An Introduction to Carnism.
“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
“An absorbing examination of why humans feel affection and compassion for certain animals but are callous to the suffering of others.” — Publishers Weekly
Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows offers an absorbing look at what social psychologist Melanie Joy calls carnism, the belief system that conditions us to eat certain animals when we would never dream of eating others. Carnism causes extensive animal suffering and global injustice, and it drives us to act against our own interests and the interests of others without fully realizing what we are doing. Becoming aware of what carnism is and how it functions is vital to personal empowerment and social transformation, as it enables us to make our food choices more freely—because without awareness, there is no free choice.
About the Author
Melanie Joy, PhD is a psychologist, international speaker, and longtime vegan and social justice advocate. She is the award-winning author of six books, including Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism; 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. Joy taught courses on privilege and oppression at the University of Massachusetts, Boston for over a decade, and she is the eighth recipient of the Ahimsa Award—previously given to the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela—for her work on global nonviolence. Her work has been featured in major media outlets around the world, and she is the founding president of Beyond Carnism. You can learn more about her at beyondcarnism.org.
“Melanie Joy’s book is an important and groundbreaking contribution to the struggle for the welfare of animals. It helps us step outside the box of ‘carnism’ so that we are better positioned to think critically and be a part of the solution, helping to create a more compassionate andsustainable world.”
— Yuval Harari, New York Times bestselling author of Sapiens
"An absorbing examination of why humans feel affection and compassion for certain animals but are callous to the suffering of others."
— Publishers Weekly
“There’s plenty of information in this book, and insight and argument. But the true achievement of Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cowsis that it reminds us of what we already know. With eloquence and humility, Melanie Joy appeals to the values that all of us already have and have always had. She reminds us of who we are.”
— Jonathan Safran Foer, award-winning author of Everything Is Illuminated, Eating Animals, and We Are the Weather
“This is a must-read book for everyone who is horrified by the idea of eating dogs but eats pigs, cows, and chickens. Melanie Joy examines the psychological props that make it possible for us to adore some animals and eat others—and kicks them all aside. Why We Love Dogs is written in a clear and lively style, and I’m delighted to see it out in a new edition with a foreword by Yuval Harari.”
— Peter Singer, professor of bioethics at Princeton University, author of Animal Liberation
“Melanie Joy is a thought leader whose work is potentially world changing. A few years from now, ‘carnism’ will be a household term,and how we think about eating animals will be fundamentally altered.”
— Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, India’s longest-serving member of Parliament and chairperson of People for Animals, India
“Few books have done more to change the way I think than Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows. This is a framework for thinkingabout how dominant ideologies disguise, protect, and conserve themselves. It will help you see not just the ideology that governs our relationshipwith animals, but the presence of ideologies that want to remain hidden all over modern society.”
— Ezra Klein, cofounder and editor-at-large at Vox
“Melanie Joy is one of the great thinkers of our time. Her excellent Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows . . . makes a powerful,novel argument for eating plant-based. Her reasoning transcends just health and is a must-read for anyone who wants to make thoughtfulfood choices.”
— Dan Buettner, National Geographic Fellow and New York Times bestselling author of The Blue Zones
“Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows is groundbreaking. Melanie Joy brilliantly explains why people resist information that would help themmake more healthful food choices—and how they can overcome this.”
— Michael Greger, MD, New York Times bestselling author of How Not to Die and founder of nutritionfacts.org
“Why read Melanie Joy? Because her concept of carnism makes us see things differently. Because she addresses readers with empathy. Andbecause she belongs to a new and exciting generation of committed intellectuals. All of these reasons are good. But there is another onethat surpasses them all. You have to read Melanie Joy because what she tells us is important.”
— Matthieu Ricard, Buddhist monk, photographer, author, and humanitarian
“Melanie Joy’s work took me from getting it to living it—all in the time it took me to finish her groundbreaking book.”
— Josh Tetrick, founder and CEO, Just
“Melanie Joy is a seer: she sees how and why we humans do what we do and she provides passage through our unconscious behavior so thatwe can make more thoughtful choices. She is infinitely respectful of the reader, and so we walk away feeling wiser and empowered to bechangemakers.”
— Kathy Freston, New York Times bestselling author of Quantum Wellness, Veganist, and The Lean
“Why We Love Dogs helped me understand the issue of eating animals from a new, unique, and empowering perspective. I highly recommendthis book for anyone who wants to make more compassionate, rational, and healthful food choices.”
— Daniel Negreanu, six-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner and member of the Poker Hall of Fame