Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism
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How can we love our pets and value kindness to animals generally, yet consume meat from corporations that severely abuse and slaughter 10 billion sentient creatures a year? Melanie Joy addresses this question and builds a compelling case for Veganism. She is the ultimate Veganista! In addition, Joy examines corporate animal agribusiness, and the millions of dollars they spend creating the fiction that these animals live outside on idyllic farms. Joy encourages readers to become informed about the violence and suffering bound up with mainstream food choices, and to begin reducing consumption of animal products. She offers insight into regaining empathy for suffering farmed animals as part of a vital process of personal and societal integration, wherein values, beliefs, and behaviour come into harmony. This is a book for Animal rights activists, those interested in healthy eating and local food and Vegans. Praise: A thoughtful book...required reading for anyone interested in what we eat and why. Kathy Freston, author of The New York Times-bestselling Vegenist ...an absorbing examination of why humans feel affection and compassion for certain animals but are callous to the suffering of others especially those slaughtered for our consumption. Publishers Weekly an altogether remarkable book that could transform the way society feels about eating animals. Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, author of the best-selling When Elephants Weep
Need to hear deeply what Melanie Joy is telling us. We need to restore our connection to animals of all kinds, not just for their sake. This isn't just about animal rights. It's about human responsibilities. Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar. Mahatma Gandhi once said, “The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” I don't think he meant by the way some of its animals are treated. I don't think he.
Significant. If empathy is hardwired in our brains, an automatic response, then our natural state is one of feeling for others. It may be that when we fail to empathize, we are in fact overriding a natural impulse. Carnistic defenses, then, may actually go against our nature. From Apathy to Empathy All violent systems are threatened by mass witnessing because their survival depends on its opposite: mass dissociation. Dissociation is the core defense of carnism, the heart of psychic.
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