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Perché Amiamo I Cani, Mangiamo I Maiali E Indossiamo Le Mucche: Processo Alla Cultura Della Carne (2009)

by Melanie Joy(Favorite Author)
3.93 of 5 Votes: 5
8871066545 (ISBN13: 9788871066547)
review 1: Carnism as a major concept introduced by author Melanie Joy, PhD psychologist actually delves into so many areas that truly, you are astonished on the way people, as well as yourself think. A funny title, the principles of how industries influence and take advantage of the general population, for THEIR advantage. Whether you are a vegetarian, vegan, or have a high diet of much meat, one thing is common thought - the way industry pulls the wool over our eyes and kills animals to encourage the practice and condone pretty horrible practices is the reality in front of the plates of anyone's diet. It is easy to see how easily we as a public can we fooled of we do indeed find it easier to follow "…the path of less residence" as the author points put without personal bias bu... moret scientific discussion and analysis of our culture as a whole. "it's just he way things are. Take a moment to consider this statement…We send one species to the butcher and give our love and kindness to another apparently for no reason other than because "it's the way things are."…When our attitudes and behaviors toward animals are so inconsistent, and this inconsistency is so unexamined, we can safely say we have been fed absurdities" (28).I love the study done on the Napoleonic Wars, Civil an World War I that the amount of soldiers aiming above their enemies' heads was huge, and the killing rate would have HAD to be higher had the soldiers been aiming at their enemies, an amazing study on the aspect of desensitization ad feeling or not feeling responsible for their actions (page 35)."To be exact, U.S. agribusinesses slaughter "ten billion" animals per year, and that's not including the estimated ten billion fish and other sea animals that are killed annually…In the time it took you to read these three paragraphs, nearly 60,000 more animals were killed" (37)."…research from the University of Minnesota found that in over a thousand food samples from numerous retail markets, 69 percent of the pork and beef and 92 percent of the poultry were contaminated with fecal matter that contained the potentially dangerous bacterium E. coli, and according to a recent study published in the Journal of Food Protection, fecal contamination was found in 85 percent of the fish fillets procured from retail markets and the Internet" (77).Can you imagine the lawsuit Oprah Winfrey received when she claimed she would not eat another burger and she was sued 10 million dollars for libel by a group of Texas beef producers. I think there is more in play than just a statement detrimental to the industry, but more to the processes that go on behind closed doors. The concept of three characteristics, The Cognitive Trio, objectification, deindividualization, and dichotomization are amazingly tied to how the food industry fool and influences people, as well as the way this same concept was traced to major dictator and was successful even during Nazism. I thought it sounded ridiculous until I began to understand the subtle process that was implemented.Connecting the famous film The Matrix to the same concepts that influence us every day by media and industry was brilliant. Learning about Lewis and Megan Randa, and the story of Emily the cow, amazing. I mean, when you get the full depth of this story, you realize how much larger this fact is in our world and even I have begin to question my stance and beliefs regarding what my diet will be.Melanie Joy hits a home run with this thought, societal, and psychological text, and with it being such an easy read, this was a JOY to discover!
review 2: Anyone who has never stopped to question carnism or researched the atrocious reality of modern-day meat production will probably learn a lot of from this book. But for vegans and vegetarians (or any critically thinking adult) I think this book would serve more to confirm the things you already believe than teach you anything new. It's just not all that original.Throughout the book, the author writes about dozens of different psychological and sociological concepts (such as objectification, deindividualization, and confirmation bias) that support the carnist ideology. Unfortunately, there are only a few paragraphs devoted to each of these topics, and I think her message would have a greater impact if she took a deeper, more thorough look at just the most important concepts. It feels somewhat scatterbrained and superficial overall, with a lot of generalizations rather than hard facts and conclusions. And rather than taking a serious look at what the title promises, it's more of an attack on industrialized meat production as a whole.Ultimately, this feels well-intentioned but poorly executed. less
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Last night, this book made me cry. This morning, it has me me rethinking my carnivorous ways
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One of those books that should be required reading.
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