Earthlings (2003)

"Narrated by Academy Award Nominee Joaquin Phoenix and featuring music by the critically acclaimed platinum artist Moby, EARTHLINGS is a documentary film about humankind's complete economic dependence on animals raised for pets, food, clothing, entertainment and scientific research. 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. Powerful, informative, controversial and thought-provoking, EARTHLINGS is by far the most comprehensive documentary ever produced on the correlation between nature, animals and human economic interests."

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Thanks for the post! This film is amazing and chocking... I found the entire movie Earthlings in Art Days, here is the link!
#35 - Artlover - 03/08/2014 - 02:52
To "Darren" you said, " You think these animals feel any less pain when a carnivore rips through their hides and eats them alive??" I'm sure they don't but the point is humans are herbivores to the core and therefore we shouldn't be eating these beautiful creatures. If you can go chase down an animal with just your bare feet and kill that creature using your bare hands and then eat it entirely (flesh, nose, eyes, brain, anus, muscles, tendons and blood, raw, like a TRUE carnivore) then vegans are stupid and need to shut up. But until you can do that, you cant help but admit were not supposed to eat meat. (btw our intestines are over 10 times our body length, carnivores have intestines only 3-6 times thier length to help them push out decaying meat faster. It is impossible for a true meat eater to get clogged arteries because of this. what the number one killer of humans? heart disease from clogged arteries. bam. case in point.)
#34 - tiera - 05/05/2013 - 15:36
Need help pick me up or contact me (experienced militant)
#33 - fahrenheit 451 Bookstores - 04/05/2013 - 11:31
i wish i meet some of you! prefukal bi vas u pičku mater! z onim kolom bi vas tuko ko je ovi tuko pujse! prokleta nečustvena bitja! smrdljivci hinavski! american pussys!
#32 - matic - 07/29/2012 - 10:03
The most sickening thing about this is the absolutely horrible sound/video sync. Truly despicable. The uploader should be ashamed of themselves.
#31 - Oh my god - 06/08/2012 - 07:50
This video was loaded with inaccuracies. Also, has anyone considered the cost of our food if this extremist group were to somehow get traction in the real world? Minks do not need to be skinned alive to harvest either (duh!), that was unnecessary and certainly not the norm. Please do not view this video as anything more than propaganda and get a fair and balanced take before making any rash decisions.
#30 - Robert - 03/05/2012 - 10:23
To Beth, who states "If you were to just eat some pastured beef for a year, you'd be responsible for the death of only one cow, instead of the hundreds of mice you kill by eating soy."

Being a vegan does not necessarily mean that you eat soy. I am a vegan, but it is just as important to me that I make ethical choices about my food beyond keeping animal products out of my diet. For instance, avoiding palm oil due to the cruelty involved in attaining and distributing it, despite it being a vegan food. It is nearly impossible to live on this planet without harming some creatures, but we can try our best with ethical food choices.
#29 - Kimberly - 02/03/2012 - 16:48
I love to laugh, Love music, love family, love traveling, love to hunt, love to fish, love to farm, I love everything the world has to offer. Life can be cruel and thats a part of life. You think these animals feel any less pain when a carnivore rips through their hides and eats them alive??
#28 - Darren - 01/12/2012 - 16:25
#27 - *** - 01/11/2012 - 11:17
It's not all humans that do these things. For most of human evolution, humans lived sustainable existences, in harmony with the animals around them.

There is just a very sick culture that unfortunately has taken over most of the world. Hopefully that culture can be stopped. It's the same culture that oppresses women, LGBT people, people of color, poor people, etc.

It's insidious and hard to avoid contributing to.

Eating animals, if they are pastured (grass fed) and replenishing the soil, is better for animals actually than eating grains like wheat and corn and soy that are raised on giant farms - monocrops for miles. On those farms, the farm machinery slaughters millions of field mice, and those farms prevent the existence of wild animals that can live congruent with pastured animals on a natural and sustainable farm.

Everyone should read: "Vegan: a new ethics of eating," and then right after that, read, "The Vegetarian Myth." I was vegetarian for five years, then vegan for five, and then was having so many health problems from the veganism (even though I was eating all organic, and a wide range of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, no sugar or caffeine, etc.), that I had to start eating pastured eggs and chickens and goat meat from my friend's farm.

The Vegetarian Myth was written by a woman who was vegan for 20 years and then started eating sustainably and humanely raised meat again.

The ideal human diet is a hunter/gatherer diet with seafood in it, but there are too many of us and not enough wilderness left to really do that. The best way to rebuild our soils and make that possible in the future, is to eat some pastured meat as part of your diet. If you were to just eat some pastured beef for a year, you'd be responsible for the death of only one cow, instead of the hundreds of mice you kill by eating soy.

I didn't believe it when people used to tell me that, until I read about that in the Vegetarian Myth.
#26 - Beth - 01/09/2012 - 20:07
im sorry i know this is off topic but im going crazy over the beginning that was cut out, where was the beginning showing animals and humans comparing it? am i going nuts? they cut it out please explain me why or where i could find it
#25 - jessica - 11/29/2011 - 06:10
I'm sorry - I could not finish watching this movie. I am sick to my stomach - I am ashamed to be a part of the human race - as Natalie from Canada wrote. I have fought for the humane treatment of animals for as long as I can remember.
But this movie brings it to a reality check.
What are we to do?? How are we to help? My heart has sunk & I don't know if it will ever be the same after viewing this movie (A movie I could not finish)
I am willing to do anything for the rights of animals. Anything!
#24 - ramses - 11/20/2011 - 11:31
there was a psychological study that showed that vegetarians and vegans, because they think of themselves as better people for not eating meat or exploiting animals, will actually engage in acts of more severe cruelty toward humans compared to meat eaters. Think about that :)
#23 - crock o'guac - 11/01/2011 - 22:36
Yes, what this video has shown is appalling and I don't think the human race could sink any lower than this and religion, but it doesn't make you any better to wish mass amounts of pain on those who hold a different opinion than you.
#22 - Chris - 09/29/2011 - 02:51
When I think about what goes on every day I feel ashamed and disgusted to belong to the human race. It hurts so much to be here and know that we cause so much suffering to animals.
Thank you for making this film. I am going to send the link to everyone I know.
I pray every day for more people to wake up and acknowledge the animal holocaust.
#21 - Natalie Marconi, Toronto, Canada - 09/18/2011 - 17:45
@silverleaf: you are one sick, ignorant, mentally deranged person. people like you make me ashamed to be part of the human race. I hope you eat your words, one by one before you perish. you sick bastard.

I worry about the fate of the human race. Every person who has exploited, wronged, or killed an animal WILL PAY FOR IT. I hope they feel their pain a thousand times over. I will not rest until every single life of the animals who died at the hands of a "human" is avenged.
#20 - Irma Gutierrez - 09/09/2011 - 16:35
@silverleaf: you are one sick, ignorant, mentally deranged person. people like you make me ashamed to be part of the human race. I hope you eat your words, one by one before you perish. you sick bastard.

I worry about the fate of the human race. Every person who has exploited, wronged, or killed an animal WILL PAY FOR IT. I hope they feel their pain a thousand times over. I will not rest until every single life of the animals who died at the hands of a "human" is avenged.
#19 - Irma Gutierrez - 09/09/2011 - 16:35
The capacity of the human being for cruelty is truly sickening! I can't watch all of this movie..... it hurts too much.

"Heaven is by favor; if it were by merit your dog would go in and you would stay out. Of all the creatures ever made [man] is the most detestable. Of the entire brood, he is the only one... that possesses malice. He is the only creature that inflicts pain for sport, knowing it to be pain." ~Mark Twain
#18 - MLH - 09/08/2011 - 22:17
Animals are the best of us all! They are smarter to keep life simple and sweet. We humans complicate and corrupt everything... greed, material, wealth, perversion... What good does a damn leather purse do when you hurt or hunger? NOTHING, only another living creature (human or animal) can comfort and lift your spirit. Mostly animals have the kinder hearts from my experience and it is their planet too! Who are we to play God of this world. I believe we can learn so much from animals in nature and it is so very sad to me that not many people see that! I wish for all of mother nature to be safe one day and humans that betray nature to suffer for all their wrong doings!
#17 - Tina - 08/15/2011 - 22:05
I will never go to support places that use animals for entertainment ever again. I will also never buy from a pet store. I am never going to wear fur ever agian. I will also reduce the number of animals I eat or stop eating animals altogether and I will also stop eating dariy. I will never support animal cruelty EVER AGAIN !!!!!!!!!!
#16 - Arthur - 07/20/2011 - 15:05
sounds unfair, but we are all guilty of this. vegan or not.

it takes only a few thousand people gathered to take real action and kick the shit out of this whole way of slaughter.

we let it happen.
#15 - Holland - 06/13/2011 - 10:40
this is the most emotionally demanding, physically draining video I've ever watched...
#14 - Jonathan Massaro - 06/09/2011 - 05:05
I am 100% Vegan and this film is brilliant. I wish that those who made fun of me would compare their movement vs. ours. I am a proud vegan and I will be for the rest of my life. The details are sad, depressing, disgusting and true. Cruelty needs to end. If everyone in the world saw this us vegans would not be the ones being made fun of anymore.
#13 - Erika Mann - 05/09/2011 - 00:37
One of the problems is that we over-eat them. It'd be a little different if farmed animals were all free-range and allowed to wander and graze and live a life befitting a living creature before being humanely slaughtered and eaten. Instead they're crapped in tiny cages and fed antibiotics and hormones to make them grow so fast and so fat that their bones can't keep up and break. The meat they produce is tainted with chemicals and hormones and all matter of malignancy and that goes into our bodies when we eat them...and it's all because the demand is so high, we over-eat them. Couple that with the fact the the demand leads to deforestation so land can be used to house cattle, and that eating an animal protein based diet causes the body to harbor lots of rotted meat in the gut that can't get out fast enough before it starts rotting and causing us health problems, and the hormones screw up our hormonal systems and make us fat,unhealthy, and bring our daughters to puberty when they're eight years old...and all that animal fat causes the body to acidify and contributes to the formation of free radicals and cancer cells. I'm not vegan, I'm not even vegetarian though I should be. I still eat fish and shrimp and the occasional piece of chicken...but the problem is the level of our consumption and what the demand for meat has caused. Plus, wanting to eat an animal doesn't excuse testing harmful products on them or skinning them alive, or clubbing them for their coats or abusing them or putting them through unnecessary pain.
#12 - Lullabelle - 04/30/2011 - 06:54
animals kill each other in da wild, so I don't see a problem with eating them.
#11 - silverleaf - 03/13/2011 - 19:38
This has nothing to do with christians, or god.
It's about the human race, all over the world. Not just America.
It's sick to think we do this to other animals, animals who have done no wrong, who will do no wrong. And they do not understand why it is happening.
#10 - Joey - 02/24/2011 - 13:55
Mission accomplished -0 get the sheeple onto a cancer-causing grain based diet and reap the medical benefits.
Self sufficient permaculture is the only sustainable way forward, but far to hard and responsible for the consumerist masses!
#9 - Mike UK - 02/18/2011 - 08:28
adopting from an animal shelter is NOT contributing to the animal crisis! i volunteer at a shelter in arizona, and all of our animals are neutered or spade and have all vaccinations. these animals need loving homes (and deserve them), and will not perpetuate the seemingly endless problem of feral animals. in fact, most are taken directly off of the street. PLEASE CONSIDER ADOPTING!
#8 - JDOM - 01/25/2011 - 22:09
Thank god there are people on this planet who have sensibility, empathy and a sense of respect for all earthlings. It was painful to watch but necessary.Everyone should become aware of how humans are so cruel and ignorant, but will they ever change and evolve?I would like to hope that in time this change will take place.I will become completely vegetarian, stop using any leather and try to sensibilize those I know.Thank you for this masterpiece.
#7 - Mary - 01/22/2011 - 12:42
#6 - Larry - 12/12/2010 - 15:50
dog just skinned blinks and tries to lick off the blood. i don't want to be a human
#5 - petya - 11/24/2010 - 12:43
I have tried many times to stop eating animal meat. Now im gonna try again, this time i will do it. I cried watching this.
#4 - Niko - 11/23/2010 - 15:23
#3 - TO MARKIN - 10/31/2010 - 13:54
I will never be a vegan but after seeing this video,I am going to tell people to reduce the number of animals they eat.As for using animals for sports.It's just wrong as there are sports that don't use animals for the joy of people indoulding when I saw animals being abused like the bulls for bullfighting which I hate anyway.I like the flim Earthings and would like to show it to my friends and teachers also.I will not be wearing lather anymore.I also will not be wearing fur anymore because animals are trapped by hunters and are farmed in such terrble ways and are skinned alive just for their fur SHAME ON US!!!!
I feel bad for the seals because their are clubeed to death just for fur coats.!!!!
I also hate roping and horese racing because it is so cruel and not needed SHAME ON HUMANKIND!!!!!!!!
#2 - Arthur Killings - 10/22/2010 - 19:15
(The picture in this video currently lags behind the audio, BTW, by about two minutes)

I'm not currently a vegetarian, but this makes me want to go vegan and start a no-kill. Wow.

Add to the awful truth the fact that Joaquin has this beneath-the-surface anger and sorrow in his voice, the fact that the script is eloquent and persuasive, the original and beautiful shots of Monson, and music that does not let one easily dissociate from the true point of the film, and one has a movie that accomplishes everything for which it endeavors.

Is adoption from a shelter alright, or is that still exploiting dogs?
#1 - Graeme E. Smith - 10/02/2010 - 17:21
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