Maria is a PhD student at the University of Bradford and her primary research focus is on human and non-human relations. She is interested in exploring how various dietary groups experience moral emotions and use cognitive dissonance strategies in order to facilitate animal consumption and deal with the “meat paradox”. Maria is also interested in exploring whether gender differences influence the aforementioned strategies and emotions. Her research focuses on meat, dairy, egg and fish consumption and the motivations that shape human behaviour and attitudes towards (other) animals. Maria aims to explore our perception of (other) animals and the basis of our moral consideration of them in order to understand the root causes of speciesism that result in the use and abuse of non-human animals.