The comedian’s first feature-length film is not only hilarious, but puts a highly convincing case forward for veganism without once being preachy
Over the last few years, we’ve been watching the sun set on the practice of keeping whales, dolphins and porpoises — or cetaceans — in captive displays.
In Canada, there are only two facilities that still undertake this cruel practice: Marineland — a for-profit amusement park currently in court answering to 11 animal cruelty charges and no longer accredited within the industry — and Vancouver Aquarium, whose landlord has voted 6-1 to ban the import and display of cetaceans on its land.
“The meat alternatives market is relatively small today,” Visiongain states, “but all the factors analyzed in this report illustrate that the industry will exhibit significant growth in the next ten years, providing excellent commercial opportunities.” Visiongain’s findings are corroborated by research firm Allied Market Research which estimated the meat alternatives market to reach $5.2 billion by 2020.
What is a healthful vegan diet? (the four vegan food groups)
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
A Few Lingering Questions
Demystifying Vegan Nutrition from International Vegan Association
Our book’s premise is that we are better advocates for animals and for our fellow vegans when we accept that vegan diets do not absolutely guarantee good health. And when we also face the fact of our own mortality. Additionally, we want to share the experience and advice from vegans who are living with chronic and acute disease about appropriate and effective care giving and support. We risk alienating animal activists and losing their voice and their power when we don’t acknowledge and embrace every activist regardless of their physical size, ability, or state of health. At the core of a vegan ethic is our effort to widen the circle of compassion to include animals. Shaming and blaming people for their body size, appearance, or for having a disease belies that compassion.
We celebrate the benefits of a plant-based diet but also acknowledge that even vegans can get sick. Our messages focus on the value of building a more compassionate, diverse, and effective community by challenging disease shaming and body shaming among vegans. We encourage self-care for self and others. We address the reality of compassion fatigue and burnout and encourage activists to sleep, find joy, and avoid stressful online spaces. And, we also offer practical advice on how to express care compassionately, being mindful of advice giving, and how to actually be helpful.
We argue that everyone who is an adult needs a will and offer advice on how to proceed. Animal advocates, especially those who care for companion animals, need a will to ensure the animals in their lives are cared for if the advocate dies.
It may seem strange to claim this, but we see our book as a very positive one. It argues that by engaging with death and dying we become more empowered in our life and our activism.