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 some time aside, it's 1 hour 35 minutes long but well worth the watch!

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