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Melanie Joy

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**1. Melanie Joy:**

– Holds an M.Ed. from Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Ph.D. in psychology from Saybrook Graduate School.
– Contracted a food-borne disease at age 23, leading to becoming a vegetarian and transitioning to veganism gradually.
– Theorized that attitudes about meat reflect acquired prejudice.
– Coined the term ‘carnism’ in a 2001 article.
– Explored in-depth in the 2009 book ‘Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows.’
– Founded Carnism Awareness & Action Network (CAAN), later renamed Beyond Carnism.
– Utilizes public talks, media campaigns, and activist training to shift public conversation about meat consumption.
– Operates mainly in the United States and Germany.
– Noted for novel organizational strategies in animal rights advocacy.

**2. Animal Rights Advocates:**

Nava Atlas: Vegan cookbook author, founded ‘Vegetarian Journal’, promotes plant-based lifestyle, advocate for animal rights, emphasizes cruelty-free living.
Mayim Bialik: Actress and neuroscientist, vegan lifestyle advocate, supports plant-based diets, promotes animal welfare, raises awareness on veganism.
Gypsy Boots: Early health food advocate, promoted raw foods diet, influential in the 1960s health movement, known for natural living philosophy, encouraged plant-based diets.
BOSH!: Popular vegan cooking channel created by Henry Firth and Ian Theasby, known for easy vegan recipes, promotes delicious plant-based meals, influences vegan food culture.

**3. Concepts Addressed by Melanie Joy:**

– Refers to the animal-industrial complex.
– Addresses the concept of speciesism.
– Discusses rationalization of meat consumption.
– Provides insights into the psychology of eating animals.

**4. Influences and Impact:**

– Influenced studies on the meat paradox and cognitive dissonance.
– Psychologists support Joy’s views on meat’s impact on attitudes toward animals.
– Works by Melanie Joy and other authors cover topics related to veganism, meat consumption, and animal ethics.

**5. References and Resources:**

– Includes a list of animal rights advocates.
– Various sources such as articles, books, and interviews are referenced.
– Provides insights into veganism, meat consumption, and animal ethics.

Melanie Joy (Wikipedia)

Melanie Joy (born September 2, 1966) is an American social psychologist and author, primarily notable for coining and promulgating the term carnism. She is the founding president of nonprofit advocacy group Beyond Carnism, previously known as Carnism Awareness & Action Network (CAAN), as well as a former professor of psychology and sociology at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She has published the books Strategic Action for Animals, Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows and Beyond Beliefs.

Melanie Joy
Melanie Joy on TEDx in 2015
Born (1966-09-02) September 2, 1966 (age 57)
EducationHarvard University (M.Ed.)
Saybrook University (Ph.D.)
Occupation(s)Social psychologist, non-fiction author, President of Beyond Carnism
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