Oprah is doing another show about animal agriculture. This was forwarded to me:
“Lisa Ling Reports: How We Treat the Animals We Eat (PG)
Have you ever wondered what “cage-free” or “range-free” really means? Lisa Ling gets a rare look inside some of America’s farms. Where does our food come from?”
“Coming up on Tuesday, October 14, big news! Oprah is covering ‘How We Treat the Animals We Eat.’ Go to http://www.oprah.com/index . On the screen on the rights side of your screen, click on ‘Tue’ to see the promo video. You’ll see footage of horrendous battery cages and sow gestation crates, and hear HSUS’s Wayne Pacelle saying ‘The issue is the decency toward the animals.’ He is no doubt talking about California’s Proposition 2, which would ban some of the most heinous caging.”
And here’s the preview video:
Let’s tell our omni friends and family to watch. Exposure to the truth about animal agriculture DOES convert people veganism. The reason factory farms and slaughterhouses don’t have windows or give tours to the public is because of this fact – if they exposed the truth of their operations, they’d lose business. If Oprah’s show features just a few graphic images, the show will likely make at least a few new vegans. It’s guaranteed.
Let me give you an example: I saw the HBO special about PETA president Ingrid Newkirk, “I Am An Animal.” I watched it with an omnivore. Neither of us were all that impressed by the documentary. In my eyes, Ingrid doesn’t come off as an especially likable person, though I do strongly identify with her. And the way it was edited, how the short film tried to cover so much, it just seemed all over the place, unfocused, and disconnected. To me, it left a negative impression of PETA. And the omni I watched the show with shared my impression. And when the graphic videos of animal torture came on, she just sat in her usual defiance of reality, claiming “Those videos aren’t real. They don’t really torture animals like that.”
Exasperated, I basically gave up on her. I drop pro-vegan messages into conversations here and there. And I make sure to expose her to tasty vegan food, but she’s still living in a delusion that she *needs* meat to survive and she still clings to her delusion that Kosher slaughter is humane. However, she HAS reduced her meat consumption. And she’s open to sharing vegan meals with me. So, all those little things add up. Even if she’s not ready to completely convert to vegetarianism or veganism, she’s recognized that she doesn’t need to eat as many animals as she once did. And in that way, she – and I – are saving lives.
At first, I thought graphic videos weren’t compelling because they didn’t compel her to change her diet. Graphic videos are so disturbing to me and ton most compassionate people, sometimes it’s hard to see the value in them. But then I met a vegan who converted OVERNIGHT. She watched “I Am An Animal” and stopped eating animals the same day. She spent an entire day watching graphic videos and she converted to veganism immediately. The videos did it. The videos. It wasn’t a kind, compelling vegan. It wasn’t a tasty vegan meal. It wasn’t a health crisis. For her, it was THE videos. For others, the videos change minds, too.
We know these images work. They work on us. We become teary-eyed or angry when we see animals being tortured. We know it’s wrong. And we also know that we’re not so dissimilar to omnivores. Many of us vegans were once omnivores. We know they have the seeds of compassion, too. And we can’t give up on them. We have to keep trying to get them to see. We have to keep trying to expose them to the truth, the wholly unnecessary cruelty inherent in animal agriculture. Even if they don’t ‘get it’ the first time, we have to keep showing them the truth. We have to keep showing these videos.