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May All Creatures Be Happy and Safe

The timing of my introduction to Jesse was particularly synchronous. The song Jesse sent me, Waiting for the Birds to Strike, arrived just after co-investigator Olivier Berreville and I returned from a Granny’s Poultry turkey barn, where, contrary to company management assurances, we documented the same cruel and abusive loading of baby turkeys that we had two years prior (turkeys reach slaughter-weight at just a few months of age, still blue-eyed and peeping). We trailed the terrified turkeys to Granny’s slaughterhouse in Blumenort, Manitoba feeling absolutely helpless to stop their killing. Continue reading

La Mirada Circular (The Circular Glance): All Violence Is Connected

La Mirada Circular (The Circular Glance) is an award-winning short Spanish film from directors ván Sáinz-Pardo, Dirk Soldner and Jim-Box that draws perhaps the most startling connection yet between human and non human animal exploitation. Two young children appear to be kidnapped and hauled around in an animal transport truck. They are taken to a slaughterhouse to find animals being hauled out of another truck and sent into the slaughterhouse. But is this all part of a child’s imagination? You’ll have to get to the end to find that out. Continue reading

The UK’s Animal Aid Presents: Their Future Is in Your Hands

Their Future Is in Your Hands is a 10-minute documentary short that takes a big-picture look at modern society’s mainstream attitudes about animals and how those attitudes translate into widespread animal exploitation in the food, research and entertainment industries. The film makes a strong and yet simple case for animal rights, ethical consistency and the power we have to dramatically reduce animal suffering by the daily choices we make. Continue reading

The Pig Vision Project: Contrasting Life on a Modern Farm with that of a Sanctuary

You don’t want to miss this absolutely unique, expertly crafted, fifteen-minute documentary that follows the lives of two piglet siblings. One, named Jackpot, is adopted by an animal sanctuary. The other, named with a number, X-15, is raised on one of Austria’s typical pig farms. The film, titled “Pig Vision: The Journey of Two Brothers,” is an unvarnished, unsentimental portrait of how each piglet is raised in dramatically different ways. Continue reading

Video: Bird Brain? Thanks! I’ll Take that as a Highly Evolved Compliment

We know that birds have evolved separately from mammals, but what we haven’t known is how. In the absence of research and a better understanding, we have mistakenly assumed that the development of mammals somehow afforded them greater cognitive abilities, communication skills, and overall intelligence (at least when measured from the anthropomorphic human yardstick). A new documentary called Thoughtful Birds in Action shows how the bird’s evolution has advanced at least as much if not more (in some ways) than mammals. Continue reading

The Plastic Cow: a Documentary Short about the Sacred and Not So Sacred Cows of India

The Plastic Cow is a 34-minute documentary that looks at the impact of our almost complete dependence on plastic bags, which we use and discard carelessly every day, often to dispose our garbage and kitchen waste. Not only are these bags a huge environmental threat, they end-up in the stomachs of cows, who, either because they’ve been discarded because they’re not milking at the time or because the dairy owner is unwilling to look after them, have to fend for themselves and forage for food, which, like other scavengers, they find in community garbage dumps. Continue reading

Confessions of an Eco-Terrorist Now on DVD

Confessions of an Eco-Terrorist is a groundbreaking documentary feature film that takes viewers on an action packed voyage with the world’s most wanted environmental heroes: Captain Paul Watson and the crew of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. The film features insider footage and insights into 30+ years of the most exciting, despairing, and triumphant environment campaigns of the century. Continue reading

The Human Ape: A Documentary with Some Sartling Insights about Human and Non Human Connections

Humans are apes. Great apes. Apes all belong to the superfamily Hominoidea. The great apes are the family Hominidae which we share with the Chimpanzees, Gorillas and the Orangutan. Our DNA is less than 2 percent different from that of chimpanzees, so from a biological viewpoint, what is it that makes humans so different from the other great apes? Find out what our ape cousins can do and what they can’t do this eye-opening documentary. Continue reading

The Buzz on Animal Rights Artist Sue Coe: A New Book and Video

There is a buzz building on Sue Coe’s new collection of work entitled Cruelty: Bearing Witness to Animal Exploitation. The official release of the book is April 15th. Pre orders are being taken on the OR Books website. Richly illustrated with full-color paintings and drawings throughout, Cruel conveys the terrible beauty, and intense suffering, of both the animals so sacrificed and the workers involved in their violent destruction. Continue reading

The Rhythm: a Documentary Short about the Alien, Mechanized World of the Modern Slaughterhouse

In photographer Jo-Ann McCarthur’s own words, The Rhythm “is a film about rabbits, but it is also not a film about rabbits; really, this is a film about the cold, mechanical rationale of the kill line. though it might be tempting to focus on the particular species of animal being killed, or to look for the face of the one doing the killing, try to keep in mind: it doesn’t matter whether the animals are cute or not, or who does the cutting.” Continue reading

Like Us, A Video Short on the Science-Based Discoveries of Non Human Animal Intelligence

Like Us is a 6 and a half minute video short that explores the connection between human and non human animals. Like Us uses sound, images and the latest science to show how recent discoveries in non-human animal intelligence dispel age-old myths still popular today. Collectively these discoveries shift the paradigm — away from the dominant view that animals are resources to our own ends and toward the view that animals indeed possess the intention to live a life shaped by their own unique interests. Continue reading

Farm to Fridge: Help Expose the Truth Using the Power of Video

Narrated by Academy Award-nominee James Cromwell, this 12-minute, powerful film takes viewers on an eye-opening exploration behind the closed doors of the nation’s largest industrial poultry, pig, dairy and fish farms, hatcheries, and slaughter plants – revealing the often-unseen journey that animals make from Farm to Fridge. Continue reading

The End of the Line

As the world’s demand for fish and other seafood increases and the technology available to commercial fisherman becomes more sophisticated, the annual harvest from global seaports has grown tremendously in recent years. However, the rise of industrialized fishing has not come without consequences, and many environmentalists and oceanographers believe that the current demand for fish and the methods used to fulfill it are taking an irreparable toll on the world’s oceans… Continue reading