Transitioning to a plant based vegan diet and lifestyle was an easy decision to make for both of us, and although it took a while to fully do so, we knew it was a decision that we wanted to eventually make for good. Even though now we struggle with some of the challenges that being vegan holds, we have never been more at peace both in our hearts and minds than we are now, and we finally have a clear conscience knowing that we are doing the right thing. Not only for ourselves, but for every living thing on the planet.
It all began a few years ago after Emily was diagnosed with non epileptic attack disorder (NEAD) as well as already having epilepsy, and eating well became a vital part of her recovery. This led us to slowly become more plantbased and then discover veganism, and once we did it was like a lightbulb had gone off.
There are three main things that have become our motivation for veganism, and those are having an overall much better health, the evil cruelty that is inflicted on our beautiful animal friends, and the horrific effect that animal agriculture is having on the earth. Veganism is essentially a lifestyle that is guided by love and compassion, and so it didn’t make sense to us to be putting money into an industry that is doing the very things we are against (torture, murder, rape, etc.). Why pay somebody else to kill a cow or pig if you wouldn’t do it yourself? Although we have been vegetarian for what is around 21 years, after watching powerful documentaries such as Earthlings, Cowspiracy, and What The Health, we realised that the dairy and egg industries are as bad, if not worse than the meat industry. And continuing to support them as vegetarians would be a total contradiction to the reason we were veggie in the first place.
Below is some information about each documentary that helped inform us along the way. Earthlings focuses on the mass cruelty and exploitation of animals, Cowspiracy on the environmental impact that animal agriculture has, and What The Health on the health side of things- explaining the connection between our consumption of animal products and some of the world’s biggest killers like heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and cancer.
“Earthlings is a 2005 American documentary film about humankind’s total dependence on animals for economic purposes. Presented in five chapters (pets, food, clothing, entertainment and scientific research) the film is narrated by Joaquin Phoenix, featuring music by Moby, and was written, produced and directed by Shaun Monson.” (You can watch it for free here)
“If I could make everyone in the world see one film,
I’d make them see EARTHLINGS.”
– Peter Singer, author Animal Liberation
“Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.
Animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption and pollution, is responsible for more greenhouse gases than the transportation industry, and is a primary driver of rainforest destruction, species extinction, habitat loss, topsoil erosion, ocean “dead zones,” and virtually every other environmental ill. Yet it goes on, almost entirely unchallenged. As Andersen approaches leaders in the environmental movement, he increasingly uncovers what appears to be an intentional refusal to discuss the issue of animal agriculture, while industry whistleblowers and watchdogs warn him of the risks to his freedom and even his life if he dares to persist. As eye-opening as Blackfish and as inspiring as An Inconvenient Truth, this shocking yet humorous documentary reveals the absolutely devastating environmental impact large-scale factory farming has on our planet, and offers a path to global sustainability for a growing population.”
(Watch it on Netflix here)
“What the Health is the groundbreaking follow-up film from the creators of the award winning documentary Cowspiracy. The film follows intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the secret to preventing and even reversing chronic diseases – and investigates why the nation’s leading health organizations don’t want us to know about it. With heart disease and cancer the leading causes of death in America, and diabetes at an all-time high, the film reveals possibly the largest health cover-up of our time. With the help of medical doctors, researchers, and consumer advocates, What the Health exposes the collusion and corruption in government and big business that is costing us trillions of healthcare dollars, and keeping us sick.
Join Kip as he tracks down the leading and most trusted American health nonprofits to find out why these groups are staying silent, despite a growing body of evidence. Audiences will be shocked to learn the insidious roles played by pharmaceutical companies, agribusiness, and processed animal food companies in the nation’s health, especially in the most vulnerable communities, and will cheer at the transformation and recovery of those who took their lives into their own hands.
What The Health is a surprising, and at times hilarious, investigative documentary that will be an eye-opener for everyone concerned about our nation’s health and how big business influences it.”
Another more recent documentary called Land Of Hope And Glory, by vegan activist Earthling Ed (Ed Winters) focuses on showing the public that it isn’t just slaughterhouses in countries abroad that treat their animals badly. One of the most common excuses as to people not becoming veggie and vegan is that they think as long as the meat that they’re eating has been “humanely” killed, then it makes it ok. But the truth is, there is no such thing as a “humane” way to kill an animal. They are still beautiful living beings with their own individual personalities, and so although they can’t speak- they feel all the same things we do and are in no way inferior.
“In 2005, a film called Earthlings became the most pivotal documentary of the animal rights movement. Here in the UK however, we found the phrase “that doesn’t happen in our country” coming up far too much. We wanted to set the record straight. Through Land of Hope and Glory we aim to show the truth behind UK land animal farming by featuring the most up to date investigations as well as never before seen undercover footage, with a total of approximately 100 UK facilities featured throughout the film.
Land of Hope and Glory is made by the founders of the animal rights organisation Surge.”
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