Biology/ Extra Credit
The film Earthlings opened up my eyes to the real world of food, fashion, pets, entertainment and medical research. I understand now why this film has won so many awards. It is very informative on how animals suffer. Using hidden cameras, this movie shows the day-to-day practices of the largest industries in the world, all of which rely entirely on animals for profit. Now knowing what most animals go through on a daily basis, I am truthfully considering vegetarianism. A quote from the movie says “Since we all inhabit the earth, we are all considered earthlings. There is no sexism, racism, or speciesism in the term 'earthling'. It encompasses each and every one of us: warm- or cold-blooded, mammal, vertebrate or invertebrate, bird, reptile, amphibian, fish and human alike.” I wonder, if there is no sexism, racism, or speciesism, then why do we have to treat our animals in such a cruel way?
This film did an excellent job of explaining the importance of how dangerous factory farming really is. I think that the violent and graphic images showed were necessary in order to fully understand what all those animals go through. This movie did not hold anything back. It showed exactly what you should know about the food you are eating, or clothes you are wearing. One thing that really surprised me was how much they use animals for science or medical research.
This movie gave me a greater perspective on how factory farms are treating animals. Not only factory farms but like in Japan, they kill dolphins just because they can. Dolphins are harmless creatures that they kill for sport. I’m not going to attempt to describe the gruesome scenes in Earthlings. But having suffered through an hour and a half of the most sickening footage I’ve ever seen, I realize that there’s tremendous power in the shock-and-awe approach. But if you’ve thought about becoming vegetarian but it just seems too hard, you should...
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