Sunday, January 31, 2010

An Introduction to Carnism

On Friday January 29th, author and renowned psychologist Melanie Joy from the University of Massachusetts, Boston spoke at the Harvard Coop for a book signing on her newest book Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows.

Joy spoke to a captivated audience about carnism: the belief system that says it's okay to eat certain animals and not others. Like vegetarianism, carnism is a belief system some humans adopted since we are omnivours and, thus, can survive on plants or meat. Joy points out the coeservice system set in place in order for the mass human consumption of meat to take place including the secretive system of factory farming and the literal production of animals for consumption without acknowledging our products as living, breathing, feeling beings: a system dangerous for our health, our environment, and the animals themselves.

By recognizing our free will is choosing a life of meat (and therefore, continuing the cycle of factory farming), Joy argues we can better understand the detriments of a meat-eating diet without justifying it as "natural" and with intent to change the system for the better.

Check out Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows on Amazon!

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