The Animal Film Festival (AFF), a program of the Center for Animal Protection and Education (CAPE), based in Grass Valley California, will be awarding a total of $15,000 to winning filmmakers during the 2018 event. Amber and Adam Tarshis, founders of the Tarshis Foundation, are donating the funds to make these awards possible.
$10,000 will be divided among winning films in these categories: Best Feature, Best Short, Best Student and Best Teen. In addition to these prizes, the Tarshis Foundation in partnership with the AFF will also award a total of $5,000 to winning shorts between :30 - :90 seconds long that creatively and convincingly highlight the issues of animal suffering in modern farming, food production, and/or laboratory research, and provide messages that influence people to pursue a more plant-based lifestyle.
Shelley Frost, director of the Animal Film Festival: “Now in our fifth year, the AFF has always chosen Best in Fest films in these categories awarding filmmakers with framed certificates. We are very honored that the Tarshis Foundation is heightening the importance of these winning films with significant cash awards.”
With over 3,000 film festivals around the world, very few have the means to provide cash awards to filmmakers. The Animal Film Festival is a niche fest in that all the films accepted and screened must explore any aspect of animal welfare, animal rights, the human/animal bond or demonstrate ways to improve the lives of animals. Cash awards to winning filmmakers will increase the relevance of the AFF and could inspire more filmmakers to tackle these issues. It will result in increased awareness about animals, their stories and challenges, and bring to light opportunities for people to help.
Each year during the AFF, filmmakers take the stage after their films screen, further educating audiences about what they can do to can help: signing petitions, volunteering at animal shelters, adopting an animal, sponsoring animals, adopting a plant based diet, etc. The AFF also has a streaming channel on ROKU where many award winning features and shorts about animals can be viewed. The AFF goes on tour to cities throughout California and beyond, further enlightening audiences on the joys animals bring, the challenges they face, and the responsibility we all have to protect them from suffering.
The 5th annual Animal Film Festival will take place Saturday, February 17, 2018 at the Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley, CA. Doors open at 9:30 am, and the first film begins at 10:00 am. Films will screen through 10:00pm with three Intermissions throughout the day. Tickets begin at $25 for all day admission; $20 senior/student/military; $10 for Evening Session only. Tickets are available at www.animalfilmfestival.org.
The Center for Animal Protection and Education (CAPE) (www.capeanimals.org) works to save the lives of individual animals and to educate people about ways in which they can alleviate animal suffering. Founded in 1992, CAPE has helped thousands of animals. Those who are older, injured or recovering from an illness are placed into new, loving homes through CAPE's foster and adoption programs. In 2012 CAPE established the CAPE Animal Sanctuary in Grass Valley, California, a permanent home for dozens of animals with special needs and burros removed from their native habitats on public lands by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. In 2016 CAPE co created Muttopia, a shelter in Santa Rosa that serves as a safe place for rescued dogs. CAPE programs teach that all animals have the right to a long, full life, free from pain and suffering. To learn more or donate please visit www.capeanimals.org.
New Grant for Environmental and Wildlife Groups with Vegan Menu Policies
By Patti Nyman, Animal Place
Thanks in large part to Cowspiracy, we’ve learned of the devastating effects of animal agriculture on our planet. We’ve also learned of the reluctance of many nonprofits to be part of the solution. Now, thanks to the Gregory J. Reiter Memorial Fund, Animal Place’s Food for Thought program is offering grants to environmental and wildlife groups that adopt meat-free menu policies for sponsored events.
Through our recent petition to urge animal and environmental groups to take animals off the menu at events, we’ve shown that the public supports this change in food policy. With the help of other advocates, Food for Thought is putting pressure on nonprofits to do their part in recognizing plant-based eating as a viable strategy for reducing our environmental impact and toll on wildlife. The new Food for Thought grant provides an important incentive for groups to walk the talk.
Here’s what some of our grant recipients have to say:
“The first ‘Organizational Value’ of WildCare is that we have care and compassion for all living things. Adopting a veg policy is in perfect alignment with this value.”
- Vaughn Maurice, Executive Director, WildCare (California)
“The North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance provides lifetime care for apes and monkeys, but we recognize the value of all animals. Encouraging the proper treatment of nonhuman primates goes hand-in-hand with respecting all species with whom we share this planet. Our organization is proud to host only vegetarian and vegan events, and we encourage all animal welfare organizations to do the same.”
- Erika Fleury, Program Director, North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance
“Animal Help Now fully endorses the Food for Thought initiative. It's easy for organizations to embrace animal-friendly policies, and more importantly it's the right thing to do.”
- David Crawford, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Animal Help Now (Colorado)
When farmed animals are on the menu at nonprofit functions, it sends a mixed message to members and donors, as the very species and ecosystems these organizations are trying to protect are harmed by the industries behind the food they serve. As leaders in their communities and movements, nonprofits are better positioned than anyone to lead their members toward more ethical and sustainable food choices.
Please take action by signing the petition and by joining the Food for Thought Advocate Network for more information on how to encourage your favorite nonprofit to create a menu policy consistent with their mission.
Patti Nyman is the campaign and volunteer program manager at Animal Place, one of the oldest and largest farmed animal sanctuaries in the U.S. For more information visit www.animalplace.org and www.foodforthoughtcampaign.org
Put your compassion into action and join Animal Place’s Internship Program! Animal Place is one of the oldest and largest farmed animal sanctuaries in the country, and our residential internship program provides an amazing opportunity to live and work at our 600-acre sanctuary in Grass Valley, California. Interns learn all about the operations of a nonprofit sanctuary, the behavior of farmed animals in a non-production setting, and enjoy working alongside like-minded people.
We have two 4-12 week internship programs to choose from:
Animal Care (8-12 weeks, Grass Valley, CA): The animal care internship is a great opportunity to learn how to work with farmed animals in a sanctuary setting. This is a very physically demanding position, and involves working outdoors. The first few weeks are spent learning routine animal care, primarily cleaning and feeding, and over time, interns also work with staff caregivers to assist in daily medical care and proper animal handling. The animal care internship is great for the individual who wants hands-on experience with farmed animals! Apply here: animalplace.org/intern
Animal Advocacy (8-12 weeks, Grass Valley, CA): The animal advocacy internship is perfect for the individual with a drive to create meaningful change for all farmed animals through education. Advocacy interns work primarily with program staff in our education office and help with guided tours, adoptions, events, and developing social media and website content. Apply here: animalplace.org/intern
Brave the Cage (4 weeks, Traveling): Want to put your compassion into action and help chickens? Our Brave the Cage internship is a perfect opportunity to directly impact the lives of hens in the egg industry! By touring with Brave the Cage, you will develop professional experience in vegan outreach, social media, and event coordinating while enhancing your knowledge of farmed animal right issues. Apply here: http://www.bravethecage.org/intern-opportunities.html
On October 10th, 2017, the Los Angeles County Democratic Party moved to pass a resolution titled, “Animal Agriculture and Our Environment," unanimously with no opposition!
The resolution was authored by 24 year old vegan activist Shawnee Badger and had the support of California State Senator Jim Beall and California State Assembly Member’s Matt Dababneh, Laura Friedman and Ash Kalra, as well as well over 100 party leaders and delegates. The resolution says that since the Los Angeles County Democratic Party stands for environmental protection, the party must recognize that adopting a plant-based diet is what is best for environmental protection. The resolution also details the animal agriculture industry's negative effects on our climate and resolves to say the following:
“THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED the Los Angeles County Democratic Party recognizes the advantages of a plant based diet, including its positive environmental impact-- specifically its value in meeting our future food supply needs and its contribution to lowering greenhouse gas emissions and freshwater consumption-- and its proven health benefits in preventing diabetes and heart disease…”
The resolution in it’s full form will be delivered to Governor Jerry Brown, Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Director of Los Angeles Department of Public Health, Karen L. Smith, MD, MPH Director & State Public Health Officer and Karen Ross, Secretary of California Department of Food and Agriculture and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction of California, Tom Torlakson.
This accomplishment is monumental and so important to the environmental protection and animal rights movements. The Los Angeles County Democratic Party is the largest Democratic Party in the United States, representing over 2.2 million Democrats. Across this country, Democrats look to Los Angeles to lead the way in protecting our planet! So not only does the resolution passing mean that the party recognizes the resolution to be true, but it also means that it is a party value!
The full resolution:
Animal Agriculture and Our Environment
WHEREAS The California Democratic Party supports preserving and protecting the environment, reversing the real and imminent threat of climate change, protecting and ensuring the health and wellbeing of all people, and showing compassion to and supporting the humane treatment of animals; and
WHEREAS animal agriculture is the leading cause of species extinction, ocean dead zones, water pollution, habitat destruction, deforestation and is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than is emitted from all transportation, using over half the water in the US, and half the water usage of the average Californian is associated with meat and dairy products as EPA statistics show that animal agriculture consumes over 540 times as much water as fracking and a third of the world’s freshwater is consumed by the animal agriculture industry; and
WHEREAS the world population is growing by 1.10 per cent per year, yielding an additional 83 million people annually--with estimates of a population of 8.6 billion in 2030, 9.8 billion in 2050 and 11.2 billion by 2100; and the detrimental impact that animal agriculture has on our planet will only worsen due to this growing population and growing demand; and even without fossil fuels, we will exceed our CO2 limit solely as a result of animal agriculture;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED the Los Angeles County Democratic Party recognizes the advantages of a plant based diet, including its positive environmental impact-- specifically its value in meeting our future food supply needs and its contribution to lowering greenhouse gas emissions and freshwater consumption-- and its proven health benefits in preventing diabetes and heart disease; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED to promote much needed further education on this issue we shall communicate this resolution to Governor Jerry Brown, Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Director of Los Angeles Department of Public Health, Karen L. Smith, MD, MPH Director & State Public Health Officer and Karen Ross, Secretary of California Department of Food and Agriculture and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction of California, Tom Torlakson.
You have undoubtedly heard about Washington state's recent decision to kill an entire pack of wolves --10% of the entire wolf population in the state -- from Profanity Peak in order to appease a welfare-rancher on public lands whose calves have been killed. But did you know that wolves are not the only animals killed to protect livestock?