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My friend and teacher Dr. Melanie Joy recently released her book, "Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows," and it takes a whole new approach to questions of animal treatment, veganism, animal rights, and meat-eating. Perhaps the single most important contribution from Dr. Joy is the description of meat-eating as a system, which she calls "carnism." Being able to name something is the first step in being able to FIGHT it! and Dr. Joy starts us on that path. This book is great for vegans and committed activists, because it adds a whole new layer to the argument for animal rights. It's ALSO great for the meat-eaters in all of our lives, because it gives them a chance to reevaluate their behavior from an entirely new perspective. I recommend that all of you pick up a copy and share it as widely as possible. Dr. Joy is a committed activist, and her goal is not to make money or gain fame, but to spread awareness of the horrible consequences of using animals for human gain. Let's all do our part to enlighten our friends and loved ones about the virtues of a vegan lifestyle :)

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    Posted by gr8vegan at 02/19/10 22:44:23

    I love the rhyme scheme of the title!

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    Posted by HelloPanda at 02/22/10 11:32:31

    I would love to read that book!
    I really want to know why dogs and other "pets" are so precious to us and "farm" animals are just meat and clothes...

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    Posted by kevin.schneider at 02/22/10 16:23:45

    The idea isn't so much to answer that question, it's more about describing the system that makes such inconsistent behavior possible. That being said, you will learn quite a bit about why we treat animals so differently!

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    Posted by Ryman at 03/05/10 02:16:38

    Sounds like an interesting book, I'll keep an eye out for it.

    Clothes for veg*ns

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    Posted by cookies and cream at 07/23/10 10:32:55

    that's great. i'll look for the book.

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    Posted by shearwater at 07/28/10 20:22:26

    I went to a puppy mill rally and the first thing I saw was a hot dog stand. Another time I was listening to an interview with a spokesperson from a local animal rescue group called Friends Of All Animals. He went to great lengths to distance his group from those who oppose hunting and meat eating. I guess they're not friends to ALL animals.

    The only difference between one animal and another is the anthropomorphic qualities humans project on them. A pig and a dog both feel pain and fear the same. Both are intelligent. But suggest to a meat eater they eat a dog and they are horrified. I guess they never heard that dog meat is good for arthritis or that light colored dogs under 30 pounds are the tastiest.

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    Posted by CandyKisses at 09/27/10 22:58:35

    Ewwwwwww how gross eating dogs? I watched a true story awhile back when an airplane went down in Alaska;freezing cold climate;there was no radio to call out for help,there appeared to be no rescue in sight.The decision was made that if and when a human died they were to eat their flesh for survival,so they did; accept for one which refused to eat another human she too died,then it got so the men turned into cannabulls and was killing every one just for the sake of eating flesh and surviving.As an age old saying:you are what you eat....

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    Posted by CandyKisses at 09/27/10 23:03:23

    Please read this copy of a sad story about a dog that was killed because some one upset the shelter worker!!

    A true story,I cried over this abusive mistake.

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