Most of society today are brought up to love our dogs and cats, eat our pigs and chickens, and wear the skin of cows, minks and sheep. There was huge outcry in the wake of the horsemeat scandal in 2013, and outrage with the Yulin Dog & Cat Meat Eating Festival in China recently, whilst the global population continue their vast consumption of products from other animals. Why is there such bizarre dichotomy between animals we perceive as friends and those considered usable?
Dr. Melanie Joy – Harvard-educated psychologist, professor of psychology and sociology at the University of Masssachusetts Boston, as well as the author of the award-winning bestseller Why we Love Dogs, Eat Pigs and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism – touches upon the subject as she’s the latest high-profile speaker confirmed at the upcoming People’s Vegan Activists Summits at VegfestUK London and Vegfest Scotland.
Melanie is the founder and president of the Carnism Awareness & Action Network (a.k.a. Beyond Carnism), who expose and transform carnism, the invisible belief system that conditions people to eat certain animals, by empowering concerned citizens and vegan advocates through education and activism. Melanie is also the author of Strategic Action for Animals, and has written a number of articles on psychology, animal protection, and social justice, particularly carnistic practices and the psychology behind Carnism, as well as what shaped our deep-rooted habits of treating one group of animals as friends and others as property. To list just a few of Melanie’s articles:
Melanie’s work has been featured on stations and programs including the BBC, National Public Radio, PBS, Radio Canada, Germany’s ARD (the world’s second-largest public broadcaster), Luxembourg’s RTL (Europe’s second-largest media production company), ABC Australia, and Good Morning Croatia.
Here’s a video of Melanie’s critically acclaimed presentation on Carnism which she’s given across the USA as well as in 16 other countries:
Melanie is a well-researched, articulate and well respected animal advocate of considerable global standing, and a true inspiration to many across the globe. Her books have helped many explain some of the inconsistencies of the way we treat animals, and her ground breaking book Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism, published in 2010, has been the subject of much attention ever since. We are fortunate to have a globally renowned activist of Melanie’s calibre attend our first People’s Vegan Activists Summit, and we extend a very warm welcome and thanks to Melanie for joining us!
At VegfestUK London, Melanie will be joined by a host of other renowned speakers in the field of vegan activism. They include: Prof. Gary L. Francione, presenter and author Victoria Moran, activist and blogger Tobias Leenaert, scholar Kim Stallwood, activist Ronnie Lee plus many others TBC at the end of July. Visitors can look forward to plenty of educational talks, discussions, debates and workshops on how best to influence others on the benefits of the vegan lifestyle, on top of inspirational documentaries on animal rights issues.
As Vegfest ups our emphasis on vegan education from 2015 onwards, the Activists Summit at London will be a prelude of more similar summits at future Vegfests, including our inaugural Vegfest Scotland (Dec 5th 6th) where Melanie will be joining us too!
from Vegfest UK