Monday, January 20, 2014
A call to arms - warning: some images upsetting to animal lovers
THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE - THEATRICAL TRAILER
from THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE on Vimeo.
I have just become aware of the documentary THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE, based on the work, (and the book We Animals,) of Jo-Anne McArthur, exposing our global treatment of animals as commodities rather than living beings.
I am hustling to get book and film into my hands. I know what they contain will break my heart. But if the animals can live it, I can bear witness and do the little I can to help spread awareness that this world's systems need massive injections of compassion, ASAP.
Work like Jo-Anne's, and that of filmmaker Liz Marshall, is a 9-1-1 call for us to wake up to the things we turn away from, don't want to see, and to demand, through the sheer number and power of our united voices, that mistreatment of animals, now sanctioned by government, be criminalized.
I don't think that is an unreasonable goal. What is unreasonable - inhumane and horrifying - is that these gentle creatures endure such living hells by the millions all across the globe, year upon year.
In the film clip, the activist says "I believe people are compassionate", and I believe so, too. The fact that such practices exist is because it is allowed and some people have lost their connection to the web of life, in their pursuit of earning a living. Legislation of humane conditions would benefit not just the animals, but the people who work with them, as well. Their souls would rest more easily.