Saturday, August 8, 2009

Earthlings

Narrated by Academy Award nominee Joaquin Phoenix, Earthlings is a feature-length documentary about humankind's absolute economic dependence on animals raised as pets, food, clothing, entertainment and for scientific research.




Using hidden cameras and never-before-seen footage, Earthlings chronicles the day-to-day practices at some of the largest industries in the world, all of which rely entirely on animals for profit. Powerful, informative and thought-provoking, Earthlings is by far the most comprehensive documentary ever produced on the correlation between nature, animals and human economic interests.





Click here to visit the official website. If you identify with the issues and causes in this film, you may like to consider purchasing the DVD from the website...all profits go to help save animals.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

WOW. Wow, wow... Compelling.

Anonymous said...

This is an incredible documentary. Painful to watch, but enough with our excuses already. This film has changed the way my family is preparing our meals.

Anonymous said...

This was absolutely brilliant. The message presented is crystal clear. But it's frightening to know that we'll continue our habits... miracles happen but they happen over time. Let's hope for the best.

Anonymous said...

My life changed in the first 20 minutes of watching this film. I never could understand vegetarians. Never thought I'd be one....but I am now.

johndoe said...

All viewers understand what message should be taken out of this film (the first 10 minutes of the film are enough to get that) and thanks for that. It is a very good reminder (As reminder, it means we (at least I) were aware of that)

I do not want to sound too negative but some facts about this Film made and release in 2005:
All hidden or not hidden videos are dated of in late 1980 or early 1990.
I understand that getting videos some of slaughterhouses, farms, kennels, ships, etc. is hard now because of these videos made.
However thanks to these videos, laws, regulations and guidelines have been put in place and we like to believe that the majority is following it. Unfortunately not all.
Do not compare developed countries (DC) (USA and European countries) and countries in development (CID) (India, China)
I am not American but European (French) here are some facts:
1 - Cutting teeth, castration of pigs are banned in Europe. Chemical castration is legal (Injecting a product to remove the taste of male hormones in the meat)
2 - No one uses Pesticides or antibiotics to maximise the milk production of a cow it is a non-sense (ask yourself what a pesticide is? and what an antiobiotic is?) - In the US and Canada, laws allow the use of an hormone to increase milk production (not in Europe, that is why we refused and still refuse eating cattle meat from the US and Canada)
3 - Slaughterhouse - I worked in poultry slaughterhouse and it is clear that it is much cleaner than what it is shown here. Again try not to compare slaughterhouse in a DC and in a CID.
4 - Using animals for games : Spain (Bullfighting), US (Rodeo), Puerto Rico (Cockfighting), UK (Horse racing and dog racing), etc.
isn't that part of the culture after hundreds of years? Should we all live like animals? like in the 1800's where we had subsistence agriculture (therefore we should all farm!!!)! should we go back to collecting fruits and berries and hunting the food we need (when we are hungry, not we are greedy to have more and more!!!)
5 - As for fur - Completely agree with this movie.
6 - Science: well we do experiment on animals because they are close to us. Some have very similar immunity systems to Humans that is why we try on these animals first. They feel as much pain as us, we understand that. We also experiment on animals for animal drugs development. Why do you think we have pet drugs against obesity (by the way pet owners are the cause of obesity of their pets)? Another point about that, is that animals intrinsically cannot be obese because they would eat when they need to eat not when their owners have chosen to give them food. A cat goes hunting mice when it is hungry.

I believe that this movie help some people realising how bad humans are to animals however, I also understand that this movie is made to shock people because that is the only way for them to remember what is going on.

Thanks for the movie anyway.

Thom said...

What a pile of shit. We are not all equal. Not even similar. Love is biased. if this changed your life, how fucking mindless and shallow are you, that at an age where you are old enough to use the internet, it still hadn't occurred to think where your food came from?
Animals die for food for other animals. Its not racist, or ''speciest", its called life. That horrid thing that stares at you every day between breaks in the quad to get stoned or swoon over some sappy guitarist, between adds for Bud light and sex and the city. Life is harsh, unfair, and high in callories.

cinndave said...

Speciesism is a bunch of shit. Hate to break it to you PETArds: All animals are speciesist; their very mission in life is to take care of their own kind, oblivious to or at the expense of other species. Homo Sapiens have been using domesticated animals to their own ends since we first evolved. It's what humans do. Domesticated animals have been bred and evolved to be useful to us.

"We need a more mystical concept of animals." No asshole, we need a LESS mystical concept of animals. Be a skeptic. You should always be wary of people who insist on using mythos or pathos instead of logos to support their argument.

"If we had to kill our own meat we would all be vegetarians." Not true. Never was. My dad was 12 when he learned to field dress a cottontail while bowhunting.

Jewish advocacy groups condemned PETA for their offensive holocaust comparisons. Guess they still haven't learned their lesson.

Leave it to animal behavior experts like Temple Grandin to find solutions to problems like stress, fighting, and underdeveloped legs, which all mean lost productivity. They now use things like cattle prods with counters on them. The less you use them, the bigger your weekly bonus. Incentives like that are just the thing that can keep handlers from running over chickens with the forklift.

The Post Adolescence Fog blog said...

Hey Thom no offense that is a really cynical point of view of life. You make suicide seem like a relief from the torment of existence. Also it does not make you shallow if you never question where food comes from...Do think about child labor and appalling sweat shop conditions whenever you buy a cheap t-shirt, it is more of conscious ignorance and this documentary eradicates the blissful ignorance and puts reality in your face and forces you think of your actions + apathy just preserves the status quo.

Scott said...

Meh, this was mediocre. It's not the layman's fault that these factories do this (or DID this). We are omnivores, I'm not going to stop eating meat because animals feel pain, I ain't no fucking hippy. While I do think that those "cultural" things like circus', rodeos, bullfighting, ect should be banned (fuck their cultures, assimilate or die you fucks) i feel no sympathy. Animals do cruel shit to other animals, it's not like we are evil incarnate, it is just the circle of life+

Anonymous said...

It amazes me how cynical and arrogant some of you are. :/ Just... wow.