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Summary

An Introduction to Carnism  

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.

©2010, 2011, 2020 Melanie Joy, PhD; Foreword copyright 2020 by Yuval Noah Harari (P)2020 Tantor

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An interesting book, an awful narrator

Already a vegan when I listened to this so hearing the stories of animal cruelty just reaffirmed my beliefs.

It will open the eyes of meat-eaters to a world where ignorance is bliss.

But the narrator is so irratating, it came across as patronising.

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it's nit really "Why"

The beginning is about "Why" - the psychology around eating or not eating animals. Then, there are episode on top of episodes describing the cruelty animals go through and they have nothing to do with "Why" humans behave the way they do around that. So the title is very misleading.
in addition the narrator is very hard to listen to, she sounds like she can't keep it together and about to cry.
I sped it to the end and marked it done without actually finishing, It was not what I thought it would be.

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every meat eater needs to read this book

very well written and and I enjoyed the narrator. difficult to listen to in places even as a long-term vegan. everybody who chooses to eat meat and eggs and dairy absolutely must read this book urgently

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Deeply important and helpful

This is a deeply helpful, insightful and important book. It will be remembered as one of the big steps along the way of the social transformation that is veganism.

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The title is misleading

The book discusses the subject relating to title on only few pages, the rest is just about animal cruelty which has nothing to do with the subject of the book. I could not finish the book as I found it not very interesting.

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shocking stuff, excellent work done here

gave me a lot to think about really enjoyed it, would definitely recommend it to anyone thinking of following the vegan movement

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Life changing

Life changing read even For educated vegans, and I imagine more so for non vegans should they give it a chance. Can’t express the inspiration this book has given me to continue to advocate in the best way possible for the animals and the planet.

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Everyone should read this!

Open your mind and see the matrix! Should be part of education programs! Loves it!

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Life changing!!!

If I had the right I would suggest to every single person in the planet to read this book so they can make theirs future decisions based on facts and not fairytales! Also the subject should be part of school teaching!!!

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  • 12-02-21

vegan propaganda

I could not finish the book. Right from the start it felt like I was trying to be converted to give up my meat diet. It seems like that author was getting at why we eat meat at all, not why we eat 1 animal over another

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  • Emma-Louise
  • 09-05-21

Life changing

This book is a must read for all. From the beginning of this year I’ve been majority vegetarian, easier than I thought it would be,surprisingly enough. Now I’m going to push through to veganism.

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  • luca momigliano
  • 28-09-21

Incredibly well thought-out

Melanie draws interesting ties between social norms, human psychology and moral responsability. Defenitely an informative book for vegans and carnists alike and a useful tool for advocacy and empathy. 10/10 recommend

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  • Naomie Williams
  • 19-01-22

Life-changing

Likely the most important I have ever read/listened to. Masterfully written/performed. Please give it a listen. such important content.

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  • Leandro Lopes
  • 13-01-22

Compassion

It’s a must read.
The book is informative and powerful with its message.
Humans are responsible for the mass extinction of other sentient beings.
One cries the cry of the injustice and violent ways humans continue to behave.

I am embarrassed to be a human being.

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  • brian harden
  • 15-08-21

For the most part good….

Overall, I enjoyed the book. She has a lot of convincing facts like how the animals feel before and during their slaughtering. Where she lost me? She’s an obvious feminist. I didn’t purchase the book to hear her feminist views. She lost me around the last few chapters when she began making veganism almost a spiritual matter. It was a good book, glad I read it but wouldn’t be able to sit through it again.