Carnism: Would You Eat Golden Retriever For Dinner?

Posted on March 20, 2011

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Last night I had the pure pleasure and pure agony of hearing author, professor and 20 year researcher, Melanie Joy, Ph.D., discuss her book and ideology of carnism.  Her book, Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism, attempts to bridge the gap that people have in their subconscious that makes it ok to eat some animals and not others.

Carnism is the ideology in which it is considered appropriate to eat some of the non-human species on the lower rungs of the speciesist hierarchy.  It is an invisible belief system creating the illusion that when we eat meat we are making our choices freely.

I found it fascinating to discover that children are desensitized at an early age with carnism.  How many kids do you know that have never touched a cow or chicken?  My Dad told me about a child he met not too long ago who wondered what the bean plant was that he was holding.  The child was amazed that beans come from plants, not a can.

The author’s event was held at the campus of UCF.  There were several college students in attendance who were bothered by the data and videos that were shared.  Bothered to the point that they were mad.  They thought the agribusiness videos that were shown of chickens beaks being chopped off by hot blades, piglets being castrated without meds and the multiple inhumane treatment of cows were playing on our emotions and not the norm.

I urge you to please research where the food that decorates your dinner plate comes from.  Ask yourself, would you choose to put your childhood pet on a plate to eat?  Why or why not?

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