17 November 2017
An inspirational glimpse into the lives of our primate brothers and sisters. This beautifully filmed documentary brings the viewer into the lives of these special relatives of humans, to see the world through their eyes. Through first-hand accounts and rescues, to interventions and interactions with the primates themselves, Sanctuary shows you a wondrous world where humans have given everything to save the lives of these used, abused, unwanted, and abandoned animals and given them a second chance. Narrated by Victoria Summer, this is a story of innocent lives interrupted by tragedy, but inspired by heroes and hope. Meet Puchi, Chucky, Jimmy Sr., Chaac & Bali-each of their stories touches us in a different way.
Why do we look away from millions of animals in industrial farms while pampering and humanizing others? In the film Facing Animals pigs, chickens, cows and dogs are the protagonists, humans are the antagonist. We see the world from the perspective of the animals: chicks are thrown onto a conveyor belt, a lady is cuddling a cow in a meadow, piglets are screaming while their tails are cut off, dogs are blessed in a church. The stunning, often confronting, visuals take the viewer on a roller coaster of emotions. It becomes clear how complex and often bizarre the relationship between man and animal is.
Although evidence of meat consumption's negative impact on the planet and on human health continue stacking up as animal welfare is on the decline, humanity's love affair with hamburgers, steaks, nuggets and chops just doesn’t end. In Germany, home of bratwurst and schnitzel, meat is an integral part of the diet. That is, until a few years ago, when perceptions somewhat evolved. Health concerns and meat scandals led to a public debate about the ethical implications of meat consumption and the rise of plant-based diets. Meat producers launched their own vegan products; 100% vegan supermarkets opened; and almost every food manufacturer was adding and labeling vegan options. Is this the beginning of the end of meat? Are we approaching a turning point in the human-animal relationship?
This is a documentary exploring the fur industry and trade in Ireland. Currently, there are three fur farms in the Republic housing roughly between 100,000-150,000 mink and there are at least dozens of shops selling real fur across the country. In 2010, the Irish gov't pledged to ban fur farming but after the collapse of a Fianna Fáil-led coalition in 2011, Fine Gael scrapped the proposal and it's back to square one. However, active efforts demanding both a ban on fur farming and to convince shops to remove the sale of fur continue.
Eating Our Way to Extinction will look at the most pressing issues of our time, such as environmental destruction, the western diet health epidemic, the twisted economics within the meat and dairy industries and present a comprehensive science-based solution to these problems - a shift towards the plant-based lifestyle; it will create a powerful case for both individuals and the planet. Through the work of many world renowned scientists, researchers and celebrities, Eating Our Way to Extinction will bring to life the reality of the true cost of our current relationship with animals and the environment that will create a powerful vision of the global movement towards a plant- based diet that is now beginning to unfold before our eyes.
28 September 2017
On April 28 2012, in Montichiari Italy, at 16: 15, in broad daylight, amidst a crowd of over 1,000 protestors, animal activists broke into the compound of Green Hill laboratory animal breeders and liberated 27 beagles. It was a bold, brazen, defiant, and iconic act of defiance, resistance, and liberation. Soon after, the Green Hill compound was closed and hundreds of beagles were adopted to loving homes.
"Stop Green Hill" is the story of a dream. Of a strategy. Of overcoming limits and of individuals. It's also about a multinational, that over two years, has lost its revenues based on the suffering of animals bred for laboratories: 250 dogs sent each month to research centres throughout Europe. The departure was from Green Hill in Montichiari, Brescia province, the destination was Paradise. After years of silence on "animal experiments" a debate has ensued in Italy regarding the legality and ethical justification of a practice that has become commonplace in the whole of Europe. For the activists it has been the success of a campaign led with creativity, determination and with the awareness that even the most just actions may have consequences which must be paid, if the limit of legality happens to be on the wrong side. This is why, after the success of the Stop Green Hill campaign, the job could not be considered completed: a being suffers regardless of whether it is a man, a dog or a mouse.
27 September 2017
Animal Equality have undertaken an intensive investigation into slaughterhouses and the dog meat markets in the Leizhou peninsula and the rest of the province of Guangdong in China. Dogs raised for the meat markets are often taken from the street or stolen from families. These animals are kept almost their entire lives confined in wire cages where they suffer terribly both physically and psychologically. Whilst in the cramped cages, they are scared. They suffer from hunger, extreme temperatures, and a lack of food and water. Their deaths are horrific: various blows to the head leave the animals in a semi-conscious state before being stabbed to death. The dogs are bled out and die after agonising minutes whilst struggling in a desperate bid to stay alive.