We've put together a few of our favorite go-to clips that approach veganism from different perspectives. Not a big documentary person or feel like documentaries can be a bit too emotionally hard to watch? These clips are a great introduction for getting informed on the various aspects of veganism.
5 Reasons you SHOULDN'T Go Vegan
After reaching out to her instagram followers about why they won't or feel like they can't go vegan (and receiving over 2,500 comments!), Bonny Rebecca debunks the top 5 reasons people gave for not going vegan including 1. we are designed to eat meat 2. deficiencies 3. my parents won't let me go vegan 4. I like the taste of meat 5. convenience, tradition and social acceptance. Any of these sound familiar? Backing up her reasons with a lot of research and evidence, this is a must watch.
Best Speech You Will Ever Hear
Gary Yourofsky's entire inspirational speech held at Georgia Tech in summer of 2010. Listen to this amazing speaker who will blow away the myths, fill your mind with interesting facts, and help you make ethical choices for a healthy heart and soul. His charismatic and straightforward style is one of a kind - a must-see for anyone who cares about nonhuman animals or wishes to make the world a better place. He covers the three main arguments for going vegan: believing in ethical treatment towards animals; wanting to reduce one's ecological footprint (negative impact on the environment), and wanting to improve health. A must watch.
This Speech is your Wake Up Call
James is a huge advocate for animal rights. This video is a very intriguing and eye-opening approach to teaching us about the ethical treatment animals deserve. In this speech, James talks to us about what we are doing to this planet, ourselves and our fellow Earthlings. He asks us some questions that might make us feel defensive but will also make us question things we've always considered to be 'normal'.
The Secret Reason we Eat Meat
Dr. Melanie Joy
If you ask Melanie Joy why humans eat meat, she has a much different answer than the average person who would probably answer that it tastes good. Dr. Joy, who has been studying the psychology of eating meat and animal products for decades, believes it actually has more to do with our conditioning to believe in the ideology of "carnism" over "veganism." A really interesting and pretty short watch, this video really opens our eyes to how and why we're so conditioned to believe we should eat meat.
Tackling Diabetes with a Bold New Dietary Approach
Dr. Neal Barnard
Currently 100 million Americans are pre-diabetic or diabetic, and one in three kids born after the year 2000 will develop diabetes. Neal Barnard, clinical researcher and founder of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), identifies the causes of this serious issue and advises us how we can fight these statistics.
101 Reasons to Go Vegan
Humane Educator, James Wildman, from the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida presents 101 reasons to go vegan. James explains how lies have become our truth when it comes to the food we eat. If people are told a lie enough, they believe it as the truth and it now becomes a part of the culture. If that culture then passes that misinformation along to the next generation, it now becomes tradition. People have made eating meat and drinking dairy apart of tradition and believe it is natural, however it is anything but.
Toward Rational, Authentic Food Choices
Dr. Melanie Joy
Melanie Joy, Ph.D., Ed.M. is a Harvard-educated psychologist, professor of psychology and sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. In this 19-minute video, Dr. Joy explains why it is impossible to make our food choices freely without awareness. She explains how carnism is the invisible belief system, or ideology, that conditions people to eat certain animals. Why do we eat certain animals and not others? Why is our view on eating Golden Retriever different than eating a pork chop that had once been an animal? See why this video is the top 1% of most-viewed TEDx talks of all time.
Power Foods for the Brain
Dr. Neal Barnard
Dr. Barnard has led numerous research studies investigating the effects of diet on diabetes, body weight, and chronic pain, including a groundbreaking study of dietary interventions in type 2 diabetes, funded by the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Barnard has authored over 70 scientific publications as well as 17 books. As president of the Physicians Committee, Dr. Barnard leads programs advocating for preventive medicine, good nutrition, and higher ethical standards in research.