Shark Documentarian Calls For A Vegan Future
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Emily Court,
September 2018

Skyler Thomas shares the story of how life as a shark documentarian led him to veganism in a video titled 'Why A Shark Advocate Went Vegan'.

Skyler Thomas says it's time to change our 'way of life.' Watch Why a Shark Advocate Went Vegan on YouTube.

Skyler Thomas is an established documentary filmmaker (Photo: Facebook)

Filmmaker and shark advocate Skyler Thomas has taken to YouTube to argue that all animals, water and land, are worthy of compassion.

The animal advocate say it's time to change a 'way of life' that compromises animal populations, and shares the story of how life as a shark documentarian led him to veganism in a video titled 'Why A Shark Advocate Went Vegan' [YouTube].


Having lived most of his life as an omnivore, the first food Thomas removed from his diet was shrimp - after discovering what he calls the 'horror of bycatch' in the industry.

Later, when he witnessed the catch of a single fishing boat, while eating seafood, he was inspired to remove all sealife from his diet.

'Sustainable' fishing

He said: "I simply couldn't get over that the amount of animals I saw being brought in were from a single boat, from a single days catch. Not even a big boat. And there was a long line of boats waiting their turn to unload their catch.

"And this is called sustainable fishing."

To make matters worse, he explained, a grey seal surfaced to take in 'the spectacle' - with fishing line wrapped around his throat.

Land animals

Thomas goes on to share how he came to connect what he'd witnessed in the ocean to the exploitation of land animals.

The documentarian challenges double standards based on culture - including the difference in public conception of shark finning and beef farming.

He also discusses the threat of future extinctions, and human impact on animals, making a case for total animal liberation and vegan living - no matter our current 'way of life'.

Emily Court is a passionate ethical vegan from Eastern Canada. She is a Challenge 22 Mentor, Digital Writer, and experienced animal advocate driven by issues of animal liberation and social justice. She studied at Dalhousie University, where her thesis highlighted intercultural and gender relations. She is an established public speaker, writer, and world traveller with a drive to provide a voice to those who might not otherwise have one.

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