Documentary – SEED: The Untold Story

Seed: The Untold Story is an absolutely fantastic documentary detailing the significant loss of biodiversity at the hands of human ‘progress’ and capitalistic greed, and the people who are trying to create ‘backups’ of natures bounty by the way of seed banks:

SYNOPSIS

Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. SEED: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds. SEED features Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell, Winona Laduke and Raj Patel.

SEED is Executive Produced by Academy Award Winning Actress Marisa Tomei, Marc Turtletaub (Little Miss Sunshine) and Phil Fairclough (Grizzly Man, Cave of Forgotten Dreams).

“Seed is not just the source of life. It is the very foundation of our being.”

– Vandana Shiva

And here is the full documentary:

On a side note: as any vegan knows, you find animal products in all manner of unbelievable places. Well, now we know that animal DNA is used on GMO crops!!!

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Podcast – Josh Harper Interview on the Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) Campaign

Solecast 38 is an in-depth interview with former animal liberation prisoner Josh Harper. Josh is one of the SHAC7, and he went to prison for his work against Huntington Life Sciences. Huntington Life Sciences at the time was one of the biggest companies doing tests on animals and was targeted for their usage of “live vivisection.” The tactics employed by the SHAC campaign were wide ranging and effective; they went after every link in the supply chain to bring this company to the verge of bankruptcy. Josh is currently living in the Pacific North West and helps run The Talon Conspiracy which is an online archive animal rights publication from the recent past.

Topics Discussed:

  • Josh’s involvement in the Stop Huntington Animal Cruelty campaign & animal liberation struggles
  • Lessons from SHAC for current struggles against Trump & fascism
  • The conflict between mass movement building & effective interventions
  • The approach, philosophy and tactics emplyed in the SHAC campaign
  • Some thoughts on the political moment we are in
  • Comical anecdotes about the Talon Conspiracy & him briefly being a suspect for the 9-11 attacks
  • Thoughts on being a political prisoner and how important support is, inside and out

Here is a bonus video of one of Josh’s talks:

Further Reading:

Josh Harper discusses animal rights history, welfarism and “Star Wars”

 

Canada – Hundreds of Birds Frozen to Death Again at Maple Lodge Farms

Mercy for Animals reports on another case of shocking animal abuse by a slaughterhouse:

Maple Lodge Farms, one of Canada’s largest meat companies, has been caught a second time allowing hens to freeze to death en route to slaughter. The latest offense involved thousands of hens forced to suffer subfreezing temperatures in Quebec. A staggering 860 hens died. The Federal Court of Appeal in Canada fined the company $6,000.

$6.97 per hen that froze to death. Wrap your head around that.

Chickens are, by far, the most abused and slaughtered animals on the planet, with 51 BILLION killed globally each year.

Free From Harm lists 17 Chicken Facts the Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know, including:

  1. 151.4 billion chickens are artificially hatched, fattened up and slaughtered as 42-day-old babies every year globally. A chicken’s normal lifespan is 10–15 years. 
  2. Chickens and turkeys together represent 99% of land animals slaughtered for food in the United States.
  3. Chickens bred for meat are arguably the most genetically manipulated of all animals, forced to grow 65 times faster than their bodies normally would, and the industry continually seeks to increase their growth rate.

The HSUS also have a great article on the cognitive abilities of chickens:

When mom sends out her food call, her chicks respond by pecking at the ground. In one study, hens learned that red-colored food was good while their chicks were given blue-colored food. When the hens saw their chicks eating the wrong color, they began scratching, pecking, and vocalizing to convey the perceived error. Notes Shields: “It’s one of the true teaching examples that we have data for in the animal kingdom.”

We can end this madness right here and right now!

GO VEGAN!

Evil – Belgium’s Largest Slaughterhouse Expose!

Animal Rights is a foundation in the Netherlands, a non-profit organization (ASBL) in Belgium. The foundation was established in 2009 as a pressure group against animal testing.

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They recently went undercover for a month inside Belgium’s largest slaughterhouse. What they saw, and what the filmed, is shaking Belgium, and Europe, to it’s core:

How serious the consequences of not being able to stun becomes clear when the camera follows a pig throat cut along the automatic conveyor line. The animal is immersed fully conscious in the broeibad, a hot water bath which serves to facilitate removing hair from carcasses. The pig becomes detached from the pulley, trying desperately to get out of the steaming water, but dies a horrible death by drowning.

The footage of what is described above is absolutely gut-wrenching. As someone who has sat through hours of evil animal-abuse footage, including the infamous ‘Earthlings’, this may be one of the worst! I absolutely implore everyone, vegan or not, to watch and share this footage, and bear witness to what is happening at this slaughterhouse, along with slaughterhouses worldwide. Let’s work to end this insanity once and for all!

Please take a moment to sign the petition and help shut down this evil slaughterhouse. Please also consider a donation to their organization to assist then with their important work!

De Standaard has an article on the impact that the investigation is having:

Despite the legal requirement that animals must be anesthetized during slaughter, on the images repeatedly shown pigs hoisted conscious, are going to be killed and bled the animal rights organization continues. The gas chamber which is used in the slaughterhouse does not always work well. The law required to perform an additional anesthesia in such cases, but practice shows that this hardly happens.

Europe is known as having the strictest animal-welfare standards in the world. Keep that in mind when you watch the video and imagine what levels of evil exist in other parts of the world!

NOTE: the website is in Dutch but Google Chrome let’s you translate into English, or whichever is your native language.

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Woman Sees ‘Walking’ Trash Bag In The Road, Stops To Find A Puppy Inside

I post this story with the reminder for everyone to please keep your eyes open for things like this:

When Malissa Sargent Lewis took the back route to work one day through a rural Kentucky neighborhood, she didn’t expect to see a black trash bag moving around on the side of the road. She also didn’t expect to find a perfectly healthy, 8-week-old puppy inside of it.

Thank you to Malissa for saving poor Hefty!

Boycot Alert – Animal Abuse On Set of ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ Movie

UPDATE: please see end of article for an important update!

A Dog’s Purpose is a highly popular novel written in 2010, by W. Bruce Cameron, and is described as:

Heartwarming, insightful, and often laugh out loud funny, this book is not only the emotional and hilarious story of a dog’s many lives, but also a dog’s eye commentary on human relationships and the unbreakable bonds between man and man’s best friend. This story teaches us that love never dies, that our true friends are always with us, and that every creature on earth is born with a purpose.

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I haven’t read the book but as you can tell, it’s pro-dog and pro-animal. It may not be the animal rights bible of our time but does promote a healthy positivity towards our animal friends.

Fast-forward to present and we see reality bitch-slap us as always!

The Huffington Post reports on an undercover video of the blatant mistreatment of one of the dog’s featured in the upcoming film adaptation:

In a video obtained by TMZ and posted on Wednesday, a crew member or trainer for the film is seen forcing a German shepherd to perform a “stunt” that seems extremely unsafe ― so much so as to call into question how animals were handled over the entire course of the film’s shooting.

This is blatant animal abuse and the poor dog almost drowned! Of course, the Hollywood PR machine is kicking in and stating that this was a ‘one-off’ and no other ‘mistakes’ happened on set. If you believe that then you need to educate yourself more! Animal abuse in Hollywood continues to this day, despite the ‘feel-good’ end credit from the American Humane Association stating ‘no animals were harmed’. Animals are regularly harmed and exploited for entertainment purposes. Are you not entertained?

Here is an article on the problems with the American Humane Association:

Movie-goers who care about animals being used in films come away with a certain amount of comfort after reading American Humane Association’s famous slogan- “No animals were harmed” in the film credits. But after researching this organization, I have learned that their presence assures us of no such thing and in fact provides us with a false sense of comfort and a very different reality.

Additionally, PETA recently filed a complaint with the USDA regarding on-going animal abuse by Birds & Animals Unlimited, one of Hollywood’s leading facilities for animal training and handling. Guess which company supplied the animals for ‘A Dog’s Purpose’? Yup, BAU!

Well-done to PETA for being 2 steps ahead of everyone else as usual! Please consider donating to their cause, you’ll find it’s money well spent!

If animal abuse, and the video of the poor dog being forced into dangerous water and nearly drowning, is NOT your idea of fun, please boycott ‘A Dog’s Life’ and send Hollywood a clear message that this must end immediately!

Please also share the video and information on social media and let friends and family know of the horrific abuse. No one should attend this movie thinking it benefits animals in any real way.

And remember:

respect existence or expect resistance

 

UPDATE 1: for the sake of clarity, and the fact that we are only interested in the whole truth here at VATM, new information about this video has come to light:

TMZ now reports that the original video is an edit of 2 videos, taken days apart, and made to look like Hercules was thrown into the water. This is deceitful editing BUT even when you separate the 2 videos, it’s very clear that Hercules was manhandled, and nearly drowned.

The TMZ update requires you to believe the film producers version of events. That’s up to you.

UPDATE 2: Animal treatment questions cancel ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ premiere

UPDATE 3: TMZ reporting that film crew members under investigation, with jail time on the table. The on-set American Humane Association rep has been suspended.