October 8, 2016 by Virginia James
Melanie Joy, PhD opened my eyes with this question. She did a TED talk on her reasoning behind writing the book Why we Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows– and it completely broke my heart. She explains how we are brainwashed to love some animals and how we grew up in a society that makes it okay to slaughter other animals. She poses the question …why?
In this paperback edition is a foreword by activist and author John Robbins and a reader’s group study guide. This ground-breaking work, voted one of the top ten books of 2010 by VegNews Magazine, offers an absorbing look at why and how humans can so wholeheartedly devote ourselves to certain animals and then allow others to suffer needlessly, especially those slaughtered for our consumption.
Social psychologist Melanie Joy explores the many ways we numb ourselves and disconnect from our natural empathy for farmed animals. She coins the term “carnism” to describe the belief system that has conditioned us to eat certain animals and not others.
In Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows Joy investigates factory farming, exposing how cruelly the animals are treated, the hazards that meatpacking workers face, and the environmental impact of raising 10 billion animals for food each year. Controversial and challenging, this book will change the way you think about food forever.
Have you read it? What are your thoughts on Speciesism?