CAAN is a charitable organization dedicated to raising awareness of and transforming carnism, the invisible belief system that conditions people to eat certain animals.
The animal agriculture industry is responsible for the unnecessary slaughter of 65 billion animals worldwide per year, making it the most exploitative and violent industry on the planet. However, the vast majority of consumers of animal products are unaware that they are contributing to such animal cruelty—or that eating animals is a choice, rather than a given, in much of the world today. Humane people unintentionally enable animal agriculture because carnism, the dominant social system which runs counter to core human values, is structured to distort our perceptions and block our awareness when it comes to eating animals, so that we act against our own interests and the interests of others without realizing what we are doing.
At CAAN, we believe that people need and deserve to know the truth about carnism, so they can make their food choices freely—because without awareness, there is no free choice. We also believe that, because contemporary animal agriculture is enabled by an oppressive ideology, eating animals is a social justice issue. CAAN seeks to empower concerned citizens and vegan advocates through education and activism, to help create a more just world for all beings, humans and nonhumans alike.
CAAN is the first and only organization to focus exclusively on carnism, making it a pioneering and landmark institution.
CAAN’s mission is to expose and transform carnism, the invisible belief system that conditions people to eat certain animals. Central to CAAN’s mission is raising awareness about the fact that contemporary animal agriculture is enabled by an oppressive ideology, and that eating animals is therefore a social justice issue. CAAN empowers concerned citizens and vegan advocates through education and activism.
Accordingly, CAAN espouses the following beliefs and principles: