Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows

This captivating slideshow, based on the award-winning book of the same name, is presented by internationally acclaimed speaker Dr. Melanie Joy.* In Why We Love Dogs… Joy, a social psychologist, explains carnism, the invisible belief system that shapes our perceptions of the meat (and eggs/dairy) we eat, so that we love some animals and eat others without knowing why. Joy describes how carnism, like other “isms” (sexism, racism, etc.), is most harmful when it is unrecognized, and it is maintained by social and psychological defense mechanisms. Using powerful imagery, thought-provoking analyses, and a compelling narrative, Joy explains the ways carnism conditions us to unknowingly act against our core values, our own interests, and the interests of others. By illuminating the invisible mechanisms of carnism, Joy helps viewers become more informed consumers and empowered citizens.

Presentation length: 1 hour, including Q&A.

This presentation can be adapted for specific audiences, such as businesspeople, healthcare professionals, and policymakers.

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*Other Beyond Carnism speakers are also available to give this presentation.