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James Franco: Animals Are Someone, Not Something

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He’s spoken out about captive orcas, he’s pledged to help chimps and now animal lover and actor James Franco is partnering up with Farm Sanctuary to help farm animals.

The Oscar nominated actor appears in a new video for the organization that rescues abused farm animals and gives them a second chance at life.

“It’s amazing to me how easily we can compartmentalize our relationships with animals. It’s easy to draw that distinction between the animals we eat like pigs, cows and lambs and animals that we live with like dogs and cats,” he explains in the video while images of the happy animals at the Farm Sanctuary fill the screen.

He goes on to talk about his own relationship to all animals and how to him, such a distinction does not exist.

“I can’t help but compare farm animals to my cats,” he says of Sammy and Zelda, his beloved felines. “I look into their eyes and realize they’re someone, not just something.”

But cats are not the only animals he’s looking at. Franco also says when a cow comes up to you and gives kisses, it’s just “incredible” and that’s the reason why he supports “Farm Sanctuary’s work to protect farm animals from cruelty and change the way society views and treats these incredible animals.”

He then urges people to check out Farm Sanctuary’s website and work because “at the end of the day, it’s all about compassion and a more compassionate world begins with you.”

We couldn’t have phrased it any better!

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  • Ben

    Is he vegan? Can you please check with his people to see if he now claims to be?

    It would be so backwards if he was still eating animal products while talking about compassion and respect for the individuals that animals are. What a weird and confusing thing that would be for the public to see him speak up against animal abuse while eating them = perpetuating the humane meat movement. So many people think they can get a moral out, by choosing so called humane products such as the cage-free eggs that Farm Sanctuary endorses.

    These videos should encourage people to go vegan, not just bring donations to Farm Sanctuary. The public will go on their merry way and assume they can buy certified humane products while Farm Sanctuary takes care of animal abuse.

  • Diana Leppanen

    I doubt he is vegan since he recently wrote an article praising McDOnalds and how he still likes to have a hamburger there. Disappointing and hypocritical.

  • norakramer

    For those vegans criticizing him for maybe not being vegan, please PLEASE stop. Can you just be appreciative that this well-known celebrity is taking a huge public stand for farmed animals, donating his time to this cause, associating his name and his brand with an issue that is sadly controversial to some, and is clearly an animal lover who is wanting to help? Why on earth would we criticize a celebrity who is putting forth this message of compassion?

    Going vegan is a process for most people and very few do it overnight. Criticizing people and making them feel guilty is not an effective motivator for getting them to take the next step, nor is it coming from the place of compassion that we espouse. Awakening to make the connection that he, as an animal lover, has — that farmed animals are animals worthy of our consideration just like dogs and cats — is a critical step. Let’s appreciate him for being on this path — not criticize him for not being perfect, as none of us were before going vegan, nor for that matter, are any of us perfect even as vegans.

  • zlop

    God gave dominion to the Chosen over the lessers of creation;
    “The difference between a Zewish soul and souls of non-Zews is greater and
    deeper than the difference between a human soul and the souls of cattle”

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