When I turned on the TV last night I was astounded to see a news story in progress about an undercover investigation into a California factory farm who is a major supplier to America's School Lunch Program.
This kind of story NEVER gets any attention from the mainstream press. Of course, it is only because downed cows were being fed to our children, but whatever exposes this atrocity to more people, I'm all for it!!
ABC News aired a good 3-4 minute chunk of the undercover footage to millions of people. It's great. This would have never happened 10 years ago. I hope that as more people are exposed to the truth, more people will stand up and demand stricter regulations placed on factory farms.
The story was a result of an investigation conducted by the Humane Society of the United States. You can read all about on their website.
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Monday, January 14, 2008
Not only is Jaoquin Phoenix a life long vegan, but he is also a big Animal Advocate. I recently watched Earthlings, a DVD narrated by Jaoquin. Earthlings is a disturbing look into the ways animals are treated. This film analyzes society's treatment of animals for pets, clothing, entertainment, scientific research, and food. Many of the footage is taken from undercover investigators who use hidden cameras to unveil the horrors that our fellow "earthlings" are put through.
Thankfully, we are fortunate to live in West Michigan where we have lots of alternatives that don't harm animals, especially if you are a member of the co-op. If you choose to eat meat, you can shop for beef, poultry, lamb, goat, and pork from a host of different farmers who treat their animals humanely. If you are Ovo-lacto vegetarian (like me) you can get eggs from free-range, hormone-free chickens, and cheese from free-range grass-fed chemical-free cows and goats. If you are vegan you can get soaps and other household products that were not tested on animals. Yeah, we are pretty lucky to have all this available to us!!!
If you are on the fence about becoming a vegetarian, or you only buy half your meats from the co-op, I strongly urge you to watch this video so that you can find out the truth behind your food. Another benefit to the Internet besides allowing us to shop online, is that you can watch the video for free at http://www.moviesfoundonline.com/earthlings.phpSet some time aside, it's 1 hour 35 minutes long but well worth the watch!