Author Bio: Rebecca Sykes is a recent college graduate who obtained a bachelor degree in communications. She is a writer, who hopes to influence people to change what is on their lifestyle to a vegan one. She is a passionate vegan who educates others on this wonderful lifestyle, whether that be posting articles written by PETA or Mercy For Animals on Facebook or just having a discussion with others on how important a vegan lifestyle is. You can follow her on her vegan Instagram blog @Got_Vegan.
For as long as I could remember, I have loved Disney.
The way Disney could make me forget about the world and to feel magic alongside my favorite characters, especially the animals. Recently I have been analyzing Disney movies and questioning whether or not Disney is sending a vegan message?
I recently saw Moana, a Polynesian princess who wants to save her family’s island and the world due to a demi god stealing the heart of a goddess. This movie was incredible due to the effects, the overall plot, and singing and of course Pua. This adorable pig is Moana’s sidekick and even though this adorable character was not in the whole film, he will forever be your favorite Disney character due to his lovable face and floppy ears. I mention Pua because in the Polynesian culture, pig is a specialty. Maybe Disney wanted to prove to audiences that pigs are friends not food, just as they did with Nemo, “fish are friends not food.”
However, in Moana she does eat pork in front of Pua and quickly realizes what she has eaten. Maybe she is recognizing that she should not eat pork due to her beloved sidekick? In reality, not all people were born vegetarians or vegans.
I can speak for myself because one day I realized why do I love dogs while I eat other animals?
Maybe Moana realized this while eating pork?
Vegans understand being vegan is not all about what we eat but what we wear as well. 101 Dalmatians opens people’s eyes about wearing fur especially putting the perspective of an innocent dog. If dogs are innocent then why aren’t mink or foxes? Reminding people, if you love your dog why are other animals an exception to our benefit? Another great example is Bambi due to this character being lovable and pure, makes people question whether or not hunting is a sport.
One of my favorite Pixar movies is Ratatouille, a lovable rat who is a talented chef in Paris. Most find a rat disgusting creatures and this is mentioned in the movie when Remy, the main character, is taken to a shop that specializes in killing rats. His father shows him this place in hopes Remy will realize humans are out to kill rats. Though Remy is distraught by this, he still has hope he can change humans minds on rats that they are just like humans, wanting a taste for a BRIGHTER future.
According to the OC Register, Disneyland attracted 18.2 million visitors in 2015. People are drawn to this corporation and who could blame them Disney is fantastic. Due to the enormous power of Disney, are they using their influence to have people question their actions? Is Disney sending a vegan message to society?