Carnism Action & Awareness Network

Two weeks into Peppermint Patties for Pigs Peace, we have raised $1076. That is amazing! Thank you all so much for your generosity. Pigs Peace is an extraordinary place and I hope that you will all be able to visit the pigs there someday. I would be so grateful if you would consider donating if you haven’t already. Every bit helps and the pigs’ food, veterinary care, bedding, and maintenance is all extremely expensive. Just as a point of reference, one $50 donation covers 1 batch of carrots as treats for the entire pig population. And oh man, do those pigs love carrots!

In other news, I’m slowly going through and updating my old recipe pictures to include nicer, big pictures. This is a really slow process since I have to get motivated to make the recipes in order to photograph them, but here is the first one—Basil, Kale & White Bean Stew. A wonderful way to use basil, fresh tomatoes and kale from the summer garden.

Today, I wanted to let you know about the brand new Carnism Action & Awareness Network (CAAN). CAAN was started by Melanie Joy, author of Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs and Wear Cows. Joy has coined the term ‘carnism‘ to name the invisible belief system that conditions people to eat certain animals. The dominant narrative in our culture is that vegetarianism and vegansim stem from a belief system, but eating meat does not—it’s normal, natural, and necessary. Joy urges us to realize that in the United States, eating meat is not necessary—it’s a choice that we make. And choices, she says, always stem from belief systems. Thus, eating meat stems from the belief system that tells us it is normal, natural and necessary to eat meat. Once we can name this belief system we can better understand its roots and begin to work toward exposing carnism as a tangible social justice issue to address. CAAN provides a collaborative space for exposing carnism and making society more just.

CAAN’s mission is to expose and transform carnism, the invisible belief system that conditions people to eat certain animals. Central to CAAN’s mission is raising awareness about the fact that contemporary animal agriculture is enabled by an oppressive ideology, and that eating animals is therefore a social justice issue. CAAN empowers concerned citizens and vegan advocates through education and activism. ~CAAN

CAAN is just launching a number of Task Forces organized around various themes. Check out the list and see if there’s one you’d like to be a part of. If you think of one that’s not listed, feel free to suggest a new Task Force. These sound like they’re going to be a great way to get active, network and share resources with others interested in educating and spreading awareness about carnism.


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