sequel of the 2008 film “Meat the Truth” on the impact of livestock
raising on global warming, a new film titled “Sea the Truth” presents
the equally destructive consequences of overfishing. The new
documentary, which premiered last week in a special showing in
Amsterdam, the Netherlands, was commissioned by the Nicolaas G. Pierson
Foundation, the scientific bureau of the Dutch Party for the Animals,
and features the acclaimed Dutch underwater photographer and
conservationist Dos Winkel.
Dos Winkel – Dutch ocean
photographer and conservationist, Shining World Hero Award, Vegetarian
(M): Nobody sees what’s happening underwater, and what’s happening
underwater is the biggest destruction of nature, in general, on Earth. I
tried to make it visible by beautiful images of underwater life. When
people see that, they get the idea, “Okay, it’s that beautiful, we have
to protect it.” And in order to protect it, well, you have to take
severe measures, like stopping eating fish. Stopping all the fisheries
in the world.
VOICE: The film’s debut coincided with the release
of a new United Nations report on biodiversity, which forecasts that
the world’s oceans could be completely depleted in just 40 years if no
action is taken. Karen Soeters –
Director of Nicolaas G. Pierson Foundation, Party for the Animals,
Netherlands, Shining World Hero Award, Vegan (F)
: There’s no
sustainable fishery, and you should stop eating fish, that’s the message
of this documentary, if we want to make sure that in 40 years we still
have fish in our oceans.
VOICE: Through both beautiful and tragic
images, and expert interviews, “Sea the Truth” explores issues such as
fishing practices, contamination, fish product myths, and animal
cruelty. Claudine Everaert – Dutch director and co-producer of Sea the Truth (F):
I was startled a lot by the enormous destruction caused by long line
fishing. It also has a lot of bycatch, that shocked me a lot.
In support of their efforts to address the harms of fish consumption,
Supreme Master Ching Hai contributed €30,000 to Mr. Dos Winkel and his
Sea First Foundation. Dos Winkel (M):
I would very much like to thank Master Ching Hai for the support.
Without your support, it would have been impossible. You covered all the
expenses that we made, so thank you, thank you, thank you. Marianne Thieme – Dutch Parliament Member, Party for the Animals, Shining World Leadership Award, Vegetarian (F):
Because we have so many crises in the world, the food crisis, the
biodiversity crisis, the climate change, people want to know what they
can do to change the world into a better place. A lot of people must
realize that your fork is a very powerful tool to become a compassionate
and sustainable person.
VOICE: To all involved in this important
film, “Sea the Truth,” congratulations on the world premiere. May this
be the start of shared global determination to save the vital oceans and
planet with an animal-free diet.Karen Soeters (F):
People, please be veg, go green, save the planet. Dos Winkel (M):
My name is Dos Winkel, and I have actually just one message: Be veg, go green and save this world.Marianne Thieme (F):
I’m Marianne Thieme, I’m a member of the Dutch Parliament for the Party for the Animals. Be veg, go green, save the planet.
During a May 2009 videoconference in Togo, Supreme Master Ching Hai
called for the protection of Earth’s oceans through the most simple yet
powerful lifestyle change.
Supreme Master Ching Hai: The
marine ecosystem is in big trouble right now from global warming
already. Further fishing will only make matters worse. Also, mercury
poisoning causes problems to aquatic life even before it gets to the
humans. These are things we need to address in trying to save our
planet, not to talk about our health also. Eating fish will definitely
not help this. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzoC9npbuHAhttp://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/2010/05/18/2010-05-18_un_warns_that_global_fish_stock_could_be_depleted_by_2050.html
The ocean is a wonderful recycler that normally
can purify the water and create nutrients and turn carbon dioxide into
oxygen, etc. The ocean is a miracle. But if we ruin the ecosystems, this
will spell disaster for us.
Supreme Master Ching Hai: It’s
better for our body, for our conscience, for our mind, and for the
planet to stay away from fish. We should be vegan.