Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows

West End Library

Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows

An Introduction to Carnism

Image of "Why We Love Dogs" book coverCompassion for Animals is hosting a talk by acclaimed author and psychologist Dr. Melanie Joy, at 6:45 p.m. on June 5, in the large meeting room on the second floor.  Dr. Joy's talk is based on her award-winning book Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism.

In her captivating slide show, Dr. Joy will explain carnism, the invisible belief system that shapes our perception of the meat we eat, so that we love some animals and eat others without knowing why.  Dr. Joy, a longtime activist for social and environmental justice and animal protection, describes how carnism is sustained by complex, hidden social and psychological mechanisms, and is most harmful when unrecognized.

Using powerful imagery, thought-provoking analyses, and a compelling narrative, Dr. Joy elucidates how, although unjust belief systems (racism, sexism, etc.) all are unique, the mentality that enables such systems is strikingly similar.  When unnoticed, these "isms" can cause us to act against our core values, our own interests, and the interests of others.  By illuminating carnism, Dr. Joy helps us become more empowered citizens and more active social witnesses.  Audiences appreciate her accessible, engaging, and level-headed approach, regardless of their dietary choices.

Picture of author/speaker Dr. Melanie JoyMelanie Joy, Ph.D., Ed.M., is a Harvard-educated psychologist and professor of psychology and sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.  She has written articles on psychology, animal protection, and social injustice; she also is the author of Strategic Action for Animals.  She is the founder and president of the Carnism Awareness and Action Network.

Refreshments will be served at 6 p.m.  A book sale will follow the program.  Parental/guardian discretion is advised for younger attendees.  For more information, visit http://www.compassion4animals.org/index_cfa.htm.