These documentaries focus on a wide range of topics that consider the ethics of meat and animal welfare. These documentaries have had a profound impact on the way I perceive animals and my stance on animal products. I do not recommend these as a ploy to turn everyone vegan, I respect the choices you all choose to make. However, like all the posts on my blog, I like to provide resources to those that wish to seek them.
I would recommend these to the ethically conscious or the curious to test your own arguments as to why you choose (or don’t) to eat meat. Explore your own ethical choices and consider seeing the battle from both sides of the fence with the alternate perspectives in these films. Combined these documentaries cover a plethora of topics revolving veganism which provides those interested with information that has the power to change a perspective entirely.
Cowspiricy – Environmental
Cowspiricy is an environmental sustainability documentary that explores the impact of the animal agriculture industry on our planet. It was crowd-funded, and with the help of Leonardo DiCaprio, it is now available to watch on Netflix, including a segment in which he personally produced. Outside of his acting career Leonardo is a leading environmentalist who saw the need to promote this film in his plight to better the environment of our planet. This documentary is informational, practical, and straight to the point. Facts featured in the documentary are all citied from credible sources such as United Nations and World Watch on their website which you can find here. It is available to watch on Netflix, and the trailer is attached below.
Earthlings – Ethical
‘EARTHLINGS is a 2005 American documentary film about humankind’s total dependence on animals for economic purposes. Presented in five chapters (pets, food, clothing, entertainment and scientific research) the film is narrated by Joaquin Phoenix, featuring music by Moby, and was written, produced and directed by Shaun Monson.’
Earthlings explore’s the ethics surrounding animal factory farming, research labs, puppy mills and the use of animals in entertainment. It uses hidden camera footage featuring the mistreatment of these animals and investigates the long-term effects of mistreatment within places such as circuses, zoos, and aquariums. This powerful documentary will provide you with an alternate perspective to humane meat and the effect of your food choices.
The 10th-anniversary edition is available free to view on the nation earth site here. Its trailer is featured below!
What the Health – Wellbeing
“This film examines the link between diet and disease, and the billions of dollars at stake in the healthcare, pharmaceutical and food industries.” (Netflix)
What the Health is a new documentary available on Netflix, from the creators of Cowspiricy. It explores the health benefits of a plant-based diet and researchers into the effects linked to animal product consumption. You can watch a snippet of the documentary below.
Reasons to go Vegan Presentation by the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida – Culture of meat consumption
This 60-minute presentation is funny, non-confronting, and strictly factual. It explores the culture of eating meat, why we eat meat and our body’s necessities. I watched this documentary with my father and he found it to be informative, interesting and convincing – and he’s now vegan himself. This presentation is available to view on youtube, and the complete seminar is available below.
A couple more of my favorite documentaries include The Best Speech Ever presentation by Gary Y, Blackfish, Meet your Meat and Forks over Knives. I’d love to hear any feedback from those that choose to give these documentaries a chance!