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Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows

Cape Town Union Congregation Church Hall (cnr Kloof Street and Eaton Road Gardens/Tamboerskloof)

Fri Nov 11th 2016 at 08:00
Cape Town, Cape Town Union Congregation Church Hall (cnr Kloof Street and Eaton Road Gardens/Tamboerskloof), Cape Twon, Western Cape

Event Details


Meat Free Mondays South Africa invites you to a presentation by Dr Melanie Joy titled ‘Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows'.

Dr Joy’s thought provoking talk will appeal to anyone who has an interest in philosophy, psychology, ethics, sociology and law.


Date: 11 November 2016
Time: 6:30pm
Venue: Cape Town Union Congregation Church Hall (cnr Kloof Street and Eaton Road Gardens/Tamboerskloof)

Tickets: R40 from
(All proceed to be donated to Greytown Animal Sanctuary.

Refreshments will be served courtesy of Fry's Family Foods.


About the talk:

In this captivating slideshow, based on her award-winning book 'Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows', Internationally acclaimed speaker Dr. Melanie Joy, a social psychologist, explains carnism, the invisible belief system that shapes our perceptions of the meat (and eggs/dairy) we eat, so that we love some animals and eat others without knowing why. Joy describes how carnism, like other “isms” (sexism, racism, etc.), is most harmful when it is unrecognized, and it is maintained by social and psychological defense mechanisms. Using powerful imagery, thought-provoking analyses, and a compelling narrative, Joy explains the ways carnism conditions us to unknowingly act against our core values, our own interests, and the interests of others. By illuminating the invisible mechanisms of carnism, Joy helps viewers become more informed consumers and empowered citizens.



Dr. Melanie Joy is a psychologist, and author of Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows and Strategic Action for Animals. Dr. Joy is the eighth recipient of the Ahimsa Award – previously given to the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela – for her work on global nonviolence, as well as the Empty Cages Prize – previously given to Tom Regan – for her contribution to furthering the cause of animal rights. She is also the founder and president of Beyond Carnism and the cofounder and codirector of the Center for Effective Vegan Advocacy.

Brought to you by Meat Free Mondays and Vegilicious, sponsored by Fry's Family Foods.

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