Earth-ling: n. one who inhabits the earthI've found the subject of the 'industrial animal' to be a very touchy subject. When faced with the realities of the modern factory farm, people tend to react, rather than reason. This was shown to be true on a recent post we made entitled 'What the Meat Industry Doesn't Want You to See' - it easily attracted the most incoherent comments we've seen on this blog. I'm sure these people have a reasonable IQ, but the empassioned mental reaction leads people to type first and think later.
As an environmental blog, we must try to present the news, and present news as it relates to the environment and to global warming. Many people do not see the connection between factory farms and the environment, or between factory farms and their health, or factory farms and global warming, but that's because we've lost all connection between the animal in the cage and the cellophane wrapped package we pick up in the deli. There have been significant pushes, at the highest levels, to encourage governments to pressure industry to move away from the centralised, highly intensive manner in which modern agribusiness conducts its business - these pushes being from scientists and health experts, not just animal rights activists.
Today we introduce you to 'Earthlings', a feature-length documentary narrated by Joaquin Phoenix (Gladiator), also featuring music by the critically acclaimed platinum artist Moby. The documentary examines man's relationship with the creatures he profits from. 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. You will see that this man-animal relationship is the business partnership from hell.
This is definitely a 'Meet Your Meat' type of movie - so viewer discretion advised....
“This antipathy towards slaughterhouses is mentioned at least as early as the 16th century, in Thomas More’s Utopia. In the 19th and 20th century, slaughterhouses were increasingly sited away from the public view, and took pains to portray themselves as clean, innocuous businesses. In this they have been responding not only to increasing regulation, but also to public sentiment. Most Westerners find the subject of animal slaughter to be very unpleasant and prefer not to know the details of what goes on inside a slaughterhouse. As such, in the West, the connection between packaged meat products in the supermarket and the live animals from which they are derived is obscured.” - Wikipedia
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