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FREE-Book Signing Dr. Melanie Joy: Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows

Melanie Joy, PhD

Join Good Eats and Meets in her captivating FREE slide show, Melanie Joy 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.

Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows

The schedule for the evening is:

6:00 -- doors open; free light refreshments

6:45 to 7:45 -- presentation

7:45 to 8:45 -- Q and A / buy books / book-signing

This will be very informal and relaxed, but eye-opening and inspiring!

Note: the West End Neighborhood Library is three blocks from the Foggy Bottom Metro station (orange and blue lines).


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  • Lisa L.

    We're likely to show up!

    June 4, 2013

  • Lisa L.

    I might go!

    June 3, 2013

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