Saturday, March 19, 2011

A Review of Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows

A Review of Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows

Book-by- Melanie Joy, Ph.D. ---Review below by Angela Woodhull , this review of Melanie's book as it relates to the Elder Abuse and Exploitation Reform Movement.

Yesterday, I attended a power point presentation at the local library by Dr. Melanie Joy, the author of Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows.

Dr. Joy pointed out that “all systems of oppression depend on our ability to dissociate or find elaborate rationalizations to keep from recognizing the suffering of a socially sanctioned inferior.”

Sound familiar, folks? This is exactly what we do to the elderly when we take away their civil rights, stick them in nursing home dungeons against their will, and allow attorneys, through their judge associates, to steal all of their assets and convert them into attorneys’ fees.

Dr. Joy asked the audience, “When is the last time you saw a farm animal?”

Her point? The animals are kept tucked away at the slaughter houses and that if most people ever witnessed what goes on in the slaughter houses, it would traumatize them.

We do exactly the same thing to our elderly when we tuck them away in nursing home dungeons and then allow attorneys to consume their assets.

And that which is not seen or witnessed is so much easier to exploit.*

Dr. Joy believes it is a “cultural mentality” – a mental disconnect-- that allows the slaughtering and eating of some animals, such as cows and pigs, and the loving of other animals, such as dogs, to transpire.

Perhaps if more judges, attorneys, and professional guardians became vegetarians or vegans, they would also develop a transference of sensitivity to the elderly that would not allow financial exploitation and nursing home physical and emotional neglect to occur. Perhaps we are evolving as a society and as more people embrace a healthier and more humane diet, the mistreatment of our elderly will cease.

Could it be that dietary awareness could lead to more humane laws and justice? Dr. Joy believes that justice depends on our ability to speak up, witness to the truth, and make dietary changes.

I believe that by embracing a consistent reality and sensitivity toward all living beings on Planet Earth, our treatment of the elderly, the unborn, and all of God’s creatures may become more humane.

Angela V. Woodhull, Ph.D. a licensed private investigator

licensed non-denominational minister, ADL #1290

(352) 327-3665

(352) 682-9033


*See quote from Reverend Anthony Nardella, attorney at law, published March 14, 2011. I earned that money.” (almost the entire estate of Louise A. Falvo has been converted into attorneys’ fees to benefit Reverend Nardella; see more of Reverend Nardella’s guardianship cases on the web, Orange County dockets, excessive fees)

See also:

See also: “Consistent Life Ethic”

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