• »A thoughtful book full of substance and style. It should be required reading.« - Kathy Freston, New York Times bestselling author of Veganist, The Lean, and Quantum Wellness

  • »An absorbing examination of why humans feel affection and compassion for certain animals but are callous to the suffering of others.« - Publishers Weekly

  • »I think Gandhi would have loved Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows. For this is a book that can change the way you think and change the way you live. It will lead you from denial to awareness, from passivity to action, and from resignation to hope.« - John Robbins, author of Diet for a New America and The Food Revolution

  • »An altogether remarkable book that could transform the way society feels about eating animals.« - Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, author of The Face on Your Plate

Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism

Soon to be published in sixteen languages, Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows has received international acclaim. The 10th anniversary edition will be released in the summer of 2020 with a new foreword by Yuval Harari.

In this groundbreaking book, Dr. Melanie Joy explores carnism, the invisible belief system that shapes our perception of the meat, eggs, and dairy we eat, so that we love some animals and eat others without knowing why. Carnism is sustained by complex psychological and social mechanisms that cause us to unknowingly act against our core values, our own interests, and the interests of others.

Like other “isms” (racism, sexism, etc.), carnism is most harmful when it is unrecognized. 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 therefore how we can make more informed choices as citizens and consumers.

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Hebrew (2016)
French (2016)
Chinese (Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao) (2017)