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Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows
An Introduction to Carnism
Melanie Joy, Ph.D., Foreword by John Robbins
ISBN: 9781573245050
Book Group Discussion Guide
Book (Paperback)
Red Wheel
$18.95
5 1/2 x 8 1/2
208 pages
September 1, 2011


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"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

"Should be required reading for anyone interested in what we eat and why." —Kathy Freston, author of The New York Times bestselling Veganist
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 meat packing 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.

Dr. Melanie Joy is a Harvard-educated psychologist, celebrated speaker, and the author of five books, including the award-winning Beyond Beliefs: A Guide to Improving Relationships and Communication for Vegans, Vegetarians, and Meat Eaters; Powerarchy: Understanding the Psychology of Oppression for Social Transformation; and Getting Relationships Right. Her work has been featured in major media outlets around the world, and she has received a number of awards, including the Ahimsa Award—previously given to the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela—for her work on global nonviolence. Joy has given talks and trainings in over fifty countries, and she is also the founding president of the charitable organization Beyond Carnism. You can learn more about her work at carnism.org.
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John Robbins is the author of the bestselling The Food Revolution, Diet for a New America, and No Happy Cows. His life and work have been featured on PBS.
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