Mira Tesla

Date of Award


First Advisor

Anne O'Dwyer

Second Advisor

Jennifer Daniels


This thesis examines the topic of meat consumption from a number of different psychological perspectives, including social psychological, psychoanalytic, existential, and cognitive-behavioral. Special attention is paid to how the psychological mechanisms that allow for the devaluation of animals are ideologically tied and generalizable to other forms of prejudice thus highlighting the intersectionality of bias, as well as the relevance of animal issues in the pursuit of social justice. Finally, the debate between the pragmatic and abolitionist approaches to advocacy will be explored with a discussion about how motivational interviewing can be used to promote change.

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