Kip Anderson, is an environmentalist at heart, and like many of us, Kip was inspired by Al Gore’s 2006 documentary, An Inconvenient Truth. Kip’s inspiration to make a meaningful impact took action in his effort to reduce his carbon footprint. That is when Kip discovered that the single greatest contributor to water and air pollution, resource depletion, biodiversity loss, and global warming was animal agriculture AND NO WAS TALKING ABOUT IT.
How could such an important fact not be common knowledge? Kip, joined by friend and fellow filmmaker Keegan Kuhn, began to ask why the biggest environmental groups — Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council, Greenpeace, Amazon Watch, Surfrider, and Oceana — were not utilizing their resources and influence to target this critical issue in their campaigns. Their research and revelations can now be seen in the enthralling new documentary, Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret.
This stunning film dives into the range of ecological issues affected by animal agriculture. Kip and Keegan even discuss overpopulation, backyard farming, and the external costs of eating meat, The transitions are seamless, and the story moves fluidly as told by Kip, our earnest and compelling protagonist.
Best of all, Kip and Keegan show no fear. Despite the dangers that come with speaking out (a point driven home in the film when we learn how Big Ag tries to silence activists), these intrepid reporters put themselves on the line to ask the tough questions to which we deserve the answers.
When I found out that animal agriculture was the leading cause of climate change, deforestation, ocean dead-zones, species extinction, and virtually every other form of environmental degradation, I thought that the big environmental groups would have this information on their websites, but after searching I found virtually nothing talking about the benefits of adopting a vegan lifestyle. I tried contacting the organizations for months and got no response, so I teamed up with Keegan and we took cameras into their offices. The responses we got would have been hilarious if it weren’t such a deadly serious issue. I will say, though, that the film does have a good bit of humor in it. – Kip Anderson
I think the important thing to remember is that we are making dietary changes not for us, but for the planet and the animals. Anytime you may feel that it is difficult to be vegan, just think of all the animals and ecosystems that have been killed or destroyed so that people can eat meat, dairy, and eggs. Keep the victims of animal agriculture in your mind and you will never feel like a victim for giving up animal products. – Keegan Kuhn
While the San Francisco and Los Angeles premieres sold out (!), you can attend a screening with the directors at the Animal Rights National Conference in Los Angeles on Friday, July 11 at 9:30pm, or get tickets for a screening near you! The film will also be available on DVD, Netflix, and iTunes in the future. Can’t wait? Watch the trailer now!