A disturbing video that everyone needs to see, narrated by Joaquin Phoenix...

December 26, 2007 12:49pm CST
Please watch this video and tell me what you think http://veg-tv.info/earthlings It's titled Earthlings nature, animals, humankind and was narrated by Joaquin Phoenix. It won awards by San Diego Film Festival, Boston Film Festival and Artivist Film Festival. It's worth a peek. It's a very controversial film, and if you might want to wait until there are no young children around to view it, even though my 5 year old daughter insists upon seeing it, some may not want to see this.
3 responses
• United States
26 Dec 07
I watched the first half hour so far. Sorry, but I'm still going to be ordering steak the next time I dine out. The way I see it: there's way more of them than there are of us but we have the brains, we build the machines and we will always dominate these animals. Is it right to mistreat them? No. Will we ever lose our dominance over them? I'll start worrying when a dairy cow manages to build a hospital. Heck, I'll start worrying when she can count to ten...make it three. And, for the record, if you knew you were going to die at the hands of a stronger, smarter animal than yourself would you prefer a bolt to the head or would you rather be taken down by a lion? Think about it: the worst thing we do to them still pales in comparison to what they would do to each-other or what they'd endure in the wild. We cut their throats cleanly, we don't rip them out with our teeth.
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• United States
30 Dec 07
As soon as I read the word 'disturbing' I knew I wasn't gonna watch it. But I do have something to say about the subject anyway. When I was 5 my grandfather took me fishing. I sobbed and cried the entire time until finally on the way back home he had to pull over and dump the fish back in a river we were crossing. When I was 7 I accidentally stepped on a bug and then noticed that there were a bunch of baby bugs walking along behind it. I stepped on all the little baby bugs so they wouldn't have to go through life without their mommy. I cried for about a week. There was a time when I couldn't even walk across grass because I thought I was hurting it, or inadvertently killing bugs. I couldn't pick a flower or an apple without feeling grief for the plant. When I ate a carrot I could practically hear it scream for it's life. I watched a video once of a bunch of lions taking down a buffalo. The cameraman was fascinated by the terror & pain in the buffalo's eyes as the lions savagely ripped the living flesh off it's body. I couldn't even believe people would worship a 'god' that had created a world where stuff like this went on. Here in the mountains where I'm living right now I have a wood burning stove. I bought some wood from one of the local yokels and he and his friends delivered it to my house drunk and covered in the blood of the pigs they had been slaughtering. I didn't stop eating pork, I just stopped buying wood from that guy. Although I have been vegetarian I no longer feel it's 'ok' to kill a carrot but not 'ok' to kill a chicken. Kitties aren't cruel, by the way, they are absolute love - but without the broader perspective even love appears cruel. To make it out of this world 'alive' you have to be able to think outside the box, so to speak. You have to be able to adopt a broader perspective. Why would you even want to sit over there on your couch and make up a bunch of rules that you think other people should be following. That makes you the same as all the things you want to protest against... and protesting is an absolute exercise in futility by the way. Haven't you heard? Resistance is futile. Well, it's not actually futile, it just gets you more of what you didn't want to begin with. This is a polar universe. Everything has it's opposite, which is necessary for balance. You can protest till you're blue in the face but the sun will still rise every morning, and there will always be somebody doing something you don't agree with. This is not a perfect world, nor will it ever be... it is a playground. If you don't want to play in the sand pile go sit on a swing or have a picnic by the river, whatever. Just look for the things that please you - truly, follow your bliss - and then those things will get bigger and be added to. When you're focused on the negative aspects of anything in life, no matter how justified and right your position is, if you focus on the negative, you will, by natural law, be attracting to you more things that match that, till eventually it will seem that this whole world is really that place called hell. Whatever you put your attention on you give your power to, and along with that comes the entire creative power of your source, which is the power that creates universes. Period. Choose your thoughts wisely, for they are the building blocks of your world.
30 Dec 07
I have never tried to change anyone. I have never tried to tell someone what to do. With the exception of my children. I certainly don't think I am better than anyone. Veganism IS my sit on the swing and picnic by the river. I never focus on negativity, and I smile more than the thousands of people I see every day combined. I would never protest the suns' rising. And I REFUSE to "give up" and "go with the flow". !@#$ the flow. If I like where the flow leads, and the scenery that follows, then maybe... But I won't pretend that the sand pile doesn't exist, and I won't sit on my swing and watch while someone dives in unaware of the sh*^ that is buried in it...I will simply say "Hey, there's...um...sh*^ in that sand," and leave it at that. I have no pity for the carrot. A carrot has never screamed (that my ears could hear) when being harvested. A carrot has never nurtured and snuggled the offspring that it is UNable to produce, nor has it nuzzled a companion. A carrot does not have a central nervous system, a carrot does not bleed blood from veins that were pumped by a heart, a carrot doesn't bask in the sunshine, a carrot doesn't stare in curiosity, a carrot doesn't roll in the grass, experience happiness, or have a brain with which to think. One may argue (and they have many times ) that science may just not be advanced enough yet to detect the brain, or central nervous system or emotions of plants and inanimate objects. That maybe so. In that case, call me a murderer, if it's me or the carrot...sorry, carrot, ol' buddy, I can't survive without eatin' ya...however I CAN survive, and quite healthfully so, WITHOUT consuming products that contribute and pay for miserable lives and agonizing deaths. That's my choice, I don't force it upon anyone. Veganism pleases me, makes me happy. That having been said, I will not change. I know who I am.
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• United States
30 Dec 07
Hehehe. I never even tried to tell my kids what to do. My daughter would be like "What time should I be back home mom?" I'd go "come back whenever you're want to". She'd say "But give me a curfew... my friends all have curfews". I'd say ok fine come back by 11. I wasn't suggesting that you would protest the sun's rising, I was trying to illustrate the futility of resistance. I would never promote giving up and going with the flow if it meant allowing something in my world that I didn't want to be there. I just know that the best way to change your world is to hold your thoughts on what it is that you would prefer. As tempting as it might be to do otherwise. I think the problem here is that almost every human on this planet believes that we all share the same world, but in fact we each create our own - with our thoughts and the beliefs that we hold. And while you have no pity for the carrot I have no pity for the poor sap who didn't listen to his own inner guidance and is ready to jump into a sandbox full of sh!t. I am an empath, so when a carrot screams I hear it. And if you're trying to convince me that the human experience is more important or valuable than that of a tree or a bush, you have failed, and will continue to fail in that regard. Your diet is none of my concern. Nor am I interested in trying to change you. I like you fine just the way you are. What I was suggesting is that things aren't always what, or as bad as, they might seem. And that in spite of your beliefs to the contrary, it is futile to try to change anything outside of yourself or your own world, nor is it even necessary or desirable. It is a very broad and beautiful view that I was trying to lead you to, but I chose an awfully round-about way to bring you there and I'm not surprised to find that I lost you somewhere along the way.
@qouniq (1968)
• Malaysia
27 Dec 07
First of all, I never thought this things happened in most of the western slaughter house. In my country, there are a procedure which the slaughter house need to follow as given by the authorities where the slaughtering process must follow the Islamic religion way, but this one I am not sure with the non-halal slaughter house. I have heard and read so many times that peoples keep saying that Islamic way of slaughtering is very cruel that we need to tight the cow feet for example before we slaughter them. In Islam, there is a procedure which we need to follow in slaughtering any kind of animal including bird, chicken, goat, sheep or cow. The animal need to be hold tightly during the slaughtering process so they don't move which will makes them more in pain. A pray or doa for slaughtering animal must be read before the SHARP knife touch the neck. The knife position must be on the two main vein which is can directly make them die with a less pain. I think it became a controversial film because it's uncover the hidden truth about how most of the western peoples treat the animal either as their pet or a food source. May be we should think the positively toward the video rather than saying that it is disturbing...If it is disturbing, then why we say such....what thing that makes us categorized it as a disturbing video actually. For me, the message that the person want to deliver is more important. Thanks
27 Dec 07
It makes such an impact BECAUSE it's disturbing. I love this video. When I call it disturbing it's because it IS disturbing...the truth is disturbing. In many interviews with the producer of this video he also uses the word "disturbing". So, my calling it disturbing isn't an insult.