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.


10 comments:

  1. Thanks Sherry. I cringe at the mistreatment of animals. I try not to judge those who do this and believe they do out of an immense ignorance of our connection to all living creatures. Anyway, I'll try and get the video and book too.

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  2. A century ago, Upton Sinclair set forth the foundations of fundamental change in the food and meat packing industry. It's time, again.

    http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/165365-1

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  3. I cannot watch Sherry. It makes me too sick. I am just coming to grips with all I have to see of human adult treatment of human adults--not even totally succeeding there. And babies? and animals? Everything is just so fragile.

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  4. Sorry, Sherry, I think I will pass.

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  5. i hear you...and i am going to get the book in my hands as well...its hard to face the reality of this...and what it would take to fundamentally change the way we live...

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  6. all have equal rights to live including animals

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  7. Sherry, I cannot believe what we have done as humans. If we cannot treat the helpless with love how can we ever treat anything/anyone with care?

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  8. I agree with you on this issue. The U.S. did pass legislation to stop horse slaughter for 2014. I wish we would totally stop the cruelty. As humans we are supposed to know better and do better. Like you, I cannot be silent about it

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  9. Like you, I believe when people are aware of industrial and commercial practices they make efforts to increase humane treatment.

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  10. I too wish the cruelty would stop. I will be back to watch the clip, when the news is over. My house is not quiet, but I will make the time to be more aware and hope for change! Thank you Sherry for spreading the word-it is a heartfelt one that needs to be heard~

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