Friday, July 4, 2008

Meat and you

This week, I came across two items that once again draws attention to why we should cut down or totally stop eating meat, especially red meat.

First, a friend sent me an excerpt of a video narrated by Joaquin Phoenix titled "Earthlings".

The synopsis from Google video:
EARTHLINGS is a feature length documentary about humanity's absolute dependence on animals (for pets, food, clothing, entertainment, and scientific research) but also illustrates our complete disrespect for these so-called "non-human providers." The film is narrated by Academy Award nominee Joaquin Phoenix (GLADIATOR) and features music by the critically acclaimed platinum artist Moby. With an in-depth study into pet stores, puppy mills and animals shelters, as well as factory farms, the leather and fur trades, sports and entertainment industries, and finally the medical and scientific profession, EARTHLINGS uses hidden cameras and never before seen footage to chronicle the day-to-day practices of some of the largest industries in the world, all of which rely entirely on animals for profit. Powerful, informative and thought-provoking, EARTHLINGS is by far the most comprehensive documentary ever produced on the correlation between nature, animals, and human economic interests. There are many worthy animal rights films available, but this one transcends the setting. EARTHLINGS cries to be seen.

Click here to watch it. I would like to warn that this video contains disturbing scenes but it is important that we watch it.

Secondly, today I received an article, "Red Meat Consumption Linked Yet Again to Increased Cancer Risk" that details some research findings.

How do you feel now that you have watched the video and read the article?

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