Kill Your Favorite Dish: Examining the Role of New Carnivorism in perpetuating Meat Eating

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Scholars and activists opposing the killing of nonhuman animals have long shared the assumption that the invisibility of the animals killed for meat is one of the most sig- nificant factors when it comes to explaining how meat eating is perpetuated. However, a recent tendency towards a new visibility of these animals and their physical trans- formation into meat fundamentally challenges this assumption. The present paper addresses this discrepancy by examining an example of what has been described as “New Carnivorism” in the form of a Danish TV show called Kill Your Favorite Dish. The paper finds that in the show, visibility is in fact instrumental in justifying meat eating, as it is constitutive of a complex narrative about awareness, authenticity, pleasure, and respect. This points to a need for more nuanced understandings of how invisibility and visibility of nonhuman animals are at work in enabling the continuance of meat eating.

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  • Sociology

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  • New Carnivorism, meat eating, Carol Adams, visibility, respect, empathy
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalSociety & Animals
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Sep 5
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes