by Michael Corthell, LIVE! Be Vegan
Carnism: The Ideology
Harvard psychologist Melanie Joy skillfully outlines the structure of the invisible ideology we call carnism. A belief system that is responsible for most of the human race not only eating the flesh of other animals, but the using and abusing the entire animal kingdom, despite it being counter-intuitive and just plain wrong.
It is my opinion that most carnists don’t want to have any serious discussions involving eating meat or watch any of the informational videos like PETA’s ‘Meet Your Meat’ — any many others, because at some basic level, either consciously or unconsciously, they know that the killing of animals for food (when there are other more healthy alternatives) is wrong.
Just as long as the carnist can avoid thinking about it, they won’t have to confront reality or make any changes in their lifestyle.
Melanie’s video does an excellent job of explaining why we’re not seeing more people embrace the vegan ideology.
I encourage you to visit Beyond Carnism for much more in depth information.
Carnism and its Consequences
In our second video Mic the Vegan shows us an overview of carnism highlighting much of Melanie Joy’s work. Mic is a vegan science writer who covers a variety of topics from the health effects of a vegan diet and the environmental impact of eating animal products to the sociological phenomenon of casual animal exploitation. Based in the United States, he regularly tackles debunking the myths that perpetuate harmful dietary, lifestyle, and environmental behaviors(the curse of carnism) – all with a drop of dry humor. We highly recommend his YouTube channel.
So, What is the ‘Curse of Carnism?
First of all let’s define curse. A curse in this context is a ’cause of harm or misery’.
Each time a person consumes an animal product or supports animal agriculture by wearing leather or by turning a blind eye to animal abuse, it carries an inherent negative consequence whether it be personal health, planetary health or the spiritual health of all humanity and it’s all provable scientifically.