Project Description

Cover for the film, Live and Let Live. Features a cow from the neck up and a blue background.

Live and Let Live

2014 · Unrated · 1h 20m


Live and Let Live is a feature documentary examining our relationship with animals, the history of veganism and the ethical, environmental and health reasons that move people to go vegan.

Food scandals, climate change, lifestyle diseases and ethical concerns move more and more people to reconsider eating animals and animal products. From butcher to vegan chef, from factory farmer to farm sanctuary owner – Live and Let Live tells the stories of six individuals who decided to stop consuming animal products for different reasons and shows the impact the decision has had on their lives.

Jan and Karin transformed an intensive dairy farm into a retirement home for animals which offers refuge to cows, horses, pigs, chickens and many other animals rescued from certain death. Ria and Hendrik are activists who liberate chickens from a factory farm to bring them to a sanctuary. Chef Aaron used to slaughter rabbits, serve veal and foie gras at his restaurant until one day he reconsidered his ways and opened an all-vegan Italian restaurant. Jack, a professional track cyclist training for the Olympic Games in 2016 in Rio, discovered he’s even faster on a plant-based diet.

Philosophers such as Peter Singer, Tom Regan and Gary Francione join scientists T. Colin Campbell and Jonathan Balcombe and many others to shed light on the ethical, health and environmental perspectives of veganism.

Through these stories, Live and Let Live showcases the evolution of veganism from its origins in London 1944 to one of the fastest growing lifestyles worldwide, with more and more people realizing what’s on their plates matters to animals, the environment and ultimately – themselves.

About the Filmmakers

Live and Let Live was produced by Blackrabbit Images and directed by Marc Pierschel. Find out more about the film at


“…While Live and Let Live weaves all of the delicate issues surrounding factory farming very neatly together, the real highlight of the film is the variety of people who have chosen to eat vegan foods as a way to stand up for animals, and share their stories. Most compelling are the stories of reformation: a prior dairy-farming couple who have now created a farmed animal sanctuary, and, in another case, a foie-gras- and veal-serving butcher turned vegan chef. Of course, the documentary features the expected activists, but the film also highlights individuals like professional track cyclist Jack Lindquist, who has found his recovery time has decreased and energy increased since transitioning to a plant-based diet.” – Cptn Ahab, Amazon

““Activism is a fundamental way to fight social injustice”. So begins Live and Let Live, a feature-length documentary that looks at our relationships with nonhuman animals, what turns people vegan, and the reasons why we stay vegans. The history of veganism in this film is a great introduction to what this movement means, featuring six short biographies of people who “went vegan” and why, including Peter Singer, Tom Regan, and Gary Francione. Rather than focusing solely on the ethical or moral aspects of veganism, the film analyses the movement from every angle. The fact that so-called lifestyle diseases are running so rampant across cultures, climate change is fast approaching to knock down an apocalyptic door, and the growing number of food scares across the Western world are all important aspects of the broader call to rise from our collective slumber and make a change.” – David Baumann, Amazon

“An all-encompassing reason to change your life, and make new goals. Already a vegetarian I needed something to kick start the next phase in my life. Live and let live is an all around great short flick, for anyone concerned about the environment, animals or their own health. Informative and educational it is a great starting point for any transformation.” – K. Zimmerman, Amazon


Cover for the film, Live and Let Live. Features a cow from the neck up and a blue background.

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