Friday, June 4, 2021

Doc: Earthlings

Doc: Earthlings

Earthlings, is a must see if you are a human being.

This doc may have come out in 2005, but sadly it is as relevant today if not more so.  I first learned of it about four years ago, when I broke down the first minute of its 2:50 minute trailer. At the time, I had been vegan or rather plant-based for health reasons, abstaining from any animal derived ingredients from a dietary standpoint.  All it took was that one minute to change me into a real vegan, a strict vegetarian who consumes no food (such as meat, eggs, or dairy products) that comes from animals, also : one who abstains from using animal products (such as leather).  After watching a living animal have its skin ripped from its body and thrown onto a pile of other freshly skinned animals to slowly die, leather/suede lost every ounce of status I once gave it. It would take four years until I could bring myself to watch this film in its entirety.

While this is a hard documentary to watch (I lost it several times) it reveals the truth that is happening every hour of everyday in this world. Having once been a contributor via my own consumption whether by food, possessions, or entertainment, I owed it to the animals who suffered by my ignorance to understand what pain, torment and torture that I caused, so that I will never play apart in these barbaric practices again.

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