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.
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.