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Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism [Kindle Edition]

Melanie Joy Ph.D. , John Robbins
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.

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About the Author

Melanie Joy, Ph.D. is a social psychologist and professor of psychology and sociology at the University of Massachusetts.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1144 KB
  • Print Length: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Conari Press; Reprint edition (1 Sept. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #202,256 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Carnism 4 Sept. 2011
By Hux
Format:Kindle Edition
There have been times when slavery, patriarchy, racism, sexism, and other kinds of prejudices were considered "normal" and "natural" until groups of people became conscious of the immorality of such systems and ideologies (of course, these fights are far from over). Large groups of people are beginning to see the immorality of human prejudices against non-human animals, especially those animals that we eat (imagine how you would feel about billions of cats and dogs being factory farmed and slaughtered so that people can eat burgers and steaks--the disgust you feel is normal, and that should be your reaction to cows, pigs, and chickens being factory farmed and slaughtered for a bit of gustatory pleasure). This book is an important part of the ongoing moral expansion. Unlike other similar books, this one focuses on the psychological and societal underpinnings of meat eating--what the author calls "carnism." Once you become aware of carnism, you begin to see its manifestations everywhere. You're no longer neutral; you either support or oppose carnism.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be part of school curriculum 31 Dec. 2012
By megan
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
An excellent book a "must" read for everyone especially those who choose eat animals and wear their skins.
Very well written and easy to follow. Delivery was fast .
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2.0 out of 5 stars too little information 21 Mar. 2013
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I was rather disappointed by this book. I expected more. The first half explains in a rather scientific way, how the farming industry (in the US) works. Not too much news there. AND what I found rather shocking, the whole second half (50%) of the book consists only of listed references etc. A bit of a disappointment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should read this 14 Aug. 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I was already a vegan when I read this but it's such a moving read. I wish all meat eaters would read this to understand why they eat meat and to really appreciate where their food comes from and the suffering that goes into providing them with that burger or pork chop.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 13 Feb. 2015
By Steph
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Intense but worth the read!
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