Can Films Change the World?

Will Argo or Lincolnchange lives? They’ll certainly redistribute more than a little wealth and also spur countless dinner party arguments about historical accuracy. But more than that? Or is that enough for an Oscar? Should films, and particularly celebrated films,...

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Archer’s dodgy claims III … mouse deaths

In what follows, I use “veg*n” to mean vegan or vegetarian where it doesn’t make any difference. Mike Archer claimed in an article just before Christmas 2011 that:” … if you want to minimise animal suffering and promote more sustainable agriculture, adopting a...

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Archer’s dodgy claims II … land use

Mike Archer of the University of NSW took a huge swing at vegetarians in a pre-christmas article on “The Conversation”. It’s a bit difficult to deal with the central theme of the piece without first dealing with the factual errors that form the background. The...

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Archer’s dodgy claims I … health advice

Professor Mike Archer is well known for his advocacy of eating kangaroos. Just before Christmas, Archer penned a singularly provocative article on “The Conversation” called: Ordering the vegetarian meal? There’s more animal blood on your hands”. I’ll discuss the...

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Animals paying a heavy price

If it isn’t on film, then perhaps it didn’t happen. If it isn’t on wikileaks, then perhaps it happened, but wasn’t important enough to cover up. But if it wasn’t caught on a mobile phone camera, then it definitely didn’t happen. This seems to be modern wisdom for a...

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