Do you think that having pets is beneficial to both people and animals? And that pets enjoy an easy life?
Longtime former veterinarian Charles Danten asks us to set aside preconceived ideas to take an honest look at what underlies our love of the animals we hold dearest in his book Slaves of Our Affection. The Myth of the Happy Pet? This provocative exposé puts our most revered interactions with animals under the microscope. Meticulously documented, it raises poignant questions about the nature of our relationships with animals, and reveals little-known aspects of the industry behind it all. Pet food manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, veterinarians, shelters, humane societies, animal activists, factory farms, and even pet owners are at the core of a subtle exploitation that operates under the guise of love and compassion.
Charles took some time out to answer some of my questions.
Lawyer and animal advocate, David Simon recently released his book, Meatonomics: The Bizarre Economics of Meat and Dairy - focusing on the rational, logical and analytic perspectives of a plant-based diet and how we are being mislead by food producers and lawmakers. He takes some time to answer my questions below, plus see below for an excerpt.
The average person needs 50-80 grams of protein per day. If you’re trying to build muscle or improve overall healthy, you may need more. The problem is that commercial protein supplements contain dangerous chemicals and are so processed, that the human body does not know how to properly digest them. The protein in the supplements cannot be properly absorbed and used by the body, and sometimes, can even cause the body to be weaker.
High Protein, No Powder: Protein Bars and Smoothies Make with Real Food is an eBook written to educate consumers on the dangers of commercial protein bars and protein powders. These artificial foods are filled with toxins, unnecessary sweeteners and have extremely dangerous effects on the body. See below for my interview with Tiffany from Don't Waste the Crumbs and two of her recipes.
This year I have created various articles, videos, blogs and interviews for the VLV! followers and fans to watch, read, share and embrace wholeheartedly - and they did.
The VLV! authors and I have authored 167 articles this year. I've also written 51 blogs, given 7 international talks, published 6 video interviews, plus 35 videos in the new question and answer series - every Tuesday on YouTube.
With all that content, you may have missed a few, so here's the 2013 VLV recap:
The Ghosts in Our Machine, the acclaimed documentary film about the dramatic reality largely hidden from our view - the lives of individual animals living within and rescued from the machine of our modern world - has begun its awards-season run in four major U.S. markets.
Speciesism: The Movie a Gritty Documentary Challenging the Way We Look at Animals & Each Other. This movie confronts contemporary agriculture, daring—in the face of cultural complacency and industry intimidation—to question its standard practices. With undercover investigations occupying headlines almost monthly, it’s no mystery modern farms are struggling to keep secrets. Director Mark Devries takes his hunch about the business several steps further, following a gut feeling through to its logical conclusion. The first-time filmmaker tables law school and instead hits the road, unexpectedly uncovering answers to uncomfortable questions about privilege and sentience.
Wednesday was my birthday and I celebrated it with twelve of my friends at the high-end Urbane Restaurant in Brisbane. Head chef and vegan, Alejandro Cancino has created successful vegan degustation nights a couple of times each month.
He had organised a special menu for me with some of my favourite things with 50% of our menu new on the night. Here's what we had:
The film "Encounters with an Egalitarian" by the French Swiss director Gwennaël Bolomey gives the golden opportunity to see into the mind of Yves Bonnardel - a French activist committed to egalitarianism and animal causes and the author of numerous articles, pamphlets and essays. The two men, longtime friends, met on several occasions, both at Yves's countryside retreat and at activist events. These interviews help to sketch a portrait of a thinker who, in the last twenty years, has had a very strong influence on the French-speaking anti-speciesism movement.
In a reflection on the place given to animals in Western societies and the numerous ways in which they are exploited, Yves Bonnardel questions our relationship to non-human sentient beings, challenges humanism and re-examines the basic notion of equality, underlining the pressing need to apply it to other species.
Divided into chapters (The Notion of Equality, The Idea of Nature, Animal Exploitation, etc..) "Encounters with ..." is thirty minutes long and features English subtitles. The film is now available on DVD, and for public screenings and debates.