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Top 10 DOCUMENTARIES To Make You RETHINK MEAT

Here are ten documentaries that will make you rethink your food choices. For those worried about the state of the planet, "Cowspiracy" may have you second-guessing the meat on your plate. If you’re a fitness or gym enthusiast, "The Game Changers" just might make you reconsider where you get your protein from. “Forks Over Knives” advocates that a low-fat, whole-food, vegan diet may help avoid or reverse chronic diseases. “Dominion” will have you questioning why you consider some animals as pets and others as dinner. "Invisible Vegan" shows how veganism isn’t just about food, but that it’s also an intersectional issue. Watch the video to learn more about these documentaries that will make you rethink eating meat.
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FINLAND Has Lost Its Taste for RED MEAT

Taiwan has banned intentional bycatch fishing of endangered sharks. Camp Lumba Lumba in Indonesia is now the world’s first permanent rehabilitation center for captive dolphins. Simon Cowell was recently reunited with a dog he helped rescue from a dog meat farm. Martha Stewart gives Snoop Dogg advice on growing his own plant-based food. Finns are ditching red meat, along with pork and dairy. Greta Thunberg wins an esteemed prize and announced that she would donate her prize money to climate charities. KFC is developing lab-grown chicken nuggets in Russia from animal cells. Dairy-free, vegan Mars oat milk chocolate milkshakes are now available at Asda.
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Can Your DIET Help You LIVE TO 100? (And What Are BLUE ZONES?)

Could a plant-based diet help you grow old in good health? Around the world, there are communities where people live long lives without high rates of chronic illnesses typical of the west. Many of these people exercise frequently, maintain close social bonds, and eat a predominantly whole food, plant-based diet. In Okinawa, Japan, for example, women live longer than any other women on the planet. For every 100,000 inhabitants, the string of islands has 65 centenarians, which has earned it the nickname “the land of immortals.” Only two percent of the Okinawan diet is made up of meat. There is a similar relation between plant-based foods and longevity across Dan Buettner's Blue Zones, as well as other regions shrouded in legend. Let's take a closer look at plant-based diets and longevity.
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OPRAH Invests In VEGAN COMPANY

This week’s news: Oprah, Natalie Portman, and former CEO of Starbucks invests in vegan oat milk company Oatly. KFC is testing out plant-based fried chicken in Southern California. Colin Kaepernick teams up with Impossible Foods to feed those experiencing food insecurity during the coronavirus pandemic.Hugh Laurie says how we treat animals will be condemned in 100 years. A new vegan documentary, “They’re Trying to Kill Us,” examines food insecurity in Black communities, as “told through the lens of Hip Hop and urban culture.” A Cambodian tourist town has banned the sale of dog meat. Uniqlo has banned alpaca wool from all of its 2,200 stores. And in South Korea, people are eating less meat.
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7 Things SHARK WEEK Gets Right And Terribly WRONG

Here are 7 things Shark Week gets right and wrong about sharks. Shark Week is an iconic series that has been running on the Discovery Channel for over 30 years. Originally meant as an educational platform, shark experts have openly criticized the series for becoming too sensationalized. Great White Sharks thrash in the waters, camera crews entice them to approach with bait, and a large focus of the series is on shark attacks - an event that is actually pretty uncommon. On the other hand, Shark Week has put sharks in the spotlight, has amplified the need for shark conservation, and has inspired generations of viewers. Let's take a deeper dive into what Shark Week gets right and wrong about sharks.
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ZAC EFRON Tackles The CLIMATE CRISIS

This week's news: Zac Efron tackles the climate crisis in the new Netflix series "Down to Earth." A new environmental documentary “Endgame 2050” reveals how the world will look in three decades if humans don’t change their behavior. New Jersey just became the first state to make climate change education mandatory in school. Denmark passed an ambitious law that makes it illegal to not act on climate change. Sydney, Australia is now powered by 100 percent renewable energy. Doctors in India are urging Prime Minister Narendra Modi to recommend a vegan diet amid the coronavirus pandemic. This doctor has saved over a thousand dogs. Roger Federer launched a new, tennis-inspired sneaker with the brand On —and it’s vegan. Los Angeles-based Support + Feed launched a summer campaign to support hungry families.
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PALM OIL is DEVASTATING the RAINFOREST

Why is this plant-based oil devastating the rainforest? You may not know it, but many products you encounter every day can contain palm oil. Packaged snacks like chips and cookies contain palm oil, and household products like lipstick and toothpaste do, too. There is an increased demand on this cheap and versatile oil, and companies cut corners on sustainability to make a profit. There are environmental impacts related to palm oil due to deforestation, as land is cleared for palm plantations. There are also impacts on wildlife - the Bornean orangutan, Sumatran tigers, rhinos, and elephants are some of the species at risk. There are impacts on indigenous communities and activists who try to protect the land. How can we move forward from palm oil? Several countries have implemented bans, though experts warn that another land-intensive oil will simply take its place. Dr. Jane Goodall supports the sustainable production of palm oil, but it has to be done right. Governing bodies such as the RSPO provide sustainability regulations for palm oil production. There are also lab-grown palm oil alternatives that may soon take palm oil's place. What are your thoughts on palm oil?
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JOE ROGAN to JON STEWART: FACTORY FARMING is the WORST

This week: Joe Rogan and Jon Stewart examine factory farming on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast. Vinnie Jones sported an oat milk mustache as part of a new vegan milk ad. Pope Francis and the Vatican are encouraging Catholics to divest from fossil fuels. KFC restaurants in Hong Kong just got a vegan makeover. Starbucks Singapore launched a vegetarian Rendang Pie, made with Impossible Foods’ vegan meat. Six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton will race in an all-black car in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. An antenna on the International Space Station is transmitting data that could help protect wild animals. Sephora has banned all fur eyelashes, including mink, in favor of cruelty-free alternatives. Colorado has just become the sixth in the nation to ban cage confinement for egg-laying hens.
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7 WAYS To Help SAVE THE BEES

As summer is in full swing, you may have noticed an increased number of bees around. While bees are crucial for pollination, including the pollination of the crops that we eat, the mighty insects are under threat. Colony Collapse Disorder has become more common. The rampant use of pesticides, fungicides, and herbicides, particularly neonicotinoids, are thought to cause this disorder. Climate change is changing flowering patterns, greatly affecting bee populations. Animal agriculture is a large driver for global warming, affecting bee populations by shifting flowering seasons.
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$100 MILLION For VEGAN Food?!

This week's news: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces a $100 million investment in plant-based protein. Lizzo confirms she is vegan on TikTok while cooking a vegan omelette made from JUST egg. Paul McCartney and his daughters, fashion designer Stella McCartney and photographer Mary McCartney, have signed a draft letter to encourage vegan food at UK schools. Doctors are also urging the US government to ditch dairy. In the U.S., Starbucks launches Impossible vegan sausage sandwiches. In the UK, Papa John's is rumored to be launching spicy vegan pizzas. Colombia’s capital, Bogota, is moving towards a ban on bullfighting. Dutch fur farms that shut down due to the coronavirus outbreak will not reopen, parliament has ruled. Amazon has announced a new $2 billion Climate Pledge Fund. Four major meat producers—Tyson Foods Inc., Cargill Inc., JBS SA, and National Beef Inc.—have been subpoenaed by the U.S Department of Justice on allegations of antitrust violations. Scientists just named a new spider species after teenage environmentalist Greta Thunberg. The youth activist inspires kids to recycle.
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DOCTOR Answers GOOGLE QUESTIONS About A VEGAN DIET

Do vegans get enough protein? Is plant-based meat healthier than animal meat? Does a plant-based diet provide adequate nutrients - omega 3s, choline, and iron? Dr. Joel Kahn is here today to answer commonly googled questions about a vegan diet. Dr. Joel Kahn is a Professor of Cardiology, Summa cum Laude grad, Kahn Center for Longevity and GreenSpace & Go, author, “The Plant Based Solution.” www.drjoelkahn.com @drjkahn.
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The 2nd VEGAN MEAT Company to IPO!

This week's news: The Very Good Butchers are the second plant-based meat company to hit the stock market. Beyond Meat is bringing $1.60 vegan burgers to retailers nationwide just in time for cookout season. After developing a thriving plant-based meat brand, the founders of The Vegetarian Butcher are now working on a new business venture: vegan cheese. Scotland has banned the fishing industry from shooting seals. A number of major fashion brands⁠—including H&M Group, Gap Inc, and Esprit —have cut ties with a major alpaca wool producer. Norseland—the dairy giant behind the Applewood Cheese brand—is set to launch a vegan Holiday cheeseboard featuring four flavors. In a new ad for Beyond Meat, Snoop Dogg explained how he first got his family to try the company’s vegan burgers. The American Cancer Society unveiled new guidelines that promote ditching processed meat, and eating more whole, plant-based food. The LIVEKINDLY co. has acquired Swedish plant-based meat company Oumph! The animal rights community is mourning the loss of a beloved activist Regan Russell.
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TOP 10 VEGAN MILKS Better Than DAIRY

The global vegan milk market is expected to surpass $34 billion dollars. There are plenty of plant-based milk options available that are better than cow's milk. Where dairy is harmful to the environment, many types of vegan milk are more eco-friendly. Between almond milk, oat milk, coconut milk, even hemp, hazelnut, and pecan - which vegan milk is the best for the planet? Watch the video to find out more!
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WATCH LIZZO Turn Her TIKTOK VEGAN

This week: The president of a labor union says the life of slaughterhouse workers is more valuable than ham sandwiches. A new study reveals a link between climate change and cancer risk. Studies show consuming saturated fat, which is found in a number of animal products like butter, meat, and cheese, is linked to an increased risk of heart disease.
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YOUR LIFE Or HAM Sandwiches?

This week: The president of a labor union says the life of slaughterhouse workers is more valuable than ham sandwiches. A new study reveals a link between climate change and cancer risk. Studies show consuming saturated fat, which is found in a number of animal products like butter, meat, and cheese, is linked to an increased risk of heart disease.
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Support These 13 BLACK VEGAN RESTAURANTS

From the Atlanta-based burger joint Slutty Vegan to Minneapolis’ Trio Plant-Based, there are many Black-owned, vegan restaurants in the U.S. that you can support right now. Boasting mouthwatering menu options like BBQ jackfruit nachos, chic’n and waffles, sweet and spicy cauliflower, and mushroom swiss burgers—you’re definitely going to want to try these delicious vegan eats.
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Vegan Celebs + Allies: BLACK LIVES MATTER

This week's news: Black lives matter. In 2020, this should go without saying. Vegan celebrities and allies are showing their support for the Black Lives Matter movement, and in seeking justice against police brutality.
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Is MEAT POISONING Our Water?

Freshwater makes up a small fraction of the earth’s water. The UN estimates that by 2025, two-thirds of the global population will live in areas affected by water scarcity. Another issue is that it disproportionately affects People of Color, and the situation is expected to get even worse. Only 0.007% of water is available to a population of 6.8 billion people.
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NFL Referee SAVES Animals From CRUELTY

This week's news: NFL referee John Hussey created a platform that connects animal rescue campaigns with funders. Barcelona-based food tech start-up CUBIQ Foods has secured €5 million in funding for its vegan SMART FAT. The European Commission is also looking to promote sustainability through plant-based and alternative proteins. Hong Kong-based company Green Monday is making vegan spam and pork shoulder under its Omnipork brand. A U.K. lamb farmer-turned-vegan-activist is working to end livestock farming. In Ghana, more than 500 cases of coronavirus have been traced to a tuna cannery. Nurses in Delaware called for slaughterhouses to close amid the coronavirus pandemic. Wuhan has officially banned the sale and consumption of bats and other wild animals. Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara are reportedly expecting their first child together. The vegan couple has also backed Beyond Meat's Feed A Million+ campaign. Leonardo DiCaprio is working to protect Virunga National Park’s endangered mountain gorillas. Animal lovers are paying tribute to Natasha Brenner, a fixture in the New York animal rights movement who died this week at age 98.
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Is DOG MEAT DONE for Good?

Across Asia, an estimated 30 million dogs are slaughtered each year as meat and sold for human consumption, but attitudes are starting to change. Though China hosts the controversial Yulin Dog Meat Festival every June, 64% of the Chinese population wants the festival to end. Over half of China's population want to see dog meat banned altogether. In April 2020, Shenzhen became the first Chinese city to ban the consumption of dog and cat meat. Zhuhai quickly followed suit. Experts are calling it a 'watershed moment' and are hopeful that this will lead to a domino effect across the country.
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DUNKIN’ VEGAN DONUTS

This week: Dunkin' announces it is developing a vegan donut. The alternative protein market has attracted large investments in 2020. Former hedge fund manager and host of CNBC's "Mad Money," Jim Cramer says investors shouldn’t ignore the plant-based meat market. English actor Stephen Fry is encouraging people to go plant-based for the environment. More than 200 prominent public figures⁠ and celebrities including Penélope Cruz, ⁠Adam Driver, Robert De Niro, and Cate Blanchett also called for environmental action. Snoop Dogg says eating plant-based is good for your health, too. Due to a milk surplus caused by dropped demand during the coronavirus pandemic, farmers are sending milking cows to the slaughterhouse earlier than usual. Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin is calling for meat companies to be more transparent during the pandemic. Ikea just released the blueprints for its sustainable, Garden Sphere for free. Australian underwater tourism company Passions of Paradise is regrowing the Great Barrier Reef amid the pandemic. A vegan restaurant in Amsterdam is experimenting with greenhouse dining to respect social distancing measures. Margate, a seaside town on England’s southeast coast, is getting a vegan hotel fit with a restaurant and a rooftop terrace.
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Why HISTORY’s Greatest Minds Didn’t EAT MEAT

Plant-based diets have been around for ages - literally. In ancient Greece, philosophers questioned the morality of eating meat. In the age of enlightenment, Leonardo Da Vinci introduced the concept of speciesism - the false assumption that humans are superior to animals. Famed inventor Benjamin Franklin gave up meat in his youth, while others like Einstein, Edison, and Newton gave it up later in life. Nikola Tesla spoke out against animal cruelty and rarely ate meat. Social justice reformers also abstained from eating meat. Rosa Parks and Mohandas Gandhi were vegetarians. Susan B. Anthony supported the animal rights movement and the first American Vegetarian Society.
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NICK CANNON Opens VEGAN SOUL FOOD Restaurant

This week on LIVEKINDLY News - Actor and comedian Nick Cannon just opened a vegan soul food restaurant in Los Angeles. With 18 million humans hunkered down in India’s largest city, more than 100,000 flamingos flocked to Mumbai. Tyson Foods—one of the world’s largest meat companies—has revealed pork production in the U.S. had dropped a staggering 50 percent due to the outbreak. Comedian Ricky Gervais says “eating things you [censored] shouldn’t” causes pandemics like the coronavirus outbreak. Florida Senator Marco Rubio says the nation will have to go “a little vegan" during the pandemic. Instead of working in slaughterhouses, former workers could train to make vegan meat through a new program launched by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Pakistan has hired out-of-work laborers to plant billions of trees. A new report from the University of Michigan and Tulane University revealed replacing 50% of animal products in the U.S. diet with plant-based foods can significantly reduce emissions. Detroit resident James Vreeland has built a tiny restaurant for squirrels while on coronavirus lockdown.
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17 Celebrities Call to SHUT DOWN Wild ANIMAL MARKETS

The wild animal trade and live animal markets have been linked to the COVID-19 pandemic. Most wet markets in Asia sell fruit, vegetables, herbs, spices, and fresh meat, but the Huanan Seafood Market in Wuhan had a separate section for live and slaughtered wild animals. When diseases jump from humans to animals, they are called zoonotic diseases. The novel coronavirus is believed to be zoonotic, emerging from bats or trafficked pangolins. Celebrities, politicians, and influencers are calling for an end to wild animal markets. Dr. Jane Goodall believes our disregard for nature has led to this pandemic. Ricky Gervais says wild animal markets need to end now, before another deadly pathogen transfers to humans. Sir Paul McCartney wants to see action taken to close these markets for good. Other notable celebrities such as Queen guitarist Brian May, 'Friends' star Courteney Cox, Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara, and Leonardo DiCaprio are urging governments to end wildlife markets. Here are 17 celebrities calling to end live animal markets.
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ICELAND Killed Its ‘LAST’ Whale?

This week on LIVEKINDLY News: Icelandic whaling company IP-Utgerd has announced it is ending whaling for good. Austria closed its last-remaining coal-fired power plant in favor of green energy. Dublin’s Trinity College is urging Ireland to ditch meat to reduce global greenhouse emissions. Meat plant workers are pushing back at Trump's executive order to keep slaughterhouses open. Fast-food restaurant chain Wendy’s is facing major beef shortages due to the novel coronavirus outbreak. Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara are speaking out about the factory farming industry, noting that it is much worse than wild animal markets. Joaquin Phoenix spent a weekend grilling vegan barbecue from Crossroads Kitchen. Olivia Colman recently helped to deliver vegan meals to London’s most vulnerable communities. McDonald’s CEO Chris Kempczinski revealed the chain is getting ready to launch vegan options in the US. A vegan hotel is set to open this summer in Mykonos, Greece.
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How COVID 19 Is Killing BIG MEAT

This week's LIVEKINDLY news: James Cameron's new documentary was just release about the world’s only all-female anti-poaching rangers unit. Pamplona, Spain, has cancelled its annual “Running of the Bulls” event due to the coronavirus pandemic. Courteney Cox and Leonardo DiCaprio speak out against the illegal wildlife trade. The coronavirus has forced six meat giants to close processing plants across the US. The dairy board calls upon the government as milk supply exceeds demand by at least 10% in the U.S. Sir David Attenborough is teaching quarantined kids about geography and animals for the BBC. KFC China launched vegan chicken nuggets—made by major U.S. meat producer, Cargill. Starbucks China adds Beyond Meat items to its menu. Luxury parka brand Canada Goose is finally ditching virgin fur.
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FEMALE WARRIORS Fight POACHING In New JAMES CAMERON Movie

This week's LIVEKINDLY news: James Cameron's new documentary was just release about the world’s only all-female anti-poaching rangers unit. Pamplona, Spain, has cancelled its annual “Running of the Bulls” event due to the coronavirus pandemic. Courteney Cox and Leonardo DiCaprio speak out against the illegal wildlife trade. The coronavirus has forced six meat giants to close processing plants across the US. The dairy board calls upon the government as milk supply exceeds demand by at least 10% in the U.S. Sir David Attenborough is teaching quarantined kids about geography and animals for the BBC. KFC China launched vegan chicken nuggets—made by major U.S. meat producer, Cargill. Starbucks China adds Beyond Meat items to its menu. Luxury parka brand Canada Goose is finally ditching virgin fur.
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How NATURE Is THRIVING During COVID-19

While humans are stuck in quarantine, the planet has benefitted from society slowing down. Turtles are hatching on empty beaches, uninterrupted by beach-goers. Ocean life is swimming through areas that have been overcrowded by noise and boats. Animals have taken to the streets in large numbers across the world. They are even taking over national parks - like the lions found sleeping in the streets at Kruger National Park. Pollution has taken a major dip. Cities across the world have been on lockdown, and the lack of cars on the road has resulted in a drastic decline in air pollution. Some residents in Jalandhar are seeing an unobstructed view of the Himalayas for the first time in their lives. Have you seen an increase in wildlife activity near you? Let us know about it in the comments.
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DOG MEAT Finally BANNED In CHINA?

This week's news: Dog and cat meat have been banned in a second Chinese city - Zhuhai, China. World-renowned primatologist Jane Goodall says ‘disrespect for animals’ caused the coronavirus pandemic. Queen’s lead guitarist, Brian May believes veganism is the “way forward” from the coronavirus pandemic. Smithfield Food Inc. is closing its Sioux Falls-based pork plant indefinitely as hundreds of slaughterhouse workers test positive for coronavirus. Snoop Dogg is helping Beyond Meat donate vegan burgers to hospital workers on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic. Activists have launched a legal challenge against the Scottish government for inhumane calf exports. The government of Abu Dhabi is investing $100 million in indoor farming. A new study finds 75 percent of people who consider going vegetarian do so for their health. Filmmaker Kevin Smith is officially opening a real-life version of the fictional fast-food joint, Mooby’s.
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How Many EARTHS Sustain YOUR Lifestyle?

If everyone around the world lived the same lifestyle, how many Earths would it take to sustain us? In honor of Earth Month, we dive into this question and all aspects of our everyday consumption. Is it actually better to drive an electric car? Is taking transit a greener commute? What role does diet play in terms of environmental impact? What about plastic and fast fashion? Watch our latest video to find out more.
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DOCTORS Fight to SHUT DOWN Animal Markets

This week's vegan news: Dr. Fauci demands a closure to wet markets. A team of 225 doctors have submitted a petition to end wild animal markets in the United States. Restaurants can now deliver 5lb bricks of vegan impossible burger to customers. Over 70,000 sea turtles have nested on beaches emptied by COVID-19. A UK-based coffee and donut brand delivers vegan donuts the size of your face. A new report reveals New Zealand's need to lean into "green protein." Dogs are not classified as livestock in China. DC has banned the sale of ivory in an effort to spare elephants and rhinoceroses. Paul McCartney regularly checks in on Lisa Simpson to make sure she is still vegetarian. There are new rumors of Kerry Foods making plant-based ham.
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‘TIGER KING’ = BLACKFISH For Zoos?

Netflix’s “Tiger King” will be remembered for getting many of us through a few hours of what seems like eternal quarantine. It hits all the points that make for good television: dynamic characters and fascinating plotlines that include murder, mystery, and, of course, tigers. Lots and lots of tigers. But what it offers in daytime-television-worthy cliffhangers, it misses in addressing the issues with animals in captivity. And that may make its most lasting memory turn out to be an abject failure for animals.