When I started on my vegan journey, I wanted to learn all there was to know about veganism and animal activist issues and I continue to do so. Here are some important movies that I found helpful and educational and only served to reinforce the best decision I have ever made.
Blackfish, the documentary which tells the story of Tilikum, a performing killer whale that killed several people while in captivity, has gone mainstream and had such an affect on the general public, must be almost wholly responsible for the theme park giant’s dwindling profits and ever diminishing reputation. A true testament to the power of social media spreading the word and making a difference. Oh and check out Steve-O’s campaigning antics.
The Cove is a 2009 documentary film that analyses and questions dolphin hunting practices in Japan. It was awarded the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2010. The film claims that 23,000 dolphins and porpoises are killed in Japan every year by the country’s whaling industry. It highlights the horrifying fact that migrating dolphins are herded into a cove where they are netted and killed by spears and knives over the side of small fishing boats. The film argues that dolphin hunting as practiced in Japan is unnecessary and cruel. It is an emotional watch and definitely left me angry at the world!
Forks Over Knives
This extremely fascinating documentary looks at the claim that the majority of degenerative diseases such as Cancer, Heart Disease and Type 2 Diabetes etc can be avoided and even reversed by adopting a plant based diet. It follows the personal journeys of highly acclaimed scientists in their field, Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn whose research is gaining ever more traction to support this claim.
The recipe book is also worth checking out, including some super easy and nutritious meals, snacks and desserts. Check out this documentary on Netflix right now.
A powerful, emotional and difficult watch, Earthlings explores the suffering of animals for food, entertainment and medical research to name a few. Narrated by Joaquin Phoenix, this film includes some horrific footage which is often very hard to watch but an important eye opener for all.
Vegucated is a feature-length documentary that follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks. In learning about the cruelty of the meat eating industry, they find themselves more affected and involved than they had bargained for.
Another documentary hitting a mainstream audience by the acquisition of one Leonardo DiCaprio coming on board as Executive producer and getting it in front of the Netflix big wigs. This entertaining and educational film follows Kip on his journey of enlightenment about the terrors and truths of the animal agriculture industry and its wider effects on the environment. It is filled with unbelievable facts and figures and incredibly eye opening discoveries.
I would love to hear any recommendations you may have of further documentaries and movies to check out.
Thanks for reading.
London Vegan Bird
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