Beyond Carnism / Carnism Awareness and Action Network (CAAN) is a charitable organization dedicated to raising awareness of and transforming carnism, the invisible belief system that conditions people to eat certain animals. At Beyond Carnism, they believe that people need and deserve to know the truth about carnism, so they can make their food choices freely—because without awareness, there is no free choice. They also believe that, because contemporary animal agriculture is enabled by an oppressive ideology, eating animals is a social justice issue. Beyond Carnism seeks to empower concerned citizens and vegan advocates through education and activism, to help create a more just world for all beings, humans and nonhumans alike.
Dr. Melanie Joy, founder and president of Beyond Carnism, is a Harvard-educated psychologist, professor of psychology and sociology at the University of Massachusetts Boston, celebrated speaker, and author of the award-winning book Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows, soon to be published in nine languages and a top book pick by television host Ellen DeGeneres. Dr. Joy was the eighth recipient of the Institute of Jainology’s Ahimsa Award (past recipients include the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela), which she was presented with in the House of Commons in London. She also received the Empty Cages Prize, presented by Milan city councilors in Italy.