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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

What is Carnism?




While listening to National Public Radio one morning I listened to Dr. Melanie Joy, a professor, author, and psychologist discuss "carnism" in her newest book, Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows, http://melaniejoy.org/

The author defined carnism as a belief that it is ethical to eat certain animals such as cows and pigs while it is considered inappropriate to eat other animals such as our own cats or dogs. She examines how and why individuals can love their pets and value kindness to all animals but continue to purchase meat from corporations where cows and chickens endure enormous suffering and violence for our benefit. 

While listening to the interview, I began to think about eliminating meat from my diet but I know it will be a slow process to switch from carnm I have a stack of books on my bedside table but that won’t stop me from ordering this groundbreaking book by the end of this month and I will be sure to blog about it soon.

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