"Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows" by Melanie Joy is a ground-breaking word that explores the psychology of carnism. It was voted one of the top ten books in 2010 by VegNewsMagazine. Melanie Joy looks at the discrepancy between humans devoting themselves wholeheartedly to certain animals and at the same time allowing other animals to suffer needlessly. She explains that this behaviour is enebled through blocking out what we know, e. g. about the animals capacity for consciousness and their ability to feel pain. Thus humans numb themselves and disconnect from their empathy for certain animals. With the term "carnism" she describes this behaviour to condition ourselves to eat the one and not the other animal.
Melanie Joy investigates in "Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows" factory farming, the treatment of animals, the hazards faced by people working in meatpacking and the environmental impact of the animal product industry. This book will change our way of thinking about food and animals forever.
"In her groundbreaking book, Joy shakes up the completely arbitrary thinking that enables people to, at the same time, treat animals as friends and look the other way while others are ruthlessly exploited as commodities." Gene Baur, president and cofounder of Farm Sanctuary.
1. To Love or to Eat?
2. Carnism: "It's Just the Way Things Are"
3. The Way Things Really Are
4. Collateral Damage: The Other Casualties of Carnism
5. The Mythology of Meat: Justifying Carnism
6. The the Carnistic Look Glass: Internalized Carnism
7. Bearing Witness: From Carnism to Compassion