Sunday, March 10, 2013

Justin Timberlake: "We Found Love in a Meatless Place"

Four domestic ("food") ducks finding love in a meatless place. 
Oh man, gotta love this guy!

Justin Timberlake has always been a phenomenal  talent, but I had no idea about this (From Saturday Night Live last night):

"We found love in a meatless place." 

Ah, it would be so lovely to imagine a world without slaughterhouses, shot guns, steel traps and animal gas chambers, wouldn't it?

And though the above video represents humorous skit, its message is powerful and growing.

When I became vegetarian more than 30 years ago, it was considered a freakish, anti-establishment thing.  There were very few alternatives to meat and if one went to a restaurant, one's choices were limited to salads or side orders of veggies.

But, things are rapidly changing.

From Oprah promoting "Meatless Mondays" to President Bill Clinton extolling the benefits of a vegan diet to a famous heart surgeon (Dr. Oz) promoting the same to now one of the biggest rock stars in the world proclaiming, "If you knew how meat was produced, you wouldn't eat it" on national TV, we have indeed "come a long way, baby."

What is responsible for this awakening of consciousness on the part of so many people -- including famous celebrities and even world figures like Bill Clinton and Bill Gates?

There is no doubt that science, social media, medicine, health and environmental factors have propelled millions to alter their dietary habits.

But, millions of others (like myself) have been compelled to change because of our concerns over animal suffering and beliefs in justice for all.

Unfortunately, mass media, food producers and politicians have been agonizingly slow to catch on to these dramatic and sweeping changes (as they have been agonizingly slow to realize and acknowledge how most decent people feel about the wildlife in their parks). 

That is what in fact, makes the Saturday Night Live skit so significant.

I personally never believed I would see something like that on national TV and on such a popular show.

"We found love in a meatless place." 

Ah, if only......

Thanks, JT for this.

There is still hope for humanity, the world and the geese.

For it will truly be a world of love and justice the day "meat" becomes obsolete in the dictionary. -   PCA


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