Nirupama Sarma and Gautam Sonti

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Nirupama Sarma, an advocate working across Asia and Africa and filmmaker Gautam Sonti, received a grant to produce a feature-length documentary called “Animal People.” This film is a critical analysis of animal rights within the complex socio-cultural contexts of tradition and modernity, religion and class, consumerism and globalization. You can connect with them on Facebook here. They write:

The film’s overall mission is to center-stage the violence inflicted on animals in the name of food (which accounts for 80% of animal abuse), and thereby catalyze public discourse and collective action to redress this injustice. In doing so, the film advances the idea that animals have the right to lead lives free of violence and exploitation and that this is an inalienable element of the broader domain of social justice. The film also highlights health and environmental benefits of veganism. Meat and dairy consumption are major contributors to climate change, water wastage, pollution and deforestation.