This is a documentary about humanity's absolute dependence on animals for pets, food, clothing, entertainment, and scientific research. It illustrates our complete disrespect for these so-called "non-human providers."
Christianity teaches it's followers that animals have no souls, therefore they have no consciousness. This is a ridiculous rationalisation for Christianity, and is often used to justify humanity’s mistreatment of animals. This is an erroneous belief that humans alone possess immortal souls, and only humans, therefore, are worthy of moral consideration. The 19th century German philosopher, Arthur Schopenhauer, condemned such a philosophy in his On the Basis of Morality.
"Because Christian morality leaves animals out of account," ... "they are at once outlawed in philosophical morals; they are mere ‘things,’ mere means to any ends whatsoever. They can therefore be used for vivisection, hunting, coursing, bullfights, and horse racing, and can be whipped to death as they struggle along with heavy carts of stone. Shame on such a morality that is worthy of pariahs, and that fails to recognize the eternal essence that exists in every living thing, and shines forth with inscrutable significance from all eyes that see the sun!" -Arthur Schopenhauer
This documentary has definintely affected me. I am torn between telling people to watch Earthlings because it is imperative for them to know the truth, and telling people not to watch it because it is genuinely the most disturbing film I have ever watched, but does remind me of the movie "Meet Your Meat". I had to close my eyes during most scenes, and several times I had to stop the movie and go and lay next to my dog, hold her, kiss her, and tell her how much I love her, and wait for the nausea to pass. This movie made me physically sick.
"I got the idea because I was filming some public service announcements. It was mostly domestic animals, dogs and cats, and when they were killed on the street or euthanized in the shelters, they were put into this room that resembles a large refrigerator. But when I saw them piled up in there, it suddenly made me think of meat in a refrigerator. Even though they looked nothing like meat, there was this parallel – dead animals kept in a fridge – and that made me think of cows and chickens and pigs and eggs and milk, and so on. That was the beginning of Earthlings really, the first spark of inspiration."
So instead of making a couple of public service announcements on one issue (in this case spaying and neutering domestic pets), it began to encompass food. And as I thought more about food, then it was like, “Well, hang on a second, what about clothes?” And it grew from there. Of course then I felt overwhelmed about how I couldn’t do it, how vast the subject matter was, how problematic, and who was I to make this film, there’s simply too much information, etc., etc. But that’s how it began. And all I could do was just work on it until it was done."
I have been fighting an uphill battle with my dog current health. I have been fighting the option of having her put down, not really understanding how this takes place, never having had to put an animal down myself. That was the most disturbing part of the movie for myself, considering my current predicament. I know there is a reason for everything...and I know I had to watch this movie for the entire message, but most importantly I saw a clear message, that I hold personal.
The film talks about how we are killing our fish in the sea by our total disregard for what wastes we allow to eventually get into our oceans and seas. Anywhere from dumping drums filled with toxins off ships to fecal matter from the largest pig farm in the United States. Which earlier this year, was determined to have orginated the H1N1 virus. [read more]
We can send men to the moon (and that fact is actually in question) - but when it comes to moral evolution, we are still cave-dwelling Troglodytes torturing and murdering each other and animals under the banners of sexism, racism, religion, nationality, and speciesism.
When is the last time you ate another being?
People say they want change. People do not want change. Most people are afraid of change. People just speak up so they can feel good about themselves. Now you know where your meat comes from....the question will remain....will you still eat another being?
Take a look at our behaviors, they are indictive of our parents behaviors. We were taught by our parents and it's perpetrated by society. You folks are familiar with the Happy Cows of California right? There are no happy cows, I assure you.
It's a veil being pulled down over your faces, and the sad thing is they fall for it, and do not even realize it. It's no wonder people who drink milk and eat red meat get prostate cancer, and heart disease. We easily recognize the blatant evil with acts of wanton abuse displayed in this film- but we are less willing to acknowledge its more subtle form cloaked in the ignominy of indifference. It is my unwavering observation through my 44 years on this planet, "that he who is most cavalier toward the pain of others is usually most sensitive to his own" - and he who is the most dismissive of the rights of others usually exhibit vociferousness the same."
Who are these people working in these slaughter farms?
Who are these bull riders?Who are the people working in these dog farms?
Who are all these people?
Who raised such monsters?
How can their parents be proud?
How do these people sleep at night?
Your father, your brother, your uncle, your cousin, your mother, your sister, your friend, your neighbor.
Why? Because you and I allow it.
If you are going to continue to eat meat, then the least you could do is bear witness...and watch Earthlings in it's entirety.
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