Why do we think the way we do about animals?

Why do we think the way we do about animals?
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"Have you ever wondered why you might eat certain animals and not others? Have you ever wondered why you haven't wondered?"


LAST UPDATED: 22 May 2017

This insightful and thought-provoking talk by Harvard-educated psychologist Dr Melanie Joy, received a standing ovation from the audience when it was presented in Munich, and is among the most viewed TEDx talks of all time.

Most of us cringe when we hear about cruelty to animals. As humans, we are naturally compassionate. Yet, as a society, we put animals into different categories, affording some more rights than others. Where did our views about animals come from? Why do we tend to see some animals as food and others as family?


If the image above seems strange to you, and you're curious about why, join Dr Melanie Joy in this 19 minute presentation, which illustrates how understanding what underlies our views about animals frees us to make rational, authentic choices.

If you're feeling inspired afterwards, you might like to check out our 5 minute guide to cruelty-free living or find out more about eating with compassion.


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