Earthlings

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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 1 year ago

    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 1 year ago

    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 2 years ago

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

  • @ 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.

  • I agree with you, your absolutely right

  • Rubbishbin 2 years ago

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

  • Ciro Galluccio 2 years ago

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

  • Justin 2 years ago

    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 2 years ago

    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 2 years ago

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

  • 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....

  • 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 2 years ago

    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 2 years ago

    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 2 years ago

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

  • mariamonk 2 years ago

    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 3 years ago

    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 3 years ago

    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 3 years ago

    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 3 years ago

    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 3 years ago

    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 3 years ago

    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 3 years ago

    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 3 years ago

    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

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