Are pigs edible

Why do we love dogs and eat pigs?

The fact that we see some animals as friends and others as flesh has no logical reasons but to do with a belief system.

The psychologist Melanie Joy coined the term karnismus for this. What she means by that is very simple: We sort animals into “edible” and “inedible”. And we no longer see the "edible" as animals, but as meat. This works because we objectify them (i.e. treat them alive like objects that are mechanically raised, transported and killed) and de-individualize (i.e. do not think of individual living beings with a personality and feelings, but of an anonymous mass).

Most people do not eat meat from animals they knew or had a bond with during their lifetime. As long as you don't have to think about the fact that the schnitzel on your plate was once an animal, as long as it didn't have a name and you have never seen it, it will be easier to eat.

The rules according to which animals are divided into friends and meat are very arbitrary. Nobody wants to eat animals that are too cute, but neither does they want animals that are too ugly. Most people prefer to ignore the fact that pigs are more intelligent than dogs and at least as loyal companions. And while cows are taken for granted as farm animals in some cultures, in others they are sacred.

Karnismus is not based on arguments. Instead, he justifies himself with the three “N”: People believe that eating meat is normal, natural and necessary. On closer inspection this is of course not true, after all, norms are made by humans and can be changed, mankind has shed all naturalness at the latest with the discovery of fire and nobody needs animal products to stay healthy. Once you understand this, you will also notice that the vegan life is the most logical consequence.

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In her detailed introduction to Karnismus, the American psychologist Melanie Joy explains in more detail where this belief system comes from and how we can put it down. "Why we love dogs, eat pigs and raise cows" is available in bookshops.
Why you should be aware of what you are eating.

Living vegan means leaving out a few things - and trying out dozens of new ones in return. Most meat eaters miss these 11 foods.


Belong to the legume family and are quite versatile. You can now buy lupine drinks, yoghurts, ice cream and spreads.


The wheat meat can be bought seasoned as a sausage, roast or cold meat alternative. The more advanced buy seitan powder and do the stuff themselves.


It has to be pickled first, but then the meat alternative made from fermented soybeans is not only super healthy, but also tastes great.


In curry, as hummus, in salad - chickpeas are the best peas. Speaking of hummus: For breakfast, lunch, dinner, in between and as a midnight snack. Hummus always works.


If you don't always want to eat pasta, potatoes and rice, you have a slightly more unusual alternative here. Quinoa goes great in soups and salads.

Chia seeds

There's a lot in the little things: protein, iron, calcium and omega-3 fatty acids. Chia seeds are a fantastic breakfast as a pudding or sprinkled over muesli.

Kala Namak Salt

Kala Namak gives your scrambled tofu the final kick. Tastes really egg-y.

Plant milk

There used to be only cow's milk. And it always tastes the same. How boring. Every plant milk tastes different. And there are an incredible number of varieties.


Translated means “bean water” and that is a little magic cure. The water from the chickpeas is never thrown away again, because it can be used to make meringue, chocolate mousse, cheesecake, cream and much more.

Yeast flakes

Available in every drugstore and are also rich in nutrients and vitamins. Perfect for adding a cheese flavor to pizza or spaghetti.

Cashew cheese

Roasted or just plain: cashews are a great snack. With a few spices in the blender, cashews can be turned into a delicious cheese alternative.

Do you now feel like trying out the vegan life? Our Vegan Kickstart will help you get started.

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