There are many films available that will help educate you regarding the current situation for animals. Top on the list is Earthlings. This film is difficult for many people to watch, but it may be helpful to learn the full extent of what is going on with respect to nonhuman animals. Beautifully photographed, it is narrated by Joaquin Phoenix. It is an awakening for many people and the filmmaker provides a forum for those who have seen the film to discuss what they have seen and how it has changed their view of life. While it does not advocate veganism, many people do make the commitment to a vegan lifestyle after watching the film. Be forewarned: this film shows the reality of what human beings are doing to animals and as such, is graphic and disturbing.
The Witness is available for viewing online at no cost. It is an excellent award-winning short about Eddie Lama, a New Yorker who runs a construction company and falls in love with a cat. Eddie’s transformation to an animal rights advocate is told by the man himself. Eddie now runs an animal advocacy organization, an animal sanctuary, and continues to run an animal-friendly construction company. In fact, many of his early rescues were of animals who came to construction sites. You won’t want to miss this moving story. It does contain some graphic footage of animal cruelty, so be forewarned.
Food, Inc. is a documentary about the state of agribusiness and the food you eat. It has a few clips of animal agriculture but is not as graphic as those found in other films. For more information about food issues, try The Future of Food, which reveals the problems with genetically modified organisms, whether plant or animal, as well as food, animal and seed patents that give multinational agribusinesses total control over food production. GMOs are currently being introduced into the global food supply without labeling, so there is no way for the consumer to avoid them.
The Cove reveals the genocide of dolphins in Tajii, Japan. The fishermen there consider dolphins as pests because they need fish to survive, and the fisherman want the fish for themselves. One of the problems with the killing of the dolphins is that they are contaminated with mercury, yet the local government has given the dolphins to school children for school lunches. There are graphic visions of the brutal killing of the dolphins, but this is another film that shows the destructiveness inherent in humans looking at themselves separate from their environment.
There are hundreds of films about animals, wildlife, nature and the environment to educate you, and many are available for viewing at no cost on the internet. Many libraries also offer films free for borrowing, too.
Once you are educated about what is happening to animals, you will be a better advocate for them and for veganism, too. Help animals – watch a movie!