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November Book Review: Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs and Wear Cows by Melanie Joy

“Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it and eventually they will believe it.” – Adolph HitlerMelanie Joy

In award-winning, Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs and Wear Cows, Melanie Joy explains why we, as compassionate and loving human beings, make the decision daily to eat and use some animals (cows, pigs, chickens, for example) but care for and not eat others (dogs or cats – at least not in the United States). Coining the term, Carnism, the invisible belief system or ideology that conditions people to eating animals, Melanie Joy exposes the lies we have been told to believe and explains why we think we have free will, when in fact, our freedom of choice has actually been eliminated. She discusses how the primary defense of the system of Carnism is invisibility – we do not see what happens to animals before they hit our plate. Invisibility reflects the defenses avoidance and denial, and is the foundation from which all other mechanisms stand.

After a thorough summary of what occurs behind closed doors to animals worldwide, Dr. Joy brings to light why eating animals is believed to be normal, natural and necessary, and why “free will” (as it relates to animal consumption) is actually a myth. She also highlights the mechanisms of psychic numbing in addition to the aforementioned denial and avoidance: routinization, justification, objectification, de-individualization, dichotomization, rationalization and dissociation. Melanie Joy concludes with how we can move from Carnism to compassion for all living beings.

As an ethical vegan (a person who does not believe in the using, wearing, or eating animals and their byproducts), I thoroughly found this book fascinating! It was easy to read and understand the concepts Dr. Joy presented. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is curious about the vegan lifestyle, and especially to those who want to learn about the psychological reasons why we eat and use some of our animal friends and not others or to those concerned about the destruction of our only planet and how Carnism contributes to that.

Dr. Melanie Joy

A bit about the author, Melanie Joy:

Melanie Joy, Ph.D., Ed.M. is a Harvard-educated psychologist, professor of psychology and sociology at the University of Massachusetts Boston and a celebrated speaker. Dr. Joy was the eighth recipient of the Institute of Jainology’s Ahimsa Award (past recipients include the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela), which she was presented with in the House of Commons in London. She also received the Empty Cages Prize. Dr. Joy’s work has been featured on stations and programs including National Public Radio, PBS, the BBC, Radio Canada, Germany’s ARD Luxembourg’s RTL, ABC Australia, Good Morning Croatia. Her work has also been highlighted in many publications including (but not limited to) The New York Times, Canada’s Le Soleil and The Huffington Post Quebec.

As founder and president of Carnism Awareness & Action Network, Dr. Joy has given her critically acclaimed Carnism presentation across the United States and in sixteen other countries. In addition to Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs and Wear Cows, she is also the author of Strategic Action for Animals and has written a number of articles on psychology, animal protection and social justice. To learn more about Melanie Joy and view one of her videos explaining Carnism, or to purchase a copy of Why we Love Dogs, Eat Pigs and Wear Cows, visit her website carnism.org.

© 2016, Vilma Reynoso, vilmareynoso.com, Inspiration for Abundant Living for all Beings from One Creative Being


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I am Thankful…

This is one of my favorite of my blogs. I feel the need to blog this again. Enjoy…

Vilma Reynoso

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I wrote this last year in 2012, but one year later, today, I feel the need to pass this on again, so here goes …  

Thanksgiving is a reflective and special time for me. It will always be because there was a time when I was not so thankful for my life. Years ago, during one Thanksgiving season, I left an abusive relationship. It was one of the most courageous steps I had to take to save myself, my spirit, my sanity. It had to be done, and there was no looking back.

To say that I am now a different person today is an understatement! As the years passed by, I gradually let go of my fear and learned how exciting life is and how beautiful I am as a person.  I am still on a journey, as we all are, but I can say with assurance that…

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I am Thankful…

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I wrote this last year in 2012, but one year later, today, I feel the need to pass this on again, so here goes …  

Thanksgiving is a reflective and special time for me. It will always be because there was a time when I was not so thankful for my life. Years ago, during one Thanksgiving season, I left an abusive relationship. It was one of the most courageous steps I had to take to save myself, my spirit, my sanity. It had to be done, and there was no looking back.

To say that I am now a different person today is an understatement! As the years passed by, I gradually let go of my fear and learned how exciting life is and how beautiful I am as a person.  I am still on a journey, as we all are, but I can say with assurance that I am a NEW creation, with a new outlook, a new attitude, a renewed mind and definitely a new spirit! I will never be made to feel afraid again. I will never be made to feel “caged” again. I will never be treated again like I was “back then.” I will never experience that again because I now know that what I think about and who I am attracts what comes into my life. I have learned a lot from that terrible and enduring experience. I now remember it fondly but without the pain. I can now share it and not relive it. I am blessed. I am thankful.

Have you ever felt caged? Have you ever been in fear for your life? Did you ever feel like you truly had lost your mind, or have you ever felt so confused and numb from all the pain? I have been there. I now live to put an end to this type of torture and prison that many of us live in. There is not a day that passes by that I am not thankful for who I am, what I experienced and where I am today.

However, every holiday season, I cannot help think about other living beings that are caged, in fear, in emotional confinement, and in physical torture, too.  And, on Thanksgiving, it is the turkeys that are caged and murdered to celebrate a time of “thanks.” Over forty million turkeys are slaughtered for this holiday. How hypocritical we are as human beings. How can we celebrate a time of peace, travel far to get together with our family and friends, and center our celebration around food and sit down and consume, with fervor, the remnants of an abused and murdered animal? It really does not make any sense. As a matter of fact, when you truly think about it, eating a turkey (or any animal) and giving thanks when it is not necessary for our survival is a senseless act. There will never be “peace on earth” or peace in our hearts and minds, if we continue to torture, abuse, murder, and eat animals. What we put into your bodies, our minds and hearts becomes a part of us.  A person who consumes violence condones violence.   If one partakes in the traditional Thanksgiving by eating a dead turkey, he participates in violence; he participates in abuse. He condones abuse. It is logical.

What can you do to end this abuse and not corrupt your mind, soul, and spirit? You can be part of the solution by feasting on vegan food for Thanksgiving and not consuming animals and their byproducts. You can begin that day to experience true life. Here is an example of a vegan Thanksgiving meal:

  • Vegan turkey: a vegan alternative to turkey that comes already made with stuffing and gravy.
  • Mashed potatoes made with olive oil without butter
  • Green bean casserole made with vegan mushroom sauce or coconut sauce
  • Boiled or mashed yams or sweet potatoes made with olive oil instead of butter
  • Fresh, raw cranberries blended into a sauce
  • Raw or cooked corn or corn on the cob spread with olive oil or vegan margarine
  • Your favorite green salad with a vinaigrette dressing
  • Vegan pumpkin, apple, or sweet potato pie

For some recipes and other alternatives, click below.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/christinebyrne/vegan-thanksgiving-recipes

Let’s stop the abuse this Thanksgiving season and have true peace, for all.

Vilma Reynoso, www.vilmareynoso.comInspiration for Creative Health. Abundant Life.

Copyright, 2013, Vilma Reynoso