"It’s not a requirement to eat animals, we just choose to do it, so it becomes a moral choice and one that is also having a huge impact on the planet, using up resources and destroying the biosphere.” James Cameron
WOW! Running with my little celebrity theme I've got going on: one of my favourite directors has gone Vegan! The man, who has always been known for his environmental awareness, has made the connection and cut out animal products! Halleluljah!
It seems (simillarly to Bill Clinton) having someone has respected as James Cameron on the "team" is already bringing much needed respect to the Vegan movement. Here is a little grab from theexaminer.com from the article they did about James Cameron's switch. Great to see they've put in some actual statistics and given good reasons to go Veg.
While some have slammed vegetarians and vegans for being "self-righteous," numerous reports have confirmed that livestock farming taxes the soil, uses huge supplies of water, and may be environmentally costly.
According to a United Nations report, raising livestock for food uses 30% of the Earth's land mass. It takes more than 2,400 gallons of water to produce one pound of meat, versus 25 gallons for growing a pound of wheat.
Marc Reisner, former staff writer at the Natural Resources Defense Council, once wrote: “In California, the single biggest consumer of water is not Los Angeles. It is not the oil and chemicals or defense industries. Nor is it the fields of grapes and tomatoes. It is irrigated pasture: grass grown in a near-desert climate for cows.
"The West’s water crisis — and many of its environmental problems as well — can be summed up in a single word: livestock.”
Please watch the video below!
Sometimes nothing is more inspirational than a great Vegan success story! And, shamefully, when a celebrity is involved it makes me that little more excited. One celebrity endorsement is worth a hundred mere mortals as they have so much influence with the media and their fans.
And when that celebrity is already AWESOME? Well that just makes it even better. I've always loved both these actors but had no idea they were Vegans. See, I knew we developed a sixth sense after a while! Or maybe it's just the whole "cult" thing?
Here is their super cute and lovely article I stumbled across this morning on: madejustright.com
Funnyman Dax Shepard is known for his roles on the TV shows Parenthood and Punk'd, as well as for his role in the hilarious movie Idiocracy. In a recent interview in Playboy Magazine, he put all the funny business aside to talk about recently switching to a mostly vegan diet. Together with his fiancée, longtime animal lover and fellow actress, Kristen Bell, the two decided to opt for an animal-free diet after watching the provocative documentary, Forks Over Knives.
Dax revealed in his interview that he was encouraged to go vegan by actor Beau Bridges, who co-starred with him in the recent film Hit & Run:
"When I saw his age was 70, I almost crapped myself. I would go, “Jesus, Beau, you’re not supposed to be able to punch somebody out in a scene at 70. My grandpa couldn’t have done that. What’s your secret?” And he goes, “I’ve been a vegan for 12 years.” I was like, damn, I need to think about this. And then I saw Forks Over Knives and I was like, I’m in. I’ve been a vegan since January."
Discussing how he feels now that he's on a plant-based diet, Dax told the magazine:
"It's nothing like the pill in The Matrix but damn good, like 15% across the board in every respect... I sleep 15% better. My allergies are at least 15% better. I have fewer body aches. My skin looks better. I'm never starving, and I never need to ride the couch feeling completely full and disgusting."
Way to go Dax! And Kristen and Beau too!
What a video I stumbled across this morning.....
This is all in French, but that doesn't matter. What is portrayed needs no words.
The commercial dairy industry is, without question, cruel and vile. Cows are artificially inseminated to produce milk and their babies are taken away so we humans can take all the milk for ourselves. These calves become veal if they are male, or if they're female they go on to be a part of this same horrible cycle.
A lot of people are comforted by the idea of "happy" cows, often just called "organic". They live in green fields and eat lovely grass and don't live cooped up in foul enclosures standing in their own shit. These "happy" cows make up about 1% of the commercial Dairy market.
This video depicts perhaps the nicest and kindest way to take a baby away from its mother. Why is it so horrible and worth sharing? Why does it support the Vegan movement? Because there is NO WAY to "kindly" do such a thing. And guess what? It is a BASIC part of the dairy industry. Baby cows cannot suckle the money, I mean milk, that needs to be sold.
Watch as this "happy" cow, living in its beautiful field, has to be victim to the basics of being a Dairy Cow and have its child taken away to become veal.
See if you think they can't feel? Or have no intelligence?
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