Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism

Melanie Joy, Author . Conari $19.95 (204p) ISBN 978-1-57324-461-9

Despite a penchant for melodrama, Joy (Strategic Action for Animals ) offers an absorbing examination of why humans feel affection and compassion for certain animals but are callous to the suffering of others—especially those slaughtered for our consumption. She takes Eric Schlosser, Michael Pollan, and Jonathan Safran Foer's well-trod route and investigates factory farming, exposing how cruelly the animals are treated, the hazards that meatpacking workers face, and the environmental impact of raising 10 billion animals for food each year. She uses her factory farm–to–table narrative to buttress her real thesis: meat-eating or “carnism,” is an oppressive ideology as noxious as racism. Joy casts meat eating as genocide, comparable to the Holocaust, and factory farming on a par with the American enslavement of Africans. She might lose some readers in her zealotry, but there is great value in her contention that all systems of oppression depend on our ability to dissociate or find elaborate rationalizations to keep from recognizing the suffering of a socially sanctioned inferior. (Jan.)

Reviewed on: 11/30/2009
Release date: 11/01/2009
Genre: Nonfiction
Paperback - 208 pages - 978-1-57324-505-0
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