måndag 30 november 2015

Cowspiracy The Book

You don't like to watch movies and would rather read a book? In that case I can tell you that Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret can be found as a book!

It's called The Sustainability Secret: Rethinking Our Diet to Transform the World.

This is what the authors have to say about it:

"Filled with anecdotes, statistics, research, interviews with the filmmakers and contributors, and unabridged transcripts from the film, this companion book supplements and expands upon the documentary in every way. With all this and more, The Sustainability Secret reveals the absolutely devastating environmental impact large-scale factory farming has on our planet and offers a path to global sustainability for a growing population."

And this is what Amazon.com have to say:

"The groundbreaking 2014 documentary Cowspiracy presents shocking truths about the effects of industrial animal agriculture on the planet. The leading cause of deforestation, rainforest destruction, greenhouse gas production, water consumption and pollution, habitat loss, species extinction, ocean dead-zones, topsoil erosion, and a host of other environmental ills, animal agriculture is the biggest issue facing the planet today and one of the most controversial environmental secrets in the world of conservation."
You can buy it from Cowspiracy's website or Amazon.com.

Racing Extinction On Discovery Channel This Week

This Wednesday you can watch the premiere of Racing Extinction on Discovery Channel.

Racing Extinction comes from the director of Academy Award winner The Cove. First the movie producers named it 6, as in the sixth mass extinction, but quickly changed its name to the present.

You can watch Racing Extinction all around the world at 9 pm on the 2nd of December. Find more information about the documentary here and the trailer below.

"Racing Extinction" Official Trailer

fredag 27 november 2015

When in Lund, Vegovision in Gothenburg & Oatly vs the Cow Milk Lobby

Things are happening in the Swedish city I’m living in - Lund; Animal cruelty at a student nation, a manifestation against the fur industry and a traditional vegan Christmas dinner. In Gothenburg a vegan fair will be held next week. Also the court verdict in the case between Oatly and LRF Mjölk has come. 


Cruelty to an eel
The chairperson of the local branch of Animal Rights Sweden (Djurens Rätt) filed a report to the police concerning animal cruelty at one of Lund’s student nations. At Malmö Nation an eel was exposed to cruelty during a dinner party. Find more info (in Swedish) here.


Manifestation against the fur industry
A more positive thing happening tomorrow, this Saturday, is a manifestation against the fur industry on Clemenstorget. Clemenstorget is a small square located close to the train station in Lund. Speakers from different political parties and from the Fur Free Alliance will among others attend. Find its Facebook event here


Christmas dinner
And the third thing related to Lund is a Christmas dinner next week at Govindas vegetarian restaurant. Unfortunatley the tickets are probably all sold out by now. 


Vegovison in Gothenburg
A bit to the north from Lund, in Gothenburg, a vegan fair is held between the 5th and 6th of December. It’s called Vegovision. Find more info here. This time famous persons like Gene Baur from Farm Sanctuary in USA, the swimmer Lars Frölander and Tobias Leenaert founder of the Belgian organization EVA (Ethical Vegetarian Alternative) will lecture. You can also watch the documentary Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret there. 


Oatly vs LRF Mjölk
On a national level the verdict between Oatly - the oat milk company - and the Swedish cow milk industry’s lobby organization - LRF Mjölk - was revealed. LRF Mjölk sued Oatly because of the slogans on Oatly’s packages. Slogans like “Wow no cow”, “No milk. No soy. No badness.” and “It’s like milk but made for humans” was too much for LRF Mjölk to handle, and that’s why the sued Oatly. 
Unfortunately Oatly lost in the court and will have to pay 1.3 million SEK. 


Calves in the milk industry - Rörelse för djurrätt
Calves seperated from their mothers because of the cow milk industry.
Photo: Djurrättsalliansen.


Calves in the milk industry - Rörelse för djurätt
Calves seperated from their mothers.
Photo: Djurrättsalliansen.

A positive thing, because of this case, is that the cow milk industry’s mistreatment and abuse of cows and calves are being exposed and more talked about than before. And I see that as something good.

So long! Take care!

Lundrelaterat, Vegovision & Oatly vs LRF Mjölk!

Det händer grejer här i Lund dessa dagar.  Polisanmälan på grund av djurplågeri av en ål, manifestation för pälsdjuren och ett veganskt julbord. Det händer saker på andra platser också! Däribland ett späckat Vegovison i Göteborg och så har domen i målet mellan Oatly och LRF Mjölk kommit.

Lundrelaterat
Det har inte gått många dagar sedan Djurens Rätt Lunds ordförande polisanmälde hädelser på Malmö Nation vilka involverade dumheter med en ål som utsattes för stress, lidande och, vad jag har förstått, död. Läs mer om detta på Skånes Fria Tidnings hemsida!

En annan händelse utav mer positiv karaktär äger rum imorgon lördag i Lund. Då arrangerar Djurens Rätt och Djurens Rätt Lund en, i mina ögon, rätt stor manifestation på det vackra Clemenstorget, som ligger precis vid järnvägscentralen i Lund. Manifestationen är för pälsdjuren och mot pälsindustrin. Förutom talare från Djurens Rätt kommer representanter från bland annat Miljöpartiet, Feministiskt initiativ och Vänsterpartiet delta. Även en representant från Fur Free Alliance. På Facebook är det över 400 som tackat ja till att delta i manifestationen. Kolla här så får du se. Det är himla kul att det arrangeras här i Lund, tycker jag. Jag bor faktiskt rätt nära Clemenstorget också, så extra pluspoäng från min sida ;)

På fredag om en vecka är det dags för julbord arrangerat av Djurens Rätt Lund och Govindas. Dit ska jag. Jag tror tyvärr att alla biljetter redan är sålda till detta härliga evenemang. Men kolla på Djurens Rätt Lunds Facebooksida och hemsida för att vara på den säkra sidan om du känner dig sugen på att äta gott i trevligt sällskap om en vecka vill säga!

Vegovision i Göteborg
Om vi förflyttar oss lite längre norrut - till Göteborg - så händer det grejer där med. Vegovision äger rum där 5-6 december, närmare bestämt i Folkets hus på Olof Palmes plats 3. I år kommer bland annat simmaren Lars Frölander dit, likaså Gene Baur från Farm Sanctuary i USA. Tobias Leenaert från belgiska EVA (Ethical Vegetarian Alternative) kommer också dit. Filmen Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret kommer att visas som avslutning på denna vegomässa. Personligen är jag imponerad av de internationella gäster och intressanta namn som arrangörerna i Sveriges andra största stad bokat in. Det hade varit kul att vara där men jag tror inte att jag åker dit denna gång. Om du är vill veta mer kolla in deras hemsida.

Oatly vs LRF Mjölk avgjort
På sistone har det hänt saker på nationell nivå också... Ja, som många av er säkert känner till vid detta lag förlorade Oatly i Marknadsdomstolen. LRF Mjölks resonemang och anmälan gick vinnande ur målet. Läs mer på denna länk och hos Pinto magasin.
Det är naturligtvis tråkigt att "Den naturliga sportdryckens" försvarare skulle vinna denna batalj och "Wow no cow"-dryckens förlora. Som tur är lyfts komjölkens vara eller inte vara, genom detta. Mycket kring komjölkens produktionssätt och hur illa kor och kalvar blir behandlade inom lantbruket i Sverige kommer på tapeten. Det är bra. 

Vi får inte glömma hur det ser ut i landet i vår tid, med nyfödda kalvar som tas från sina mödrar och sätts i ensamboxar. För det är på så vis mjölken som kossorna producerar räcker ända till butiken. Men egentligen är det kalvarna som skulle haft mjölken. Det är tänkvärt.

På återseende. Ha det bra!

Kalv i ensambox - Rörelse för djurrätt
En av många kalvar i ensambox i Sverige sommaren 2015.
Foto: Djurrättsalliansen.
  

måndag 23 november 2015

Elephant Whisperer

In the previous post, Gods In Shackles, elephants was the topic. Today I'm continuing to write about elephants. This time it's a documentary directed and produced by Icelandic Jóhann Sigfússon, Anna Dís Ólafsdóttir and Hinrik Ólafsson. The documentary I'm thinking of is Elephant Whisperer!

Elephant Whisperer is about a woman named Sangduen Chailert, also known as Lek. She has dedicated her time to rescuing and rehabilitating elephants in Thailand. You can read more about Save Elephant Foundation, founded by Lek on this link.

This is what the movie makers say about the documentary:

"Sangduen Chailert, or Lek, as she is generally known, has already rescued over 200 elephants. She has dedicated her life to saving the Asian elephant and founded a special camp, The Elephant Nature Park to protect them. We follow this winner of Time Magazine’s “Asian Hero of the Year” Award in her work.

Lek is on a mission to save the Asian elephant in her native Thailand. This film looks at the plight of the Asian elephant, as it goes from being a widely used domestic animal, to becoming a burden on modernizing communities. With experts predicting its extinction within four decades, Lek’s work is needed now more than ever and she has gathered a large group of supporters and volunteers in her quest for a better future for the Asian elephant.
This moving film demonstrates Lek’s natural understanding of and rapport with these huge animals and will stir the viewers emotions as it highlights the often desperate state some elephants are kept in."


Find trailer below, you can watch the full documentary on this link.

Elephant Whisperer

Gods In Shackles

Toronto seems to me to be an important city when it comes to the animal rights movement. From an outside perspective it seems to be bubbling with initiatives and ideas. One initiative is the film Gods In Shackles.

Just to name a few of the things I've observed; The idea to the important march to close down all slaughterhouses originates from this Canadian city. And so does the animal rights documentary The Ghosts In Our Machine.

Toronto is also the home of Gods In Shackles. This documentary focus on the exploitation and abuse of elephants in the Indian province Kerala, where festivals are held and elephants are being used as workforce and more.

Find a movie clip below in which the movie director Sangita Iyer speaks about Gods In Shackles. The website godsinshackles.com provide lots of information for the interested! This documentary is still in production and I don't know when it's finished. A campaign for the film was successfully funded on Indiegogo.com in February of 2015.

Temple Elephants in Cultural Festivals


söndag 22 november 2015

Fragile Waters

I've found a documentary called Fragile Waters while surfing the Internet. Fragile Waters focus on the salmon and orca (killer whale) population in the Salish Sea* and the health of these populations.

Fragile Waters is 51 minutes long and was finished in 2014. I wouldn't call it an animal rights documentary, but more of an environmental documentary. Find its website here and the trailer below!

*The Salish Sea is a network of coastal waterways in the southwest of Canada and northwest of the USA.


Fragile Waters - Documentary Film Official Trailer (NEW)



If Fragile Waters seems interesting to you I've posted two teasers from it below.

Fragile Waters (teaser OFFICIAL)


Fragile Waters - Teaser 2 (Official)

tisdag 10 november 2015

Life According To Ohad

Life According To Ohad is an Israeli documentary from 2014 directed and written by Eri Daniel Erlich. It portrays 32 year old Ohad, his life as an animal rights activist, and his family relations.

How would you explain to your family what you feel and think about them eating animals? This is something Ohad is faced with. Watch the second clip below from Life According To Ohad to view an emotional scene in which Ohad speaks to his parents about not eating animals. What do you think about Ohad's and his father's talk? Do you find the talk constructive?

Life According to Ohad - 30 sec promo


"Go to your cows, let them be your mom and dad!" scene from the film "Life According to Ohad"





Of Dogs And Men

Unfortunately many family dogs are being shot to death by police officers on duty in the USA and that is what the documentary Of Dogs And Men is about.

Find more info on the topic in this article and the trailer below.
This is what the filmmakers say about the documentary:

"Of Dogs And Men explores a disturbing trend in American law enforcement: the shooting of pet dogs. From SWAT raids to simple calls and even visits to wrong addresses, we are seeing more and more incidents of officers using lethal force against a family pet they deem a threat. Are these rash reactions by officers in a system with little regard for our four-legged family members, or are they true peace officers doing their best in a dangerous job? Of Dogs And Men investigates the issue from all angles, interviewing law enforcement officers and experts, and taking a journey with pet owners through the tragedy of loss and pursuit of change in a legal system in which the very officers they challenge are an integral part."

Of Dogs and Men - Official Documentary Trailer


måndag 2 november 2015

Nine TED Talks With Animals In Focus

Inspired by yesterday’s post, including TEDx talks about veganism and a plant-based lifestyle, I wanted to make a similar post but with a focus on the animals. So today I gathered nine TED talks and TEDx talks that are focusing on animals, like animal rights, animal welfare, and more. Enjoy!

The first five talks are more or less from an animal rights perspective. First we have Anne Flaherty, who tells her story starting out with an interest in mammals, watching the documentary Blackfish and becoming involved in animal rights. Simone Reyes also tells her story of becoming an animal rights activist.
Rubaiya Ahmad talks about the situation for stray dogs in Bangladesh while Bede Carmody tell us how chickens and other birds are being treated in animal agriculture. Lesli Bisgould makes a great plead for us to re-evaluate our relationship with animals.



Animal Rights: A Series of Realizations | Anne Flaherty | TEDxYouth@Wayland


Animal rights -- birth of an activist | Simone Reyes | TEDxOrangeCoast


Why animal-rights is not a luxury: Rubaiya Ahmad at TEDxDhaka


A bird they called dinner | Bede Carmody | TEDxCanberra


It's time to re-evaluate our relationship with animals: Lesli Bisgould at TEDxUofT



Wayne Pacelle, representing The Humane Society of the United States, talks about animal welfare and the lack of welfare in factory farming and also how to improve the situation for the animals. Jill Robinson is working for animals in Asia saving bears from bear bile farms. Listen to her engaging story!



Animal factories and the abuse of power: Wayne Pacelle at TEDxManhattan



TEDxPearlRiver - Jill Robinson - Welfare of Animals



This post is coming to its end with Frans de Waal talking about moral behavior in animals and Philip Wollen talking about his points of view on ethics in a meat-free world. Some of the research Frans de Waal is presenting comes from studies on animals and sometimes it doesn’t seem to be that animal friendly. Philip Wollen makes an encore of his speech from the famous Animals should be off the menu-debate with Peter Singer, among others.



Frans de Waal: Moral behavior in animals


Ethics in a meat-free world - Philip Wollen at TEDxMelbourne

söndag 1 november 2015

TEDx Talks About Veganism And Plant-based Living

There are many interesting TEDx talks on Youtube and you can really learn a lot by watching them!

In this post I've gathered three talks that are about veganism and a plant-based lifestyle. Enjoy!

Vegans on top: Ori Shavit at TEDxHiriya


 

Plant-strong & healthy living: Rip Esselstyn at TEDxFremont


Plant Based Nutrition: Julieanna Hever at TEDxConejo 2012