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Sunday, January 15, 2006

WEGMANS CRUELTY SHOWING AT CALVIN COLLEGE, THE NATION'S PREMIER CHRISTIAN COLLEGE

The Eating Well Film Festival

Grand Rapids, Mich., January 12, 2005 - Calvin College's Students for Compassionate Living (SCL) invites the public to take a look inside the factory farming industry with "Eating Well?: The Hidden Costs of Factory-Farmed Food," a mini-film festival held 8 p.m., Friday, January 20 at the Bytwerk Video Theater in Calvin's DeVos Communication Center. The film festival will feature "Wegman's Cruelty," a documentary by Compassionate Consumers of Rochester, N.Y., that exposes the conditions inside an "industry-standard" factory egg operation in upstate New York.

"An important part of our mission here at Calvin is to exercise compassion and good stewardship in our daily decision-making," said Dr. Matt Halteman, faculty liaison for the student group. "SCL was chartered in February, 2005 to support this mission through lectures, films, potlucks and other events that aim to foster a redemptive attitude toward non-human animals."

The event is co-sponsored by Farms Without Harm, a network of Michigan groups and citizens promoting safe sustainable farming; Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy, a local Media Watchdog organization that uses media education as an organizing tool for social change; and Uniting for Justice, a grassroots volunteer organization that promotes protection of the earth and compassion for its sentient beings through education and outreach.

Also showing at the film festival will be "The True Cost of Food," a cartoon short by The Sierra Club Consumption Committee and "The Video the Egg Industry Doesn't Want You to See" by Mercy For Animals in Columbus, Ohio.

Following the screening, there will be a discussion of the issues raised by the films, featuring Nathan Runkle, founder and executive director of Mercy For Animals, Nicole Matthews, founding member of Compassionate Consumers, and Gail Philbin, coordinator of Farms Without Harm. "We want people attending this event to understand the importance of knowing where their food comes from," said Philbin. "Films like these help consumers make informed choices about where to purchase their food."

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