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One Month after Climate March, Hundreds Attend “Carnivore’s Ball” in NYC

October 19, 2014 by Leave a Comment

The News

Just one month after the historic Climate March in New York City, thousands of people gathered near the same spot on Sunday to celebrate one of the the planet’s largest contributors to climate change: meat. According to organizers of Meatopia, guests were “immediately hit with the majesty and magic of slow-roasted whole animals” when they enter the tent.


Meatopia’s 2014 Theme: “The Carnivore’s Ball”

Thirty activists with the group Collectively Free staged a protest near the entrance of Meatopia to call attention to the cruelty associated with meat production. In this dramatic scene which brings to life their #SwapSpeciesism campaign, farm animals show Meatopia attendees “what it would be like if the tables were turned.”

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Collectively Free Prepares “Rack of Man” and “Human Chops”

On its announcement about the protest, Collectively Free adulterated Meatopia’s promotional ad by painting blood onto the chefs’ faces.

Photo: Collectively Free

Photo: Collectively Free

The promo video for NYC’s previous Meatopia, which was hosted by Whole Foods, contains footage of baby pigs being chased.

Restauranteurs, agribusinesses, slaughterhouses and others who make money off of meat turn a blind eye to the impact of animal agriculture on the environment. In fact, even America’s leading environmental groups refuse to publicly attribute climate change to animal agriculture, as documented in the new film Cowspiracy, for fear of alienating their dues-paying members.

At the People’s Climate March in NYC, many participants called attention to the impact of animal agriculture on climate change, but many more lined up at food trucks to buy meat, fish and dairy products during the post-march street fair.

The 2014 People’s Climate March

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Ironically, Climate Change Marchers Line Up to Buy Meat, Fish & Dairy at Parade

September 21, 2014 by Leave a Comment

News & Opinion

Wearing t-shirts with slogans like “Climate Justice Starts Here,” hundreds, if not thousands, of Climate March participants in NYC lined up at food trucks at the street fair after the parade to buy meat, fish and dairy products, demonstrating either a lack of awareness or disregard for what the United Nations says is, by far, the number one contributor of climate change and the planet’s biggest polluter — animal agriculture.

How can the nation’s leading environmental groups expect the general public to make eco-friendly choices if their own members engage in the most environmentally destructive activity — and if they themselves don’t promote a plant-based diet? Can we really expect world leaders at this week’s United Nations’ Climate Summit to take drastic measures to reverse climate change if “environmentalists” can’t take the most basic one?

At Climate Change marches around the world, plant-based/vegan participants displayed compelling posters and distributed information about the impact of animal agriculture on the environment, and their efforts will assuredly effect some change. However, as evidenced in the groundbreaking documentary film Cowspiracy, animal agriculture must be eliminated altogether in order to reverse climate change and save the planet.

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August 20, 2014 by Leave a Comment

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According to the makers of the new documentary film Cowspiracy, one industry is destroying the planet more than any other. It is the leading cause of global warming, water depletion, deforestation, species extinction and ocean dead zones. If you haven’t figured it out already, it is factory farming. So why do the world’s leading environmental groups — the very organizations who should be fighting factory farming — refuse to acknowledge it? I don’t know the answer, and I won’t find out on Thursday at the NYC premiere of Cowspiracy because it is sold out. Those bastards!  At least we have the trailer and the Cowspiracy website to keep us apprised of screenings.

Your Turn

Even though I haven’t seen Cowspiracy, I am already praying to the plant-based gods that it is nominated for best documentary film, a virtual assurance that it will hit mainstream theaters and knock some sense into the American public. Share the trailer on social media. Let’s help make this ground-breaking film blow the lid off of factory farming and the organizations who should be using our donations to fight it.

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