Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism, 10th Anniversary Edition

Melanie Joy (Author) Yuval Noah Harari (Foreword by)


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.

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$18.95  $17.43
Red Wheel
Publish Date
August 01, 2020
5.2 X 8.4 X 0.7 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author

Dr. Melanie Joy is a Harvard-educated psychologist, celebrated speaker, and the author of six books, including the award-winning 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. Her work has been featured in major media outlets around the world, and she has received a number of awards, including the Ahimsa Award - previously given to the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela - for her work on global nonviolence. Joy has given talks and trainings in over 50 countries, and she is also the founding president of the nonprofit organization Beyond Carnism. You can learn more about her at carnism.org.


"Melanie Joy's book [[is an important and groundbreaking contribution to the struggle for the welfare of animals. It]] explains eloquently how the global system of animal exploitation has been created, what keeps it going, and how it puts an unbearable burden on billions of creatures without most of us paying attention or feeling any need to change the situation. 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 and sustainable world." --Yuval Harari, New York Times bestselling author of Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind--Yuval Harari