The kids dig it
Recently a friend from Kentucky wrote me to tell me how horrified she was at the video she had just viewed about fur – on Myspace. Apparently thousands of people have been watching a video about the horrors of the fur industry that has been uploaded to various sites including Myspace.
Over the past few months I’ve been watching different websites like Google Video, YouTube and Vimeo grow as more and more users discover this feature of the internet. My dad is even uploading videos now.
Just go to Google Video and search “animal rights” and videos ranging from undercover investigations by such groups as PETA and Compassion over Killing to the full length documentary Earthlings can be viewed by anyone with a high speed connection. Outreach made easy.
This also presents the opportunity for activists to post their own experiences at protests and demonstrations for others to see with an easily searchable database viewable internationally. I’ve watched documentaries about topics ranging from the annual seal hunt in Canada to the Bhopal disaster in India just by searching around on the Google Video site. Of course there are also home videos of kittens and ferrets playing chase. But what you find all depends on what you look for – so take a gander.
Here are some of the videos I found:
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.”
Wegmans Cruelty is a documentary produced by a small investigative team from the organization Compassionate Consumers.
Delicacy of Despair takes you behind the closed doors of America’s foie gras factory farms.
Meet Your Meat – The video that all meat-eaters should watch and every vegetarian should own, “Meet Your Meat,” narrated by Alec Baldwin, covers each stage of life of animals raised for food.
In Peaceable Kingdom, we hear the riveting stories of people struggling with their conscience around some of our society’s most fundamental assumptions.
The Witness – How does a construction contractor from a tough Brooklyn neighborhood become an impassioned animal advocate?