Wednesday, September 1, 2010

On Animals, Carnism and Double Standards: Dr. Melanie Joy's Brilliant Contributions

Hi Blog Pals,

This is a terrific video by Dr. Melanie Joy on why human beings won't eat some animals (guinea pigs, dogs, cats, etc. etc.), yet they will eat others (pigs, cows, chickens, etc. etc.). I have seen so many videos on YouTube of well-meaning vegans ranting and raving about their beliefs, but rarely have I ever seen one handled this brilliantly. Joy is incredibly articulate and carefully explains her ideas about carnism, the belief among omnivores that certain animals exist to entertain or provide food for human beings. She is the author of the book Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism (Conari Press, 2009). She discusses the ideas behind her book in this wonderful YouTube video. The video is about (not quite) seven minutes long. If you get a chance, please watch it. It truly is one of the best, most straightforward arguments about human double standards and denial when it comes to animals. I've always believed - as I've said over and over here - that destroying double standards that enable people to eat some animals and love others is a crucial first step on the road to real and meaningful animal liberation.

Have a look at this video. Listen carefully to what Dr. Joy says. I think you will agree with me that she is a force to be reckoned with, a voice of reason in a sea of double standards, denial and irrationality.

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