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Those shocking undercover videos!

This is just a quick post for today as I have to get my boys off their busses from school then get ready to head to Boston to get my wife at Logan. But, last night while folding laundry, I attempted to watch “Earthlings” again. Anyone in the plant based/ vegan world knows the film and know what it’s message is. If you haven’t seen it, you can here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fRIUnKJk1w. Most of the time, the videos are undercover footage of animal slaughterhouses and are brutal to watch. Even seasoned activists have a hard time sitting through it.

After getting about 20-30 minutes into it, I i posted about it on Facebook and got into a meaningful, albeit brief, conversation with a new running friend/ teammate.

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We could talk all day about the importance of these types of videos, because I 100% believe they serve a purpose in activism and for exposing the truth about animal agriculture. But the thing is, we don’t need to continually remind ourselves of the suffering by suffering through the gruesomeness again and again.

We’ve seen it!

It’s affected us!

It’s part of the reason we are who were are and why we do what we do!

As Dana said, “if you’re committed and get it, there’s no need for you to watch.” At this point, even a couple year old newbie like myself gets it and understands it. Is it a good film? Are the other undercover footage films good exposés? Yes, and they are super important. There may come a time when you may need to pull out your smart phone and show one of these to a non-believer. But to suffer for the sake of suffering? No thank you.

I’ll get into this a bit more soon, as I have a series coming up that talks about the different groups/ subdivisions within the vegan movement. But for now, I’m walking away from Earthlings.

Cowspiracy

cowspiracyed. note: Just caught word this will be available for viewing on Netflix starting September 15th!

We’ve all seen the undercover investigation videos. The one’s that show you the horrifying torture of animals. You know, the stuff that nearly makes you either want to vomit or bury your fist in someone’s face. Even though the title entails this could be THAT film, it is far from it.

Rather than shock and disgust you, Kip Andersen (the man behind Cowspiracy) wants to blow your mind with staggering facts and downright scary figures. We all know where your hamburger came from. It was first a harmless cow that was enjoying it’s life, maybe hoping to continue grazing the fields and basking in the sun. Instead, it was torn from it’s herd and had it’s throat cut before being ground up into chuck for that hamburger. But, did you know all the other stuff? Like how much water it took to bring that one burger to your plate? Read more

Anonymous and Animal Rights Hacktivism

I was just surfing around the internet when I found this. It seems last January the hacktivist group, Anonymous, put out a message. It was in regards to animal rights, trophy hunting, etc. From my viewpoint, it seems this was the only message and they have yet to talk publicly about the trophy hunting resurgence we are seeing.

Here’s the video:

What did you think of it? Should Anonymous get involved in something like this? What help can they bring and how can they expose those that abuse animals?

I’m not sure how I feel about it yet. I understand that they can do their behind the keyboard magic, but without getting out in front of the issue, I think they may do more harm then good. The benefit of hacktivism is to bring down those that use technology, computers, etc to perpetuate their criminal behaviors. For me, animal rights abusers do it with a cattle prod, closed fits and boots. I’m not sure that shutting down Smithfields network is going to help the pigs suffer less, or how they can keep the families that live close by safe from the fecal matter that is sprayed into the air by the same factory farms.

What am I not seeing?

Yes, maybe they will open some eyes, but what are they really doing? Do you think they are all vegans?