I wondered whether Peppa was a pig to promote the idea of pigs as lovable pets rather than delicacies. It turns out that it wasn't the case.

However, that led me wondering if there is any evidence that such personification of animals in fictional media leads to a change in the outlook of individuals and/or societies towards those animals?

I would be grateful if the experts here could please enlighten.

  • this is not really a veganism question ... it is more of a question about peoples reactions ... the question is probably a better fit at psychology.stackexchange.com
    – jsotola
    Feb 4, 2021 at 2:33
  • @jsotola I understand. Please allow me to explain myself. As a lifelong vegetarian, I don't have many questions about vegetarianism. However, I want to support the community and found that the number of questions was low. So, I asked this question here. Feb 4, 2021 at 5:34
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    I don't really have an answer. However, the number of barbecue restaurants around me that both (1) have anthropomorphized animal mascots (cow, pig, and/or chicken), and (2) are popular with meat eaters, suggest that representation of people-like animals isn't enough on its own to encourage people towards being more respectful.
    – Erica
    Feb 6, 2021 at 10:51
  • @Erica Could you please add your comment as an answer so that I can accept it? Feb 7, 2021 at 18:35

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I was watching Schindlers' List a few days back. Looking back at what people are capable of doing to their fellow humans if society allows it. I don't have much hope about anthropomorphized cartoons preventing people from doing what they want to do. Here we are talking about suppressing one of the strongest things that drive a human, eating. Plus, the fulfilment of this biological urge has zero social consequences. I vote, cartoons are not going to do anything.

What will however prevent people from eating an animal is if they identify it as a unique living creature that has a personality and form an emotional bond with it. Then they will be willing to kill and die before they eat that thing.

So I guess, if the animal is in the in-group of the person then its sort of naturally blasphemous to eat the animal but otherwise its fair game.

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