A special shout out goes to the new documentary, “Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret” that is streaming exclusively on Netflix right now! If you haven’t watched it yet, DO IT! Recommend it your environmentally conscious non-vegan friends!
Like we really needed another reason to love Leonardo DiCaprio? Yet, still, here we are, with another reason to love Leonardo DiCaprio. I am always excited whenever I see a celebrity name attached to something that promotes veganism. I DON’T care if the celebrity is not a vegan, I DON’T care if the celebrity is a vegan that breaks vegan rules. I DO care that when a celebrity promotes a vegan lifestyle, it is heard by millions of people. It’s all about exposure, baby! Let the not-so-perfect vegan celebrities spread the word and us regular-folk can teach the newbies what really matters when they get here!
I just watched Cowspiracy last night and was reminded once again why choosing a vegan lifestyle is the most important thing we can do for our children and our grandchildren. If we don’t make these changes and soon, there wont be a planet left for the future generations to enjoy.
What I liked most about this documentary was that it did not focus on animal cruelty and the torture that factory farm animals have to endure before they end up on someone’s dinner plate. What this means: That this film will be viewed by MORE people. It can be viewed by families with children. It will be accepted by a much broader audience.
Ok, Ok, Now that I said that OUT LOUD, I can just FEEL my inbox filling up with hate mail from vegans that want to give every single meat-eating human being a hand-held individual tour of factory farms and slaughterhouses at their worst.
And to be honest, I secretly wish that watching the documentary Earthlings with Joaquin Phoenix with toothpicks used to hold the viewers eyes open was an law-enforced requirement before being able to even step one foot into any establishment that sells or uses animals for food, clothing, experiments or entertainment. (Yes, I’m talking about you, McDonalds, Wal-Mart and SeaWorld.)
BUT, I am being realistic in my knowing that will never happen. At least not in my lifetime.
I think about how I became a vegan. I grew up eating meat, drinking milk, riding horses, and going to the circus every year. I never questioned it. It was the norm. I grew up in the countryside. I was surrounded by farms. I saw these farm animals every day. They were happy. What was wrong with any of this?
Needless to say, I was getting fatter and unhealthier with each passing year. I hopped from diet to diet trying to change this, but failed miserably on each one. Then one day I watched Veducated on Netflix and thought, I can try that!
Now, to “go vegan” takes a lot of research, which I did do. And all I could say was, “What the hell?!?” How could I have not known what was happening in these factory farms and slaughter houses? I mean, really? Have you ever seen Glass Walls by Paul McCartney?
I might have became a vegan for my health but I stayed a vegan for the animals. My point is, I don’t care HOW people are exposed to the vegan lifestyle in the first place, I just want them EXPOSED!
Now back to Cowspiracy:
SPOILER ALERT: I already mentioned that I am vegan for the animals, right? So, my favorite part of the film was when Kip Andersen is leaving a backyard farm after seeing that unlucky duck get “humanely” slaughtered. Kip is driving in his old trusty van, “Super -Blue”, talking about and dreading that he has a future interview set up to film the same thing happen to a equally unlucky chicken. Kip says, “I don’t know how I could possibly go through another slaughter…” I can FEEL what Kip was feeling. I’m choking back my own tears and I can feel the dread and the horror of it.
In the very next scene, actually the same scene, you can see Kip smiling and he continues his sentence, “…so I didn’t.” He says this as he is driving and he reaches his hand down to pet a chicken sitting in the passenger seat next to him.
I actually chuckled out loud and stood up from my couch and did a happy dance in the middle of my living room when I saw this! GO KIP! Kip Andersen has officially made it on to my Christmas card list.