New Documentary “Eating Animals” Will Make You Seriously Consider Going Vegan
Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman also longtime animal rights and environmental activist is promoting her new documentary which explores the rise of so-called factory farming in America and some of the potential alternatives to meat. The film is an adaptation of the 2009 best-selling book, “Jonathan Safran Foer, which Portman said was an “eye-opening” on Friday on “CBS This Morning.”,” by
In the documentary, they spoke with industry experts and advocates about our country’s eating habits. Not only are the conditions of these farms concerning, they can also have a toxic impact on the environment, Portman said.
This new documentary will give you a plenty of reasons to abstain from meat consumption. Health is one.
A recent study linked a diet rich in animal proteins with a 60 percent increase in the risk of cardiovascular disease, while a 2015 report by the World Health Organization labeled red meat as “probably carcinogenic.” Then there’s the planet. According to the film, somewhere between 14 percent and half of all climate change is tied up in animal production, from razed forests to methane emissions from gassy cows. “What we know about eating animals is that we don’t want to know,” Elizabeth Kolbert wrote in a review of Foer’s book. The movie is directed by Christopher Dillon Quinn with narration by Natalie Portman—is the element of cruelty; with factory farming responsible for all but 1 percent of American meat, ours is an inhumane society to which we all, by association and by appetite, belong.
Think of That Hen as You Would a Furry Dog Friend
The rise of emotional-support pets has underscored what we’ve always known: that animals have a deep connection with humans. But for every Porter and Spot out there, 60 percent of mammals on earth are livestock; Foer writes, “Every factory-farmed animal is, as a practice, treated in ways that would be illegal if it were a dog or a cat.” Put more succinctly: Those concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) “treat living animals like dead ones”—a sobering thought about the link between quality of life and quality of food. Break the cycle! Befriend a laying hen or sow (via a backyard flock or a social media–savvy farm) and put down the fork—for now, at least.