VIDEOS: CollegeHumor’s “Is Meat Murder?” and SNL’s “Veganville”


There’s no denying it, we’re still a long way from a vegetarian or vegan world. But we may already be seeing the start of a paradigm shift away from eating meat. How else could two mainstream comedy outlets, CollegeHumor and Saturday Night Live, each release sketches supporting the ethics of a meatless diet, and receive an overwhelmingly positive response? (warning: some mild language and adult content)

Some may dismiss the significance of such videos, which are admittedly very light-hearted and only barely touch on the true horrors of the meat industry. But personally, I think it represents a huge step forward that mainstream comedians have started laughing with vegetarians and vegans instead of at us.

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Born and raised within the animal rights movement, Wolf Gordon Clifton has always felt strongly connected to other creatures and concerned for their well-being. Beginning in childhood he contributed drawings of animals for publication in Animal People News, and traveled with his parents to attend conferences and visit animal projects all over the world. During high school he began writing for the newspaper and contributing in various additional ways around the Animal People office. His first solo trip overseas, to film a promotional video for the Bali Street Dog Foundation in Indonesia, led him to create the animated film Yudisthira's Dog, retelling the story of an ancient Hindu king famed for his loyalty to a street dog. It also inspired lifelong interests in animation and world religion, which he went on to study for college at Vanderbilt University. Wolf graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and minors in Film Studies and Astronomy. In 2015, he received a Master of Arts in Museology and Graduate Certificate in Astrobiology from the University of Washington. His thesis project, the online exhibit Beyond Human: Animals, Aliens, and Artificial Intelligence, brings together animal rights, astrobiology, and AI research to explore the ethics of humans' relationships with other sentient beings, and can be viewed on the Animal People Forum. His diverse training and life experiences enable him to research and write about a wide variety of animal-related issues, in a global context and across the humanities, arts, and sciences. In his spare time, he does paleontological work for the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, and writes for the community blog Neon Observatory. Click to see author's profile.

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