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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

"Earthlings" Available as Audio Book

"Earthlings" is a film about animal abuse narrated by Joaquin Phoenix. I've never watched it, but heard it talked about on a vegan podcast. It's supposed to be so intense, it turns people into vegans (Ellen DeGeneres for one.)

For those who can't handle the visuals, now it's available as an audio book.
Earthlings is a feature-length documentary about how dependent human beings are on animals, primarily in five key areas: pets, food, clothing, entertainment and science. Earthlings is considered one of the most persuasive documentaries ever made for its frank, straightforward presentation of the day-to-day practices in some of the largest industries in the world. The film, which is narrated by Academy Award nominee Joaquin Phoenix and features music by platinum-selling recording artist Moby, would take another six years to complete because of the difficulty in obtaining footage within these industries.

Though the film was initially ignored by distributors, who told Monson that the film would “never see the light of day and should be swept under the rug,” today Earthlings has earned awards from film festivals both nationwide and internationally, the Humane Society of the United States uses Earthlings as a training film in their orientation for new volunteers and employees, and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals calls it “the most comprehensive documentary film ever produced about the correlation between humankind, nature, animals, and the economy.” The Earthlings trailer can be viewed at

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