone who eats meat, or is interested in why people eat meat.