Mark Devries, Speciesism: The Movie, and Gerrard Mackinnon, Food Not Bombs Vancouver

February 7, 2014
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Food Not Bombs Vancouver

food not bombsFirst, we feature Gerrard Mackinnon, a volunteer from Food Not Bombs Vancouver (FNB). FNB is a volunteer collective that serves vegan meals in the downtown eastside every Friday.  FNB is the local chapter of an international network of autonomous collectives that challenge the gross misallocation of resources.  FNB is not a soup kitchen; they recover food that has been discarded and share it as a way of protesting war and poverty. They aim to eliminate the division between ‘server’ and ‘served’. Those who eat are also encouraged to cook; those who cook are also encouraged to eat. They aim to promote an ethic of sharing in the context of a society that worships private property and competition.  They have no formal leaders and strive to include everyone in the decision making process.

Speciesism: The Movie

speciesism (2)Our Feature interview is with Mark Devries, director of Speciesism: The Movie.  In this documentary, Mark sets out to investigate what is really going on in modern farms, where animals used for food are hidden away. The documentary takes viewers on a sometimes funny, sometimes frightening adventure, crawling through the bushes that hide these factories, flying in airplanes above toxic “manure lagoons” and coming face to face with their owners. The film features many prominent people in the animal rights movement including Peter Singer, who popularized the word ‘speciesism’. We speak to Mark about his documentary, what he learned about speciesism, and the reasons he felt compelled to make this very important film.

The following is the official trailer:

Animal Voices is teaming up with Drishti Point Yoga radio to premiere this outstanding film on Valentine’s Day 2014 as part of our Cultivating Compassion event. You can find more information about the film screening and other events here.

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