Cowspiracy & Circles of Compassion: Two New Indiegogo Campaigns Need Your Support!

April 29th, 2014 12:20 pm by Kelly Garbato

Two new Indiegogo campaigns recently caught my eye: Cowspiracy, a feature length documentary which examines the environmental movements’ unwillingness to talk about the v-word; and Circles of Compassion, an anthology of essays “on the connections between human, animal, and environmental well-being.” They both sound pretty rad, and you know what they say about sharing!

First up: Cowspiracy. I don’t usually go out of my way to watch animals rights/welfare documentaries – I can watch a zombie get its head bashed in 102 different ways, but am entirely too sensitive for even the tamest of feedlot footage – but am really looking forward to this one!


COWSPIRACY: The Sustainability Secret

COWSPIRACY: The Sustainability Secret, is a groundbreaking feature length environmental documentary, following an intrepid filmmaker as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.

This shocking yet humorous documentary will be as eye-opening as “Blackfish” and as inspiring as “An Inconvenient Truth”.

We have been working tirelessly on this film for more than a year, and we are almost done!* We have met major challenges virtually every step of the way because of how controversial this subject is and the secrecy surrounding it, yet we have overcome each hurdle.

We have created this film all on our own, with no support from grants, sponsors, funders, or financial backers. We’ve put in countless hours researching, investigating, planning, filming, and editing to get to where we are, and spent tens of thousands of dollars of our own money to produce it, but without your help we can only go so far.

Now we need your help in getting the film and its message to the world.

Join us in this campaign and you will be supporting the absolute most important part of this film: getting it seen by the world.

One of the prizes is a super-adorable t-shirt designed by Ruby Roth, so if anyone would like to spring for a $70 sponsorship for my birthday….well, just saying. Medium unisex, that’s my size.


Circles of Compassion: Connecting Issues of Justice includes contributions from Katrina Fox, Gary Smith, Jasmin Singer, Melanie Joy, Angel Flinn, Dawn Moncrief, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, and Lauren Ornelas, to name just a few.

Too often, we fail to recognize how forms of violence and oppression are connected. If we’re able to see and understand these connections, we can better leverage our collective efforts to bring about positive transformative change. We’ve put together a book of essays from leading activists who work to end different forms of violence to help lead us to that path. The book is called Circles of Compassion: Connecting Issues of Justice. This could be the push that we need to break out of our confining silos, to build bridges between movements, and to make the choices that will lead to a peaceful and just world for all.

Below is the current (but growing) list of contributors and chapter titles.

Foreword by Carol J. Adams

David Cantor – Beyond Humanism, Toward a New Animalism

Angel Flinn – No Innocent Bystanders

Katrina Fox – Why Compassion is Essential to Social Justice

Beatrice Friedlander – A Woman, A Cat, and a Realization

Lori Girshick – Interconnected Injustices and the Struggle for Universal Liberation

Rachel Griffin – Social Responsibility, Reflexivity, and Chasing Rainbows

Robert Grillo – Eating Animals and the Illusion of Personal Choice

Melanie Joy – Carnism: Why Eating Animals is a Social Justice Issue

Lisa Kemmerer – Sustenance, Sincerity, and Social Justice

Rita Laws – Mother Corn, Father Pumpkin, Sister Bean

Keith McHenry – Until Every Belly is Full

Dawn Moncrief – Hunger, Meat, and the Banality of Evil

Anthony Nocella – Building an Animal Advocacy Movement for Racial and Disability Justice

Richard Oppenlander – Our Lifeline Revealed Through the Eye of Justice

Lauren Ornelas – A Hunger for Justice

Colleen Patrick-Goudreau – Veganism: A Path to Nonviolence

Sailesh Rao – Climate Change and Injustice Everywhere

Anteneh Roba – The Inescapable Net of Mutuality

Ruby Roth – Harming Children to Protect Them

Richard Schwartz – Connecting the Dots on Dietary Choices

Kim Sheridan – Looking Behind the Curtain to the Hidden Side of Justice Issues

Jasmin Singer – The Gay Animal: A Personal Exploration of Interconnectedness

Gary Smith – Animal Rights as a Social Justice Issue

Jo Stepaniak – Confronting the Saboteur Within: Advancing a Consciousness of Compassion

Will Tuttle – Our Cultural Crisis and the Vegan Solution

Zoe Weil – The MOGO Principle for a Peaceful, Sustainable, and Humane World

Gifts range from an ebook (or print copy) to a weekend retreat at Will Tuttle’s place. (Hint: I also accept birthday gifts in electronic format.)

Please send some money their way if you’re able – or just spread the word. Every little bit helps!

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