Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism

Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism

John Robbins

Language: English

Pages: 216

ISBN: 1573245054

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


How can we love our pets and value kindness to animals generally, yet consume meat from corporations that severely abuse and slaughter 10 billion sentient creatures a year? Melanie Joy addresses this question and builds a compelling case for Veganism. She is the ultimate Veganista! In addition, Joy examines corporate animal agribusiness, and the millions of dollars they spend creating the fiction that these animals live outside on idyllic farms. Joy encourages readers to become informed about the violence and suffering bound up with mainstream food choices, and to begin reducing consumption of animal products. She offers insight into regaining empathy for suffering farmed animals as part of a vital process of personal and societal integration, wherein values, beliefs, and behaviour come into harmony. This is a book for Animal rights activists, those interested in healthy eating and local food and Vegans. Praise: A thoughtful book...required reading for anyone interested in what we eat and why. Kathy Freston, author of The New York Times-bestselling Vegenist ...an absorbing examination of why humans feel affection and compassion for certain animals but are callous to the suffering of others especially those slaughtered for our consumption. Publishers Weekly an altogether remarkable book that could transform the way society feels about eating animals. Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, author of the best-selling When Elephants Weep

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discussed in chapter 3, there was no mention of the fact that the facility had been randomly targeted by Humane Society of the United States investigators, nor was there discussion of the potential prevalence of this practice among carnistic corporations. Thus, public outrage was directed toward only a single company, and the system itself remained unchallenged. Indeed, the system remains unchallenged whenever the media present the tenets of carnism as fact rather than opinion, and the

they have been taught to value human life so far above certain forms of nonhuman life that it seems appropriate for their taste preferences to supersede other species' preference for survival. And by carving out the path of least resistance, norms obscure alternative paths and make it seem as if there is no other way to be; as I mentioned in chapter 2, meat eating is considered a given, not a choice. Another way norms keep us in line is by rewarding conformity and punishing us if we stray off

sophisticated and refined; and in China, people eat animals' penises because they believe these organs affect sexual function. Despite the fact that taste is largely acquired through culture, people around the world tend to view their preferences as rational and any deviation as offensive and disgusting. For instance, many people are disgusted at the thought of drinking milk that's been extracted from cows' udders. Others cannot fathom eating bacon, ham, beef, or chicken. Some view the

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