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At the Compassion Consortium, we celebrate diversity. We believe every being brings a unique view to the community that we co-create when we gather together. So, each month, we publish an essay which provides a view from our community, a slice of one human's journey of compassionate living. 

April 2024

Miss Liberty:
A Film Whose Time has Come

by Victoria Moran

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Key art from Real Pie Digital; the owners are Kirk and Holly Skodis, both vegans, and Holly is a Main Street Vegan Academy alum

When I met my husband, William, in 1996, I figured that I’d date him, even if he wasn’t a spiritual vegetarian. “You’re 46,” I told myself. “It’s not as if you’re going to get married.” But we did. By then, he’d been vegetarian for just over a year. Vegan took some time, but once he made the change, he was deeply committed.

His veganism led to his taking a series of actions. He took the Main Street Vegan Academy program. He attended the OneSpirit Interfaith Seminary to learn why the world’s religions have largely abandoned most of God’s creatures. After graduation and ordination, he started the Compassion Consortium, an Interfaith community for animal advocates, and he’s gone on to be ordained as an animal chaplain by the Compassion Consortium’s educational division, the Animal Chaplaincy Training Program.


William with a bovine buddy at Farm Sanctuary; Mike Stura of Skylands Sanctuary is at the wheel.

And William also went half-time with his job for a month and traveled to the Finger Lakes district of Upstate New York near Farm Sanctuary. He wanted to write a screenplay about a cow, and he needed to get to know some. Those friendships were forged, as well as one with Farm Sanctuary president and cofounder, Gene Baur.

So, Miss Liberty was written—73 versions to date. It’s a process. And perhaps it’s crazy. Unlike a documentary that can be made for a relatively small amount of capital, a feature film is a major undertaking. But I married a guy who is not afraid of major undertakings.

Here’s the story: A dairy cow escapes from an abbatoire’s holding pen and takes refuge in the yard of a computer tech owed money by the slaughterhouse––leading to legal intrigue, fascinating subplots, and a dazzling surprise ending. It’s William’s story, but I’m a cowriter (and I named the cow and the movie, Miss Liberty).


Gene Baur is an associate producer, and Jay Karandikar (VegGood Films) is an executive producer. Three actors with very recognizable names are interested in parts in the film: we just can’t name them yet, because we need to raise enough money to get them “attached.” This is part of the development phase that will also bring in our director and move things to production, to be led by Scott Carlson, CEO of Scott Carlson Entertainment. (Scott grew up in the entertainment business: his father did the set design for all the classic Norman Lear sit-coms of the 1960s, 70s, and 80s.)

The audience for Miss Liberty is families: kids will love it, but the story is sophisticated and will enthrall adults. But here’s the most important part: our target audience is not people who are interested in cows or animal rights or changing their diet. We’re going for folks who want a good movie to watch as a family. In this way, we get the vegan message out without ever saying “You ought to do this.” It’s packaged in an intriguing story, and everybody loves a good story.

The time has come for a feature film focused on a single dairy cow, mooing for the other 270 million of them––and for a film that draws attention to other problems in animal agriculture, such as worker treatment and safety. The world is ready for a you-get-the-popcorn kind of movie that doesn’t alienate omnivores, but rather awakens every viewer to a wrong they just might want to see set right.

If you’d like to be part of this, we’d love to have you. Here are some actions you might wish to take:

  • Visit the website, When you’re there, please sign up for the mailing list to be informed of progress as we make it, and if you feel moved to make a tax-deductible donation (our non-profit partner, the Compassion Consortium, makes this possible). We have matching funds promised for $100,000 of development money, so every dollar you donate will mean $2 for the film. And we intend to get into the credits the name of everyone who donates.

  • If you’re in New York City, let us know if you’d like to be part of fundraising efforts here, including live events. (Right now we’re looking for an affordable space that can accommodate 150 people for a fundraising party.) And if you’d care to volunteer to help us out in any way, we’ll love you forever.

  • If you have any products or services with a value of $500 or more that could be donated for a ilent auction, we’d be thrilled to pieces.

  • If you’d like to host your own fundraiser for Miss Liberty, that would be amazing.

  • Our only social media to date is X (Twitter). If you’re there, please give us a follow @MissLibertyFilm.

  • We also accept good wishes and bright ideas. Send those to

And yes: embarking on something this enormous may well be crazy. But you know what’s really insane? Raising animals as commodities, tearing apart their families, and taking their young lives. We as pro-animal people respond to this by changing our lifestyles, signing petitions, carrying signs, working for humane legislations, and speaking our truth. Miss Liberty speaks the truth, too, in a way that people can hear. See you at the movies.


Victoria Moran, shown here in 2017 with Gene Baur of Farm Sanctuary, is the author of 13 books with a 14th, Age Like a Yogi, coming in January 2025. She is the cowriter with her husband, William Melton, of Miss Liberty, and she was lead producer for Thomas Jackson’s 2019 documentary, A Prayer for Compassion


Previous Essays: 

The Myth of Normal: We must shatter the myth to restore our health.

The Interfaith Vegan Coalition: Its Values, Goals, and Mission

The Animal Interfaith Alliance

A Short History of Animal Advocacy in the Catholic Church

At the Graves of Craving

Animals and AI


Veganism, Yoga, and Me


Recognizing My Liberator in the Mirror Contextualizing Animal Chaplaincy through the Lens of an Activist for Collective Liberation

Who is Social Justice for? A Call for a De-Anthropocentric Social Justice


Buddhist Narrative Re-Weavings of Animal Liberation


Newsflash! Animal Chaplaincy Has Become a Growing Profession

Loving Animals, Hating Cruelty. Meeting in the Middle?

A Vegan in Kenya


Cod Skin Graft for my Surgical Wound?  I Chose to Say No

The Taboo Topic: Sickness and Vegans by Victoria Moran


Defining interfaith, interspiritual, and interspecies. (And why these words matter.) by Rev. Sarah Bowen

The Stages of Becoming a Compassionate Vegan by guest essayist Angela Crawford, PhD, VLCE

Are Birds Real? Feathered ones get appropriated by humans… again. (sigh) by Rev. Sarah Bowen


Animal Liberation, Atheism and Spirituality by guest essayist Jon Hochschartner

Is it Time for Alternative Animal Blessings by Rev. Sarah Bowen


My Life as an Animal Lawyer by guest essayist Ginny Mikita

Are You a Compassionate Person by Rev. William Melton

The Birth of a Go(o)d Idea by Rev. Carol Saunders

All Means All by Rev. Erika Allison


Vegan Yoga, Ahimsa Bliss by Victoria Moran


Was Jesus Vegetarian? by William Melton 

Why the Compassion Consortium? by Rev. Sarah Bowen

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