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Animal Liberation

Animal Liberation

Peter Singer’s Animal Liberation is thought to be the absolute best vegan book of the animal rights movement, and a trendsetter. Though people discussed animal rights for thousands of years, he put the concept to a philosophical test.

He proves (to a point where no one has found a hole in the validity of his argument) that our society’s choice to eat animals is speciesism, meaning that we are discriminating against other species of animals. He says that our argument that animals are there for us to eat is alarmingly similar to the argument that slaves are there to do our labour in the fields.

One of his main points is that pigs (as an example) are certainly more aware and conscious of their surroundings than a human baby, and more than a mentally challenged child. But it is considered wrong to eat, or experiment on, one this child.

Therefore, shouldn’t it be wrong to do so to a pig? Why not? Because a pig is a pig and a human is a human? Well, that is speciesism.

I can’t list all the reasons for this argument here (it’s a long book), but if you are looking to learn more about why people think it just isn’t right to eat animals, this vegan book is a must read. See if you can find a hole in his rationale.

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Mad Cowboy: Plain Truth From the Cattle Rancher Who Won’t Eat Meat

Somebody has uploaded this powerful documentary onto YouTube in 6 parts. See below to links to all parts.

Howard F. Lyman has brought the issue of the dangers of eating beef to light like never before. A former cattle rancher-turned-vegetarian and food safety activist, in 1996, Lyman revealed, to a national television audience, how the cattle industry potentially exposed Americans to Mad Cow Disease by feeding cows the remains of live animals – including other cows. As a result of his remarks, Lyman was named a co-defendant with Oprah Winfrey in the infamous “veggie libel” case brought by Texas ranchers in Amarillo.

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Earthlings

Earthlings – Trailer

EARTHLINGS is an award-winning documentary film about the suffering of animals for food, fashion, pets, entertainment and medical research. Considered the most persuasive documentary ever made, EARTHLINGS is nicknamed “the Vegan maker” for its sensitive footage shot at animal shelters, pet stores, puppy mills, factory farms, slaughterhouses, the leather and fur trades, sporting events, circuses and research labs.

The film is narrated by Academy Award® nominee Joaquin Phoenix and features music by platinum-selling recording artist Moby. Initially ignored by distributors, today EARTHLINGS is considered the definitive animal rights film by organizations around the world. “Of all the films I have ever made, this is the one that gets people talking the most,” said Phoenix. “For every one person who sees EARTHLINGS, they will tell three.”

In 1999, writer/producer/director Shaun Monson began work on a series of PSAs about spaying and neutering pets. The footage he shot at animal shelters around Los Angeles affected him so profoundly that the project soon evolved into EARTHLINGS. The film would take another six years to complete because of the difficulty in obtaining footage within these profitable industries. Though the film was initially ignored by distributors, who told Monson that the film would “never see the light of day and should be swept under the rug,” today EARTHLINGS is considered the definitive animal rights film by organizations around the world.

Nation Earth was established to produce documentary films on socially urgent issues. EARTHLINGS, released in 2005, was the company’s first feature film and is the first of a documentary trilogy. The company is currently at work on the second installment, UNITY, which will explore the unifying force of consciousness found in nature, animals and humankind. UNITY is scheduled to be completed in 2010. For more information please see www.unitythemovie.com.

Earthlings – Full length documentary

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