The Girl Who Loved AnimalsPosted by Stephen Wells, ALDF's Executive Director on December 7, 2013
Recently, I watched The Girl Who Loved Animals, a documentary by the filmmaker Oliver W. Tuthill Jr. of Blue Woods Films. The film follows the story of a Seattle-based teenage girl named Kitty Jones. Kitty is an unusual girl who once dreamed of being a dairy farmer, but instead became a stalwart advocate for animals after learning about the reality of systematic agricultural cruelty. For nearly one year, The Girl Who Loved Animals captures the life of Kitty’s dedication and passion for animal advocacy.
She spends her weekends distributing vegan recipes at local farmer’s markets, participates in peace demonstrations, and during the week volunteers at an animal shelter. “People should raise animals in a kind and loving environment the way they would raise their children,” Kitty says.
The film makes a haunting contrast between Kitty’s infectious and cheerful good-nature and disturbing, heart-breaking footage from undercover investigations that show baby piglets being beaten at a factory farm and supplier for a major U.S. pork producer. ALDF, who has been tackling industrial-scale agricultural producers like Tyson Foods, knows only too well the importance of raising awareness to these important issues and the horrific treatment of animals treated like objects for profit. This heart-warming film, however, is a delightful inspiration for young people who want to follow their dreams and take action for animals! Despite the terribly dark world of animal abuse, we can come together and spread positive messages of hope, and change.
Kitty has been awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award and founded an Animal Rights Club at Shorecrest High School in Seattle. Oliver Tuthill has produced a number of films on native peoples, such as Wounded Heart: Pine Ridge and the Sioux and Questions for Crazy Horse. Oliver is an animal advocate for animals of all species and advocates respect and compassion for all human and nonhuman animals.