I watched the award winning documentary Earthlings, by Joaquin Pheonix, last night.
It was easily one of the most difficult films I’ve ever watch, but much needed. Documentaries like this just reinforce why I live the lifestyle I do and will live for the rest of my life. I applaud Joaquin Pheonix for exposing so many different industries for the reality that they are. People need to know.
I believe that every single person on this planet NEEDS to watch this. It may be the only way to get through.
This documentary drives the point home that every living creature on this planet was placed on this planet to live, to carry out life, to experience love and nurturing in coexistence with the others. Through out history, human society has deemed acceptable exerting power onto the less powerful, the helpless, to exert suffering on those that can’t do anything about it.
I believe that the biggest challenge we face as a species today is ignorance, plain and simple. With the amount of animal rights campaigns and awareness type efforts around us, there is a good chance most individuals are aware that these hell-on-earth slaughterhouses do exist, they just choose to pretend they do not.
One cannot feel helpless in this matter. Yes, it’s a large job to get the entire world’s population to stop eating animal products and partaking in acts of cruelty toward animals, but it’s a feat well forth the effort. Every person makes a difference.
Your vote is in the groceries you buy. It’s all about supply and demand. For example, you decide to stop buying dairy milk and buy almond milk instead. That store will now purchase less dairy milk from their provider and more almond milk, that provider will then go onto buying less dairy milk from farmers and those farmers will stop producing so much dairy milk from their cows. Do your part.
What blows my mind is the specieism that exists today, what society has taught us is acceptable. Why on earth do we love and cherish our dogs and cats, but force cows, pigs, and chickens to live a horrid live, filled with violence and abuse to then be slaughtered just to end up on our dinner plates? Just like with any discrimination, it must first be identified as wrong, awareness must be spread and action must be taken. Discrimination in any shape or form should not be tolerated. It’s absurdly powerful the affect society has on peoples’ moral judgement, but change is in the air, people!
Oh, and guess what? THE RESEACH IS IN! In no way, shape or form do we need to consume animal products to survive. If me, myself and I isn’t living testament enough check out the million studies and thousands of other vegans across the world. The funny thing is we don’t just survive, we thrive! A total plant-based diet is the single most healthy, wholesome and nutritious diet one can consume. A plant-based diet also almost completely knocks out all chances of western world disease (obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis, arthritis), while giving you the clearest state of mind and overall vibrancy to live life to the absolute fullest.
It’s time we all become more conscious about what we put in our mouths and show a little more compassion for the creatures we share this earth with.
This is a new age. It’s time to stop living in the past and start living for the future.
I urge you to watch this documentary. The world needs to know. Change starts with you.