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Quote of the Day: Dr. Melanie Joy Talks Carnism with Our Hen House

Photo by Clemson Used under a Creative Commons license.

Photo by Clemson / Creative Commons.


Carnism is the invisible belief system that conditions us to eat certain animals. It’s essentially the opposite of veganism. […] [C]arnism is a dominant belief system or ideology. And so it’s entrenched. It’s woven through the very fabric of society. And it also becomes internalized, therefore shaping the very way we think and feel about eating animals. Or more accurately, the way we don’t think and feel about eating animals. […] [A]ll meat eating cultures tend to teach people to desensitize themselves to select species that that culture has deemed to be edible. All the other species we seem to naturally find disgusting and often offensive to consume. So we really learn how not to feel disgusted and empathetic toward animals, the ones we’ve been taught to classify as edible.”

— Dr. Melanie Joy

Listen to the rest of the interview with Dr. Joy at Our Hen House, available here (the podcast also features interviews with Rachel Winard, Charles Siebert, Donny Moss, and Noah Gittell).


About The Paw Report

I graduated from St. John's University School of Law in 2012, and am admitted to practice law in New York State. I was a member of the New York City Bar Association's Animal Law Committee for three years. I was born and raised in Rhode Island, but moved to New Mexico when I was 18. After dabbling in film for two years, I graduated from the University of New Mexico with a degree in Anthropology. I've been living in New York City since 2008, and currently reside in Brooklyn with my boyfriend and our two cats. I am a former organizer with Direct Action Everywhere - New York City.

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