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Posted September 16, 2013 by Megan Rondeau

A troubled kid raised on the streets who turned away from a life of crime and became Hollywood’s “it” boy…

It might sound like the plot of The O.C., but it’s actually the true-life tale of filmmaker and vegan activist Elgin James. Raised in orphanages and foster homes, James first found faith in the notoriously violent Boston hardcore scene of the ’90s. Playing in influential scene bands such as Wrecking Crew and Righteous Jams led to ties with the militant straight-edge gang FSU and eventually to James’ arrest and time served in federal prison.

What could have continued as a life of violence and crime instead turned into an opportunity for James to better himself and make a positive impact on the world and the animals in it.

Watch our interview with Elgin James, and enter to win a copy of his critically acclaimed film Little Birds.

You don’t want to be ordinary. You want to be extraordinary. Let everyone else be ordinary.

Pigs are awesome, you know? They’re incredibly intelligent, incredibly loyal, great animals. Basically, I’d get off the school bus and they’d be waiting for me, and it was when I was 7 that then they got rounded up and they were slaughtered in front of me, and that changed everything for me. I didn’t know what a vegetarian was, but I stopped eating meat right there.

Don’t try to tell me that you’re an animal lover when you have a stomach full of chickens and pigs and cows.

After relocating to Los Angeles, James concentrated on writing and filmmaking as a way to tell his story of redemption. His debut film Little Birds premiered in 2011 at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival and received critical praise from some of Hollywood’s most influential players.

Want to win a copy of Little Birds on DVD? Leave a comment below telling us what inspires you to make the world a better place for animals, and you could be our winner!*

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*Two winners will be chosen at random from submitted animal-friendly comments in which commenters tell us what inspires them to make the world a better place for animals. This contest is open to U.S. residents only. Entries must be received by September 23, 2013. Winners will be notified on September 24, 2013. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law.

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    656 days ago

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    People that doubt me or vegetarians/vegans in general inspire me so I can prove them wrong and show that every little bit helps.

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    what inspires me to make the world a better place: there is so much violence and suffering, and the world deserves to be relieved from that. i do what i can to help others. it may not affect the whole world, but it changes theirs :)

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    675 days ago

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    I think peta2 is inspiring! You show us such great celebrities on your website here and it inspires us to adopt a pet, boycott the cricus, and eat vegan!!

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    675 days ago

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    Animals are my friends!

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    676 days ago

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    My dogs and my bunny inspire me. I love my animals like there children. (There are spoiled like children) One of my dogs is pretty skittish, She a mutt and she’s pretty small. I remember watching a video I think it was ‘meet your meat’ video years ago, at the end the camera zooms in on a cow, you can see the fear and pain in his/her eyes. that look is the same look my little skittish dog gets during fireworks, or thunder, or unfamiliar people. Thats when I made the connection, I realized there was no difference between my dog and that cow.

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    676 days ago

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    I think we all share a similar belief: That we do it for the animals. I’ve always loved animals and they helped me to see that all living things are equal and should be treated as such. The day when we not only respect animals the way we should but also respect each other the same way is the future I’d like to make happen.

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    678 days ago

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    Honestly, animals are my passion. I have a huge weak spot for them. And my protectiveness is a huge driving force for me. I don’t have pets of my own anymore, but I still feel better about myself knowing that I am not contributing to the mistreatment and neglect of something I love. I am inspired by the happiness and safety of free animals everywhere.

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    678 days ago

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    What inspires me to make the world a better place for animals? My love for them. I just want to see everyone living a life of happiness and peace. They all deserve it. Speaking out for the ones that can’t, keeps me going! My baby Cloud, who is a parakeet inspires me everyday, too. Even though I already want to change the world for animals, he is just always there as a reminder of why I am so passionate about this in the first place. We could all make a difference if we try, and that is what I am trying to show others. I just want to give insight on the fact that help from each of us, big or small, could go a long way. An animal life is of the same value and should be treated that way. I strongly believe that we are going to see total peace and love. We’ve come so far, and I think that we can certainly go even further! :)

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    Peace And Love <3

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    679 days ago

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    What inspires me to make the world a better place for animals would have to be my love for animals first. Second, I am inspired by my idol Temple Grandin. She really revolutionized factory farming and tried to make life for cattle calmer and make their lives a little less stressful. Yes I know factory farming is bad but the fact that she tried, even with her being autistic, is pretty amazing! If she can do it, anyone can.

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    679 days ago

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    we are the ones that can make the world a better place by helping out and taking care of animals and what inspired me was having to speak up for whats right

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    Seeing animals in pain, neglected, or abused in any way makes me sick to my stomach. Ever since I was a kid, I saved every animal I could. Even the tadpoles & beetles in my pool. I want to make the world a better place for animals because sadly, not everybody does. I need to stand up for them.

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    People who document animals who started off harmed and abandoned, but show the progress they’ve made over time, thanks to the loving care of a truly wonderful owner.

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    helping each other out

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    681 days ago

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    The thing that inspires me to make the world a better place for animals is my love for animals in general! No matter how big or small, I want every animal to be free & also live pain free! People who neglect & abuse animals really get to me & if I see any of this happen, I tell the person what they are doing is wrong! Nothing stops me from speaking up for all animals!

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    681 days ago

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    I’m inspired by people brave enough to take a stand and fight for animals, that makes me want to do my part to make the world a better place. Thank you for this!

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    681 days ago

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    What inspires me to make the world a better place for animals is the animals themselves. Just because these beautiful creatures do not speak a language that we as humans can understand does not make them any less important than us. They deserve a bright future just as we do. That is why I do what I do.

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    681 days ago

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    The ones who inspire me the most, are the animals who are closest to me, my dogs. They are such pure souls. Seeing how kind and sweet, and giving they are. Makes me want to help them, and other animals as well.

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    The animals. They are the reason we help make the world a better place.

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    681 days ago

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    peace inspires me to make the worlld a better plce to live on

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