Melanie Joy, Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism. San Francisco: Conari Press, 2010. 205 pp.
Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows is a welcome contribution to the debate on meat consumption—a debate, one must say, with an unclear status, situated as it is in the midst of a global animal industry that shows no signs of deteriorating but rather exhibits all the signs of violent expansion. The purpose of Melanie Joy’s book is to explain the psychological mind-set, a belief system she has termed “carnism,” behind consumer
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