31 January 2017
Film shows extremely disturbing footage of severe animal suffering taken in a number of countries and makes it clear that there continue to be serious breaches of the OIE's recommendations on welfare during transport and slaughter. Film includes footage of the following: Cattle in an Egyptian slaughterhouse being beaten on the head with a large pole while other animals have their leg tendons slashed. Also in Egypt, cattle being stabbed repeatedly in the neck until finally they collapse to the ground. And, in Indonesia, live cattle being unloaded from a ship. A crane is used to hoist them - hanging by their heads in groups of three - from the ship to a waiting truck.
Wegmans Cruelty is a half hour documentary produced by a small investigative team from the organization Compassionate Consumers. Organization members contacted Wegmans Food Markets to try to hold some meaningful dialogue about the conditions at Wegmans Egg Farm, and were then misled and dismissed by Wegmans representatives. The team set out to capture actual footage inside the farm and create a film based on their experience.
The industrialised exploitation of non-human primates in the areas of entertainment, bushmeat, the pet trade and scientific research. Filmed and edited by Animal Defenders International, this video succinctly documents the horrific pain and suffering endured by our closest of kin (non-human primates) many who are enslaved within the exploitative industries of our modern society.
30 January 2017
Space experiments on animals. Decisions by NASA and the Russian space agency to perform experiments on monkeys as part of plans for manned missions to Mars have brought a global response from ADI. Consequently, several high profile voices from the industry have now been raised against the cruel experiments.
26 January 2017
This classic Vegan Society video remains one of the most entertaining and informative introductions to veganism. Viewers will learn why avoiding meat, leather, dairy and eggs is not only the most healthy way to live but also the most compassionate. Highly recommended for both existing vegans and anyone considering becoming a vegan.
Dogs and cats, like those many of us love so dearly, are being brutally slaughtered and killed for their fur. Reports estimate about two million per year internationally. These beautiful, trusting animals are being skinned, just to provide fur and bits of fur trim, for clothing and accessories. Video footage taken as part of an undercover investigation by the Humane Society of the United States in China, Thailand, and the Philippines, reveals dogs and cats in unspeakable, horrific conditions. They were found imprisoned in dirty, cold, damp cages, sometimes beaten, stabbed, strangled, or worse before being butchered horribly in plain view of the other animals. Some were strays. Some still had collars on.
21 January 2017
Crying Shame contains footages collected by a licensed trapper on a registered trapline during trapping season and feature traps still in frequent use today. If a trapped animal is laying down, it is likely because she has exhausted herself trying to escape, and is feeling starved, dehydrated, or is dying from blood loss, hypothermia, etc.
An introduction to the Animal Liberation Front with underground footage from the 1980s to the present, using the campaign against Huntington Life Sciences as a case study of the need for direct action. Includes footage and interviews, teaching the viewer about vivisection and the goal of the A.L.F. Discusses laboratory experiments and abuse, and includes A.L.F. rescues.
A radical environmental group known for torching and vandalizing resorts, factories, and research labs has released a promotional video explaining its views and encouraging people to join. The video, called "Igniting the Revolution: An Introduction to the Earth Liberation Front," shows burning buildings, oil spills, hillsides stripped of trees, anti-capitalist rhetoric and logos of corporations the group opposes. A narrator encourages viewers to start their own "cells" and "do what needs to be done to protect all life on this planet."
19 January 2017
Portrait of a baby monkey, "Britches", who was artificially blinded as part of a $275,000 research project at the University of California at Riverside. Short scenes from the 1985 ALF break-in and rescue of animals at that lab, and later recovery of Britches.
With planning permission for Britain's biggest dairy at Nocton about to be re-submitted, The Ecologist travels to California to examine intensive milk production - and finds factory farms, conflict, intimidation, pesticides, pollution and small-scale farmers driven out of business.
16-minute film on Medical School surgery class: students watching an instructor operate on a dog. With comments by professionals, criticizing lack of sensitivity and skill. Filmed by the Medical School for internal use only. Obtained and released to the press by P.E.T.A.
18 January 2017
16 January 2017
An investigation of an AIDS research facility called SEMA prompted Dr. Jane Goodall, the world's foremost primate specialist, to call for its closure and the suspension of experiments using chimpanzees. After the exposé was featured on national television, SEMA stopped total-isolation confinement of baby chimpanzees.
Viva!'s When Pigs Cry shows Viva!'s investigation of pig farms in the country's #2 'pork' producing state, North Carolina. Sick and diseased pigs are common. On a small farm in Georgia, mother pigs are kept in gestation and farrowing crates - banging their heads and frustrated by their inability to walk or even turn around.
"The Pig Picture" highlights never before seen Humane Farming Association investigative footage. This powerful 18-minute video traces the development of commercial pig rearing in America, from the small-scale family farms of yesterday to the corporate owned pig factories of today. Film is recommended for people of all ages. It does not contain scenes of animal slaughter and is ideal for group or school showings.
This film is ideal for stimulating discussion and debate about the way we rear animals for food in Britain today. The 16-minute film is aimed at KS3 students and is ideal for covering aspects of the curriculum in English, citizenship, PSHE, RE and science. The film looks at the origins of factory farming, selective breeding of farmed animals, animal welfare impacts of intensive farming, personal action and food choices.
12 January 2017
A moving introductory exploration of society's use of animals. By presenting facts about animals' rich emotional complexity and drawing parallels between the animal rights movement and other social justice movements in recent history, this video will help students use critical thinking skills to examine why and how the routine exploitation of animals continues-and they'll also learn what they can do to help stop it.
Wasted Lives is a 20-minute video designed for school students aged 14 and over but is an excellent introduction to the realities of vivisection for all age groups. Using explicit lab footage, testimony from scientists and doctors, computer graphics and other illustrative material, it makes a powerful moral and scientific case against animal experiments.
This amateur video tries to present green movement from its pre era to the presence. The first part briefly presents its specific streams, from green political parties to groups like Animal Rights Militia, and the second part embraces summary of the non-profitable non-governmental organization's campaings organized by LZ VLK, Greenpeace and Sloboda Zvierat, but also the more radical groups operating in the Slovak republic.
10 January 2017
Shockingly relevant to today, the film probes the use of animals as entertainment, as pets, for food, for scientific and military research. This unique work shows scenes that had never been filmed before and footage uncovered through dogged research. It is noteworthy for its groundbreaking ironic style, integrating diverse 'found footage' including cartoons, newsreels, advertisements, and government propaganda films. When the film was screened in Sweden, some of the most influential politicians of the country were asked to watch it and discuss it afterwards. Ultimately, this led to legislative change in Sweden over the treatment of animals. The Animals Film inspired a generation of vegetarians, and remains an acutely resonant work for today.
Mother, the film, breaks a 40-year taboo by bringing to light an issue that silently fuels our largest environmental, humanitarian and social crises - population growth. Since the 1960s the world population has nearly doubled, adding more than 3 billion people. At the same time, talking about population has become politically incorrect because of the sensitivity of the issues surrounding the topic- religion, economics, family planning and gender inequality. The film illustrates both the over consumption and the inequity side of the population issue by following Beth, a mother, a child-rights activist and the last sibling of a large American family of twelve, as she discovers the thorny complexities of the population dilemma and highlights a different path to solve it.
9 January 2017
A Brazilian documentary that shows the harmful effects of massive meat production in Brazil, reporting the deterioration of amazon forest and mistreatment suffered by animals in all the process of producing meat.
Lion Ark follows the most daring animal rescue, with a narrative meticulously compiled from film, interviews, conversations and the reactions of participants as events actually unfold. A undercover investigation leads to a ban on animal circuses in Bolivia. But the circuses defy the law. The team behind the investigation return, track down the illegal circuses and save every animal. The confrontations, heartache and incredible risks the rescue team face are all captured before a joyous finale sees 25 lions airlifted to freedom in Colorado. An uplifting story of bravery, compassion, camaraderie and determination. How a poor but proud country said 'no' to cruelty and how attitudes to animals were changed across an entire continent.
The documentary gives a detailed picture of the life of the pig. A life governed by as much growth as possible in as short a time as possible. We see how Knor is born on the breeding farm in the north of the Netherlands. After a few days, his tail is clipped and he is castrated. Together with his brothers and sisters, Knor spends the first ten weeks of his life here. Dramatic change enters his life when he is moved to the pig farm owned by Geert Roossien in Anevelde and spends the last 15 weeks of his life, in the company of 1600 other pigs. Right up to the end, which surprises him as much as it does the viewers.
7 January 2017
A life-long sportsman and retired educator, Sven Huseby considers himself a well-informed environmentalist. But he is caught by surprise when he reads about the effect of excess carbon dioxide on the ocean in Elizabeth Kolbert's New Yorker article, "The Darkening Sea." Sven embarks on a mission to learn more, wrestling with the possibility that his five-year-old grandson Elias will inherit an ocean bereft of the fish which have meant so much to their family. Sven uncovers research on the world's acidifying seas and its dramatic implications for our culture and economy.
Adventurers, exotic fruits fanatics and even movie star Bill Pullman, are the subjects of The Fruit Hunters, the new film from acclaimed director Yung Chang. A thrilling journey through nature, commerce and adventure, The Fruit Hunters is a cinematic odyssey that takes viewers from the dawn of humanity to the cutting of edge of modern agriculture - a film that will change not just the way we look at what we eat, but what it means to be human.
The Ghosts in Our Machine illuminates the lives of individual animals living within and rescued from the machine of our modern world. Through the heart and photographic lens of animal rights photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur, audiences become intimately familiar with a cast of non-human animals. From undercover investigations to joyful rescue missions, in North America and in Europe, each photograph and story is a window into global animal industries: Food, Fashion, Entertainment and Research.
5 January 2017
FRANKENSTEER is a disturbing yet compelling documentary that reveals how the ordinary cow is being transformed into an antibiotic dependent, hormone-laced potential carrier of toxic bacteria, all in the name of cheaper food.
'A Minority Pastime' follows Cotswold resident Denise Ward as she unearths a hidden world of fear and violence. Shocked and horrified by an incident with her local hunt, Denise sets out to investigate what is happening in her beloved English countryside. She discovers that the symbolic imagery of the traditional sport of foxhunting veils a dark reality of traumatized victims, masked gangs, coercion and deception. There's a war on, and 'It's about Freedom'.
An independent documentary showing different faces of the relation between humans and other species. Who are the animals and what place do they occupy in modern society? Why are they killed in uncounted amounts? Why are they imprisoned and sentenced to unnecessary pain although they want to live, they want to be free and they want to avoid suffering as much as we do? How does the objectification of animals reflect on inter-human relations? If the answer is THEY'RE ONLY ANIMALS, then what does it mean to be human?
Meat production increases every year, but many people still have no idea what's on their plate or what it has taken to get it there. "We eat meat, but killing animals doesn't really happen," says philosopher Florence Burgat. She is one of the many experts who have their say in director Manu Coeman's fierce indictment of the industrialized meat industry. LoveMEATender is packed with facts and figures, particularly in the first half, presented through clear comparisons and playful animations. The objective is to demonstrate the consequences of our excessive meat consumption: for the animals, for the earth, but also for our own bodies. Even people with very tough skin will have to swallow hard when seeing some of Coeman's shots. Chicks that are chucked down a funnel with a thud, floundering cows at a slaughterhouse, geese having food violently forced down their throats. Yet at the same time, LoveMEATender isn't a pessimistic film. Coeman's approach is hopeful, and he also shows us how things could be done differently.
2 January 2017
To Skin a Cat is a documentary film about one man's mission to halt the alarming decline in southern Africa's leopard populations due to a widespread skin trade. Traditionally, only the Zulu royals have been allowed to wear leopard skins. However, in the last three decades the Shembe Church, a four million strong religious group, has adopted the skins into their ceremonial costume. The demand for leopard skins is now astronomical. Because the use of skins is so wide spread and culturally entrenched, law enforcement seems helpless to police this trade in a protected species. Leopard researcher Tristan Dickerson believes that you can't save the leopard without the support of the Shembe people. The film follows Dickerson as he travels from the heart of leopard country to the heart of Shembe and Zulu culture in an effort to discover a solution that benefits all parties. His best solution turns out to be fake fur.