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Leonardo DiCaprio ignores veganism, again.

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Guest Post by Amanda Sears

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An individual I work with mentioned to me that he saw Leonardo DiCaprio’s new climate change documentary. My fellow coworker expressed grave concern for this matter after seeing the documentary; as we would expect anyone who cares about the planet would.

It is well known by now (whether denied or not does not make it false) that the one thing which would have the largest impact in regards to humans contribution to greenhouse gas emissions is going vegan. So as he recollected his accounts of the documentary back to me, I couldn’t help but notice there was one detail that happened to be left out. Why, going vegan of course.

Being the abolitionist vegan that I am, I am no longer shocked when veganism is left out of interactions, videos, advocacy, equations and all the things that it needs to be front and centre in. That is why I no longer partake in the mainstream animal movement.

So after doing some digging of my own, my suspicions are confirmed. The reason veganism was never mentioned by my non-vegan coworker is because Mr. DiCaprio makes no mention of it in the documentary!  Leo did nothing short of selling out the animals in the most insidious way possible. Meanwhile, he continues living under the false pretence of non-violence as a “vegetarian?” Vegans and animal people still share his work effortlessly because, “every little bit helps.”

The sad part is, my coworker would likely go vegan had it been made a moral imperative in Leo’s “influential,” “celebrity” documentary. But it wasn’t mentioned at all and therefore we can be certain that non-vegans don’t think of it at all.

I wonder when we will wake up to the fact that by not mentioning veganism, people won’t be going vegan, let alone even thinking of it.  Non-vegan mentioning advocacy leads to a non-vegan world. No change from the current, maintaining the status quo.

Please stop supporting this welfare reform. We must be clear that veganism is the only rational response if we believe animals matter morally. Please, go vegan today.

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  • Northern Dancer

    I saw the documentary. I’m vegan. I liked the documentary because it raises awareness on the dire state of Planet Earth. Give thanks to Leo for being an earth warrior. That said, I would have liked to have seen more focus on veganism, and human over population which are the 2 main contributors to global warming. Let’s not forget that Leo produced one of the best documentaries I’ve seen in a long time: COWSPIRACY. I don’t know if you have seen it, but the focus is our diet and how it affects our planet. In fact, it follows one mans journey into the world of veganism, and how he educated himself on it. It’s a modern day “Diet For A New America,” (Robbins), and I would suggest that you watch it. This documentary would not have aired on Netflix if Leo had not coughed up the big bucks to support it. In fact, the main financial supporters of the documentary backed-out because of pressure from animal-based industries.

    • David Wishengrad

      You are most important, not vegan.
      You live a vegan lifestyle. Please don’t lie about who you are and then say good things.
      See yourself first. It matters, because you are truthfully most important because Life is Most Important in Life is true. There is no exception for life; there is no exception for the first self-evident truth.

      • Northern Dancer

        I have no idea what tour talking about. I’ve never met you, you don’t know me, and then you accuse me of not being vegan! Wow. Find better things to do with your life instead of attacking me.

        • David Wishengrad

          You are not vegan. There is no such thing.

          Johnny is not a bad boy. He did a bad thing.
          We are not doctors. We practice medicine.

          The truth that life is most important in life is the most important truth in life.

          That truth, the most important one, says you are most important, not vegan. To call yourself a vegan or anyone else a vegan, is to tell lies. People are not their actions.

          I didn’t attack you. I just told you the truth.
          Did I physically touch you?
          Did I tell you something that harmed your mind?

          If you feel uncomfortable then it is the same thing as when we show someone the horrific nature of their slaughter and then they blame us for making them feel bad. When the truth of the matter is that it is their own conscience making them feel bad.

          That is their own self. You too in this case.

          What are you going to do? Deny the truth that life is most important in life?
          Block me because your mind is telling lies.

          Or pay attention to the truth and follow it.

          Those words I wrote were to help you help the animals.
          I don’t think you want to feel like Schneider after trillions and trillions of animals are slaughtered only to realize later that the truth matters and that you could have done much, much more for them and us, had you followed it.

          That is what this fight is about, for each and every one of us. I didn’t comment to fight you or argue with you. I did it because I have learned this mess needs to get cleaned up RIGHT NOW!

  • Kedar

    I understand your frustration, but vast majority of people are ignorant. There are so many still ignore climate change, forget wanting to make any changes to help. Even if most people cut back on beef consumption, that’s a good thing. World population will be fully vegan one day, but it will take time.

    • David Wishengrad

      “…but vast majority of people are ignorant.”

      Nope. People are not their actions. Please learn who you are before deciding who others are.
      You are most important. If you don’t get that then you don’t know yourself yet.

  • Dylan Wentworth

    Rented it but haven’t watched it yet.
    For those who want to rent it free, Fandango Now has it.. Or at least they did yesterday the film for free rental.
    If it was produced in conjunction with corporate media (Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp owns NatGeo) I would fully expect a filter that removes veganism from the discussion.

    • David Wishengrad

      Yeah, dirty hands in there. Still was a good movie.

  • David Wishengrad

    I understand your frustration.

    It’s about the truth. Life is a truth. That is what this is about. The truth that, “Life is Most Important in Life”.

    Which makes you most important, and us, and the animals! It is true that you are most important.

    You are not a vegan. There is no such thing as being an action because the truth, yes the truth matters, says you are most important. To call yourself a vegan is to lie and contribute to the lies that allows the animals to suffer and die like this. It is the biggest mistake those in legitimate activism make.

    When we lie, in any way shape or form, we do not represent the truth in that moment.
    When we talk about saving lives it is the worst time to lie.

    Get your own ducks in a row first.

    He, and the rest, did a great job on the movie. We really don’t care if anyone calls veganism ‘tom charlie’., just that the actions of violence stop.

    He tried to expose truth to those that clearly do not feel empathy correctly, in the hope that anyone seeing the movie that valued the truth would cut back on the killing.

    • Northern Dancer

      David, go search for the truth instead of posting idiotic comments.

      • David Wishengrad

        #3 cont.
        This is what the truth gives us at this moment in history.
        The question remains, will people choose the truth, look for it, accept it, and love it, of their own free will. It is the only way through this mess.

        The truth itself made you most important to all life, even to yourself, without exception.
        I say that is a very loving thing to do.

        Perhaps you have not yet realized that the truth always hold innocence. The truth doesn’t hurt. The truth is never responsible. It always the hurtful actions that hurt.

        This movie is pretty cool and all. Same for the many others. Please make no mistake about it. There are things that need to happen before we see an end to needless suffering and death. If you don’t see everyone choosing to be on their knees, willfully and joyful crying tears of happiness before their very master: Truth and Life, you will know what needs to happen has not yet happened and the suffering will continue. We cannot get out of this mess without the first to love us.

      • David Wishengrad

        #2 continued
        Those words I wrote were to help you help the animals.
        I don’t think you want to feel like Schneider after trillions and trillions of animals are slaughtered only to realize later that the truth matters and that you could have done much, much more for them, had you chosen to followed the truth in your activism.

        That is what this fight is about, for each and every one of us. I didn’t comment to fight you or argue with you. I did it because I have learned this mess needs to get cleaned up right now!

        I don’t have to know you personally to know you are most important.
        Whether you take a life or save a life, or whatever, you will always be most important as long as you live. You need only think it through to see you are most important in every situation, always. This truth is proved true eternally for life.

        This is why we are equal and also the root truth of any valid cause. There is no other valid cause you can state that is not based on this truth as its very foundation, or is directly standing on this foundation truth (Life is Most Important in Life). Please understand, there is no middle ground that can be logically deduced. The moment, we as life, try to put forth anything that disagrees, we have committed a contradiction/hypocrisy by using life to try disprove that life is most important. in life.

        It’s beyond iron clad. Only the truth is that strong and stable.
        continue on #3

      • David Wishengrad

        #1
        You are not vegan. There is no such thing.

        Johnny is not a bad boy. He did a bad thing.
        We are not doctors. We practice medicine.

        The truth that life is most important in life is the most important truth in life.

        That truth, the most important one, says you are most important, not vegan. To call yourself a vegan or anyone else a vegan, is to tell lies. People are not their actions.

        I didn’t attack you. I just told you the truth.
        Did I physically touch you?
        Did I tell you something that harmed your mind?

        If you feel uncomfortable then it is the same thing as when we show someone the horrific nature of their slaughter and then they blame us for making them feel bad. When the truth of the matter is that it is their own conscience of their own actions making them feel bad.

        That is their own self. You too in this case.

        What are you going to do? Deny the truth that life is most important in life?
        Block me because your mind is telling lies.

        Or pay attention to the truth and follow it.
        continue on #2

  • Yes I agree that veganism could have had a more prominent place in the documentary, but I do not think it renders Leo’s film less effective. His goal is to get people to recognize the dire need for action on climate change. I think he made a conscious decision to appeal to the masses — guessing by how widely the film has been marketed. I’m hopeful that as people become interested in learning more, they will quickly learn that the single greatest personal positive act anyone can take to mitigate climate change is to eat more plants and less meat. In fact, if you follow the links that come with the film (and on the NatGeo website) they explicitly call out the raising and slaughter of animals as one of the worst things one can contribute to.
    It’s fair to raise the vegan flag and call out Leo, but also recognize that he’s generating enormous positive change and inertia toward a compassionate world for all beings.

  • Siraganda

    In his new movie ‘The Revenant’ he eats a Buffalo liver and a living fish (in order to be as original as possible)! This man is just a business man – I’m looking forward to that future day, when he shall play Donald Trump!

  • Sophie

    Is it not best to watch the documentaries that you comment on rather than using someone elses account? I would encourage people to watch the documentary for themselves in order to formulate an opinion based on fact.

    • Exactly what I’ve been thinking. Ecorazzi is presented as journalism and should meet a baseline of reportage, research and firsthand experience. Water cooler talk about an unnamed documentary and then writing based on hearsay is a forum entry, not an article. Watch the documentary! It’s called Before the Flood and was aired on National Geographic channel. (I won’t give you a link to it because you should exercise your sleuth reporter skills to find it.) When you watch it, you will be able to give a sound, vegan thrashing of what could have been a solid 150 seconds where the harm of animal agriculture was exposed with scientific illustration…but ended on a weak encouragement to switch from chewing on cows to chicken.

      2.5 minutes dedicated to agriculture is exactly what I expect of films (but didn’t get) like Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything or Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth. It’s approximately how much screen time Louie Psihoyos gave to animal agriculture in his Discovery Channel doc Racing Extinction, which is forgivable because the documentary about biodiversity loss had a lot stronger indictment of animal agriculture. Gore just showed An Inconvenient Sequel at the Sundance Film Festival, so we’ll see if it has AT LEAST a reducitarian perspective when it comes to meat, hinted at in their infographics. I look forward to your review and criticism, Amanda Sears — IF you watch the movie first.

  • We must remember that each of us are the heroes of the #ClimateVegan movement, and not seek the heroes that will lead us to victory — we fall into the trap of feeling like Achilles has arrived and we can rest while the hero wins the war. Achilles, of course had a fatal flaw, and if you were waiting for Leo to lead the vegan cause, Google “DiCaprio salt Bae” to see him getting his lamb shank seasoned. (Please delete this post as a bad dream if the photo and story ends up being a hoax!)

    Now, lets get back to being the unsung vegan hero the world and the animals need.

  • Potatohead

    I don’t know man, does the documentary literally have to scream “go vegan”? Anyone who can add 1 and 1 will get that our problems are caused by eating cattle. It was supposed to raise climat awareness, it was no cooking show…

  • John Perry

    He also made Cowspiracy and What the Health. I think people get the point.

  • Kael

    I do remember Leo mentioning Animal Agriculture on several short occasions. Though I think his approach is more shock and awe without pushing the solution down people’s throats, rather letting them do their own research.

  • eizhowa

    We must have watched different versions. They very clearly said that vegetables are the best food to eat for the enviroment. Thats a clear an endorsement for a plant based diet as anyone could ever want.

  • liz_b81

    I personally think that Cowspiracy is one of the best documentaries I have seen on awareness about a healthier and sustainable life style. I’d love to see any documentaries that you have created… please share.

  • TSB

    I’m a vegan, but being aggressively vegan and all “vegetarians are posers, burn them!” is going to make people NOT want to join your side. Don’t be the annoying vegan who thinks any non vegan is a terrible person if you want to influence people to become vegan. You are almost making me want to not be vegan with this
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