Project Description

Cover for the film, Earthlings.


2005 · Unrated · 1h 5m


Earthlings is an award-winning documentary film about the suffering of animals for food, fashion, pets, entertainment and medical research. Considered the most persuasive documentary ever made, Earthlings is nicknamed “the Vegan maker” for its sensitive footage shot at animal shelters, pet stores, puppy mills, factory farms, slaughterhouses, the leather and fur trades, sporting events, circuses and research labs.

The film is narrated by Academy Award nominee Joaquin Phoenix and features music by platinum-selling recording artist Moby. Initially ignored by distributors, today and is considered the definitive animal rights film by organizations around the world. “Of all the films I have ever made, this is the one that gets people talking the most,” said Phoenix. “For every one person who sees this movie, they will tell three.”

In 1999, writer/producer/director Shaun Monson began work on a series of PSAs about spaying and neutering pets. The footage he shot at animal shelters around Los Angeles affected him so profoundly that the project soon evolved into Earthlings. The film would take another six years to complete because of the difficulty in obtaining footage within these profitable 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 this movie is considered the definitive animal rights film by organizations around the world.

Warning: Graphic Content

Earthlings depict violence towards animals not only in the film but in the movie trailer as well, which may be disturbing to some viewers. Please proceed with caution and awareness.

About the Filmmakers

Earthlings was produced by Nation Earth, directed by Shaun Monson, and narrated by Joaquin Phoenix. Find out more about the film at


“This film is often referred to as the vegan maker. It offers the heart reasons why such a diet is a powerful draw. My family became vegan as a result of viewing this film and we have never felt healthier, happier, or more connected to animals. No matter where you stand regarding diet, this film offers the truth behind the whole industry and many other facets of what happens to the vast numbers of species that inhabit this planet because of how humans treat them.” – Kantaji, Amazon

“Earthlings is alternately beautiful and disturbing. One moment you’re marveling at these captivating, affectionate, intelligent creatures in their natural surroundings; next, you’re seeing them abused and slaughtered in ways so cruel and vicious as to defy imagination. And the perpetrators are pure evil, often laughing and taunting the animals as they slay them. Killing is bad enough, but to do it in ways that inflict intentional, severe, unspeakable pain and prolonged suffering is despicable. Yet, that’s how the products of such treatment (meats) get to our markets.” – Gail, Amazon

“The one thing that brings home the message is the juxtaposition of happy animals in their natural habitat and the horrid, hellish lives animals live at the hands of humans. I cried the whole movie, to see these animals abused, confined, ripped from their families, confused, scared, and in agony was heart-wrenching. I’ve lived on this planet for 32 years, and until now that is 32 years that I have been complicit and this torture, and thankfully I have now changed my ways.” – JD, Amazon

“This documentary shows clearly that our world is based on extreme violence towards other sentient beings. Humans are creating pure hell for animals used for food, clothing, entertainment, and scientific research. No one wants to see this violence so it is kept hidden but it must be exposed as any abuse and corruption must be exposed in order to end it. This difficult to watch film is heavy duty exposure of humankind’s dirty secrets and should be viewed by everyone so that no one in the future will have to. Peace must be for all Earthlings – not just humans. This is how we will end violence in our world.” – Shirley Johnson, Amazon

“These were the most intense 90 minutes that I have ever spent in front of the TV. I wish that every person on Earth would take 1 1/2 hours of their time to watch Earthlings. Most people will be touched by the images, and if everyone would at least make some small changes, our world would be a better place. Earthlings is definitely an eye-opening experience, and will hopefully help others to understand why some of us choose to live a vegan lifestyle, protect animals’ rights, and try to preserve the environment.” – S. Morris, Amazon

“This was the movie that opened my eyes to the horrors of eating meat. Pre-Earthlings, I loved my Ruth’s Chris steaks without any second thought at all. After watching the movie, I realized I was always living like a robot, doing actions without thinking about the meaning of the actions. This movie has opened my eyes.” – Monmarlo, Amazon


Cover for the film, Earthlings.

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