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EARTHLINGS is a feature length documentary about humanity's absolute dependence on animals (for pets, food, clothing, entertainment, and scientific research) but also illustrates our complete disrespect for these so-called "non-human providers." EARTHLINGS is a powerful and informative documentary about society’s treatment of animals, narrated by Joaquin Phoenix with soundtrack by Moby. This multi-award winning film by Nation Earth is a must-see for anyone who cares about animals or wishes to make the world a better place. Using hidden cameras and never-before-seen footage, EARTHLINGS chronicles the day-to-day practices of the largest industries in the world, all of which rely entirely on animals for profit. EARTHLINGS is an award-winning documentary film about the suffering of animals for food, fashion, pets, entertainment and medical research. Considered the most persuasive documentary ever made, EARTHLINGS is nicknamed “the Vegan maker” for its sensitive footage shot at animal shelters, pet stores, puppy mills, factory farms, slaughterhouses, the leather and fur trades, sporting events, circuses and research labs. The film is narrated by Academy Award® nominee Joaquin Phoenix and features music by platinum-selling recording artist Moby. Initially ignored by distributors, today EARTHLINGS is considered the definitive animal rights film by organizations around the world. “Of all the films I have ever made, this is the one that gets people talking the most,” said Phoenix. “For every one person who sees EARTHLINGS, they will tell three.” In 1999, writer/producer/director Shaun Monson began work on a series of PSAs about spaying and neutering pets. The footage he shot at animal shelters around Los Angeles affected him so profoundly that the project soon evolved into EARTHLINGS. The film would take another six years to complete because of the difficulty in obtaining footage within these profitable industries. Though the film was initially ignored by distributors, who told Monson that the film would “never see the light of day and should be swept under the rug,” today EARTHLINGS is considered the definitive animal rights film by organizations around the world.

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  • If, somehow, you managed to watch this entire documentary and still use animals in ANY way (milk, cheese, meat, leather), your heart is made of ice and you are a compassion-lacking non-human. You obviously missed the entire point of the movie and I feel sorry for the people that you come in contact with.

  • Tiana King

    For those who have said cage free or humane there is no humane. Call and ask how often the cows are raped, if they use anesthesia to castrate the male pigs and if the animals ever get medical treatment. Also just like people cannot be killed humanely either can animals. Change your perception. If it bothers you when dogs are cats are slaved and abused ask yourself why it doesn'y bother you when farm animals are enslaved, tortured, raped and killed.

  • Tina

    Extemely hard to watch. I've been vegetarian for a number of years and have just recently become vegan. My heart goes out to all the animals suffering to meet the "unnecessary" diet habits of humans. There is a better way and don't let anyone tell you need to be eating meat to obtain all the amino acids found in protein. It's simply not true. I've done a lot of studying while on my own transition to a meat free diet and I know for a fact that all the amino acids in protein can be obtained from a plant based diet and you will be healthier and without the risks associated with eating meat. I encourage everyone to stop following the crowd, be an independent thinker, become vegan for your own health...do it for the earthlings.

  • Guest

    It's disturbing how someone can watch this and not become vegan.

  • Tito

    @ Justin, your comment makes me understand that you have missed the point, thanks to people like you, that needs to justify, I hate my own species.

  • Jon

    I agree with you, your absolutely right

  • Rubbishbin

    I'm scared.
    I'm so scared of us and what we can do.

  • Ciro Galluccio

    If this documentary talks about Earthlings, should also defend plant world. Why they didn't?

  • Justin

    This is the cold hard reality. Every human can soar the heights of enlightenment, or sink to the level just above hell. I prefer the middle path. I watched this documentary. I was upset after viewing, but something occurred to me upon reflection of the film. Violence is an ingrained part of being alive. Even the Dalai Lama gets angry and shouts. Kids put ants under a magnifying glass. Cats will play with mice or other creatures they stalk before killing it. Chimpanzees will kill monkeys for no reason. Plants are living creatures that die when we eat them. At some level you are going to experience this violence and being alive means that you will contribute to it at some point, in some way whether consciously or not. In order to live, something must die. We only have limited control over the how and why.

  • Guest

    This is the most disturbing documentary I have ever seen and it demonstrates conclusively how disturbed the collective human psyche is.  We are not long on this planet.  I predict extinction or mass depopulation in 50 to 200 years tops.

  • Real Estate Croatia

    People are in many ways worse than animals, and when I looked at this more and more I think so...

  • Gigi

    Also... I agree with the poster below. A human that enjoys torturing animals like this is so long gone, so disconnected from his divinity or humanity that at that stage of enjoyment gained by torturing a living being, he has fallen far, far below the spiritual level of a non-human creature. he is now a destructive beast for which there really is no need of any kind on the planet.
    I wonder if any of these people could ever fully be re-habilitated to gain humanity back in their hearts....

  • Gigi

    The truth is never comfortable, convenient or even acceptable. This is not a comfortable film to watch but if your inner core is telling you that you NEED to know, then you are responding to the very human essence that we have somehow shut off for so long in order to allow mass "producers" to carry on with these barbaric on living beings for profit. YOUR humane instict to be informed is coming from the fact that suffering is suffering no matter who the suffering is inflicted on. A well balanced human being can replicate the repugnant and painful feeling of suffering simply by knowing what the animal is going though and reject it with such force it mimics the helplessnes the animal might have felt in the moments prior to this horrific torture. If you wish to believe we are different than they are (another way to claim we are "superior") then how it is possible we could feel such emotions? The truth is, it's time we accept the fact that every form of life in our planet is 100% connected. We all depend on eachother and the damage we have caused to our anirmals and nature say nothing about us but one thing: WE ARE THE INFERIOR SPECIES! Otherwise how could we possibly explain how we have managed to be so destructive, cruel and un-intelligent to harm to the point of extinctions of life forms and empty completely non-renewable sources of food and fossil energy and eco systems that are CRITICAL to our survival. I will tell you how, by allowing mass, irresponsible and greedy abuse of our anirmal, ecological, natural AND HUMAN resources to the point of absolute abuse and explotaiton for profit. We need to all wake up and take a look a the bigger picture! The guys in charge are not going to because they are on blinding power trip and think the resources will never run out. It is up to us to realize that if and when things start to collapse, the very people to supported these industries and allowed to become what the are, (you, me, our families) will be the least important on the list of "critical life to save". Once again, those big enitities our money supports will come to the rescue of their "own" and it will be then than we will finally understand what it means to be cattle!
    WAKE UP world, we can not continue to abuse our planet and life in it. We are slowly killing ourselfs. This is not sustainable, it's not acceptable, it's inexcusable. This isn't the way life is supposed to be. For any being on the planet. Including us.  

  • vegankitty

    My younger brother (age 9) and I (age 15) watched this movie. I was already on the verge of going vegetarian for health reason. I believe that no diet is better then a plant based diet. As well as most facts about humans and how our bodies work and convert food into energy that Vegetables and fruits are more then plenty of a diet for us. Look at facts on what determines a Carnivore and a herbivore from each other, we fit into a profile or a herbivore more then we ever well as a Carnivore.

    My brother was  a total meat lover, meat and potatoes kind of kid. He hated the idea of going vegetarian and hated vegetables even more. We watched this movie, and both of us broke down crying. We love animals and we respect them as equal beings who had decided to evolve in life differently. Humans may know more and can do more in life then other animals, but that's only to our knowledge. Humans can continue to think we are the superior beings on this planet, but fact is we are probably in the percentage of the last creatures created on earth. Any human who believes their life is more valuable than an animal is actually a vain being.

    Everyone and EVERYTHING on this earth was born equally. Doesn't matter what Race, Age or Species you are. A mother Dog cares about her pups as much as a human mother cares about her baby. If you say some animals will kill their own young or mate, go watch the news and watch how Humans wiill kill their own as well. People get abortions if they dont want their child, divorcees if they can stand their spouse. But some people with murder their own children and spouse for things such as GREED.

    Humans will never fully evolve as creatures untill we realize that this earth is not just our own. The world does not work for just us. Instead we share this planet along with billions of other creatures alive. Become a Vegetarian and help this planet go back to the way it should've been before the human race became violent, greedy and power driven. 

  • mandy

    I would not want my child's life to be saved at the cost of horrible torture.. but we are doing this on a daily basis to produce useless stuff anyway  so i gues we are ok with it

  • mariamok

    no it would absolutely not be worth it - but it happens all the time any way

  • mariamonk

    This is so important and an indicator in my view that many of us are still deeply stunted in our emotional and spiritual growth.  What humans have done to non-humans is unforgivable.  I don't see how we can make any progress as living beings until we face and change our relationship with, understanding of and treatment of non-humans.

  • Loucann

    I have seen the horror in PSA's & would rather not watch it all together. It breaks my heart & leads me to believe people who can do these things to an innocent creature are emotionally damaged from the practice.
    As we, humans evolve into a higher understanding it is my prayer that we stop hurting others because we will develope empathy & feelings towards others pain.
    We will feel the pain in our own being & stop hunting for sport, killing for fashion, profiting in human & animal suffering.
    Pray that if there are other life forms in the Universe - that they don't eat humans.....

  • Comment_Ninja

    Watched this..Still love meat but the way these animals are treated is wrong. More care and respect should definately be used especially in the food industry. besides, a cow thats killed humanely tastes better.

  • Guest

    I agree with everything you have said!! Would only add that what humans do to other humans is far worse ( take Syria as the latest example) and it is our violence that is at the core of this. 

  • Guest

    there are many lifesaving drugs that do require intial animal testing. I am no fan of such an idea but thats life. another sad truth is that extremist would put their cildren in danger for their beliefs

  • Katie

    I do not think it's a matter of choosing one being over another.  In fact, I didn't feel as if this documentary were insinuating at all that we not eat ANY animal products ever.  But rather that the suffering experienced by these innocent creatures cannot be condoned, nor can the environmental and ecological damage caused by it be ignored.  One could not logically suggest that NO animals should ever be eaten.  Does a bear not catch a salmon for its young? Does a shark not eat smaller fish? A cat, a mouse?  The difference being that when, in nature, a creature consumes another creature, it does not inflict prolonged, excessive, or unnecessary harm.  But WE do.  And perhaps the only affective first step is to radically change the choices we make.  As for the slaughtering for indulgence and greed in "fine" overpriced clothing, that's just disgusting.  The blatant disregard for the sanctity of all life and for its nature in spectacles such as bull fights, circuses and zoos, and the infliction of pain carelessly upon those too weak to defend themselves are empirical evidence of man's capacity for evil.  No one can deny that man is, in his self awareness-among other things- set apart from animals.  But does that give us the right to brutally torture these beings more innocent and peaceful and basic than we could ever hope to be?  the answer is, always has been, and always will be: no.  To respect the sovereignty of life other than our own is not high treason against our own species.  To respect animals is not to hate man, quite the contrary.  If we respect the co-inhabitants of our world, to respect the world itself, is to value ourselves as a higher order of being that actually has the common sense, compassion and higher reasoning that we purport.  I agree though, this film is not appropriate for children. :)  

  • Peacefulvegan

    UKAzeri- your question is ludicrous. Torturing 1,000 animals or 1,000,000,000 animals is not going to magically achieve a "cure" for humans. Humans ARE and ALWAYS will be the "guinea pig". 
    To answer your ludicrous question-NO, I would not expose my child to some lousy drug that was a product of tortured animals. My child is NOT a puppy. My child is a HUMAN BEING and the cruel, senseless experiments that humans inflict on non human animals have NOTHING to do with the outcome on humans. 

  • steph

    as far as the sacrificing puppies to save your children there have actually been studies to prove that by taking the right mulivitamins and nutrientsfrom organic plants and herbs diseases that we currently treat with medicines that are tested on animals can have the same result, no animal testing needed because those medications aren't neccessary. Watch a documentary called Food Nation the whole film is dedicated to it.

    I too have now became vegan

  • Lyndsey

    this is the cut version of the film; i first watched it 4 years ago and overnight turned vegan.  this film haunts me every day due to the suffering caused by "us".  no living being should be subject to pain and terror like this for "our" appetite, entertainment or pleasure.  Veganism is the way forward xx

  • spup

    so sick, turned me into a vegetarian

  • Guest

    Most humans i know would not have a problem answering this question on the spot...  neither do i - i might not be too happy about the fact but i would have been grateful !!! its not pleasant but necessary..

    I am yet to meet a single animal rights activist who would be prepared to answer this question :) not a single one!! I also suspect hypocracy and would be interested to see what would hapen if all those who refuse to answer the above question get barred from using medcine tested on animals.. i mean are people prepared to ' put their money where their mouth is" so to speak  :)

  • Guest

    Most humans i know would not have a problem answering this question on the spot...  neither do i - i might not be too happy about the fact but i would have been grateful !!! its not pleasant but necessary..

    I am yet to meet a single animal rights activist who would be prepared to answer this question :) not a single one!! I also suspect hypocracy and would be interested to see what would hapen if all those who refuse to answer the above question get barred from using medcine tested on animals.. i mean are people prepared to ' put their money where their mouth is" so to speak  :)

  • Rajoo666

    Why not u just imagine that u're the child n yr parent had allowed 1000 ( or would i say 1 single puppy ) to be mercilessly killed to save u . And now, I want to know...How u feel about it?.....

  • Rajoo666

    Why not u just imagine that u're the child n yr parent had allowed 1000 ( or would i say 1 single puppy ) to be mercilessly killed to save u . And now, I want to know...How u feel about it?.....

  • Guest

    someone i know showed this film to her very young children (preschool i believe)and was proud of that. Now this is certainly an appropriate film for young adults but not for children. to show it to them is an extreme act in itself. The extreme, undermines the message of the film... hence it prompted me to see if supporters of this film would ultimatly choose an animal over a human? do they hate humans?

  • Guest

    someone i know showed this film to her very young children (preschool i believe)and was proud of that. Now this is certainly an appropriate film for young adults but not for children. to show it to them is an extreme act in itself. The extreme, undermines the message of the film... hence it prompted me to see if supporters of this film would ultimatly choose an animal over a human? do they hate humans?

  • Dbsheridan

    What are you trying to say?

  • Dbsheridan

    What are you trying to say?

  • Guest

    guys.. i have a genuine question and would love a genuine answer....
     
    if 1000 puppies had to be brutaly tortured and exprimented on (then die in agony), in order to achive one type of medcine, that will cure a rare disease which aflicts one child on earth and is unlikely to affect anyone again in future, and that child is yours.... will it be worth it ???
     
    (i want to stress the fact that I am not posting this here to piss people off,  I just want to know your reasons)

  • Guest

    guys.. i have a genuine question and would love a genuine answer....
     
    if 1000 puppies had to be brutaly tortured and exprimented on (then die in agony), in order to achive one type of medcine, that will cure a rare disease which aflicts one child on earth and is unlikely to affect anyone again in future, and that child is yours.... will it be worth it ???
     
    (i want to stress the fact that I am not posting this here to piss people off,  I just want to know your reasons)

  • Stephanie

    This is the most heartbreaking video I have ever seen...I can appreciate you bringing this to light for other people to see as I feel it needs to be stopped...this is cruel and wrong and shouldnt be allowed...I sure wish I could change the world...animals would rule my world:(

  • Stephanie

    This is the most heartbreaking video I have ever seen...I can appreciate you bringing this to light for other people to see as I feel it needs to be stopped...this is cruel and wrong and shouldnt be allowed...I sure wish I could change the world...animals would rule my world:(

  • W O E_is_me

    Wrong.  The best you can do is learn about wild, native edible food.  Agriculture, whether on a big agribusiness- or a backyard plot-scale, is unsustainable.  Even if you engage in seed-saving, the only famine-proof way to ensure continuous sustenance is by knowing the local flora.  I don't include the word "fauna" in there on purpose because we are merely cultural omnivores, not biological omnivores.  If you're further interested in this, read my responses to various other posters below.

  • W O E_is_me

    Wrong.  The best you can do is learn about wild, native edible food.  Agriculture, whether on a big agribusiness- or a backyard plot-scale, is unsustainable.  Even if you engage in seed-saving, the only famine-proof way to ensure continuous sustenance is by knowing the local flora.  I don't include the word "fauna" in there on purpose because we are merely cultural omnivores, not biological omnivores.  If you're further interested in this, read my responses to various other posters below.

  • W O E_is_me

    Wrong.  The best you can do is learn about wild, native edible food.  Agriculture, whether on a big agribusiness- or a backyard plot-scale, is unsustainable.  Even if you engage in seed-saving, the only famine-proof way to ensure continuous sustenance is by knowing the local flora.  I don't include the word "fauna" in there on purpose because we are merely cultural omnivores, not biological omnivores.  If you're further interested in this, read my responses to various other posters below.

  • W O E_is_me

    Wrong.  The best you can do is learn about wild, native edible food.  Agriculture, whether on a big agribusiness- or a backyard plot-scale, is unsustainable.  Even if you engage in seed-saving, the only famine-proof way to ensure continuous sustenance is by knowing the local flora.  I don't include the word "fauna" in there on purpose because we are merely cultural omnivores, not biological omnivores.  If you're further interested in this, read my responses to various other posters below.

  • W O E_is_me

    Wrong.  The best you can do is learn about wild, native edible food.  Agriculture, whether on a big agribusiness- or a backyard plot-scale, is unsustainable.  Even if you engage in seed-saving, the only famine-proof way to ensure continuous sustenance is by knowing the local flora.  I don't include the word "fauna" in there on purpose because we are merely cultural omnivores, not biological omnivores.  If you're further interested in this, read my responses to various other posters below.

  • W O E_is_me

    Wrong.  The best you can do is learn about wild, native edible food.  Agriculture, whether on a big agribusiness- or a backyard plot-scale, is unsustainable.  Even if you engage in seed-saving, the only famine-proof way to ensure continuous sustenance is by knowing the local flora.  I don't include the word "fauna" in there on purpose because we are merely cultural omnivores, not biological omnivores.  If you're further interested in this, read my responses to various other posters below.

  • W O E_is_me

    Wrong.  The best you can do is learn about wild, native edible food.  Agriculture, whether on a big agribusiness- or a backyard plot-scale, is unsustainable.  Even if you engage in seed-saving, the only famine-proof way to ensure continuous sustenance is by knowing the local flora.  I don't include the word "fauna" in there on purpose because we are merely cultural omnivores, not biological omnivores.  If you're further interested in this, read my responses to various other posters below.

  • W O E_is_me

    ALK2705, oh I get it!  You work for the industry.  Heck, you may even be an exec.  "People CAN NOT STOP producing food" . . . will be the end of humanity.  It's already begun.  What the hell did humans do before they thought that food comes from a grocery store? . . . because it DOESN'T.  I know about wild edible foods, and I'm sure I'm not the only one, and I'm sure I'm not the only human who has the ability to LEARN about these naturally occurring foods.  And, even better?  Famines don't occur!  Famines come from the reliance on civilization/agriculture for all food needs.  It's silly, because it's reliance on a finite resource, EVEN if you engage in the practice of seed-saving . . . unless those seeds are from plants that are native to that particular bioregion, and then why even save seeds, duh.  Sure, some humans once made tools with their bare hands (and I respect those folks), and sometimes they ate animals for cultural reasons or because they had no other choice.  (Ever see the based-on-a-true-story film "Alive"?  "No other choice" occurs to varying degrees.)  Cats sometimes eat vegetables; it doesn't mean they're omnivores.  Sure as heck doesn't mean they should start exploiting & pillaging over the need to occasionally chew on some grass to get that hairball up.  They also eat the crappy cat food from mainstream cat food companies that has, who knows why?, GRAIN in it.  Cats should NOT eat grain.  Humans, again, trying to play god.  The Earth is not only overpopulated, but it is overpopulated with dumbasses.  Try thinking sometime.

  • W O E_is_me

    ALK2705, oh I get it!  You work for the industry.  Heck, you may even be an exec.  "People CAN NOT STOP producing food" . . . will be the end of humanity.  It's already begun.  What the hell did humans do before they thought that food comes from a grocery store? . . . because it DOESN'T.  I know about wild edible foods, and I'm sure I'm not the only one, and I'm sure I'm not the only human who has the ability to LEARN about these naturally occurring foods.  And, even better?  Famines don't occur!  Famines come from the reliance on civilization/agriculture for all food needs.  It's silly, because it's reliance on a finite resource, EVEN if you engage in the practice of seed-saving . . . unless those seeds are from plants that are native to that particular bioregion, and then why even save seeds, duh.  Sure, some humans once made tools with their bare hands (and I respect those folks), and sometimes they ate animals for cultural reasons or because they had no other choice.  (Ever see the based-on-a-true-story film "Alive"?  "No other choice" occurs to varying degrees.)  Cats sometimes eat vegetables; it doesn't mean they're omnivores.  Sure as heck doesn't mean they should start exploiting & pillaging over the need to occasionally chew on some grass to get that hairball up.  They also eat the crappy cat food from mainstream cat food companies that has, who knows why?, GRAIN in it.  Cats should NOT eat grain.  Humans, again, trying to play god.  The Earth is not only overpopulated, but it is overpopulated with dumbasses.  Try thinking sometime.

  • W O E_is_me

    Sugar definitely causes problems (bacteria love sugar!), but consuming meat & dairy is actually worse.  See my response to ALK2705 below.

  • W O E_is_me

    Sugar definitely causes problems (bacteria love sugar!), but consuming meat & dairy is actually worse.  See my response to ALK2705 below.

  • W O E_is_me

    Sugar definitely causes problems (bacteria love sugar!), but consuming meat & dairy is actually worse.  See my response to ALK2705 below.

  • W O E_is_me

    Sugar definitely causes problems (bacteria love sugar!), but consuming meat & dairy is actually worse.  See my response to ALK2705 below.

  • W O E_is_me

    You are an idiot, and you've bought into idiocy.  Humans are natural herbivores.  Being CULTURAL omnivores has somehow given some humans the idea that we are natural omnivores.  That is a ridiculous lie.  Being addicted to a substance is the surest way to tell whether you are actually ALLERGIC to it, and hello? . . . dairy has a naturally-occurring chemical in it that is akin to morphine.  Even if human babies were, for some crazy reason, supposed to have the breast milk of another mammalian species, what makes you think that ANY adult is supposed to?  And meat?  Well, my cats (who are natural carnivores) can sure handle it, both physiologically and anatomically, as evidenced by their carnassial teeth, extremely sharp retractable claws, and their digestive systems that are specifically made for dealing with meat.  True carnivores and omnivores do not have cholesterol problems, do not suffer from epidemic heart attacks or diabetes or obesity.  Oh, and osteoporosis? . . . is CAUSED by eating meat!  Meat is highly acidic & leeches the calcium from human bones, which are NOT equipped to deal with the stuff.  Furthermore, osteoporosis is NOT cured by consuming calcium from animal sources.  To the contrary, human bodies much more readily absorb the calcium from vegetable sources.  I could go on, but I won't.  Now I just want to say . . . So take your totally predictable, wish-you-were-an-actual-meat-eater response & shove it.

  • W O E_is_me

    You are an idiot, and you've bought into idiocy.  Humans are natural herbivores.  Being CULTURAL omnivores has somehow given some humans the idea that we are natural omnivores.  That is a ridiculous lie.  Being addicted to a substance is the surest way to tell whether you are actually ALLERGIC to it, and hello? . . . dairy has a naturally-occurring chemical in it that is akin to morphine.  Even if human babies were, for some crazy reason, supposed to have the breast milk of another mammalian species, what makes you think that ANY adult is supposed to?  And meat?  Well, my cats (who are natural carnivores) can sure handle it, both physiologically and anatomically, as evidenced by their carnassial teeth, extremely sharp retractable claws, and their digestive systems that are specifically made for dealing with meat.  True carnivores and omnivores do not have cholesterol problems, do not suffer from epidemic heart attacks or diabetes or obesity.  Oh, and osteoporosis? . . . is CAUSED by eating meat!  Meat is highly acidic & leeches the calcium from human bones, which are NOT equipped to deal with the stuff.  Furthermore, osteoporosis is NOT cured by consuming calcium from animal sources.  To the contrary, human bodies much more readily absorb the calcium from vegetable sources.  I could go on, but I won't.  Now I just want to say . . . So take your totally predictable, wish-you-were-an-actual-meat-eater response & shove it.

  • Spac1driver

    wow

  • Spac1driver

    wow

  • viva

    Cruelty to animals should be exposed and reduced but there is a difference between cruelty and use of animals for food, shelter, and clothing which has always been a part of life.  I would hope that this passionate messenger would apply the same energy in discouraging abortion through proper education on the importance of responsible sexual behavior and also the importance of educating people on the great violence that the consumption of alcohol has caused to millions of innocent people. Support prohibition! So much pain caused by seeking  personal
    indulgences that have dubious benefits, at most.  We can live without irresponsible sex and drinking.

  • viva

    Cruelty to animals should be exposed and reduced but there is a difference between cruelty and use of animals for food, shelter, and clothing which has always been a part of life.  I would hope that this passionate messenger would apply the same energy in discouraging abortion through proper education on the importance of responsible sexual behavior and also the importance of educating people on the great violence that the consumption of alcohol has caused to millions of innocent people. Support prohibition! So much pain caused by seeking  personal
    indulgences that have dubious benefits, at most.  We can live without irresponsible sex and drinking.

  • Basil

    We human earthlings are all guilty of animal cruelty to some decree however much we think we are not,the very biggest cruelty we impose on animals,including ourselves,for we are animals or earthlings,is our enormous increase in our population globally.It is high time we addressed this issue.As for cruelty,all animals are capable of being cruel to other animals,if they prosper to the detriment of other earthlings,the beauty of humans is they can at least recognise that they are the cause of the effect,animals in their innocence possibly do not.For the good of mother earth and our own survival,our population should gradually drop to more sustainable levels.My own estimates is no more than one and a half billion of us,however we may be able to maintain 6 billion,if mother earth in her wisdom allows it.

  • Basil

    We human earthlings are all guilty of animal cruelty to some decree however much we think we are not,the very biggest cruelty we impose on animals,including ourselves,for we are animals or earthlings,is our enormous increase in our population globally.It is high time we addressed this issue.As for cruelty,all animals are capable of being cruel to other animals,if they prosper to the detriment of other earthlings,the beauty of humans is they can at least recognise that they are the cause of the effect,animals in their innocence possibly do not.For the good of mother earth and our own survival,our population should gradually drop to more sustainable levels.My own estimates is no more than one and a half billion of us,however we may be able to maintain 6 billion,if mother earth in her wisdom allows it.

  • z88

    VEry convincing for a lot of reasons. I abhor the cruelty and those individuals acting like that would not want to live under a regime of my making. I'm an omnivore because of health reasons. I maybe have some meat in about 2% of my diet. Almost EVERY vegan I've ever met was a judgmental, controlling, manipulative and self-aggrandizing hipster type. They may generally hate on carnivorous humans but I swear, the moment you say the WORD vegetarian, vegans want to stomp your brains into the curb. It's almost as if THEY want to have the moral upper hand and don't want you to encroach on their socio-political territory.

  • z88

    VEry convincing for a lot of reasons. I abhor the cruelty and those individuals acting like that would not want to live under a regime of my making. I'm an omnivore because of health reasons. I maybe have some meat in about 2% of my diet. Almost EVERY vegan I've ever met was a judgmental, controlling, manipulative and self-aggrandizing hipster type. They may generally hate on carnivorous humans but I swear, the moment you say the WORD vegetarian, vegans want to stomp your brains into the curb. It's almost as if THEY want to have the moral upper hand and don't want you to encroach on their socio-political territory.

  • S.A.

     *sigh* As a vegan for almost a decade....I guess I didn't HAVE to watch this film because I've already put into practice the actions that will take my part in this travesty out of the picture. However...I watch, because many of these animals die with no dignity and with no voice to advocate on their behalf. And I won't turn my back on them. Thanks to all the amazingly courageous people who must have wanted to scream and cry and who risked their safety to go undercover to provide all this footage. You are my heroes. 

  • S.A.

     *sigh* As a vegan for almost a decade....I guess I didn't HAVE to watch this film because I've already put into practice the actions that will take my part in this travesty out of the picture. However...I watch, because many of these animals die with no dignity and with no voice to advocate on their behalf. And I won't turn my back on them. Thanks to all the amazingly courageous people who must have wanted to scream and cry and who risked their safety to go undercover to provide all this footage. You are my heroes. 

  • S.A.

     *sigh* As a vegan for almost a decade....I guess I didn't HAVE to watch this film because I've already put into practice the actions that will take my part in this travesty out of the picture. However...I watch, because many of these animals die with no dignity and with no voice to advocate on their behalf. And I won't turn my back on them. Thanks to all the amazingly courageous people who must have wanted to scream and cry and who risked their safety to go undercover to provide all this footage. You are my heroes. 

  • S.A.

     *sigh* As a vegan for almost a decade....I guess I didn't HAVE to watch this film because I've already put into practice the actions that will take my part in this travesty out of the picture. However...I watch, because many of these animals die with no dignity and with no voice to advocate on their behalf. And I won't turn my back on them. Thanks to all the amazingly courageous people who must have wanted to scream and cry and who risked their safety to go undercover to provide all this footage. You are my heroes. 

  • Joe_wake_06

    i would... i love animals and literally would fucking kill these people that do this to them. it angers me so much and i cant really think about going on with stuff like this happening. humans are the most fucked up race and i wish i wasnt part of it all...

  • Joe_wake_06

    i would... i love animals and literally would fucking kill these people that do this to them. it angers me so much and i cant really think about going on with stuff like this happening. humans are the most fucked up race and i wish i wasnt part of it all...

  • Joe_wake_06

    i would... i love animals and literally would fucking kill these people that do this to them. it angers me so much and i cant really think about going on with stuff like this happening. humans are the most fucked up race and i wish i wasnt part of it all...

  • Destuif

    als ik dit zie ben ik beschaamd om mens te zijn !

  • Destuif

    als ik dit zie ben ik beschaamd om mens te zijn !

  • Destuif

    als ik dit zie ben ik beschaamd om mens te zijn !

  • Aurora

    I'm watching this now and although I haven't eaten red meat in a long time for health reasons I can honestly say now I'm not going to ever be tempted to eat it. Those images are absolutely horrifying but rightfully shown. Currently I'm about to watch the poultry section which is going to be hard for me because I do eat chicken a lot and now I'm going to be shown why I shouldnt. Hopefully it will make me not care about giving it up

  • wendy

    WTF why WHy why fuck all those huamans who kill dogs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! im a shame of being a human.omg

  • Jodi

    It's not meat causing all these health problems it's SUGAR.

  • Jodi

    EXCELLENT Bryan........................ In a Nut Shell.

  • Jodi

    I can not believe just how driven by evil so many people are in this world.

    Life and death is a reality for all of creation unfortunately since mankind decided to sin by disobeying God(the Creator) in the early stages of existance.
    Suffering is also part of death but there is certainly methods of killing something quickly like cutting off the creatures head quickly which would be far less painfull than all the methods I saw in this extremely sad horrifying video. Some people are just down right crule and heartless.

    In reality a few hundred people going vegan is not going to stop any of it. It would take the majority of the worlds population totally changing the way they think and live not just the way they eat.

    Our job was meant to be the caretakers of this planet and all that it contains but all mankind has done since sin entered our hearts is destroy it. God must be so grieved at what we have done. We all deserve hell but because God loves us more than we could ever understand He sent Jesus to die in our place so that we can be forgiven and receive life not death, we can only do this by asking Jesus to forgive us for our sin and accept Him into our hearts to be Lord of our lives.
    In other words, taking the exchange His life for ours and receive Life. Then read the King James Bible everyday, pray, find a Bible preaching, Holy Spirit filled church to fellowship at.

    Prayer changes things. That is our only chance of seeing any change. Pray that God would soften and change the hearts of these people. In the Name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

  • Jodi

    @Jenny, not eating meat isn't going to stop the things you said because all the deforrestation isn't because we eat meat it's greed. Water consumption won't stop by not eating meat, you still have to drink don't you?

    Plus it would take the majority of the worlds population to stop eating meat of all kinds, buying clothes/shoes/bags/furniture/cars, stop going to zoo's/circus's/buying pets from pet shops, don't buy any pharmacutical/cosmetics/cleaning products etc. etc and the list goes on.

    I think you all need to be realistic and know what your talking about.

  • K

    This is probably the most shocking film I've ever seen. I couldn't watch some parts, but as uncomfortable as it is to watch it needs to be known. I would urge people to see it to know, learn, respect and raise awareness.

  • miyaka

    my friend told me to watch this documentary and i was really curious about it, so search it in google. i was really moved by what i've seen and even cried. i am a pet lover and this documentary serves as an eye opener to me on the cruelty that humans inflict on animals. it really pained me to see abusive human beings and not feeling for these animals. i wish that more people will be able to watch this to let them realize that we are not the only living thing in this planet and that everyone regardless if your human or animal deserves to be treated well and with respect as we want to be respected...animals are also part of this planet so we should let them live also in peace just as we are...

  • Vasu

    Snow - I've read the entire thread/discussion between you and ArtSaves. You strike me as an intelligent and daresay I -- even compassionate person, which was probably the reason why you were vegan for some time.

    What is interesting to me, is the rationale for doing an about turn from your original sentiment. Surely it cannot be as crass as just missing the allure of animal flesh, but I have been hard pressed to see the skein of a reasonable narrative in your discursion so far.

    I have a similar question as ArtSaves had -- how is it possible to look an animal in the eye, get to know it well and then ever so casually condemn it to your plate.

    I am truly perplexed because this seems to strike a discordant note in your narrative (as seen in your musings so far). We have already established that you are sensitive and cognizant of what life and the taking of it implies.

    Why such a volte face? How is it possible to gain humanity and then lose it again?

    Well, it does not matter. You don't have to justify your position to me or to anybody else for that matter.

    I am just saddened.

  • Vasu

    Sunny -- What a poignant post. It brought tears to my eyes. I have never been able to understand the sheer debauchery of the human spirit that makes parents and elders indulge in the forceful desensitization of children who share a natural, and innocent empathy with animals around them.

    I was raised vegetarian as part of my culture but after seeing this movie, it is very clear that the only ethically consistent position is to be vegan.

    It is crystal clear to me. I also understand that some people (and many of them are represented in a cross section of the responders here) are just insensitive and lack the fundamental empathy that defines our humanity.

    I cannot condemn them because the humanity has been brutalized out of them by conditioning at an earlier point in their lives, just like it was attempted on you.

    You survived the process and retained your compassion -- they unfortunately were not able to do so.

    It's a tragedy all around, for them, and for the helpless animals who suffer our tyranny everyday and needlessly so, because we just cannot or will not be bothered.

  • Vasu

    Sunny -- What a poignant post. It brought tears to my eyes. I have never been able to understand the sheer debauchery of the human spirit that makes parents and elders indulge in the forceful desensitization of children who share a natural, and innocent empathy with animals around them.

    I was raised vegetarian as part of my culture but after seeing this movie, it is very clear that the only ethically consistent position is to be vegan.

    It is crystal clear to me. I also understand that some people (and many of them are respresented in a cross section of the responders here) are just insensitive and lack the fundamental empathy that defines our humanity. I cannot condemn them because the humanity has been brutalized out of them by conditioning at an earlier point in their lives, just like it was attempted on you.

    You survived the process and retained your compassion -- they unfortunately were'nt able to do so. It's a tragedy all around, for them, and for the helpless animals who suffer our tyranny everyday and needlessly so, because we just cannot or will not be bothered.

  • ArtSaves

    People who own animals for food are not people I care to be around. Small family farm or not, I will never understand that way of thinking. To an extent one needs to detach themselves from that creature in order to take its life. The beauty of animals is getting to know them I think. It just goes against everything I believe in to kill them. People getting by can also plant gardens.....I still dont see an excuse to take a life when there are alternatives.
    I do not live in a city and I am familiar with the practices of my local farms. Hunting is big here too which is another sore subject for me. The farms though were the first places I looked when I thought about changing my diet. I still dont see the benefits of them really other than they are not factory farms. And, I dont care if you sing the chicken a lullaby before you slaughter it. Murder is murder. All life is precious and if you dont need meat to survive then you shouldn't be eating it. Period. I dont need to understand a sustainable animal diet, I have no desire to go down that road other than acknowledging its lesser impact on the planet. But that's where it ends and this is where we hit the proverbial brick wall because I dont think we will see eye to eye on this subject ever. I respect life enough to leave it alone as best I can and you take the initiative to be part of its ending. I find that extremely sad for you, especially that you defend it. Do you need a chicken sandwich or a burger that bad Snow? Really?..........
    You have a point with the computer thing. A lot of these technical gadgets are no good and one day I would love to be rid of them when I'm out of school. Hopefully I can discard them in a safe way. But for now a computer is a necessary evil in my life....unlike meat which is not necessary at all. As for transportation, I read a report done by the UN a while back about car emissions vs. factory farming emissions. They said the waste from livestock created more methane and other gases than all of transportation did. I dont know how accurate that is but the UN typically has legit reports.

  • Snow

    The problem with resources and pollution you're pointing out again seem to come from overpopulation, which as I also mentioned before, it's problematic in every area of resource. Yes, it takes more to get a pound of beef than of soy beans , but if all production was localized, limited and organic, that problem would pretty much vanish, as would most every problem related to mass production. Waste is the problem. Massification is the problem. Greed is the problem. And those are universal, not exclusive to the food industry. So again, fighting meat eaters is fighting all the wrong people. Do you know what the production of these computers we're using does to the planet? From the extraction of metals, shipping, processing, assembly, finalizing, packaging, shipping again, sales? A single computer is way worse for the environment than a steak. A car is 10 times over.
    As for suffering, you can't generalize the conditions of mass slaugherhouses to small farms like that. It would be assuming everyone who owns animals for food is careless and sadistic. We here take all measures to make sure they don't suffer, that is instant and painless. I don't see why any small farmer who isn't pressed for production woulnd't either, they're just people getting by, not psychos.
    The "convenience" of the butcher's was all about me never learning to breed and salughter anything bigger than a goose myself.
    I think that just the same way you believe I never "understood" veganism, you don't understand an actual sustainable animal diet. It seems you've always lived in cities and never experienced life in a rural area to really see how it goes. The reality here is not the reality of a 2 million city hungry for beef everyday. If I lived in the city I wouldn't mind being vegan again, in here, no need, no use.

  • ArtSaves

    How terribly unfortunate that you gave up on veganism. Those organic cows/chickens are still being slaughtered at USDA "regulated" slaughterhouses. A lot of the stuff you are seeing in Earthlings is what goes on in places like that. The last thing they know is fear, confusion, and pain. How you can look an animal in the eye and give it water then just be fine with it meeting its end like that is beyond me. I'm not surprised you gave up on the diet actually. Granted you aren't supporting factory farming and all but breeding cattle for food is still bad for the environment. "According to the USDA, it takes 16 pounds of grain and soy to produce one pound of beef." "On the average, it takes 2,500 gallons of water to make one pound of meat (much of this coming from irrigation of crops to feed animals)."- Is that not insanely inefficient? Or am I out of line for thinking that? I dont think so. Most sources say it takes easily twice as much water, land, and grain to produce meat then it does vegetables. And I haven't even started on methane emissions! I dont care if its organic or not. You can argue this until the sun comes up but a meat based diet is not the way to go for a planet with limited resources. This moral dilemma we dont see eye to eye on is not going to be solved because you quit being vegan out of the convenience of a local organic butcher coming to town. Clearly you dont grasp the whole meaning of veganism and never have.

  • Snow

    I didn't mean we are to blindly follow our local traditions, I was just explaining that there are things that are taboo simply because of that, tradition. I wasn't raised in a society where eating dogs is practiced, but there are such societies and they would have a hard time understanding why other people would consider it wrong. Doesn't mean everyone in it does eat dog meat, or that anyone raised elsewhere wouldn't.

    And I most certainly don't agree with mistreating animals. Which is exactly why I raise chickens and buy organic. I can actually see the cows I eat, I live right beside the pastures, there are no fences, sometimes they come to my garden and I give them water. I still don't see why it's wrong for me to eventually feed off them.
    I'm not supporting any mega slaughterhouse that keeps cows in production lines and screws the environment around it.

    I also take no exceptional pride in my place in the food chain, but as I said, I also don't demonish it. I don't believe we're a cancer on this earth, nor that we are the chosen species or whatever. We just are. And we are making a shitload of mistakes, but I think this particular mistake is to be handled differently than just abolishing this type of diet altogether.

    I'd seen other documentaries about meat. I never had any misconceptions about where it comes from. I was a vegan for 4 years and stopped about 3 years ago 'cause this organic butcher's shop opened here. Before that, I just ignored the chicken meat going around our house.
    So I really do think this anger towards meat eaters is uncalled for. I'm well aware of what I'm doing and I don't find it to be wrong, not 'cause my society taught me so, or 'cause it allows me to, but 'cause I came to that conclusion.

  • ArtSaves

    Well I was born in a Christian nation and I'm not Christian just like I was born in an omnivorous household but I dont eat meat...Are you saying we should just blindly follow what the masses are doing? We choose what we do with our mind and bodies, society should not choose that for us. The masses, I have found, are almost always wrong. Being raised in a certain area does not give one an excuse to partake in certain behaviors it just makes them more likely to do it.
    Having pets is different. We have created this impossible predicament for them if we were to just throw up our hands and not care for them anymore. To let them run free in society means almost certain death. If you rescue an animal and give it love and a better life than it would have on the street that's a lot different then raising it for food, especially in a factory farmed environment where it is denied basics like fresh air and sunlight. 99% of our meat in this country comes from factory farms by the way.
    Just because we as a species are different does not give us the right to do what we do to other species...especially when we know what we are doing and we have the knowledge to choose better. The right thing to do, the MORAL thing to do is to chose the better option. It is one thing to eat them but then to use them for our own sick amusement, for fashion, etc is wrong and doesn't make me very proud to be part of this race. We are the only race that goes to war. The only race that has issues with racism. Its certainly nothing to brag about once we destroy everything and laugh and boast the whole way to oblivion. Choosing to tread lighter on this earth and be kinder is something a lot of us need to learn to do, and yes we should do that with everything we consume not just food. Veganism is part of that. It's a lifestyle and one that will benefit generations a lot more in the future.
    I think a lot of people on here have misplaced anger. They see evil things done and they see the ones who partake in them as the wrong doers and lash out as a result. I think if you know the facts and the impact of your actions and still continue to turn away and ignore then that's when you deserve a bit of harsh words. If youre ignorant than that's not exactly your fault and a whole group of people like meat eaters shouldn't be put down for their ignorance. Chances are most meat eaters out there are like this women I saw interviewed not too long ago who had no idea pork came from a pig, or even an animal for that matter. People are completely disconnected from the source of the products they consume. That's dangerous.
    I just hear from so many people how they couldn't imagine someone kicking a dog as they chow down on their burger. That spent dairy cow they are are eating had its children stolen from it, its life and energy drained from it in those most cruel ways, and they are concerned about a dog getting kicked? Its just the way people look at things is backwards but again that goes back to education. Most people when they see footage like in Earthlings are going to not want to support it. So thank goodness for Earthling:-)

  • Snow

    I have no idea if we'll be able to support 9 billion people. Nobody does, it's all guess at this point. But the diet of every single one of those people wouldn't be more or less of a problem than any other basic need. Our problem with resources permeates everthing we consume.
    And yes, I don't eat my cats 'cause I wasn't raised in an environment where that's done. If I was born in Canton I would eat dogs. If I was born in India I wouldn't eat beef. I was born in the whatever Amazonian community that eats snakes that's what'd eat, and so on.
    The fact that I even own pets goes against their nature, and by consequence, their choice. Just 'cause at some point the chicken ends up on the table and the cat on a grave doesn't make it any better or worse for either. I didn't mistreat them, they lived well for their time and did what they were raised for. Do you think having a dog is completely altruistic?
    We're a different kind of animal. There is no other single species on this planet that even remotely resembles what we do. A rabbit is eaten by a predator and 'cause they have no power of discernment it's okay, but because I do it's not? I don't buy that. My place in the food chain doesn't make me tyrannical just as it doesn't make a lion tyrannical or a rabbit a victim. It is how it is and it has nothing to do with man-made social impositions like slavery.

    And if you'll note, I opened the message addressing it especially for those vegans who do feel like they're more of a person than me 'cause I eat my chickens.
    I'm not forcing anything on anybody and I don't want it forced down on me either.
    I watched the documentary and saw nothing new. We are consuming EVERYTHIG, not just foodstuff, without conscience. And then I see the comments and I'm being called dirt and everybody agrees. Hell yeah, fuck them meat eaters, they alone are screwing the planet! It makes me angry and disappointed. All this energy going to the wrong place...

    Well, so be it...
    When the time comes for me, I'll shut up and eat my chickens, thank you.

  • ArtSaves

    Snow- Being vegan is about doing the least amount of damage to the earth, animals, and your body. Plant based diets require less land and less water to produce and they are the least cruel. That is a fact. Some of your points are valid as far as the negative impacts of mass production is concerned. I think its important for people to buy local and organic whenever they can. That is better for everyone and certainly the environment. Or plant your own garden like I do. But to say its a choice to eat meat when you are pushing that choice onto an unwilling participant is what is bothersome and makes you morally challenged. Your choice to eat that chicken is going against the chickens choice and right to live. You are imposing your views/choices onto someone else. If you wouldn't eat your pet cat then why eat a chicken? Because society tells you to? Society once told us to enslaves Africans...was that right? Being vegan isn't this high and mighty thing. Its just about putting others existences and right to live a happy life into consideration. We are not the only species on this earth and we need to stop acting like it. That way of thought is damaging and extremely selfish. If you can find nourishment from a source that does not suffer and has a less negative impact on the planet why wouldn't you? The effect may be small but with your fork you can help make a difference. I believe that. Cut down the demand and the supply goes down as well. Veganism/Vegetarianism is growing and as our population grows in time more and more people will have to make the switch. We simply dont have enough land and water to keep up with our addiction to flesh to feed upwards of 9 billion people. Fact. So I hope you can get over it and shut up when that time comes for you.

  • Snow

    You proud vegans demonishing meat eaters for their health and lack of character might wanna check out how ANY type of food is mass produced nowdays.
    Here's what you will find bascially: everything's got crap in it. Everything is consequentially predatory.

    Forests are burned down and local fauna is destroyed just as much for grain and produce growth as for pasture. Chemicals from plantations anihilate environments as much as waste from animal herding.
    There's just as much crap in an apple as there is in a tuna fish.
    Greedy corporations run the game in all sectors. Nobody is saving anything by refusing to consume this or that bit of the production. It just goes to waste.

    The best you can do to minimize your part in it is buy local and organic ("multinational organic" is a joke, I hope you're aware) and hope the environment there isn't already too fucked up.
    Note however, that "local and organic" includes animal products.

    I grow tomatoes, my grandma raises chickens. I pick tomatoes, my grandma kills the chickens. We eat the cleanest possible chicken tomatoe soup.
    See how that works? The chicken lived, the chicken died. It helped me live. Someday I'll day, something will eat me. The end.

    The point being, it's a choice, simply. Don't wanna eat beef? Think lettuce is less desgusting on the long run? Awsome. Eat whatever you want, be glad you got food on the table and shut up about it.

    You're not saving the world with your fork.

  • ArtSaves

    Humans are OPPORTUNISTIC CARNIVORES. Look it up. We eat meat out of convenience but can do fine with out it. How do I know? I'm vegan. No eggs dairy meat or animal products of any kind. And guess what?! I'm as fit as a fiddle! I even know vegan children, that unlike your article suggests, are physically fit and can keep up with or exceed their peers in intelligence. Many doctors now are promoting plant based diets as a means to an end of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Cancer is even a lower risk factor with this diet. Like it or not the human body is closer to that of an herbivores. We respond better to diets low in fats and high in nutrients that plants are excellent in providing with no ill effects unlike with animal protein. Our anatomy shows it too in our teeth, jaw, and intestines especially.
    Who says we only have to produce animal based foods? It sounds like that is what you are suggesting when there are so many alternatives to meat and dairy that we can be producing instead. (By the way dough can be made without eggs or butter very easily.) Not only would this diet be healthier but it would use less of the planets resources to provide it. Livestock suck up loads of grain and water. Much more than that of plants. Why filter our nutrients through another living and miserable being when we can eat it directly from the source? We are ruining the planet with factory farming. You make a fuss about kids starving...well what exactly do you think is going to happen when we suck the planet dry of every last resource to sustain our diet of flesh? I recently read that if the human population raises up to 9 billion like is predicted by the middle of the century we will need at least 2 additional planet earths to sustain an animal based diet for all of those people. Future generations are awaiting a wasteland. Children are dying in other countries because of starvation as we speak too. If the US cut down our meat intake just a minuscule amount we could feed the grain intended for livestock to hundreds of hungry human mouths in impoverished nations. But we are too busy stuffing our faces with $1 burgers and turning the our cheek. How blind we are. This system is selfish and cruel and no matter what you say to defend it it is just in vain and with very little consideration for your planet, your health, or the well being of Gods creatures. There is no excuse for this. None. I'm very saddened by your apathy on the subject of animal suffering. There was a lot more than name calling going on in this documentary if you paid attention to it at all. Would you treat your dog or cat like that? I dont see a difference. Why eat some but subject others to hell on earth? Every way you look at this subject it is wrong to defend it. To defend it is literally insane because it is your own undoing and that of all that you love and care about. Get a clue and some compassion too while you're at it!

  • john f

    Instead of not 'buying or using anything that i don’t know where it comes from again', why not opt out of supporting animal exploitation and suffering altogether and give up meat and other animal products?

    Even organic/local/free range etc meat, dairy and eggs involves vast amounts of suffering and of course death for the animals involved. Unless you're buying from a person who sells eggs layed by a couple of chickens in their back garden you are contributing to the animal exploitation shown in the film above. Why not go vegan? Its easier and more enjoyable than people seem to imagine!

  • emma smith

    The problem is, 'free range' doesn't always mean what you think - for example for chickens to be classed as free-range they ony have to have access to the outside, but there may only be one tiny door in a huge shed so many chickens are never able to reach the outside and remain in filthy, cramped conditions.

    Also, even 'free range' and organic (and other so called cruelty free terms) usually still involve painful practises such as de-beaking and not forgetting the slaughter of surplus unwanted male chicks and calfs (even in the very 'best' farms). And then theres the matter of the 'spent' animals, too old to milk, lay eggs etc. They all ultimately suffer and die needlessly.

    Many people think buying from local and smaller farms is the answer (and whilst I would agree it is marginally better than buying from factory and industrial farms), by doing so you are still supporting and thus contributing to animal suffering and ultimately unnecessary death.

    It would be extremely difficult to lead a lifestyle completely free of any connection to animal exploitation but a vegan diet and lifestyle aims to reduce an individuals effect on animal suffering as much as possible. Its the least we owe to the animals who as EArthlings points out, give so much to us.

  • sarah abbott

    You 'almost' became a vegetarian?! What on earth is stopping you after seeing this film? Sorry, but there is no valid argument for eating meat other than one's own greed or laziness,

  • Mr. Zero

    What a shame. What a shame to be a human...

  • lindsay

    i have been vegetarian for 4 years and i just recently went vegan. this topic is something that makes me feel so passionate and so self aware. i'm proud to call myself a vegan and to tell people why i am. i wish that i could change the world but i'm also happy just being part of a community concerned with animal welfare. i think that some just prefer ignorance and i think that's the saddest thing of all.
    sometimes when i feel overwhelmed with meat eaters in my life i just feel as if i'm too sensitive and i can't accept that all beings experience pain but this documentary helps me to see that animals don't deserve the pain they're subjected to. i just wish i could play it over in my head all day.

  • Mr. zero

    Anyone interested in forming an underground organization called "human revolution"?

    Intention:
    Destroy these companies/plants shown above.

    How to:
    Everything possible. Be it illegal or not. I dont care.

    Just asking.

  • Jenny

    "Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet"
    ~ Albert Einstein

    Whatever people's reasons for becoming vegetarian, they will make a significant impact on the fight to save planet earth. By not eating meat, they not only save animal lives but they are protecting the environment. Not eating meat reduces deforestation, water consumption, their ecological footprint, their carbon foot print, and so many other environmental concerns, as well as improving human health! If you don't care about the welfare of animals, that's your business, but if you are concerned about the destruction of our planet, then vegetarianism is still a huge step in the right direction.
    Check out this website. You will be amazed by all the good that the people you are frustrated with are doing. :)

    http://hubpages.com/hub/whyvegie

  • Hester

    Anyone who eats meat should be forced to watch this. With their eyes pinned open if needs be.

  • Porkenheimer

    Humans are not meant to eat meat , but their bodies can handle some meat eating for survival reasons ...

    There is absolutely no need for humans to eat meat in a normal peace time situation ,and a
    proper lacto-vegetarian diet is what the human
    body thrives on best ...

    It's not just the brutal killing that is the problem , but the horrible "life" and abuse
    prior to the slaughter ...

    And then , the universal mother cow should
    never be killed ( much less abused ... ), that
    is REALLY bad karma ( that's why there are so
    many wars , droughts etc... )

    P.S. Slaughterhouses are for extremely backwards / retarded barbaric societies ...

  • ALK2705

    agggr...ment to say human uses brain to create constant production of food…so the rest of the society could think of how to make a cell phone for you...it is different way of evolution…

  • ALK2705

    why don't you try to live like a lion for 24 hours...lion uses his strength...human uses brain to create constant production of food...it is different way of evolution...so the rest of the society could think of how to make a cell phone for you

  • ALK2705

    well, animals do kill when they are hungry only...that's what different in humans...we do PLAN and think in advance, not only when our instincts talk to us...but how would that work with 6 billion people? or at least over 300 millions in the USA? where would everybody get a supply at any given minute to satisfy their hunger without mass production of food? plus the general labor was divided between individuals back in...don't even know...stone age?...in order to evolve, some had to go hunting and some had to think on the wheel...that's why animals still navigate by basic instincts and we use satellite GPS, fly to space e.t.c...If your doctor would get hungry would it better for him to get a turkey sandwich or go and shoot the bore or cut some crops by himself? People CAN NOT STOP producing food...
    and just out of curiosity? if you are vegetarian do you also avoid every animal product? Butter? Eggs? Cheese or anything that contains it? Dough? Cream? Any cream containing food?...Cause demand in all those products still help meet producing industry including slaughter houses...

  • ALK2705

    Ok,pointless and supposedly sad movie...for people who have never ever thought of how are animals are used, killed, treated e.t.c... I personally DO NOT understand why so many people sound surprised...since that brings a question WHAT DID YOU THINK IT WAS LIKE??? before you saw this? That animals are happy running and jumping on the green Jolly Farm? Or maybe you personally would like to undergo that monkey crush test, in order for medicine to have the solution for people who actually get brain trauma? Or give you child a vaccine that never been tested on any living being?
    Of course animals are being killed cruelly without any anesthesia...people, be realistic ...think of the amount of animals to be killed DAILY to have a fresh chicken wrap in your grocery every single morning e.t.c...can anybody thing for a second of what the price of $3-$4 chicken would be like? the price of anasthesia + the extra time it would require plus more money to be paid to the workers what brings us back to price of the final product ...and the drug would stay in the meat...even though I'm pretty sure the average meat is packed with hormones and other crap... the population needs to eat, our body NEEDS meet especially children (here is at least one source+human are NOT herbivores by all physical meaning, we are predators whether you like it or not our bodies are build as predators with the ability to digest meat and other animal products...enjoy reading http://www.healthylivingnyc.com/article/117 )
    Next, lets say ok, think of stopping little pigs and veals with little shiny eyes from suffering by letting them go, closing factories or whatever your perfect scenario might be...it will be our kids starving in a day or two, loosing weight, have mussels development problems...not only kids by the way would starve...after you take out all the products that contain meat, milk, eggs, butter (dough contains butter and eggs if you didn't know...mmm,pizza...) and cheese from the store, 310 millions of Americans plus another 10 millions illegal immigrants in US would have a huge fricking corn lovers party...
    The movie is true its very sad that animals have such a life, but take off that sad melody on the background, forget about very rude guy who called the pig a "bitch"...and you will get regular people doing their regular, routing, daily job in order to bring us the joy of Ronald McDonald's BigMacs and happy meals as well as the joy of the Thanksgiving turkey dinner...
    ...damn it, can't stop thinking of this pizza now!!!

  • Leprosita

    How can you compare a hungry animal killing another in freedom to our system??? I'm not talking about killing an animal, did you see the quality of life that the dead animal you bought in the supermarket has? I would like to see you get your meal the way the lion does, it would be right.
    Sorry for the poor english.

  • Leprosita

    Read Darwin, ignorant. "people that don’t eat meat die sooner"....that's the most stupid sentence I've read in ages. We don't need meat, read, it doesn't hurt.

  • Leprosita

    "people that don’t eat meat die sooner"....hahahaha. That's probably the most stupid thing that I've read in years. I suppose that you want to believe it to be able to continue eating what you like without having problems with your conscience, but the people like I prefer hearing what someone informed in the matter says, as Darwin (he was vegetarian), that the comments of a teenager without studies that surely has McDonald's as pillar of his healthy diet...

  • Cobus Steyn

    The Human Race?
    The biggest mistake God ever made...
    Brilliant movie!

  • Porky

    Meat eaters are low scum ...

    Cow and bull killing is especially sinful , because
    they are the universal mother and father ...

    Mass torture and slaughter of animals produces very
    bad karma , which will lead to WW3...

    P.S. When I look at a meat eater in the eyes , I'm supposed to jump in the gGanges to purify myself !!!

  • isabella

    Most people act annoyed that I do not eat animals(like I need to be accommodated, and somehow a pain in the ass).

    I have had people at work decide I have an eating disorder because I dont eat the hotdogs at the employee picnics, lol) I often wonder where this judgemental attitude about food comes from. I could care less what other people eat.

    I refuse to explain myself to them cause I dont have to. And it is interesting to me that a person who watches this film and eats animals feels like they have to explain why they do.

  • helen

    you are such a fucking person who deserved to die in pain. stupid, go and kill yourself.

  • Julia Pepper

    Do you live in a different world? Are you not a human being? Weird wording in that post!

  • Joe

    Sunny,
    I must admit I cried for you after reading your comment. After reading yours and some others I won't even watch the documentary because I know in my heart that it too will haunt me everyday. I'm not completely vegetarian yet but I'm trying real hard and I'm sure if I watch the film it would put me over the top but I just can't watch. Good luck to you.

  • Hannah Duex

    Why the heck would you do this to poor animals! I am 13 years old and I probably don't know alot, but I do know that animals deserve better than this. The animals in shelters should be euthenized not put in gas chambers!!!

  • Chaan

    People are just in the beginning of understanding - in the end humanity will have to understand the whole system - that we live in a biosphere - and it's different chemical and biological and weather subsystems but that won't happen until it's too late. There is no one that has a good idea on how to efficiently decimate Earth's population to 3 billions which is what it can take, becuase if someone had a good idea, then it would have been done - what is coming is ecological depletion. It will take some 1300 years from now to devastate the planet thoroughly. All we can wish for is that the apedescendants have not managed to colonize hence infest space by then.

  • Done

    Im ashamed beeing a human after watching this, I don´t want to be a part of this, but I am, we all are. I´ve been vegetarian for some while but now i´ll be Vegan and i´ll think about everything that I buy, goodbye lether jacket. I really didn´t want to see this movie, but im happy i did, thank you for makining it. mutch love.

  • Cat Lady

    When I couldn't take it and had to look away I could still hear the screaming. The screaming is enough for me....it haunts me. This film certainly affected me. I think its important for us all to watch this, no matter how uncomfortable it may be at times. It's the truth of our situation and our impact in this world. I commend Shaun Monson for making this...and I commend all of you who take it to heart and make the right decisions. Caring is a muscle...the more you use it the stronger it becomes!

  • Chopkinator

    Took me several attempts to get through this, but I'm glad I managed to watch it all. MUST WATCH doesn't begin to describe the importance of this doc. Look online for the directors 5 minute spiel about how Bush managed to get the word terrorist applied to animal rights activists. Scary stuff. Thank you for having the balls to make this doc.

  • Leighton

    it is one thing to know that these things happen, but to actually see it is a completely different thing altogether. I have suggested that everyone watch this, though it is difficult to see, i feel that everyone should SEE the truth whether they want to or not. I cried many times during this documentary and to the creators i say thank you for opening my eyes.

  • I know better than you

    "pain and suffering are in themselves bad"
    That's what they said in the movie somewhere close to the ending.
    This is simply not true. Pain is just a sign, a signal from the body saying "hey, something's wrong with you". It is not bad in any way. It actually HELPS.

  • Sunny

    I couldn't watch Earthlings. I watched a bit, and saw a cow being murdered, and that alone has been haunting me for months. I don't know why I even started to watch it because I don't need documentaries to motivate me. I just need to draw on childhood memories, because I saw it live, in person. I grew up on a farm that raised cattle. It was free range - our cows spent the summers in the green pastures and the winters closer to home eating the baled hay, alfalfa, and oats that my father grew himself. Picture perfect, right? Wrong. Our cows may have had amazing lives, but their deaths were still horrible. For people who think they're doing animals a favour by only eating free-range meat, don't kid yourselves - a murder on a quaint little farm isn't much different from murder in a slaughterhouse. There is still pain, suffering, FEAR, betrayal, and blood. So much blood. The cows were all sold when my parents retired. So they ended up in a slaughterhouse anyway. I became a vegetarian at the age of 13, much to the dismay of my family. What prompted me? Seeing a cow laying on the ground, bawling and screaming in pain, because the bullet didn't kill her, and watching my Grandpa bend down and use a sharp knife to slit her throat...My parents forcing me to eat a cow that they had butchered - a cow that I had tamed and would come to me to get pet and to get treats like apples and carrots...Hearing the chickens screaming as their heads were shoved between two nails on a board (so they couldn't move) right before the axe fell. And yes, they do "jump" when their heads are cut off...Being forced to help with plucking the feathers...I can still recall the smell, almost 20 years later. I could go on and on. During the day, when I'm at work, I have to censor my thoughts to make sure that they don't stray to those memories because even after all these years, the tears are almost instant. The worst part of it is that I will NEVER, EVER make up for the first 13 years of my life when I lived as an omnivore. That is a guilt I will carry with me until I die. When you become a vegetarian it's like getting a new pair of eyes. You perceive everything so differently. It's kind of like being the first kid in your group of friends that stops believing in Santa Claus. Or like being unplugged from the matrix. You wonder what the heck was wrong with you before - how you could have been so blind and ignorant. How you could have thought you were doing your body good by filling it with death and suffering. How you could so conveniently compartmentalize which animals were pets, and which animals were food. Last year I became Vegan, and even through that change, I look back at my vegetarian days in horror and ask myself what in the world took me so long to see the light, and how I was even remotely justifying the the use of free-range eggs. My point is - watch Earthlings and make the switch to a Vegan, or at least a Vegetarian lifestyle. Appreciate that you can watch it on TV, and you don't have to see it, and smell it, and feel it in person like I did. Appreciate that you have the luxury of stopping the film when you can't take it anymore. And then instead of moping and feeling sad about it, do something and stop eating animals. If a 13 year old girl could do it, in an area of Canada where vegetarianism is still almost taboo, I'm sure you can handle it too. For me at age 13, it took a short hunger strike to convince my Mom I was serious, and she may as well stop trying to sneak dead animals into my food. Many people comment about how much willpower it must take to be vegetarian/vegan. I've never understood this. I went from feeling disgusting and guilty as I was eating meat one day, to never eating meat again, and feeling free. Like I'd been in the dark, and someone turned on the lights. It takes about as much willpower for me not to eat animals, as it takes for a meat-eating human not to eat other people. I'm very low on the food chain. I can't even comprehend animals as food. I can't even eat fake meats marketed towards vegetarians/vegans. Once you change the entire way you perceive your fellow earthlings, willpower will be a non-issue.

  • African Bee

    humans.
    to evolve, one must take care of the cattle for others to have time to think on new solutions for mankind to evolve.
    and no whining about it
    a lazy creature is not born lazy, it becomes lazy...

  • noblsht

    the last time i checked compassion was considered to be a virtue,(a good thing} can a person have to much compassion, can a person be to merciful,not in a religion called Christianity, most here would consider themselves Christian or at least respectful of Christianity ,in this twisted moronic world it is considered a character flaw or weakness to be compassionate!!!!!!!!! if this is your position,your very own life is of zero value,but you do not wants to deal with these issues, it is easier not to care!

  • Dave

    Human is the most dangerous species which live on this earth.

  • Julie Ann Zserdin

    I was applaud and sickened by this movie. I cried for weeks, could not sleep or eat. I could not believe humans could be this cruel.
    It is true animals in the wild kill viviously, and often animals that are the prey die slow horrible deaths. but that is wild animals not humans that can think and have choices as to what we wear, eat, what entertainment we see etc etc. we are not wild animals we are suppose to be humans and have the intelligence to treat all creatures with respect and humanely. anyone who can say using animals the way this movie shows is ethical, natural, acceptable or doesnt turn instantly Vegetarian, i can only say you are heartless, and living in total denial.

    I pray this movie changes lives daily.

    I am so thankful I am aware of these astrocities and have choosen not to be a part of them any longer.

  • AndroidBoy420

    If I do it a little bit cheaper I can make a little more money.
    How many of the world's evils can be tracked down to this process?

    "I will feed you and clothe you." One day, we may rely again on the animal as our ancestors did, and face to face with them, we will again show them the respect they deserve.

  • Karma

    This response is for Brad..you say that its the nature of things.However the difference here is that animals dont have the same consciousness as humans.For instance they get hungry so they kill.Humans have the ability to STOP and make a choice.It is up to us to make the proper decisions and it is my hope that more people will become empathetic with others suffering.If you were suffering at the hands of another would you want help,mercy??????
    Also to address anyone whom thinks youll be malnutritioned without meat,well dear hearts I have been a vegan for over 20 yrs and I am not thin,I am healthy.

  • Karma

    This response is for Brad..you say that its the nature of things.However the difference here is that animals dont have the same consciousness as humans.For instance they get hungry so they kill.Humans have the ability to STOP and make a choice.
    Also to address anyone whom thinks youll be malnutritioned without meat,well dear hearts I have been a vegan for over 20 yrs and I am not thin,I am healthy.

  • Eric

    I am glad I am vegan. Why isn't everybody?

  • Eric

    I am a vegan of 2 years and about to watch this particular video for the first time. I should already say thank you, though. Does anybody else feel like meat eaters are paranoid schitzophrinics? It also seems like they are grossly misinformed about how people evolved in diet over time, how badly these animals really are suffering and that vegans/vegetarians are predominately some of the most caring and considerate people out there. If a veg person seems angry sometimes, it is only because we seem to be trying to move a mountain off a land mine with the struggle for a more humane world. Bad things don't have to be one or the other, by the way. They can coexist and are often linked if you look hard enough. Peace. Save an animal from suffering, or a human.

  • heather

    so are all carnivores "speciesists"?

  • Frances

    A very powerful and moving documentary. I am already vegan but have my moments of weakness, however this film has cemented for me how far wrong humanity has gone in its treatment of other creatures.

    I am not fundamentally opposed to humans eating meat, as many people on here have stated animals eating other animals is part of survival. However the mass farming, exploitation and murder that characterises the modern farming and fishing industries is a far cry from the small scale farming that was once employed by traditional communities, and is still employed by many indigenous cultures. It is also a far cry from hunting for meat as our early ancestors did. How many of us now would chose to eat meat if we had to hunt and kill it ourselves? Not many, and not only because many of us couldn't bare to murder an animal but also because it is unnecessary - if there was no animal produce in the shops we could survive, and be argubly healthier, on plant foods.

    Modern farming is not about survival, humans now eat vast quantites of animal produce that is not only unnecessary but also harmful to health. We do NOT need meat to get sufficient protein or iron. This is a myth perpetuated by the meat industry, just as we do not need to drink the milk of another animal to obtain calcium for strong bones; countries with the highest milk consumption have the highest rates of osteoporosis. There is no other animal that drinks the milk of another species throughout adulthood- it is non-sensical.

    There is no excuse for the despicably cruel way many animals are treated purely for our eating pleasure, entertainment and fashion whims. It is not only disgusting but also unsustainable for the planet and incapable of supporting the ever expanding population.

    For the sake of animals, the earth and human health and our future on this planet we seriously need to re-think our attitudes to animals. Becoming vegan may not prevent animal cruelty, but it actively makes a stand against it.

    Frances

  • GERRY

    Hi.

    Let me tell you a little about myself before I tell you how this documentary changed the course of my life.

    I loved meat, poultry, fish.

    I recently 2 1/2 years ago adopted my 1st pet, then over the course of the last two years adopted 2 more. I have three dachshunds in my family now. I love animals more then I ever have before.

    I'm 49 yrs young, married, and I have 3 daughters.

    I have been on a meat strike before, after seeing the movie "FAST FOOD NATION" I stopped eating meat for about 2 weeks, I lost my will power, and returned to my lifelong bad habit of eating murdered meat, and poultry.

    Then 5 weeks ago I was emailed by a friend, the Earthling Documentary.

    I was horrified. Afterwards, I was determined to surf the internet for more vid clips relating to animal cruelty.

    You name it, I saw it all; China fur farms; Skinning animals alive, slaughtering dolphins, Japanese whaling, Korean dog and cat eating, Cattle farms, animal shelter Gassing, ETC. I continued to see more horrible things.

    I’m not sure what MANKIND means anymore. MAN – KIND, I don’t think so.

    Afterwards, for about three days all I did was hug my three Dachshunds, and was very depressed.

    Since then I haven’t eaten any meat, poultry, or farmed raised fish. I only eat certain kinds of wild caught fish, but I do not know how long I'll keep up with the seafood. I may eventually give that up as well.

    I lost 11 lbs in 14 days, and a total of 28 lbs in past 5 weeks. My cholesterol level has begun to show improvement. I feel a lot better.

    I believe by eating murdered, tortured animals, the results of Cancer, obesity, poor health, food poisoning, slow deaths from certain illnesses, etc., is nature’s way of revenge.

    It’s amazing that when you purchase Murdered, tortured meats, poultry, furs, etc., you can get coupons, sale days, buy one-get one free, free turkeys or hams when you spend enough at your local supermarkets, etc.


    But in the end Evil has it’s price.

    Gerry

  • Mickey Mair

    Great work by Shaun Monson, who not only wrote, produced & directed this nice masterpiece of a documentary and shown us that the Human is the only animal who acts as an animal by killing the animal for his personal needs...a shame. Shaun you & your team deserves a loud round of applause for this great job very well done.

  • Ella

    My sincere thanks and upmost respect to the filmmakers - you have achieved more than you'll even know with this film. Triumphant.

  • Xtal

    Why can't you people leave your opinion on a topic without being nasty towards others? If you don't agree with something, how about stating your view on things politely without telling people to "grow up" or "wake up & get a life"??? It seems to me that people who make statements like this are the ones that need to grow up! Or better yet, keep your stupid comments to yourself & don't bother posting something on a forum about treating animals equally!

  • Apocalypse

    one word... "wonderful"

  • remy

    I think most of you people should go take a safari and check out how lions often eat their meals. Their victims are often eaten alive, and if not, bleed to death from missing a limb or severed throats. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that picture. A pig or beef killed in a butchery seems to be a quick death compared to the way thousands of animals are killed by other animals each day. Seriously guys, grow up, creatures eating creatures is the only reason life is still growing on earth and humans are no exceptions. If as human we never killed animals for their leathers and warm clothing, we would never be here today. Not to mention, alot of domesticated animals would just die to the hands of numerous predators in the wild without human interventions.

  • linda Sigal

    Dear movie watchers-
    I am vegetarian as well as being an excelent cook.
    It requires more time but perhaps that is what must introduced into our daily lives.
    Vegetarian food is delicious. If you ate the food I consume daily you would never even think of meat and its rapid and expedient protein source. You would never get fat or have cholesterol.
    Tonight for dinner i will be serving Vegetarian lasagna with courgettes tomatos, brinjals, and spinach. A mixed salad with red cabbage, rocket and watercress, sprinkled with chives and thyme.
    Please do the research and rid yourself of the protein myth.
    Another of my star dishes involve the humble potato- Gratin dauphinois- rusti- potatoes oninon cumin and chilies-boiled and golden roasted potatos-potato puree- potato salad.

    Pulses- chick peas tomato parsley cumin coriandre and mint-
    Fresh borlotti beans ( or soaked dried beans) with tinned tomatos and garlic and basil.
    Humus, melinzana salata,Greek salad, dosas, puris. papadums
    fulcas, spaghetti with pine nuts and rosemary.....

    Orange and dried fig salad, apple crumble-

    Vegetarian food is not deprivation ( please look to india and the middle east for serious inspiration)
    It is liberating yourself from the suffering of other fellow creatures. It is being creative and fair.
    Do experiment and discover the difference.
    Forget postulating and proselatizing as our friend above is
    doing.
    Bon Apetit

  • linda Sigal

    Dear movie watchers-
    I am vegetarian as well as being an excelent cook.
    It requires more time but perhaps that is what must introduced into our daily lives.
    Vegetarian food is delicious. If you ate the food I consume daily you would never even think of meat and its rapid and expedient protein source. You would never get fat or have cholesterol.
    Tonight for dinner i will be serving Vegetarian lasagna with courgettes tomatos, brinjals, and spinach. A mixed salad with red cabbage, rocket and watercress, sprinkled with chives and thyme.
    Please do the research and rid yourself of the protein myth.
    Another of my star dishes involve the humble potato- Gratin dauphinois- rusti- potatoes oninon cumin and chilies-boiled and golden roasted potatos-potato puree- potato salad.

    Pulses- chick peas tomato parsley cumin coriandre and mint-
    Fresh borlotti beans ( or soaked dried beans) with tinned tomatos and garlic and basil.
    Humus, menlinzana salata,Greek salad, dosas, puris. papadums
    fulcas, spaghetti with pine nuts and rosemary.....

    Orange and dried fig salad, apple crumble-

    Vegetarian food is not deprivation ( please look to india and the middle east for serious inspiration)
    It is liberating yourself from the suffering of other fellow creatures. It is being creative and fair.
    Do experiment and discover the difference.
    Forget postulating and proselatizing as our friend above is
    doing.
    Bon Apetit

  • Bryan, Canada

    Of course like most choosing to leave a comment or two on this board I was very disturbed at the sheer immensity of cruel actions toward animals on our planet (though not surprised).
    Many of us do avoid these types of videos or topics because of the immense weight on our mind that they can bear on us. What is the point of it? to watch a video such as this, or to share it with others. Is it to promote a non meat diet, or show and confirm the sin and wickedness that we as humans are capable of. I believe that videos such as this shatter harmful paradigms in our lives. They strip us of our ignorance and leave us with the bare unforgiving truth. If how the truth is presented and received becomes the debate, then we are allowing ourselves to avoid the point, and are just creating a new paradigm to control the damage of the one we just shattered.
    Truth's above comment "Human beings are stupid your world is about to die, your being robbed by the banking cartel.. and your worried about what your diet and the treatment of that pig that just became your ham sandwich… Get a fuckin life, wake up idiots wake up…" may have been crude in word but does challenge us to not become so focused on the issue directly at hand, but to add it to the big picture like a piece of the puzzle. In my opinion even the bankers, governments, jesuits, 2012, Nibiru, fema, and other conspiracy topics all are pieces to the grander puzzle. That our existance on this planet is not one of mortality through survival by "having" to grow food in such factories and turn a blind eye to such atrocities to live. But rather that or existance on this planet is a spiritual one. How we coexist with our fellow man, with nature, and the animals on our planet refects our spiritual state.
    The point, the question in all of this then becomes a spiritual one of accountability for our actions or lack of action once ignorance is stripped away. We are care takers of our planet and responsible for its treatment. Though we may not be able to stop all of these tragedies, not becoming a willing participant looking on with approval, does have a spiritual impact on us and others, which in turn will affect our physical world. Continuing on in our lives ignoring this with our now intentional ignorance, just takes us further from understanding the relationship God intended for us to have with Him, our fellow man and all creation.
    The final answer is one of relationship and obedience with the creator God. Who has given us freedom to choose wickedness or righteousness, and relationship or separation from the creator and His intended order for our planet and our coexistance with everything on it.
    I believe that these things are evidences of the potential tragic self destruction we are headed towards. I believe that God intends to return and sort those who have chosen wickedness or righteousness, relationship or separation and will after judgment create a new earth the way is was intended without sin or suffering.
    Don't miss the real point, debate, and question to these things. Do you have a relationship with the creator and are you walking in obedience to Him in how you live your life before you mortality runs out. I don't mean to preach but consider for yourselves the BIG picture as this heavy topic weighs on you. Maybe I'm a nut and have blown this out of hand and that's cool if you think that. But maybe I'm not and you've missed another hint(a major one at that)that the real issue IS a spiritual one not one about meat or veggies.

  • A.J.

    great documentary. but as usual, i do feel that everything on Earth should have a balance. If everyone turns into a vegetarian, there's bound to be overpopulation of some animals. Australia (if i'm not wrong) just recently announced that they are gonna kill camels cause of their steep increase of their population. And there is surely some cons of being a vegetarian that are not known to all yet. We are all entitled to our own opinion so lets just do what our guts tells us to.

    nonetheless, i do enjoy this documentary and it makes me wonder why i've always been procrastinating my vegetarian diet.

  • JV

    AN ABSOLUTE MUST SEE. One of the most spectacular, urgent and devastating documentaries of the decade.

    The film that dares to challenge the accepted norms and presents a stark but fair, gripping argument for taking animal issues seriously.

    Highlight the issues and provides realistic solutions.

  • padstowe

    Great video, sad thing to say really. Tragic, true, grotesque & sadly real video, is the only description i can find now. Reading most people's comments i can only ask, in a world where money is the true god, how did you think your meat got to your table?
    With the no. of meat eaters(including me)their is no other way of farming meat to deal with the demand. It is imposable for all meat today to be whats laughingly called "free range". Just turning vegetarian is little more than turning a blind eye, "i don't eat meat so my hands are clean". Our hands are never clean if we stand by while any type of atrocity is being done!
    I read recently "never judge a man by how he treats his equals, rather judge him by how he treats those he believes inferior to him". Maybe its time i listened to my own words & stopped being a hypocrite!!!!

  • Chris NZ

    This documentary has highlighted mans apetite for greed and power over other entities and the measures we are prepeared to pursue to achieve our goals, which is survival. But at what cost? and how far are we prepared to go? I wont steal from my neighbour plate, however I support this industry because I eat meat, and have used antibiotics to controll infection from trauma.
    I have witnessed cattle being slaughtered and it was nothing like what we have seen on this documentary,it was far more humane but still disturbing. It is an eye opener to see the total disregard for animals on all counts in this film. The question I ask is "what sort of person(s) would profit from this abuse". The method of killing those animals for fur with electricution rods and mouth plates, for example or the cow inverting machine so it chokes on its own blood. What sort of person could do that job, to put meat on the table. I did work in a meat factory so understand the bottom line is money, however there are some methods that need to be questioned here. Who would think of throwing a stray dog into a rubbish compactor? It is truely a reflection of the state of humanity at the more severe end of the scale. May I add truth has a point we might be stupid, however lets not give up quite yet and be reasured there are many good people out there working for the good of humanity that do actually care.

  • Mich307

    I'm so sad and had to stop watching when I heard 'gas chambers' for the stray animals! I'm not sure if I can even watch any more!

  • Anne

    this makes me sick. i dont understand how some people have the gut to do this stuff. this is incredibly sad. a person can be healthy without killing or ever harming an animal, therefore they take life of other creatures because of their appetite or pleasure.

  • Brad

    Everyone on this comment page has made valid points (yes even TRUTH to a certain extent). This is a very good documentary and it shows many disturbing images of how animals have and and are being treated but the fact is that becoming vegetarian based on moral standing is somewhat rediculous. Omnivor for life is correct in saying that human beings are biologically built to eat meat and the human population has grown so huge that if we were to all hunt our own food as ew keane suggests not only would wild populations of animals very quickly go extinct but many humans will starve to death.
    The one point that the film puts forward I disagree with is that we should stop killing animals for food because it causes them pain. If you look at the natural processes in the wild most animals die a painfull death. You can not tell me that being malled by a Lion is any less painfull than having your throught cut and bleeding to death. It is simply the way of things. Undue suffering is wrong and is prevalent and should be eliminated but painless killing is unrealistik.
    I do agree that things such as puppy mills, circuses and zoos should be a thing of the past however and waling should stop in order to preserve the whale population. I will also most likely never buy leather clothing again unless it comes from animals killed for meat as well as hide.

  • Aqua

    Human race is doomed and cursed by its own actions. The race that treats innocent creatures the way it does, will receive the same fate. How ironic it is that everything these people do to the innocent beings, in the end will receive the same fate one way or another. Whether it will be a Hitler or an Obama, this race will pay for its own sins. And not even Jesus will save them for they deserve no mercy. It is true, What goes around, Comes around! How much better it is go and live in between the animals for they will never betray you and disrespect you the way this race of humans does. The only 'ANIMAL'on this planet is a HUMAN.

  • anndiamond

    I grew up eating meat all the time, and after seeing this movie i will never ever eat any animal products...........i cried the whole way through, violent yes but thats the truth........this is what we have done and consider normal, well its not.......
    i am so glad i have seen this now my conscience will be clear......
    to think i ate veal as a child...........makes me want to be sick......i hope i am forgiven......

  • veronica

    I cried this is so sad. How can anyone do this? i will never buy or use anything that i don't know where it comes from again.

  • ew keane

    For a practcal solutions to producing food, take a look at the vids in the gardening section of this this site. Throw in with an organic farmer today, worry less about eating tomorrow.

    Get used to the idea of killing your own food rather than paying for it with your prisoner ducats.

    Use whatever ducats you can now to produce a winter stock, and find out where the natural game resides.


    City dwellers, beware. If the trucks stop rolling, you are doomed.

  • omnivour for life

    my view has not changed from watching this video. People won't change because a couple of people want to ruin it for everyone. Meaning driving up the prices of meat when it clearly is a substantial and mandatory part of your life. Face the facts people that don't eat meat die sooner for the lack of nutrition and usually have symptoms that can spread to innocent people who are true to their nature. That is being omnivorous. Human beings are omnivorous whether you like it or not.

  • Nikolay

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  • Jason

    TRUTH Says:
    “Human beings are stupid your world is about to die, your being robbed by the banking cartel.. and your worried about what your diet and the treatment of that pig that just became your ham sandwich… Get a fuckin life, wake up idiots wake up…”

    First of all, since the beginning of civilization, there have always been wars (e.g. Roman empire conquered most of the known world) or some kind of disaster (e.g. bubonic plague), and people have always thought that the world was coming to an end, yet we are still alive right now, aren't we?

    Second, do you seriously believe everything you see in these controversial documentaries and have you noticed how one sided all of them are? Do you think people would prefer watching documentaries about how perfect and flawless our world is, or documetaries about how much trouble our world is in? I think this question pretty much speaks for itself.

    If you ask me whether I believe everything I saw in Earthlings, I would say not entirely, because a lot of the clips were from over a decade ago and a lot could have changed. However personally I believe that the main ideals and goals of organizations have not, and many of the things highlighted in this documentary is definitely still happening today.

    Overall, amazing documentary and a great eye opener, will definitely be cutting down on meat consumption, I don't think I have the willpower to go completely vegetarian though...

  • Diddler

    TRUTH Says:
    "Human beings are stupid your world is about to die, your being robbed by the banking cartel.. and your worried about what your diet and the treatment of that pig that just became your ham sandwich… Get a fuckin life, wake up idiots wake up…"

    What you say shows your lack of understanding of the inter-connectivity of it all exposes in great clarity your under-developed thought process. Like a kid that pretends to be 'alpha' in the playground, yet cuddling up to his mother at night, you pretend to be wise, yet revel in ignorance when you go to bed at night.

  • TRUTH

    Human beings are stupid your world is about to die, your being robbed by the banking cartel.. and your worried about what your diet and the treatment of that pig that just became your ham sandwich... Get a fuckin life, wake up idiots wake up...

  • Schaefkr

    My actions from this video is that I will only eat food where I know the source. I will eat what I garden, fish or from local farms where I know the animals were treated humanily, etc. I guess free-range would be the term.

  • Dani

    This documentary pushed me over the edge to be a vegetarian. I have been eating little meat (maybe once or twice a month) for the last 6 months and this video has helped me to become a full vegetarian. I just wish that more people would watch it or that this film could actually be shown on tv.

  • sara

    I *do* like this documentary- however, it would be good if they could state their sources for facts and figures to make it a more robust production e.g. XXXX thousand chickens in "one building"- how big is the building?- that matters in terms of comprehension for the viewer.

    I still intend to go vegan but for those more cynical viewers, a bit more information might go a long way to meeting some questions that otherwise might allow them to dismiss the very good information presented here.

  • Michael

    In response to kyle's comment from March 29th, 2009: "I almost became a vegetarian after watching this" might just be the most tragic comment possible after having viewed this film. It seems that you may have missed entirely the point.

    To the makers, many thanks for your effort in the construction of this informative piece.

  • Cheong Suh Yu

    Very good video, I even cried... Thanks to this video, I'll treat all the living beings in the same way as I want to be treated. WE ARE ALL EARTHLINGS.

  • kyle

    Very good film, a must see, violent, gruesome, but everyone should know and see what happens and how food is put on your plate. Respect needs to be given. I almost became a vegetarian after watching this.

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