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: TheMovie 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 speciesismthemovie.com.
“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.”
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