If You Eat Cows, Why Not Golden Retrievers, Too? Carnism and Why You Eat the Animals You Do If You Eat Cows, Why Not Golden Retrievers, Too? Carnism and Why You Eat the Animals You Do
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If You Eat Cows, Why Not Golden Retrievers, Too? Carnism and Why You Eat the Animals You Do

by Cord Jefferson

June 19, 2011

In an effort to deflect criticism from Mitt Romney's decision to once travel with his family dog atop his car, Romney's camp is fighting back by reminding people that President Obama has admitted to eating dog as a boy in Indonesia. It is, of course, ridiculous to condemn a man for having eaten the food he was told to eat as a boy. But it's even more ridiculous to condemn someone for eating a dog while you cook a steak. Dr. Melanie Joy explains why.

Joy is a social psychologist and professor of psychology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She also coined the term "carnism," an ideology she explains in her book Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism.

As told to GOOD:
 
When I was a baby, we had a dog named Fritz. Fritz was my first friend, and when he died of liver cancer at the age of 13, he was my first heartbreak. My relationship with Fritz helped cultivate my connection with and love for animals. But like many people, I still ate them. I wasn't making that connection that loving animals meant not eating them.

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