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Nature's Inspiration Movie -- Nature's Inspiration Movie: The photographs in this short video are from award-winning photographer, Ken Jenkins, and they are breathtaking. However, this video is much more than beautiful photographs! Peggy Anderson has compiled beautiful quotations from the likes of Emerson, Thoreau, and many others that truly capture the beauty of nature and solitude. Absolute must watch for nature lovers.

Monday, December 31, 2012

Caution -- Graphic Content

This is supposed to be a gardening-related blog, showing only the beauty and bounty of nature and spirit of lives, with seeds maturing into seedlings and fruit/vegetable bearing plants. However, I have to break away from garden-blogging and write about the movie Earthling because otherwise I was going to hold myself a criminal. How can I enjoy gardening and nature if I ignored the suffering and abuse of animals - mammals and birds - who are an integral part of nature. 

EARTHLINGS is a feature length documentary about humanity’s absolute dependence on animals (for pets, food, clothing, entertainment, and scientific research) but also illustrates our complete disrespect for these so-called “non-human providers. The movie shows how animals have their tails, claws, beaks cut-off without any anesthesia or pain-killers; castration are done, again, without any anesthesia or pain-killers; farm and animals clubbed to death; animals tortured for scientific experiments. But, the most horrible was animals skinned alive (yes, alive without any anesthesia or pain-killer) for their furs - oh the expression in the eyes of those animals!!  - dear God, how can we be so cruel and horrible??????

Leo Tolstoy wrote that there will be battlefields as long as there are slaughterhouses. Why battlefields? There will be rapists, murderers, serial-killers, psychopaths as long as there are these industrial-styles, for-profit slaughterhouses who have no regard for animals, human-health, environment or nature; the behavior of the workers of the slaughterhouses, caught in camera, with their cursing and swearing and abusing of animals prove that. 

Please watch the following movie no matter how much sick you might feel to your stomach. As an human-animal, we need to learn and watch how we treat our other fellow animals, and then make conscious decision and choice. No one is telling us  to become vegan or vegetarian, but at least we can and should make all the effort to buy only those animal meat and products where the animals did not suffer and did not die horrible deaths. If one is true to her/his conscience, believes that s/he is just an inhabitant of this universe -- sharing all the goodies and bounties and comforts that the universe provides to her/him, believes in climate, environment, nature and universe, then this is a must watch film. We can never make the earth get rid off all her problems unless we learn to respect nature and animals. The whole movie can be watched here:

In case anything thinks that Earthling is a movie full of lies and made by some vegans, then here was this recent news article (with videos and pictures to prove the truth) about "Nine arrested for animal cruelty at Wyoming pig farm where workers were caught on video brutally punching sows and flipping piglets in the air":

So, I hope 2013 bring changes which will prevent animal abuse, raise awareness among us about such animal abuse and instill among us love and respect for animals. May 2013 bring improvement of conditions in the lives of farm-animals, ban on animal-furs and stop on cruel scientific experiments on them. 

I don't know what type of butterfly this was, but I found her/him in our greenhouse in July. S/he was taking shelter there from the heavy rainfall outside.


  1. I think gardeners, if they don't have a respect for animals and nature before they begin gardening, acquire that. Just to see the butterflies in the garden leaves one with awe. I can't imagine anyone farming and not having respect and love for the animals they raise. It is hard to believe that this type of abuse still exists. I hope that the companies that make the end products from these abuses will be exposed so that they will change their ways. There is just no excuse for this.

  2. I just can't watch movies where animals suffer, even if it's a documentary. I hate the fur industry. It's so pointless and vain. I buy make up that is animal cruelty free and buy humanely raised meat, even if I have to pay more.

  3. Never expected this from any western European country:

  4. I'm so glad we are vegetarian. I wish the wholw world could change their consciousness about the plight of animals and respect their right to life.
    Best wishes to you and yours for the new year.

  5. KL, thanks for raising awareness about animal abuse with this post! I think, it is so important that each of us asks ourselves what we can do to stop it. To take some time and reflect about it in the beginning of the New Year is time well spent! Of course, actions need to follow!

  6. Hi HolleyGarden: you are absolutely right. I hope those who garden really learn to appreciate lives. But, you might be surprised to know that I know someone who has been growing fruits/vegetables for the last 30 years and extremely conscious about climate/environment; but, she kills any animals that tries to eat from her garden, sometimes kill them by submerging them in water :-(.

    Hi CasaMaripos: I took lots of time watching this documentary. I forced myself to open my eyes. I was not aware of all these.

    Hi Bridget: You should be. We have also become vegetarian after watching all these!!

    Hi Christina: You are so correct. Thank You for the compliment. I hope to do something.