Back in 2009, we posted a video here that was a “trailer” for a new book: Why we love dogs, eat pigs, and wear cows, by Melanie Joy, Ph.D. Ed.M. Joy is a leading researcher on the idealogy of “carnism”, a belief system that allows people to hold conflicting views, specifically about animals.
In 2011, Eccentric Vegan saw a presentation by Joy at the Animal Rights Conference in Los Angeles. Joy pointed out that the “happy meat” and “locavore” movements are a positive sign, and referred to those who endorsed these trends as “neo-carnists.” Many of us decry these movements, saying they have got it wrong. But they are indicative of a shift toward a more compassionate society. In her article for One Green Planet, published June 28, 2011, Joy succinctly explains the concept of carnism and how understanding it can help vegans and vegetarians comprehend why omnivores are so often defensive about veganism.
This year, Joy was a featured speaker at the McDougall Advanced Study Weekend. You can watch her 60+-minute presentation here.
The concept of “carnism” has spread widely across the web and the world. It’s a valuable concept that helps us understand why we encounter resistance from omnivores to the idea of veganism. It helps many of us recognize where we ourselves were, perhaps not that long ago. Especially it helps us live compassionately. Thank you, Melanie Joy.