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Main Street Vegan Podcast: Mark your calendar. A very special episode of Victoria Moran's Main Street Vegan Podcast will air February 22nd when Victoria interviews Wayne Hsuing (wherever your podcasts are available).  Recently released from a jail term for rescuing sick birds from an egg factory and getting them veterinary care, Wayne is a brilliant, thoughtful, courageous, and controversial figure in the animal rights world. Hsiung is a co-founder of The Simple Heart Initiative and previously led the animal rights network Direct Action Everywhere (DxE), which he also co-founded. For more information about Wayne, see Wayne Hsiung - Wikipedia.

 

The Compassion Consortium also is delighted to share some exciting news about the groundbreaking film, They're Trying to Kill Us. In honor of Black History Month, beginning on February 1, you can watch this film for free on the movie's website, They're Trying to Kill Us.

 

The Compassion Consortium featured this film for our 2022 February Compassionate Film Talk event. During that event, the film's producers Keegan Kuhn (Cowspiracy and What the Health) and John Lewis (Badass Vegan) spoke eloquently about how the film could shine a light on little known injustices.

 

The film's focus is to encourage critical thought about justice by highlighting Hip Hop artists and activists who speak about injustice in all its forms. The film addresses food access and food deserts, nutritional, and environmental racism, diet related diseases, racial disparities of disease, government corruption, animal cruelty, climate change and ultimately how the influence of Hip Hop will save the world.

 

 

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Another thing that makes me angry - rodent glue traps!


We live in an apartment building in Manhattan, NYC, and occasionally are visited by a small "field mouse". It is just part of wonderful apartment living in NYC. We simply put out a cruelty-free mouse trap, and when they are enticed into the trap, I take them to Central Park and release them.



Some others (far too many, including our apartment building) use "rodent glue traps". I don't know if you are familiar with these, but they are hideously cruel - so cruel that I don't want to describe them for you in detail.


However, finally, someone in Congress is addressing this cruel practice. Congressman Ted Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) has introduced into Congress the "Glue Trap Prohibition Act" - a bill to place a national ban on the possession and use of glue traps to catch rodents. This Act is endorsed by PETA, the Humane Society Legislative Fund, and the Humane Society of the United States.



Please support Rep Lieu's Congressional initiative.


BTW, our cousins across the ocean in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and New Zealand have recently banned rodent glue traps.


In the meantime, I guess I will just have to continue surreptitiously crushing these glue traps in our building basement before they can be used.


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Victoria Moran and Rev. William Melton are pleased to introduce you to our feature film in development Miss Liberty … A Taste of Freedom, in conjunction with our nonprofit partner the Compassion Consortium. See the Website below for details re: development, story, audience, characters, people behind the project, and what needs to happen now:



Setting the Scene:


A dairy cow escapes from a slaughterhouse in a Midwestern town and takes refuge in the yard of Bob Sanders, a computer tech owed money by the plant. He seizes the cow as collateral and calls his lawyer, Mike Johnson. Because the abattoir has a history of sketchy practices, Mike contacts Patricia Levinson, (aka Cow Patty), his law school classmate who is now a well-known animal rights lawyer in New York, to lead Bob’s defense. Jason Levinson, Patricia’s ex-husband, also an attorney, shows up to represent “the Association” and undermine the case. Patty is dealing both with facing her ex in court and with pressure from the firm where she works. Bob must contend not only with having a cow on his patio, but with his recent divorce and split custody of the two children who become great friends of the bovine refugee.


The Audience:


Miss Liberty is entertainment for families. It’s not a juvenile movie: there are no talking animals and the plot is sufficiently sophisticated to mesmerize adults. It could be––and will be––a date movie, too, but we see the core audience as parents and kids, i.e., the divorced dad who has his children for the weekend and thinks, “We can go to McDonald’s and then to see this movie with a cow in it.” This is not someone who would look for a vegan or animal rights flick, but they’ll see this one.


As you might expect, we are excited to share with you this new film project as it develops … and are we are equally excited about the prospects about Miss Liberty for spreading our message of compassion for all living beings.


We will be holding a fundraising event in March, and if desired you may donate to this film project via the Website.


Rev. William

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