In the interest of exposing that which corporations and marketers keep hidden because they know you will stop feeding them gold if you have the information, here is a solid documentary (free on their site) on how we don’t know we are treating other sentient animals (because the product looks absolutely nothing like the process and marketers are brilliant distractors), narrated by Joaquin Phoenix. Before anyone takes this for granted because of the jokes people enjoy passing around about animal rights activists: kill other sentient creatures for food that is unnecessary for your survival if you like, I can’t respect it but I won’t deny you that one, but that is NOT what is happening, it is not so simple. This is extremely expressive of our cultural disengagement with and devaluation of empathy in the interest of profit, it speaks to how we treat each other as objects to be stepped on in the aim of power. If you have not seen such images (it’s not just factory farms either), you need to, because it will boil your blood to know that we have all been manipulated into supporting such things.
You do not want to see this, it is very hard to watch, which is exactly why we need to.
Ignoring it while supporting it is still enabling it, and the devaluation of empathy that it entails, which has everything to do with your principles of equality. To make the world a better place we must lead by example, so once we know better, we must do better.
Oh and this is just the empathy bit — Big Money also keeps from you that our livestock are responsible for more GHG emissions than all of our transportation, among other problems like antibiotic-resistant superbug breeding and immigrant worker abuses and livestock-borne viruses like H1N1 and hundreds of thousands of incidental marine animals deaths in fishing and water pollution and the fact that if we weren’t feeding animal metabolisms then starvation and drought would be a thing of the past. Not to mention health issues to yourself. Is the taste worth all these costs, to yourself, to your future, to other humans, to other sentient creatures, and to the future of all earthlings? (You get over the taste habit within a month, by the way.)Additionally, if your identity is in any way attached to the term “the 99%”: Purchasing animal products supports the corporations and people who are manipulating you, who keep information from you, who profit on hurting you, who are trying to monopolize as much of your world as they can, who continuously convince people to be so egocentric that they hog their millions which as you know are worth nothing to their fulfillment but could mean everything for the poverty line or your student loans.
You can watch the 11 minute “Meat Video” swimming the interwebs for an intro to the abuses of other sentient animals capable of feeling pain and pleasure just like you if you don’t have the 1.5 hours to invest in something that will enable you to make so much change for the better. Do not let the profiteers manipulate you and make decisions for you that you do not want to make!
Free for viewing online, because it matters so much more than money: Earthlings Movie