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Birthday: August 16, 1954
Birth Place: Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada
Veg Source: washingtonpost.com/blogs/reliable-source/wp/2013/06/15/national-geographic-125th-gala-james-cameron-goes-vegan-felix-baumgartner-dazzles-the-ladies/

James Francis Cameron is a Canadian film director, film producer, deep-sea explorer, screenwriter. Became vegan in 2012.


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James Cameron is NO VEGAN … nor is he a decent human (IMO) I realize some of you may like his movies and think highly of him. So I’m sorry this will feel like a bucket of ice water thrown on you. But I have to say something when I see several of my caring vegan friends liking a post by Mercy for Animals with a photo of James Cameron with caption “I’m the KING of the World” and headline reading “James Cameron, the director of Titanic and Avatar, just got his school to go vegan -- making it the first vegan school in the nation!”. Just about the only thing this man is KING of is self-promotion. James Cameron tormented his own pet rat, Beany (and several other back-up rats) for sake of his movie "The Abyss". I walked out of the theater in disgust way back when that movie was out in theaters over that scene. I wrote him a letter explaining why I thought all living things deserve to live their lives without fear of pain and suffering by the hands of humans and what he did was abuse. I then got a three page diatribe written by him (not a publicist) and signed by him (though I can’t find that letter after all these years) … with a bunch of rationalizations, mocking my comments, and challenging me by saying how people kill and eat animals for food and what he did wasn’t bad at all. He went so far as to say the rat was his pet and he was free to do with it as he wished and justifying his actions by saying the rate was still living (never mind the other rats were not his pets) … but logic doesn’t work when you are aiming to say and do whatever to justify. I turned that letter to AHA and other organizations and outed him for the monster he is. He got in serious hot water over this and was forced to remove the scene involving the simulated drowning of the rat before the movie was distributed in England. He may have now become a “plant-based” person due to his concerns for the environment (which he has recently clearly stated), but don’t mistake him for a vegan (an ethical vegan who cares about non-human animals). In fact, I have no doubt this man is such a narcissist, he is only interested in one human animal, and that’s himself. To see how arrogant this man was (is) and how callous he is with regards to animals, just check out his own words in below link (go to 6:58) … notice how he mockingly puts down ASPCA as a bunch of quacks who don’t even believe in scientists (e.g., animal research). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUYDj2Ge28o -------------------------------------------------- Additional info: Some of what James Cameron has said over the years in interviews and many other posts make it pretty clear where he stands with regards to animals. Here’s just one example referring to the Abyss: “The 'oxygenated fluorcarbon emulsion' featured in the film is the real deal. It was developed from experiments in the late 60's, though after some dubious results with a saline solution on a human subject, it was banned from being tested on people. However, the more modern fluorcarbon version has been successfully used on animals. The scene where the rat, Beany (although there were several rats used), is submerged in a small tub of the stuff is genuine, though in the equivalent scene with Ed Harris, he is just holding his breath. There is also a medical version being developed by a pharmaceutical company as a respiratory therapy.” A few more: imaginarycinema.com/abyss.html The famous scene where Beanie the rat breathes in liquid was filmed for real and caused some controversy, especially in the U.K. Censors there removed virtually all shots of the rat as they claimed it encouraged animal cruelty, even though it survived the liquid breathing process in real life. However, it died of natural causes shortly before the release. As Todd Graff amusingly recalls on the Under Pressure documentary on the DVD, no one would believe him that the rat's death was unrelated to the liquid breathing. www.nytimes.com/.../film-the-abyss-a-foray-into... Such a fluid actually exists. It was tested once on a scientist - who nearly died -and over the last 20 years has been tested on numerous animals, which survived. In one of the movie's most uncomfortable scenes, a white rat is really locked in a box of the liquid fluorocarbon. www.movie-censorship.com/report.php?ID=465781 For the British version, the scene in which a rat is being put in breathing liquid was removed. This scene wasn't done with a trick, the rat really breathed the liquid. This was done in contrast to the scene with Ed Harris, because there this was done using a trick. Despite director James Cameron's statement that the rat wasn't hurt during the scene it was cut in the UK. Even The American Humane Association (AHA) and it’s often comical seal of “No Animals Were Harmed” which often award the seal to movies where animals clearly were not treated right, rated James Cameron's film "The Abyss" as "unacceptable" because of the scene with the rat. Do people change? Maybe. But not to this extent I don’t think. I could never respect someone who intentionally abused his own pet. Should I forgive and forget? As for the former, it’s not my place to forgive. I would have hope he would have asked forgiveness from Beanie but the rat was dead before the movie was released. As for the latter, I will never forget that scene, how sick it made me feel and Cameron’s long and righteous response letter. -------------------------------------------------- To see how arrogant this man was (is) and how callous he is with regards to animals, just check out his own words in below link (go to 6:58) … notice how he mockingly puts down ASPCA as a bunch of quacks who don’t even believe in scientists (e.g., animal research). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUYDj2Ge28o

James Cameron is NO VEGAN … nor is he a decent human (IMO) I realize some of you may like his movies and think highly of him. So I’m sorry this will feel like a bucket of ice water thrown on you. Just about the only thing this man is, is KING of is self-promotion. James Cameron tormented his own pet rat, Beany (and several other back-up rats) for sake of his movie "The Abyss". I walked out of the theater in disgust way back when that movie was out in theaters over that scene. I wrote him a letter explaining why I thought all living things deserve to live their lives without fear of pain and suffering by the hands of humans and what he did was abuse. I then got a three page diatribe written by him (not a publicist) and signed by him (though I can’t find that letter after all these years) … with a bunch of rationalizations, mocking my comments, and challenging me by saying how people kill and eat animals for food and what he did wasn’t bad at all. He went so far as to say the rat was his pet and he was free to do with it as he wished and justifying his actions by saying the rate was still living (never mind the other rats were not his pets) … but logic doesn’t work when you are aiming to say and do whatever to justify. I turned that letter to AHA and other organizations and outed him for the monster he is. He got in serious hot water over this and was forced to remove the scene involving the simulated drowning of the rat before the movie was distributed in England. He may have now become a “plant-based” person due to his concerns for the environment (which he has recently clearly stated), but don’t mistake him for a vegan (an ethical vegan who cares about non-human animals). In fact, I have no doubt this man is such a narcissist, he is only interested in one human animal, and that’s himself. To see how arrogant this man was (is) and how callous he is with regards to animals, just check out his own words in below link (go to 6:58) … notice how he mockingly puts down ASPCA as a bunch of quacks who don’t even believe in scientists (e.g., animal research). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUYDj2Ge28o -------------------------------------------------- Additional info: Some of what James Cameron has said over the years in interviews and many other posts make it pretty clear where he stands with regards to animals. Here’s just one example referring to the Abyss: “The 'oxygenated fluorcarbon emulsion' featured in the film is the real deal. It was developed from experiments in the late 60's, though after some dubious results with a saline solution on a human subject, it was banned from being tested on people. However, the more modern fluorcarbon version has been successfully used on animals. The scene where the rat, Beany (although there were several rats used), is submerged in a small tub of the stuff is genuine, though in the equivalent scene with Ed Harris, he is just holding his breath. There is also a medical version being developed by a pharmaceutical company as a respiratory therapy.” A few more: imaginarycinema.com/abyss.html The famous scene where Beanie the rat breathes in liquid was filmed for real and caused some controversy, especially in the U.K. Censors there removed virtually all shots of the rat as they claimed it encouraged animal cruelty, even though it survived the liquid breathing process in real life. However, it died of natural causes shortly before the release. As Todd Graff amusingly recalls on the Under Pressure documentary on the DVD, no one would believe him that the rat's death was unrelated to the liquid breathing. www.nytimes.com/.../film-the-abyss-a-foray-into... Such a fluid actually exists. It was tested once on a scientist - who nearly died -and over the last 20 years has been tested on numerous animals, which survived. In one of the movie's most uncomfortable scenes, a white rat is really locked in a box of the liquid fluorocarbon. www.movie-censorship.com/report.php?ID=465781 For the British version, the scene in which a rat is being put in breathing liquid was removed. This scene wasn't done with a trick, the rat really breathed the liquid. This was done in contrast to the scene with Ed Harris, because there this was done using a trick. Despite director James Cameron's statement that the rat wasn't hurt during the scene it was cut in the UK. Even The American Humane Association (AHA) and it’s often comical seal of “No Animals Were Harmed” which often award the seal to movies where animals clearly were not treated right, rated James Cameron's film "The Abyss" as "unacceptable" because of the scene with the rat. Do people change? Maybe. But not to this extent I don’t think. I could never respect someone who intentionally abused his own pet. Should I forgive and forget? As for the former, it’s not my place to forgive. I would have hope he would have asked forgiveness from Beanie but the rat was dead before the movie was released. As for the latter, I will never forget that scene, how sick it made me feel and Cameron’s long and righteous response letter. -------------------------------------------------- To see how arrogant this man was (is) and how callous he is with regards to animals, just check out his own words in below link (go to 6:58) … notice how he mockingly puts down ASPCA as a bunch of quacks who don’t even believe in scientists (e.g., animal research). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUYDj2Ge28o

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