In Hawaii a group of Native Hawaiians and conservationists struggle politically to protect the exotic fish being looted from the reefs. Turtles, whales and dolphins are all protected, but not the fish. Now many verge on extinction. 28 million fish are in the aquarium trade pipeline at any given time. They undergo bladder piercing, fin cutting and starvation for shipment and reach the mainland dead or dying. They would have lived up to forty years on a reef. Fish species are in crisis worldwide and many are caught with cyanide and dynamite.
Zach Goodwin assembled a small film crew, of his film school classmates (Flynn Harris, Alex Flanagan, Alex Kumph), to go out every Sunday night to film / take part in the LA Animal Save Vigils. After several weeks of intensive shooting, hundreds of miles of driving, and over 100 hours of editing, the crew decided to share equal credit for the film.
This short film explores an uncomfortable truth for vegans everywhere, one that should unsettle even meat eaters: We are led to believe that our choices in the supermarket directly affect how many animals go to slaughter... but we are wrong.
There’s a little-known battle taking place in grocery stores everywhere -- it’s a battle over the labels stuck to your food. With a surge of vegan products hitting the market, names like “almond milk” are frequently used to describe these products’ similarity to their non-vegan counterparts. But Miyoko Schinner was fined and asked to remove the word “butter” from her plant-based butter product by the California Department of Food & Agriculture. Why? Is this type of labeling regulation a violation of free speech, or do confusing labels pose a threat to consumers? Listen as experts discuss and debate this complex issue.
Three interconnected stories behind a single fur coat, from the trapper who catches the fox, to the seamstress who sews the coat, to the shopper who buys it.
Joaquin Phoenix lends his voice to a PETA investigation exposing a Walmart egg supplier whose workers were caught on video abusing hens and leaving them for dead.
Kat Graham speaks out against speciesism and urges everyone to help create a more peaceful world by going vegan.
"Long Gone Wild" is an important, compelling, and timely film with a powerful message regarding the cruel and inhumane treatment of one of the world's most spectacular and beloved animals: Orcinus orca, the killer whale. Shot in 4k and featuring the world’s leading orca experts, LGW picks up where "Blackfish" left off yet tells a uniquely new and different story, focusing on the transition of the orca as a “demon from hell” to the “Brainiac of the planet”; the “Blackfish Effect” (what it did and didn’t accomplish i.e., SeaWorld took a major hit to its bottom line but the 20 orcas are still there); the case against captivity; orcas as sentient animals; and the Whale Sanctuary Project, the soon-to-be, first-ever seaside sanctuary where retired orcas can return to - and be cared for - in their natural habitat with absolutely no requirement to perform. The film also addresses the disturbing developments surrounding Russia and China. Russia is live-capturing orcas and selling them to the exploding Chinese marine theme park industry (60 parks and counting) for a reported $6 million each. Ric O’Barry of The Cove fame accompanied director Bill Neal and crew on a “stealth” mission in search of the orcas held in a secret location near the park in Zhuhai. The dicey operation very nearly landed them in a Chinese jail.
With only 60 years of farmable soil left on Earth, The Need To GROW offers an intimate look into the hearts of activists and innovators in the food movement - an 8 year old girl challenges the ethics of a beloved organization - a renegade farmer struggles to keep his land as he revolutionizes resource efficient agriculture - and an accomplished visionary inventor faces catastrophe in the midst of developing a game-changing technology. TNTG delivers alarming evidence on the importance of healthy soil - revealing not only the potential of localized food production working with nature, but our opportunity as individuals to help regenerate our planet’s dying soils and participate in the restoration of the Earth.
Activists and scientists discuss the lives, emotions, and perceptions of the farmed animals we eat, wear, and experiment on.
This short documentary film captures a heated confrontation outside a slaughterhouse in Newark, New Jersey between 1 farmer and multiple animal activists, as emotions run high and a packed truck of animals await their brutal end. This short is part of a larger set of original pieces created for The Animal Issue, CaveLight Films' ongoing initiative focusing on the perils of animal agriculture. For more: www.cavelightfilms.com/project/the-animal-issue Directed by Jordan Ehrlich
A nature enthusiast begins to notice strange things taking place within his favorite national park which inspires him embark on an amatuer investigation. What he discovers is a highly controversial and political battle between private ranching and preservation of wildlife within a national park. But as disturbing as that discovery was it pales compared to the other horrors he found along the way.
Think you need to eat animals to get enough protein? Think again. These vegan athletes are workout buddies, business partners and co-authors of the book "Plant-Based Muscle." Robert Cheeke is a vegan bodybuilding pioneer, bodybuilding champion and a bestselling author. Vanessa Espinoza is an elite powerlifter, a 3X Colorado Golden Gloves Boxing Champion and an All-American basketball player.
A look into the final hours of life for pigs from Smithfield, and the secrets of a deadly industry.
Most, if not all, of the world’s most pressing problems are connected by an underlying mentality of othering, of separation, and superiority. We see ourselves as separate and superior from other human beings, based on race, class, sex, sexual orientation, religion, or whatever other distinction we can find. We see ourselves as separate and superior from the nonhuman animals and the natural world. As a result, we abuse, oppress, and exploit human beings, nonhuman animals, and the environment. This mindset is the root cause of unimaginable suffering and could lead to the destruction of our own world. Animal agriculture and our exploitative relationship with animals lies at the very heart of it all. If this world is going to survive, we need a new paradigm, a new understanding of our true interconnection with all other life, and a new relationship with each other and our world. Until all are free, none are free.
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