Project Description

Cover for the film, Speciesism.

Speciesism the Movie

2013 · Unrated · 1h 34m


Modern farms are struggling to keep a secret. Most of the animals used for food in the United States are raised in giant, bizarre “factory farms,” hidden deep in remote areas of the countryside. Speciesism: The Movie director Mark Devries set out to investigate. The documentary takes viewers on a sometimes funny, sometimes frightening adventure, crawling through the bushes that hide these factories, flying in airplanes above their toxic “manure lagoons,” and coming face-to-face with their owners.

But this is just the beginning. In 1975, a young writer published a book arguing that no justifications exist for considering humans more important than members of other species. It slowly began to gain attention. Today, a quickly growing number of prominent individuals and political activists are adopting its conclusions. They have termed the assumption of human superiority speciesism. And, as a result, they rank these animal factories among the greatest evils in our history.

Speciesism: The Movie brings viewers face-to-face with the leaders of this developing movement, and, for the first time ever on film, fully examines the purpose of what they are setting out to do.

After watching Speciesism: The Movie, you’ll never look at animals the same way again. Especially humans.

About the Filmmakers

Speciesism: the Movie was produced by Mark Devries Productions, Inc. and directed by Mark Devries. Find out more about the film at


“When I entered the theater to see Mark Devries’ film, Speciesism: The Movie, I was a speciesist. When I came out I could no longer justify the treatment of animals with any rational arguments because they were all demolished in this brilliant and compelling film. The intellectual debate over speciesism is now over.” – Michael Shermer, publisher of Skeptic magazine, monthly columnist for Scientific American, adjunct professor at Chapman University, and author of Why Darwin Matters

“I’ve watched it a number of times and each time I discover something new. It is that rich in content… One of my friends … told me that Speciesism changed his life. … My humble suggestion is to watch this documentary, watch it again, and share it widely. It is that important. It’s difficult to do justice to all of the gems that are in this video.” – Marc Bekoff, Psychology Today

Your Daily Vegan Review

Speciesism: The Movie is a journey into the hidden world of factory farming, but it’s much more than that. Interviews with animal rights organizations, philosophers, and men and women on the street lead to the question of whether humans are superior to nonhuman animals, and – if so – why they are. What I liked most about the film is that, while Devries traveled his own personal journey towards veganism while filming, he didn’t necessarily find the answers for the viewer. What he found were questions – questions which all of us: vegan, vegetarian, or omnivore, need to consider in a society that is set up in a way which makes us all think the status quo is just fine.”

Continue to the full article >> Speciesism: The Movie Supplies Questions, Leaves Viewer to Find Answers


Cover for the film, Speciesism.

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