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Earth Day lecture examines why we love dogs and eat pigs

Published: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 11:41 a.m. CDT

DeKALB – Acclaimed author and psychologist Dr. Melanie Joy will deliver an Earth Day lecture at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 21, in Wirtz Hall Room 101 at Northern Illinois University. Joy’s presentation is based on her award-winning book “Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism.”

Joy will explain and examine carnism, the belief system that shapes perceptions of the meat we eat, so that we love some animals and eat others without knowing why.

Joy is a longtime advocate of social and environmental justice and animal protection. At the University of Massachusetts, she teaches courses which examine racism, heterosexism, genderism, domestic violence and psychological trauma.

“Pulling back the curtain on carnism can help us become more empowered citizens and more active social witnesses, whatever our dietary choices may be,” Joy said.

Joy’s lecture is sponsored by NIU’s Vegetarian Education Group, a nonprofit student organization.

This event is free and open to the public. Parental/guardian discretion is advised for younger attendees.

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