Earthlings – Erdlinge
When searching for commentaries on this movie you will often find reviews claiming that it deals with the consumption of meat and with livestock management (e.g. Wikipedia). Youtube suggests that the contents could be inappropriate for users. I doubt that these critics have ever seen the whole movie and understood it.
Earthlings is a movie about humans. It shows how we act, what we tolerate and what we directly or indirectly promote by consuming things and especially: what we are willing to accept for our convenience, habits and entertainment. Earthlings sugarcoats nothing.
In fact, for me this movie has always been a plea. An appeal to everyone to rise up, pay attention and take action. But in spite of all clarity, it is also a silent plea to pay attention to one’s values and to show compassion.
So take 90 minutes of your time to watch and listen closely. We provide a link to the German version, which does not sound quite right here and there. Joaquin Phoenix, an American animal rights activist and actor, narrates the English original. Moby made the soundtrack. Nation Earth produced Earthlings and promoted the movie through the webpage www.earthlings.com. Even though the long announced second part Unity is still to be published, Earthlings can be rightfully described as one of the most important movies in the field of animal rights.
The following quote from George Bernard Shaw is from the last century: ‘The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that’s the essence of inhumanity’. There is nothing to add to it. You can begin to make a change here and now.
One oft he most beautiful movie trailers ever:
Dr. Steven Best
Dr. Steven Best is a US-american philosopher and animal rights activist. He is professor for philosophy at the University of Texas in El Paso. In late 2011 he held a lecture in Saarbrücken for the TVG Saar (cf. the link below; the video is subtitled in German).
Due to his support fort he ALF (Animal Liberation Front), Dr. Best is a controversial but intellectually outstanding representative of our future. In his lecture the thought-provoking speaker and activist wants to create an interest in his theses, which are deliberately provoking. They are not to be dismissed readily and they require an in-depth examination of animal rights topics. In his contributions, Best is never eager to find balance or compromise; rather, polarization is the aim.
Dr. Steven Best discusses the self-image and self-concept of humans – a highly interesting analysis of the question what constitutes human nature and how we see ourselves. What role do reason and rationality play, which supposedly make us the crowning glory of creation? Best’s lecture has a philosophical claim without becoming overly complex. He does not try to impress listeners through specialist knowledge and terminology, but with clear words and understandable logic. This lecture definitely deserves a larger audience.
Dr. Steven Best
Soylent network are webpages created by Dirk Gießelmann. He skilfully deals with the ethical and moral conflicts related to the relationship between humans and animals. His work lead to projects such as “Think-Baby-Think” or “Soylent Weiß”. Soylent network is a cinematic confrontation with so-called livestock. The perspectives Dirk Gießelmann captures are captivating.
Gary Yourofsky, an animal rights activist, was banished from several US-states for his activities. He gives lectures at schools and universities about veganism. He not only examines ethical but also health-related issues. What marketing-driven stories does the dairy industry tell? Why does TV advertising for nutrition only advertise meat, milk and cheese? And why do countless calcium supplements exist when we supposedly take in calcium through cow’s milk?
This and more is discussed in the video. It is the original, English language recording including German subtitles. We want to point out that the lecture includes videos from slaughterhouses, showing grave abuse of animals. But when the urge to look away arises, one should ask oneself (as Gary Yourofsky himself points out) :’If it is not good enough for my eyes, why should it be good enough for my stomach?’