Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism Audiobook | Melanie Joy | Audible.com
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Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism | [Melanie Joy]

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

Carnism is the belief system, or ideology, that allows us to selectively choose which animals become our meat, and it is sustained by complex psychological and social mechanisms. Like other "isms", carnism is most harmful when it is unrecognized and unacknowledged. Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows names and explains this phenomenon and offers it up for examination. Unlike the many books that explain why we shouldn't eat meat, Joy's book explains why we do eat meat.
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In her groundbreaking new book, Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows, Melanie Joy explores the invisible system that shapes our perception of the meat we eat, so that we love some animals and eat others without knowing why. She calls this system carnism.

Carnism is the belief system, or ideology, that allows us to selectively choose which animals become our meat, and it is sustained by complex psychological and social mechanisms. Like other "isms" (racism, ageism, etc.), carnism is most harmful when it is unrecognized and unacknowledged. Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows names and explains this phenomenon and offers it up for examination. Unlike the many books that explain why we shouldn't eat meat, Joy's book explains why we do eat meat - and thus how we can make more informed choices as citizens and consumers.

©2010, 2011 Melanie Joy, PhD. (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Lenore Glossodia, Australia 08-27-12
    Lenore Glossodia, Australia 08-27-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Intro to the term carnism."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows to be better than the print version?

    I often find the audio version a better option as I read the books whilst driving. With printed versions I buy them with great intentions but don't find time to sit down and read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This gave a slightly different perspective on animal rights, viewing it as a system that we participate in as meat eaters yet refuse to recognise the disjuncture between the realities of the process and our concerns for animal rights in society.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I found the narrator really annoying at times cringe worthy especially in relation to the content.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book made me consider my own participation in this system and it did make me cry at times it made me feel guilty for the suffering coursed and the knowledge regulations are not there to monitor and protect these helpless creatures. It made me realise just how shocking humans can be especially those who put money above moral ethics and basic empathy.


    Any additional comments?

    If they can stand the narrator everyone should read this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    C. Perry MI USA 11-25-12
    C. Perry MI USA 11-25-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Great book, odd reading"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows to be better than the print version?

    I like both the audio and the print versions, the audio for when I drive and the print for when I want to refer to specific passages


    What did you like best about this story?

    Melanie Joy is very intelligent, knowledgeable, and thinks outside the box. Her book is revolutionary.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Too affected, unnatural reading


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It makes me think!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marta Lisboa, Portugal 08-21-13
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    Where does Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was my first one, but I really liked the experience and already bought another title!


    What other book might you compare Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows to and why?

    Gristle: From Factory Farms to Food Safety (Thinking Twice About the Meat We Eat) , it's the same theme.


    Have you listened to any of Karen White’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I didn't. I loved her voice and interpretation.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Compassion, health, sustainability, vegan, vegetarian


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    I really like this experience, I was familiar with the issues on the book and decided to try my first audiobook with it.

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    Brianne Albuquerque, NM, United States 07-23-13
    Brianne Albuquerque, NM, United States 07-23-13 Member Since 2011
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    I really enjoyed this book, not because the content was enjoyable, but because it allowed me another opportunity to awaken! I have recently transitioned from Vegetarian to Strick Vegetarian on a Vegan Plant-Based Diet. What I gained from this book was that we are quite possibly a product of our society. Had we grown up in another country our views on pets, food and clothes may greatly differ (or not). Point being, most of the people who become vegetarian or vegan struggle with being "perfect" and we tend to beat ourselves up when we make a mistake (for those of us who have) for a vegetarian that could mean accidentally eating a meat byproduct or a vegan accidentally eating cheese. This book helps to connect the dots as to why we may psychologically behave the way we do. With that said, the main point of the book in my opinion is to literally shock you into understanding the American culture. There is a ton that I "knew" but somehow listening to every word hit home in a way that was bigger than ever before...bigger than the China Study! The author is very detailed and her research is very extensive. I was captivated by the obvious amount of time and energy she has committed to not only understand this subject herself but share it with us. Listening to this book solidified my choice to love my dogs and not eat meat or purchase animal products to wear. You cannot listen to this book without somehow being changed forever. This book is not just for vegs, it really is a social study that would benefit everyone to have more knowledge. The book is well researched and I believe it can provide an outlook to everyone.

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