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In Germany, rescued cows are finally getting the respect they deserve — and now they’re movie stars, too

Former dairy farmer Jan Gerdes at his sanctuary. Photos provided by Hof Butenland

“As a dairy farmer I was…

Queer editor/producer Sasha Perry chats with ‘Tenderly’ about ‘The Animal People,’ the story of six imprisoned animal rights activists

Photos courtesy of Sasha Perry

Animal People centers around six animal rights activists who were convicted of terrorism and imprisoned for their protests against Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS), Europe’s largest contract animal-testing lab. Greg and Natasha Avery and Heather Nicholson founded the Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC)…

It doesn’t matter if it’s fictitious or not; I’m not down with it

Photo: Mike Lorusso via Unsplash

I’m still undecided about Tiger King.

I can’t stand to watch any kind of animal death or animal abuse, even if it’s fictional or necessary to move the plot along. …

21 Questions

Jasmine C. Leyva’s documentary ‘The Invisible Vegan’ makes important connections — let’s listen to her

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Created and directed by Jasmine C. Leyva, The Invisible Vegan is about the connection between African American culture and veganism — and its erasure. Leyva covers ample ground in an extremely entertaining way, from the true history of soul food, to how food deserts and…

Tereza’s love of animals means more than you might realize

Photo: Orion Pictures/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

The surreal events, of course, were fictional — a moment captured in the 1988 adaptation of Milan Kundera’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being. Binoche played Tereza, the reserved yet gutsy daughter from a rural Czech town, who becomes a photojournalist documenting Prague’s social and political upheaval. Lewis portrayed Tomas, a philandering doctor with…

In recent films ‘Midsommar,’ ‘The Revenant,’ and ‘Annihilation,’ bears play crucial and terrifying roles. What does it mean?

Photo: A24 Films

This piece contains spoilers for Annihilation, Midsommar, and The Revenant.

In three recent films: The Revenant…

The slickest vegan documentary yet is now widely available on Netflix. I’m grateful, and yet…

Photo: The Game Changers

Because he is a man who went vegan at my suggestion, I’m often worried about Gael eating enough. Frequently, I wonder what it would be like him. Someone who looks for the smoothie marked with the highest number of calories like he’s racking up baskets rather than fouls. …

“Ad Astra” is about human hubris — and finding joy back here on earth

Photo: Walt Disney Studios

Numerous spoilers for “Ad Astra” ahead…

When Major McBride loses communication with his colleague, he makes his way back towards him. After passing by ominously shredded padded walls, he finds the man shaking strangely, the front half of his body obscured. A…

Media Consumption

Comfort food (and optional kitchen dancing) inspired by “Mermaids.”

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The fourth installment in “Media Consumption,” a series of essays and recipes that take culinary inspiration from our favorite movies, TV shows, songs, and books.

I was immediately awash with an…


How my empathy for a frog puppet led me to ethical veganism

Sure, there’s puppets, singing, and funny jokes, but The Muppet Movie goes to some dark places; the bad…


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