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Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows 10th Anniversary Edition
Melanie Joy, Ph.D., Foreword Yuval Noah Harari
ISBN: 9781590035016
Book (Paperback)
Red Wheel Weiser, Red Wheel
$18.95
5 1/4 x 8 1/2
224 pages
July 1, 2020


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“An important and groundbreaking contribution to the struggle for the welfare of animals.” --Yuval Harari, New York Times best-selling author of Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

The book 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.

“An absorbing examination of why humans feel affection and compassion for certain animals but are callous to the suffering of others.” —Publishers Weekly

“I think Gandhi would have loved Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows. For this is a book that can change the way you think and change the way you live. It will lead you from denial to awareness, from passivity to action, and from resignation to hope.” —John Robbins, author of Diet for a New America and The Food Revolution

Melanie Joy, Ph.D. is a psychologist, professor, and author. She teaches psychology and sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and is the leading researcher on carnism, the ideology of meat production and consumption. She is the author of Strategic Action for Animals: A Handbook on Strategic Movement Building, Organizing, and Activism for Animal Liberation. Photo: Jared Torello
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