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"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."

How would you describe Cowspiracy?

Keegan- COWSPIRACY: The Sustainability Secret, is a feature length environmental documentary following my co-director, Kip Andersen, on a journey as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are failing to address it.   

When is Cowspiracy scheduled to be released?

Keegan- We are almost finished with the film and so we don’t have a set date yet for release, but I can say that we will have some exciting news around Earth Day, April 22nd, 2014. People can keep up to date with the film and this growing movement

What inspired you all to create this documentary?

Kip- I’ve cared about the environment for a long time, but when I learned of all the atrocities caused by the animal agriculture industry to our planet and realized that the environmental groups I had been supporting weren’t mentioning it anywhere, I became incensed . After emailing and calling them for months on end to no avail, we realized the only way to get through was going to be visiting them in person, along with a few cameras!

What was the most difficult experience while filming the documentary?

Keegan- The most difficult part of making this film was finding out how unbelievably destructive large scale animal agriculture truly is to the planet. I felt that I was aware of the issue, but as we did more research I was shocked by what we found. I think every viewer of this film will feel the same way, regardless of how much they think they know.  There were many challenges with making this film, just like any, but we have been dealing with a very unique situation because of who controversial this subject is. We really haven’t been able to talk about the film much until now.

What changes do you hope for with this film?

Keegan- We hope to inspire a radical shift in the conversation around climate change and how we address all environmental issues. For far too long the focus has been misdirected by environmental organizations too afraid to address the real killer industry on this planet. We want to get this tremendously important information out to as many people as possible and put pressure on large environmental organizations to start addressing animal agriculture’s true impact on the planet we all call home.

What ONE thing are you hoping viewers will do after watching?  

Keegan- We hope everyone after watching the film will visit to find out about all the powerful things they can do to help our planet, animals, and people live together sustainably in peace.  

Any other information you would want people to know about Cowspiracy?

Keegan- We have spent over a year working intensely on this film. It is almost complete but we now need a ton of help from the community to get this film out their to the masses. Please visit to find out how you can get involved!

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Uznea and Leila out foraging together, enjoying life.

Photo by Andrea White

Broccoli Almondine



1 bunch of broccoli, cut into spears

3 tablespoons vegan margarine [or vegetable oil]  

2 cloves garlic, minced

3 tablespoons sliced almonds

sprinkle of salt and pepper


  1. Sprinkle broccoli with a little salt and pepper, steam for 5 minutes or until tender.
  2. (If you don’t have a steamer: preheat oven to 350 F. Lay broccoli spears on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper (must have a lip). Add 1/4 cup of warm water to the pan. Sprinkle broccoli with a little salt and pepper. Cover with tin foil, and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until tender.)
  3. In a small saucepan, melt margarine over medium-low heat. Add garlic and almonds, cook until almonds are golden brown.
  4. To serve, lay broccoli in a serving dish and ladle almonds and sauce over the broccoli.

Bay hanging out with volunteer Andrea (who we miss, hope you are enjoying Germany!)

White feathers are a recessive genetic mutation that is rarely seen in wild turkeys. White wild turkeys generally do not make it into adulthood. Being white out in the natural landscape of wild turkeys - the forests and meadows - is dangerous. Predators usually kill them.

Virtually all turkeys raised for slaughter are white. Turkey breeders took the most abnormal coloration for a wild turkey and continually inbred those animals until white became “normal”.


Because people didn’t like the bronze-colored pockmarks left when normal-colored turkey feathers were plucked. Farmers made sure that future turkeys had white feathering to appease picky consumers.

Bay is someone. She has desires and interests outside of any human’s momentary enjoyment of her flesh. She wants to live, express herself, make friends, be jealous, enjoy and engage with her world on her terms. 

If you see Bay as a someone, you’ll start seeing other turkeys as “someones” too, unique individuals who want to live. They are not ours. Bay belongs to herself and we are grateful when she allows us into her turkey world.

Who do you think is having more fun in this video, executive director Kim Sturla or Marigold the piglet? 

Go over and visit Daiya Cheese's Facebook page! They are one of our fantastic sponsors of Music in the Meadow!

It’s always powerful to remember the individual lives saved.

The Assembly in France’s parliament voted to approve the labeling of companion animals as “sentient beings” instead of property. Of course the difference between a dog and a pig is an arbitrary human one but this is still a good first step.

Celebrate your mom or mom figure with Animal Place at our 2nd annual Mother’s Day vegan brunch and tour! Hear powerful stories of sanctuary motherhood and meet the wonderful animals at Animal Place. 

Saturday, May 10at 11:00am - 3:00pm

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Ross says hi.