Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism, 10th Anniversary Edition (Paperback)

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An Introduction to Carnism.

“An important and groundbreaking contribution to the struggle for the welfare of animals.” Yuval Harari, New York Times best-selling author of Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

“An absorbing examination of why humans feel affection and compassion for certain animals but are callous to the suffering of others.” — Publishers Weekly

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.

About the Author

Melanie Joy, PhD is a psychologist, international speaker, and longtime vegan and social justice advocate. She is the award-winning author of six books, including Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism; Beyond Beliefs: A Guide to Improving Relationships and Communication for Vegans, Vegetarians, and Meat Eaters; Powerarchy: Understanding the Psychology of Oppression for Social Transformation; and Getting Relationships Right. Joy taught courses on privilege and oppression at the University of Massachusetts, Boston for over a decade, and she is the eighth recipient of the Ahimsa Award—previously given to the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela—for her work on global nonviolence. Her work has been featured in major media outlets around the world, and she is the founding president of Beyond Carnism. You can learn more about her at beyondcarnism.org.

Praise For…

“Melanie Joy’s book is an important and groundbreaking contribution to the struggle for the welfare of animals. It helps us step outside the box of ‘carnism’ so that we are better positioned to think critically and be a part of the solution, helping to create a more compassionate andsustainable world.”
— Yuval Harari, New York Times bestselling author of Sapiens

"An absorbing examination of why humans feel affection and compassion for certain animals but are callous to the suffering of others."
— Publishers Weekly

“There’s plenty of information in this book, and insight and argument. But the true achievement of Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cowsis that it reminds us of what we already know. With eloquence and humility, Melanie Joy appeals to the values that all of us already have and have always had. She reminds us of who we are.”
— Jonathan Safran Foer, award-winning author of Everything Is Illuminated, Eating Animals, and We Are the Weather

“This is a must-read book for everyone who is horrified by the idea of eating dogs but eats pigs, cows, and chickens. Melanie Joy examines the psychological props that make it possible for us to adore some animals and eat others—and kicks them all aside. Why We Love Dogs is written in a clear and lively style, and I’m delighted to see it out in a new edition with a foreword by Yuval Harari.”
— Peter Singer, professor of bioethics at Princeton University, author of Animal Liberation

“Melanie Joy is a thought leader whose work is potentially world changing. A few years from now, ‘carnism’ will be a household term,and how we think about eating animals will be fundamentally altered.”
— Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, India’s longest-serving member of Parliament and chairperson of People for Animals, India

“Few books have done more to change the way I think than Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows. This is a framework for thinkingabout how dominant ideologies disguise, protect, and conserve themselves. It will help you see not just the ideology that governs our relationshipwith animals, but the presence of ideologies that want to remain hidden all over modern society.”
— Ezra Klein, cofounder and editor-at-large at Vox

“Melanie Joy is one of the great thinkers of our time. Her excellent Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows . . . makes a powerful,novel argument for eating plant-based. Her reasoning transcends just health and is a must-read for anyone who wants to make thoughtfulfood choices.”
— Dan Buettner, National Geographic Fellow and New York Times bestselling author of The Blue Zones

Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows is groundbreaking. Melanie Joy brilliantly explains why people resist information that would help themmake more healthful food choices—and how they can overcome this.”
— Michael Greger, MD, New York Times bestselling author of How Not to Die and founder of nutritionfacts.org

“Why read Melanie Joy? Because her concept of carnism makes us see things differently. Because she addresses readers with empathy. Andbecause she belongs to a new and exciting generation of committed intellectuals. All of these reasons are good. But there is another onethat surpasses them all. You have to read Melanie Joy because what she tells us is important.”
— Matthieu Ricard, Buddhist monk, photographer, author, and humanitarian

“Melanie Joy’s work took me from getting it to living it—all in the time it took me to finish her groundbreaking book.”
— Josh Tetrick, founder and CEO, Just

“Melanie Joy is a seer: she sees how and why we humans do what we do and she provides passage through our unconscious behavior so thatwe can make more thoughtful choices. She is infinitely respectful of the reader, and so we walk away feeling wiser and empowered to bechangemakers.”
— Kathy Freston, New York Times bestselling author of Quantum Wellness, Veganist, and The Lean

“Why We Love Dogs helped me understand the issue of eating animals from a new, unique, and empowering perspective. I highly recommendthis book for anyone who wants to make more compassionate, rational, and healthful food choices.”
— Daniel Negreanu, six-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner and member of the Poker Hall of Fame
Product Details
ISBN: 9781590035016
ISBN-10: 1590035011
Publisher: Red Wheel
Publication Date: August 1st, 2020
Pages: 224
Language: English

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How To Read More

If you love reading, but for some reason you read less and less, know that everything is fine. It happens.
Our lives today have so many things that distract us - how can we not put books away when all these movies, TV shows, YouTube videos, social networks and endless surfing in online stores are around ...
Yes, it's really hard to resist, but you certainly can!

In this article, we want to share with you some tips to read more often and more successfully.
These are some notes and some practices that we have collected for our SUNDOG BOOKS readers club.
And maybe it will bring more books into your life!

Why do we want/need to read more?

To start reading more, you have to understand why you need it.
And you will be surprised, but your goals can be quite varied:

- for work
If you read a lot on duty, then you definitely need to speed up the process. The logic here is simple: read faster → work faster → more time for books for yourself.

- for education
you need this for your educational career or sometimes you just want to read to learn. And, with all the new alternative ways to gain knowledge (podcasts, online courses and videos), the book still does an excellent job of this task too.

- for self-development
all exercises for increasing speed, one way or another, improve cognition and memory.

- for fun
because good books always = fun!

Book lovers have an additional special goal for reading more often. If you love literature, you will understand what we mean: you want to catch everything - to follow modern literature, and not forget about the classics, look into non-fiction and children's publications. And there’s so much you want to reread! The goals are ambitious, but attainable if you read a lot.


And so - How to read more:
We will tell you about the methods that we use ourselves. Perhaps some will suit you as well.


15 minutes a day

You've probably already heard this rule: if you want to start a healthy habit, devote 15 minutes a day to it. Once upon a time, we all read irregularly, in jumps and starts. Sometimes we cannot open a book we have begun weeks ago. Therefore, you should decide to create a rule: devote at least 15 minutes a day to reading. Try reading before bed, or maybe during lunchtime, or even when you are having your morning coffee.

You will see progress immediately. You will notice that almost always your 15 minutes will grow into half an hour or more. But the most remarkable thing is that in three weeks your hands themselves will be looking for a book.


50 First Pages
This method advises - If the book hasn't hooked you from the first 50 pages, put it aside! Life is too short to read uninteresting books.

It is necessary to change the approach to books. At first it will be hard for you to stop and put the book down. Even if we put the book away, it will seem to reproach us from the shelf, mocking us as quitters. But in the end we should come to one simple thought: if it doesn’t hook your attention, you should not force yourself to read it.

***Fifty pages is not a bad test. Not the most objective, but definitely effective. It helps to determine whether it interests you or not, and whether to spend time on things that do not excite.


Reader's Diary

This should be used to improve the quality of reading - to make it more conscious. For starters, it can be a simple notebook with headings:

  • Author
  • Year of publication
  • Main characters
  • Scene
  • Plot
  • Theme
  • Quotes

And, yes, a reader's diary is not a thing about quantity, but about quality. But, it can also motivate. When you open your diary and start looking at quotes (especially quotes), you immediately really want to read.


Maybe a Book Bet?
Several people can participate. Members of the betting group can come from friends, family, and also your colleagues. And of course you can set your own rules for participation, but we'll give you a simple example:

Everyone in the group should read and review a book over the course of a month with weekly updates. Anyone who does not finish a review buys the book for all other participants for the next month.


Speed Reading

Another effective way to increase the amount you read is speed reading. The logic here is simple - the faster you read, the more books you can enjoy.

*There are many online courses on speed reading, and you can also study on your own using instructional books. But, it is worth noting that this is a serious learning process that will require some effort on your part.



Reading every day is quite attainable, the main thing is to try to make it a habit.
Sometimes, instead of heading for Facebook, try opening a book and soon you won’t even remember why you needed to wander around social media.
And also - don't forget about audiobooks. They are a cool way to take the load off your eyes sometimes and just immerse yourself in the story. Some books are really strong in voice acting.


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