In her groundbreaking new book, Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows, Melanie Joy explores the invisible system that shapes our perception of the meat we eat, so that we love some animals and eat others without knowing why. She calls this system carnism.
Carnism is the belief system, or ideology, that allows us to selectively choose which animals become our meat, and it is sustained by complex psychological and social mechanisms. Like other "isms" (racism, ageism, etc.), carnism is most harmful when it is unrecognized and unacknowledged. Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows names and explains this phenomenon and offers it up for examination. Unlike the many books that explain why we shouldn't eat meat, Joy's book explains why we do eat meat - and thus how we can make more informed choices as citizens and consumers.
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Intro to the term carnism.
I often find the audio version a better option as I read the books whilst driving. With printed versions I buy them with great intentions but don't find time to sit down and read.
This gave a slightly different perspective on animal rights, viewing it as a system that we participate in as meat eaters yet refuse to recognise the disjuncture between the realities of the process and our concerns for animal rights in society.
I found the narrator really annoying at times cringe worthy especially in relation to the content.
This book made me consider my own participation in this system and it did make me cry at times it made me feel guilty for the suffering coursed and the knowledge regulations are not there to monitor and protect these helpless creatures. It made me realise just how shocking humans can be especially those who put money above moral ethics and basic empathy.
If they can stand the narrator everyone should read this book.