Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows

  • by Melanie Joy PhD
  • Narrated by Karen White
  • 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


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What made the experience of listening to Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows the most enjoyable?

It was clear, well read and informative

What was one of the most memorable moments of Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows?

The cow that escaped her death

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Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, It can be quite harrowing. As a vegan, I knew much about the topics written but it's hard t have them beamed into your skull and I became quite upset at times.

Any additional comments?

It is a little subjective, and some of the arguments do not stand up - for example I know carnists who will happily kill their own animals and eat them, despite having gotten to know them. Also, while there are meat substitutes out there, many meat eaters will definitely be ablet to tell the difference and will likely be unwilling to change. I think that this book talks to the people with doubt aready in their minds and not the "i eat meat with every meal" crowd who really do not want to know.

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- ShoeTattoos


a thoroughly thought provoking and moving read. I would recommend this book to everyone. I have been a vegan for several years and reading this book opened my eyes even wider to the horrors of bearing witness to the slavery and murder of billions of animals each year. This book is a must for all who are balancing on the edge at the decision to become vegetarian or vegan. This is a life changer.
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- Miss C Walsh

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-06-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios