More than 10 billion land animals are killed for food in the United States alone every year, but we have the power to change that frightening statistic.
The only way to open our hearts and minds to this monstrous problem is through educating ourselves and those around us. For some, gory videos of pigs being beaten and chicks being ground up alive is too much cruelty to bear witness to, which is why a softer yet still impactful approach must be taken.
Whether you’re eager to learn more but can’t stand being bombarded with violent imagery, or you are looking for powerful material to help spread the message in a peaceful way, check out the following five videos:
1. Do you want to make history? Then watch this:
In just a minute and a half, The Vegan Society makes a powerful case for veganism as a social justice movement, interconnecting it with all other important social justice movements throughout modern history. Making a complex issue seem so simple and accessible, we’re left feeling inspired and motivated to make a positive change.
2. This 6 minute and 2 second video may leave you with a new perspective:
This clip from the thought provoking documentary Samsara gives us a heartbreaking glimpse into the cycle of factory meat. It takes us on a journey through poultry, pork and cattle facilities, a grocery store, a fast food restaurant and finally a doctor’s office. You won’t see any animals being beaten or hear their cries, instead you’ll see a stunningly shot insight into our modern food processing.
3. One simple choice you make has the power to reduce pollution, save resources, combat world hunger, improve your health and create a kinder world:
We are at a critical point in human history where the effects of our choices are felt globally — on animals, people and the planet. We have can change all of that by making simple choices that can benefit everyone. This essential message is beautifully presented in under 3 minutes and is well worth the watch.
4. Animals should be off the menu and here’s why:
Phillip Wollen makes a blazing animal rights speech delivering a powerful and hard hitting reality check in 10 minutes flat. It’s difficult not to be drawn in by this passionate philanthropist on a mission to help us realize that there cannot be spiritual advancement while continuing to attain our nourishment from the cruelty and exploitation of others.
5. The best speech you will ever hear:
Gary Yourofsky’s inspirational speech is a must see for anyone who cares about nonhuman animals or wishes to make the world a better place. His charismatic and straightforward style is truly one of a kind. Blowing away the myths and posing poignant questions that ask us to re-examine the way we treat animals, this discussion will help you to make ethical choices for a healthy heart and soul.
Have you seen any of the above? Which is your favorite and why?
Photo Credit: Jo-Anne McArthur | We Animals