H.O.P.E. What You Eat Matters (2018) – Full Documentary (Subs: AR/CZ/ES/FR/HU/ID/KO/NL/PT/RU/ZH/SI )

H.O.P.E. What You Eat Matters (2018) – Full Documentary (Subs: AR/CZ/ES/FR/HU/ID/KO/NL/PT/RU/ZH/SI )

“This important film highlights
the choices we must make to help protect this planet
and all its inhabitants.” Paul McCartney – I think the most important message that I have, is to remember that you,
and I’m speaking to you, watching this film, you make a difference! You as an individual make a difference… What you do each day actually is effecting what’s going on in the world each day. So your life matters, you matter and use your life wisely. FME Media presents a film by Nina Messinger H.O.P.E.
What You Eat Matters “Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food.
Hippocrates – The Western diet, unfortunately, is associated with the development of some pretty serious diseases. – Heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity – it’s like a tsunami! – [Narrator]
Cardiovascular diseases are the number one cause of death. Around the globe more than
17 million people die of a heart attack or stroke
– per year. The number of cancer cases
is rising dramatically. One out of every four men and one out of every
five women die of cancer. Narrator:
Diabetes has also become an epidemic. And already one out of two Europeans and Americans is overweight. – The interesting thing is that
all experts would agree that the cause of this tsunami
really is our lifestyle. And the fascinating thing is
that the major driving force within that lifestyle creating
these illnesses is our dependence on animal nutrition. – And I think this idea needs
to be conveyed to people that there is a strong association
between the Western diet high in animal foods, processed foods, protein, fat and so forth – and diseases. People have to know that that really is true. – [Narrator]
Never before have we been so well informed about nutrition,
in theory. In practice, in everyday life, we succumb to mindless cravings. We devour instant meals, gobble cafeteria fare, and stuff our faces with fast food. And practically always contained
in these products: meat! – Before, meat was rich people’s food, and average citizens never got it. Later, just once a week – Sunday roast. And now we can afford to all live kings and princes. Financially, at least. Healthwise we cannot afford it. – [Narrator]
Despite all warnings, we are eating more and more meat: There is no day without meat, no feast without meat,
no break without meat; it’s a normal part of our diets because it’s tradition, it’s cheap – and because it tastes good. – My diet for 65 years was the SAD diet the Standard American Diet. I ate meat and chicken
and fish and fowl and lots of butter…
and anything that tasted good. – [Narrator]
In 2010, at the age of 66, Sharon Kintz started to think
about her eating habits – as the result of a dramatic event. – At that time I already
had been diagnosed with high blood pressure,
so I was aware of that, but having a heart attack
was a complete surprise to me. The only symptoms that I had, leading up to that,
was heaviness in my arms, pain in my jaw and I would be tired,
more tired than usually. – [Narrator]
This health nightmare put Sharon Kintz in the intensive care unit. – During the heart catheterization it was determined that I had
a 100% blockage in one artery and 65% in one and 75% in the other. So, there actually
was very little options open for me other than
open heart surgery. – [Narrator]
Caldwell B. Esselstyn is an expert in the field of heart disease, a world-renowned surgeon
and researcher, and one of “the Best Doctors”
in the United States. Today the 82-year-old directs the cardiovascular prevention
and reversal program at the Cleveland Clinic
Wellness Institute in Ohio. Back in the 1980s
Dr. Esselstyn had already
begun questioning the methods for treating heart disease. They only combated the symptoms, but didn’t get rid of the cause. Intensive research led him
to the conclusion: Our cardiovascular diseases are caused by our eating habits! – When we look at the
cause of heart disease let’s not be confused and
blame it on genes, or just blame it on somebody’s age, or blame it on the luck of the draw. Heart disease is a food born illness! And we now know that
every time certain foods will pass your lips you will
further endanger, and injure, the
endothelial cell capacity to make nitric oxide. – [Narrator]
Endothelial cells are crucial to our blood vessels and heart. They line our blood vessels and produce protective nitric oxide. And Nitric oxide has
these marvelous functions of keeping your blood flowing smoothly, it is the strongest vasodilator in the body. It also protects you from getting hypertension because it keeps your artery wall from getting stiff, inflamed or thickened. Most importantly, a plentiful, normal amount of nitric oxide will prevent you from ever developing blockages or plaque. – [Narrator]
Scientists know that cardiovascular disease starts with progressive damage to the endothelial cells. This is precisely where our diets come in … The excessive consumption of animal-based
or processed foods damages our endothelial cells. Regular consumption of these products increasingly diminishes the protective nitric oxide
supply in our blood vessels. This leads to inflammation and a hardening and narrowing of the blood vessels. These can have life-threatening consequences, like heart attack or stroke, or cause arteriosclerosis. – [Narrator]
Years of research and personal experience have provided Dr. Esselstyn
with conclusive evidence that a plant-based diet can not only prevent the progression of heart disease but can also reverse its effects – [Narrator] Esselstyn has successfully treated hundreds of patients with his program. It consists of a low-fat, purely plant-based diet. When you are willing to take the time and have the patients understand
the science behind this and they really realize
that they have caused these disease by the foods
that they have eaten, they suddenly realize that
you are empowering them as this locus of control
to halt their disease. They don’t have to depend on their cardiologist, or an operation, or a drug that may have significant side effects. They are being empowered
to do this themselves. – [Narrator]
With Dr. Esselstyn’s help Sharon Kintz, too, completely restructured her diet – doing away with all animal products. She turned down the heart surgery recommended to her by her doctors. Sharon Kintz decided to use food as medicine. – I was on it for four weeks and the pain went away in my arms and the pain went away in my jaws
and I had much more energy. So I took Dr. Esselstyn’s program very seriously. – [Narrator]
When Sharon Kintz was first diagnosed, she could hardly walk anymore. Nearly two years after her treatment with Dr.Esselstyn she is physically fit again. And she has fulfilled one of her dreams: In 2012, at the age of 68, she successfully took part in a half marathon
– for the first time in her life. – I know people are cramped for time, but your talking about your health and you want to live a long healthy life et être en mesure de
contribuer à quelque chose and be able to contribute something then you have to take care about your body and in order to do that you have to
– in my opinion – eat plant-based. – [Narrator]
We also consume too much milk. And the availability of dairy products
continues to grow. But do these products actually agree with us? After all nearly 75% of the world’s population and 20% of Europeans are lactose intolerant, in other words: unable to properly
digest dairy products. Dairy products contain no complex carbohydrates or roughage and very few vitamins. Instead they are full of saturated fat, cholesterol, and animal protein. – When we are young and growing up everybody wants to try to feed
people dairy products and make sure you have milk every day. The science really now is at a point where that cannot be sustained. There is ample evidence from
wonderful investigators like T. Colin Campbell who
clearly showed that casein, which is the major protein in milk, is really one of the strongest
promoters of cancer. – [Narrator] T. Colin Campbell is a world-renowned nutritional scientist. In a series of experiments he was able to prove that animal proteins – casein in particular – promote all stages of cancer growth. In experiments, rats were given
carcinogenic substances. Afterwards, half were fed a 5% casein-enriched diet; and the other half 20%. 20% roughly corresponds to the amount consumed in Western diets. Narrator:
With a 5% casein-enriched diet the animals did not develop cancer. With a 20% casein-enriched diet, however, cancer growth was stimulated significantly. Professor Campbell went a step further: Every three weeks he altered the rat’s diet. – So the next thing we did:
we did some studies to start out with animals here
and then let the cancer start to grow with the 20% casein, and then we switched
to the 5%, it went off. We gave the 20% back again,
it came back again. We put it on 5% it came off. So we could turn on and turn off
cancer development just by switching the amount
of casein they consumed. – [Narrator] Ces résultats
sont également soutenus These findings are also supported
by evidence with humans. – We also know that all the saturated fat, and the casein in dairy, helps to accelerate and promote heart disease. Then we have this whole problem
of fractures in the elderly. So, here we have this problem
of increasing cancer, increasing heart disease and increasing fractures. Not a good thing,
dairy really should be out. There is much debate that without milk we don’t get enough calcium. Calcium is important for bone stability, it is supposed to prevent osteoporosis. But tests on people who consume absolutely no milk or dairy products show that the osteoporosis incidence
is much lower than with us. – Dairy also has, and there is
good evidence for this, has some allergenic properties. It tends to be associated with allergies, either directly associated or enhancing allergies coming from another source. And so we see things like,
in the case of teenage boys, they get this acne sometimes, skin problem. A lot of that is due to
their consumption of diary, stop dairy and this goes away. Dairy is associated with migraine headaches, I know a lot of people who have
these migraine headaches, and it is kind of an allergy kind of thing. As is acne, that’s kind of
an allergy kind of thing. You stop that and it goes away,
and it is very fast. And I used to say that with great reluctance because I was raised on a dairy farm, I grew up milking cows, and then when I went away
to do my doctorate and dissertation I did
my dissertation on the idea of promoting more milk consumption. So I’m not saying these
rather negative things about dairy for any ideological reason
or any personal reasons, I’m saying it in reference
to the evidence, the data. That’s what it shows.” – [Narrator]
The excessive consumption of animal products such as meat, fish, dairy products, and eggs puts a strain on our bodies. That was also what Frankfurt-based physician Lothar Wendt found in his research. In 1949 my father Lothar Wendt first formulated the concept of
“Protein Storage Diseases”, which we have continued
to develop since then. And the core thesis is this: Too much animal protein
in one’s diet causes illness. – [Narrator]
T.Colin Campbell arrived at the same conclusion. He has been at the cutting edge of nutritional research for more than 40 years,
and in the 80s and 90s he directed the
“China-Cornell-Oxford-Project”, better known as the “China Study”. This is the most comprehensive nutrition study in the history of biomedical research to date. It confirmed Campbell’s theory. – We tend to want to consume protein, which means we want to consume meat, because that supposedly makes us strong and makes us healthy. That’s been an old story for a long time. But in reality, as we put more and more protein, or meat, into our diet we see these diseases start to appear. – [Narrator]
The China Study – as well as numerous other studies – demonstrates one thing above all: The higher the consumption
of animal products, the greater the frequency of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and
countless other chronic diseases. Even small amounts of animal products can have a significant
negative effect on our health. – [Narrator]
The 53-year-old electrical engineer Arthur Soteros also
became a victim of his diet. Excessive amounts of meat,
fish, and dairy products. The consequences caught up with him. My first health issues started
about 20 something years ago when I was about 30-32 years of age. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. That about 10 years later
propagated into heart disease. My first encounter with heart disease was at 42 and what I exhibited was heart burn which turned out to be a blockage. I went to the emergency room and found out it was a blockage and I required
intervention and a stent, that was my first encounter. – [Narrator]
A stent is an implant designed to hold a vessel open. Arthur Soteros needed to have
five such stents implanted. He repeatedly suffered from chest pain and a narrowing of his blood vessels. Finally, he needed double coronary
bypass surgery. – So I was sure that after doing
the bypass surgery I would be free and clear from
any heart issues for up to 10 years. That happened not to be the case with me. Ça n’a pas été le cas pour moi. About a year into that
I developed angina again and what turned out then
to be the vein graft they had used in my
bypass surgery had now blocked, which then required another stent
and a few months later another stent until the frequency
of those stents became just 2 weeks apart. – [Narrator]
The quickly returning vessel occlusions baffled the doctors. Soteros left the hospital without hope. – I wept and I cried like a baby, because I wasn’t ready to die and I cried out to God for some options. I think God saved my life. It was God’s mercy and grace that actually gave me options and set my path straight and pointed me in the direction of plant-based. – [Narrator]
Through a member of his church community Arthur Soteros learned about Dr. Esselstyn and his nutrition-based therapy. He consulted the doctor and with his help restructured his entire diet. – Within 30-40 days from that point of the angina that I was experiencing and the facial numbness that I experienced during
my heart disease, it was gone. It was then by following this
diet of going plant based – within about 5 months from that point on – when I was doing a follow up
with my cardiologist and family physician who had been monitoring my diabetes said that my diabetes was gone. And then I followed up in October of 2010 with my optometrist – the prescription glasses that I was wearing – they looked at me and said:
“why was I wearing these things?” All I needed was just reading glasses. So then with the reversal of my diabetes my eyesight got better. – [Narrator]
Arthur Soteros’ heart condition has disappeared. His blood test results are normal and he has been able to
markedly reduce his medication. And he also lost 20 kilograms
of excess body weight. – I feel better now at age 53 than I did at age 30. – Through the years I’ve had lots of students, lots of colleagues and plenty of money to do all kinds of research. And I found out that what
I believed early was wrong: that a diet high in animal
based foods is a problem; That a diet that is high in
processed foods is a problem. In many different ways. The only solution is a whole food,
plant-based diet! It’s that clear! And when people use that,
they not only prevent future disease, they actually are able to cure existing disease
in people who have a disease. – In December 2006 I was diagnosed with lung cancer in the last stage. It had metastasized and
spread to my lymph nodes. The tumor was removed and
so were my lymph nodes. I was advised to start chemotherapy.
I turned it down. Instead, I consulted a doctor who favors healing by plant-based means. I followed his advice
and today I am free of cancer because I have given up eating animal products and I prefer plant products. But not just that, primarily pesticide-free, natural plants, vegetables, fruit, and other foods, which haven’t been heated and in this way I receive a maximum of nutrients. That is, in my opinion,
why I am free of cancer today. – My wife Karen was diagnosed with a serious kind of cancer,
stage 3 melanoma. She refused to take the chemotherapy and she refused to have the surgery. Then she really got strict about her diet. Now it’s about 9 years later
and she has no problem. Plant-based foods are so beneficial because they contain certain substances not found in animal products. For example dietary fibers
or phytochemicals. As the name suggests,
these substances are synthesized by plants, and today we know that particularly the phytochemicals have a very
favorable effect on our health. – [Narrator]
Plant-based foods give us sufficient protein and healthy fats; they are rich in complex carbohydrates and antioxidants as well as certain vitamins, trace elements, and enzymes. Plant-based foods contain what humans need for a healthy diet. The problem in general is:
with products that are detrimental to our health, for example meat, milk, and eggs, a lot of money is being earned. And of course these companies and
corporations want to make a profit. And they want to sell as many products as possible. On the other hand there are no interest groups whose agenda is to keep people healthy. Who is financially interested in keeping people healthy? No one. The medical industry earns money by treating patients. Sick people are the only ones
the medical industry can make money on. The pharmaceutical industry
just makes money on sick people too. – We have a big, big industry
that obviously supports the livestock industry and the egg industry and the dairy industry. It’s just a huge, huge industry. And unfortunately they have infiltrated the academic community. They’ve also infiltrated the government. And I know both because I’m in academia, that’s been my entire life. I see what they do,
maybe they bring some money to have some research done. Also, in the policy area, I spent about 20 years on
national policy development. I was on expert panels for the government. We were doing things, we have committees. Unfortunately, the industry is so powerful that they in many cases are controlling who is going to be on the committees. They have too much money for the politicians.” All of this may be legal, but it’s not fair to the consumer. – I was actually raised eating
the typical diet and when I was about 22 years old
I became a vegetarian. About 5 years later, when I was 27, I went to a completely plant based diet. That’s been 33 years now, I’m 60 years old, and it has been terrific. I feel great, I have a lot of energy
and it’s not just me. People that I know that are a long time on a plant based diet are doing great as well. – The seismic revolution
in health is just not ever going to occur from inventing
another pill or drug. It’s not gonna come from
inventing another procedure… or another operation. But the seismic revolution in health can come about when those
of us in the healing profession are able to share with the public
what is the lifestyle that is protecting them of the
common and killing diseases. And the way we do that is to show them about plant-based-nutrition. “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.”
Mahatma Gandhi – More and more people are devouring more and more animals because more and more people can afford meat, and in 20 years there will be so many people
and so many animals on the planet Earth that there won’t be enough food. Then we’ll eat the planet bare. – [Narrator]
The worldwide human population will rise to 9 billion by the year 2050. The global livestock population
will double to 50 billion. It’s going to get crowded. – It has all been published in
the Global Agriculture Report. That our current form of agriculture is destroying our means of subsistence, destroying the soil, exploiting the planet. We simply eat too much meat! – [Narrator]
The growing consumption of meat accelerates climate change and species extinction; it damages the soil, water, and air – and it spurs global starvation! Appetizing, vacuum packaged portions of meat suggest none of this. – Most of the grain that is
being grown on the planet is not growing for food for human beings. – We are growing plenty of food to feed everyone. The problem is we are feeding most of that grain and the legumes like soybeans to animals while people are starving. – [Narrator]
Worldwide, 1.8 billion people are starving. Every 6 seconds a child dies of malnutrition, that’s nearly 15,000 children a day! A sign of poverty – not for the poor,
but for the rich! – Only 2% of the soya in the United States is eaten by humans. About 70% goes for animal feed, about 28% is going for biofuel, diesel made from soybean. So it’s meat in the hunger of profits, not the hunger of people. Corn, about 10% of the corn in the world is been eaten by humans, most of it is going to torture animals,
I don’t say feed animals because animals did not want
to be fed with grain. It doesn’t suit their digestive systems. So we are talking about a system
that is creating hunger on the planet in the name of feeding people. – [Narrator]
Currently, one out of every three seeds of grain harvested in the world is used as animal feed. However, industrial nations can no longer produce these huge amounts of fodder themselves. Thus Europe already imports
three quarters of its animal feed, including 35 million tons of soybeans alone – mainly from South America. – [Narrator]
The land used for growing this feed does not consist of empty fields
but valuable rain forests forced to yield to the monocultures of the agricultural corporations. – One of the really shocking things about this desire of more and more people to eat more and more meat and
to eat it more and more cheaply, is the awful effect that it is having on the environment: whole forests cleared to graze livestock or to grow grain to feed livestock. It’s having a shocking effect on the environment. Cela a un effet déplorable
sur l’environnement. – [Narrator]
Because of this practice, over the past two decades roughly 20% of the worldwide largest rain forests in the Amazon Basin have
been destroyed forever. Globally, deforestation irreversibly destroys an area the size of a
soccer field every two seconds. – [Narrator]
And this although tropical rain forests are among the Earth’s most valuable treasures. Nowhere else is there such
a rich diversity of species. Moreover, these forests
stabilize the world’s climate as enormous reservoirs of carbon dioxide. That makes them more valuable than meat! – There are statistics on the climate impact of meat. For example for 1 kg of beef roughly 12/13 kg of CO2 are produced. Converted to kilometers: In an economy car I can drive about 100 km, that corresponds to 1 kg of beef. Poultry and pork are about the same. About 50 km correspond
to 1 kg of pork or poultry. With vegetables you end up with 600g, that’s only a few km. There is a huge damage to the climate caused by livestock farming
or the impact of my meat consumption. To help the climate I should,
of course, drive less, but I should also eat less meat. – [Narrator]
Among the side effects of the meat and dairy industry is the production of methane gas. It is primarily generated in the stomachs of ruminants like cattle. Experts estimate that methane is 25 times more detrimental to the climate than CO2. An even greater concern than methane is nitrous oxide, which is nearly 300 times more harmful to the climate than CO2. It is released through
the use of synthetic fertilizers. These and many other factors
make animal agriculture a “catalyst” for climate change. There are increased reports
of a new drought of the century, or a new flood of the century,
a new storm of the century, or the progressive melting
of the glaciers and the poles. Intensive animal farming doesn’t just stink to high heaven, the excrement produced is also polluting our soil! For each kilogram of meat produced, roughly six kilograms of slurry are generated. Among other things, slurry releases ammonia, which poisons the surrounding air and causes long-term damage to the soil. Not only that, slurry and its nitrates also threaten our drinking water … of which we need inordinate amounts to make animal products: … For one kilogram of eggs 3,300 liters are needed … … for one kilogram of chicken meat: 3,900 liters … … for one kilogram of pork: 4,800 liters … … for one kilogram of cheese: a whopping 5,000 liters… … and an all-time high of 15,500 liters are needed to produce one kilogram of beef! Plant production has a much better track record: Cultivating one kilogram of grain requires 1,300 liters of water … Un agriculteur a seulement
besoin de 900 litres d’eau … a farmer needs just 900 liters
for a kilogram of potatoes … … and a kilogram of apples barely requires 700 liters of precious water. – This entire meat-industry has today become a scandal on the planet. It should not exist in the form in which it exists. To force everyone into destroying
the earth’s resources is a crime against the earth and it’s a crime against our bodies, because our bodies weren’t
designed for this kind of diet All together this is a recipe
for a biological disaster, for biodiversity disaster, water disaster, climate disaster, health disaster. – This form of agriculture
we have created for ourselves, basically over the past 50 years, cannot be maintained in this form.
It can’t go well. Everyone with a mind to think, eyes to see and ears to hear knows this. And you wonder: Why isn’t anything changing? – We were made to believe that meat-based-diets are superior to plant-based-diets, a lie that is been exposed by medical experts again and again and again. So what do we need to do? We need to bring diversity back into our farms, we need to bring harmony back into our farms. We have to celebrate diversity, we have to work with farmers,
we have to know our farmers. We have to start realizing food is what keeps the world going, food is the energy of the world! And we have to know exactly where, in that chain, we entered, so that we don’t do more harm, we reduce the harm. And in the process we celebrate: “Food is life and life is food.” – [Narrator]
Through its way of life
the Langerhorst family in Upper Austria exemplifies
the practice of farming without monocultures and
intensive animal husbandry. It has been running a vegan organic farm with mixed cultivation and permaculture for more than 40 years. The family grows vegetables, fruit, berries, and nuts and avoids animal-based
and chemical fertilizers, using green manure, plant-based compost, rock flour, mulch, and wood ash. – Plant-based agriculture
has shown us that we can live very well from a small rather than a big farm. We only cultivate 3,5 hectares but as full-time farmers, and we are very grateful that this is possible and viable. If you want to eat in an eco-friendly way, you should stick to plant-based food and choose local, seasonal, and organic products. That’s how it works. – [Narrator]
Nature shows us how to solve our problems: our personal problems and the ones that involve the whole world. We just need to take action! – If we look at the chances according to human possibilities, human intelligence, human longing for good decent food – I think the chances are extremely high that we could all live on a
good healthy, organic, plant-based diet. “Until he extends his circle of compassion
to all living things, man will not himself find peace.”
– Albert Schweitzer – [Narrator]
We love the notion of romantic rural life. Happy animals in a healthy environment, well provided for by Mother Nature. It is really quite tempting to
get this meat on your plate. But let’s face reality! – In the old days a farmer had
10 head of livestock, today they have hundreds or thousands. That means there is no longer
a connection to the animal, it really is nothing but a commodity. – [Narrator]
Meat is less expensive today than ever before, a cheap product. About 98% comes from factory farms, where conditions are beyond imagination. Rarely in the past has the term “industry” smacked of a contempt for life
as it does today. – In the intensive animal farming industry animals are no longer seen as individuals, but as mere production goods, like tin cans, spare car parts, or as just things to be used with the aim of achieving
the highest economic profit possible. – [Narrator]
Chickens are by nature social, curious, and intelligent animals. But in the merciless factory farm their lives are reduced to – short and joyless – agony. Chicks hatch not in the maternal nest
but in the incubator. As soon as they can stand, they are sorted, vaccinated, packed up,
and sent to enormous feedlots. In these animal prisons they
reach slaughtering weight in record time, never seeing daylight and under extremely crowded conditions. The normal life expectancy of
a chicken is up to 20 years. Broilers only live up to 42 days. During this brief lifespan they must gain roughly 2 kilograms – no organism can withstand
such brutally rapid growth. – The birds gain weight so quickly, that their skeletons cannot develop fast enough and the chickens as well as the turkeys end up lying flat on their breasts because their legs can no longer
support the increasing weight. – [Narrator]
Some animals don’t survive this abnormal growth. They can’t drag themselves
to the feed and water troughs. Others die of breeding-induced
cardiovascular diseases, they succumb to stress or
fall victim to cannibalism. All these are facts we are often not aware of when eating meat and which the meat lobby is glad to keep concealed. This is a mother sow. This highly intelligent and
extremely sensitive animal spends most of its life in crates – in cages hardly any larger than themselves. Instead of straw, they lie on bare concrete. – Movement is so restricted in the so-called cages that they can only move 20 to 30 cm forwards and 30 to 40 cm backwards. They can lie down, but they can’t turn around. The sows in modern intensive pig farming are not in “hog heaven”, that’s for sure. – [Narrator]
In nature mother sows build big, soft nests for their offspring. In factory farms, however, this isn’t possible. The sows farrow in “gestation crates”. Confined, they are neither able to protect nor care for their young. Not long after birth, the piglets’ tails are docked as a precaution against cannibalism. In addition, male piglets are castrated by ripping out their testicles. Everything without pain relief because an object’s pain doesn’t matter! Many animals are born weak, handicapped, or sick. It is not “economical” to keep them alive. Their fate – an undignified and cold death. In the agonizing lack of space
the immobilized mother sows sometimes crush their own offspring. At the age of three weeks the piglets are separated from their mother. What follows now: rearing and fattening. Although pigs can live up to 25 years, they are slaughtered as children –
a mere 6 months old. They spend their brief lives in cramped quarters. EU norms require a minimum area of just 0.75 square meters for a porker of up to 110 kilograms. As many as 10% of the animals do not survive these conditions. In spite of this, only a few people are willing to do without a pork chop or a schnitzel. And cattle fare no better. Many animals spend their lives in narrow stalls. The lucky ones in open pens; many, however, vegetate in tether stalls. One step forward, one step backward. That is all the freedom of movement they have. A life expectancy of 30 years? That’s something industrial age
cattle can only dream of. – These days there are huge, huge herds, and they continue to grow. Nobody notices anymore if a cow is sick, usually only the milk robot does, it detects that the milk output has gone down, or the other machine notices
that the feed wasn’t eaten up. And that’s the only way it is even registered that one or more animals are sick. – [Narrator]
Infections are one of the biggest problems in factory farms. The crowded conditions promote the rapid spread of bacteria. Overbreeding, a lack of hygiene, and ignoring natural needs put a huge burden on the health of the animals. The only antidote the
industrial meat producer knows is the massive administering of drugs. Up to three quarters of all antibiotics end up in factory farms! – The system of factory farming is so sick that it needs antibiotics. If you took away the antibiotics, masses of animals would get sick and die. So the whole system is in itself completely sick. – [Narrator]
The routine and improper use of antibiotics in factory farms presents a big health risk –
not just for the animals because more and more bacteria strains are becoming resistant, which renders antibiotics ineffective. If these antibody-resistant bacteria ‘ infect humans, we get sick too. But often medication no longer works. – [Narrator]
Globally, more than 700,000 people die from infections because the bacteria they have consumed has
become resistant to antibiotics. But the animals are not only affected physically. Industrial farming harms them on all levels. – Since the beginning of mankind
cruelty to animals has never been as prevalent as it is in our days. That applies to quantity as well as intensity. – Having once seen pigs in one of these intensive farms,
I was so shocked. It’s unbelievable to me that people could treat animals as though they are just things without feelings. And so many people say to me, but they are being bred to eat, so it’s okay. But it’s not okay. – There is a lot of animal abuse in research, in education, in circuses, in rodeos, in zoos, but factory farming is the worst. If you summed up all the pain that we cause animals
from industrial food preparation is far greater than all of the pain in any other venue combined. So it’s really the worst. It brings out the worst in human beings and it makes animals suffer greatly. They not only suffer their own pain, they also feel the pain of the other animals at these horrible factory farms. – [Narrator]
Not only our meat consumption promotes the suffering of animals but also our growing demand for milk. Cows are forced to achieve
higher and higher outputs: In the 60s a cow produced an annual average of 1,500 liters of milk, today that amount has risen
to 10,000 and more! – I’ve quite a few vegetarian friends who consume dairy products and they believe this false idea that dairy products are a benign animal product, that there is no harm connected to milk because they figure: “Once a cow starts giving milk, she just gives milk.” And they don’t realize that cows can’t give adequate amount of milk
for production unless they are pregnant. And cows have the same gestation period as humans – 9 months. They are pregnant 9 month and give birth. And within 24 hours max. 72 hours they take the calf away from the cow, because you need the milk for production. You know, it’s a terrible business, I mean there is more suffering
in a glass of milk than you can find in just about anything. The calves will ball and ball and ball, the cows will just look for them. – [Narrator]
Cows will often mourn their children for days or weeks. – They do miss their calves and the calves miss their mothers. It’s really a heartbreaking thing to watch. – [Narrator]
In factory farms calves are being born constantly. But they serve no “useful” purpose – and are soon put to different “use”. – Let’s say a cow is alive for 4 years – she will have 4 calves. Just genetic roulette: 2 are going to be male and
2 are going to be female… the 2 males have no use to the dairy industry, they will go to auction within a day, to two or three days after birth, you’ll only need 1 female to replace the mum, so 3 out of 4 calves go to slaughter… right after they’re born. – We know in our bones that harming mothers who are just giving birth to babies and nursing those babies and nurturing those babies is something that is against our own compassion and kindness. And so when we are eating animal foods, eating dairy products,
that’s exactly what we are doing: we are paying people to impregnate animals, steal their babies, steal their milk
and then kill them. – I always say to people, especially women: Imagine that you was pregnant, you got your breasts ready to give milk and somebody took your baby away and then another animal came and took your milk. For human beings it’s almost impossible to imagine, but that’s what many animals go through. Some people think goat’s milk
is better than cow’s milk.. well the goat is also a living thing, the goat also produce milk
not for the human consumption, but for the consumption of a little baby goat. And that’s who the milk should go to. – People wonder whether animals, including farm animals, have emotional lives. And the science tells us that they do. If people read and understand what Charles Darwin had to say about evolution, he said that the differences among species are shades of grey, not black and white. So if we have something, then they have it too, they being other animals. So the science tells us that many animals, including farm animals, have very rich and deep emotional lives. – The main thing is, these farm animals, when you know them as individuals, they are just wonderful, I mean there is nothing like hearing the whicker of a horse, when you come and he is pleased to see you. And the cows chewing the cud and the sweet breath that they have out in the field. The pigs, well pigs are as intelligent as dogs, and more intelligent than most. When I was a little girl, I used to want to have a little troupe of pigs and train them and go to a circus. Well, now I know a circus is a bad, but when I was a little girl – pigs are amazing, just incredible. – People want to think that cows are stupid, that they are dumb, that they are slow and all they do is eat grass. No, they have community,
they have social structures, they babysit for each other, they mourn the loss of loved ones. They are a community just
like any human community. They only look different, that’s all. We don’t speak their language, that’s the only difference. – We know for example that
chickens display empathy, they feel the pain of other chickens. We know that cows and pigs are very smart, they miss one another,
they love to be around with friends. Cows and pigs are extremely intelligent, they can learn very complex tasks. So, I like to say that the animals who we eat are very smart and they are very emotional. They are not “what” we eat. So, if there is an animal on a plate or at the end of a fork, it’s “who’s for dinner?”, not “what’s for dinner?”. Because when we use “who”,
we are referring to an animal who has a very strong inner life and subjective life. So for example when pigs and cows and dogs and cats and wolves play, it’s very clear that they enjoy themselves and they are feeling happiness, they are feeling very gleeful,
they are feeling a lot of pleasure. – Animals are fellow creatures, animals are living beings with feelings. They can show you when they are doing well. I can tell by looking at them, and I say: “Look children, animals can laugh
when they are happy. And animals can show their sorrow
when we treat them badly.” No animal gets onto the truck voluntarily. In the entire time I was
a butcher it never happened. So we always drove the livestock
by force out of the shed, by force onto the truck. Then we took it to the slaughterer
or the butcher shop, and you have to imagine: Those are trucks with these days up to
100 head in the most cramped conditions. A stress situation, fear situation. You can tell, either the animals start to tremble or their eyes are so plain frightened. – Cattle prods, electroshock devices, clubs; pigs are dragged away by their ears, bulls are kicked in the balls to make them go, cows are kicked in their udders, the nose ring with bulls – if they’ve got one – with heavy bulls they twist it and turn the nose around almost
180 degrees to make them go. And all that involves pain,
it is not without pain. Intense pain. – You can’t do it any other way,
it’s simply not possible. You can’t think you’ve got countless animals and you’re going to persuade them nicely to get on the truck or up to the slaughtering bench. It doesn’t work. It’s always brutal.
It’s always brutal! – [Narrator]
Everyone is aware that animals have to die if we want to eat meat. But very few want to know what (actually) takes place in a slaughterhouse. Slaughterhouses have their reasons for not welcoming visitors. In large industrial slaughterhouses pigs are often stunned by machine. An electric shock triggers a kind of epileptic attack. This leads to unconsciousness. In smaller operations stunning by electric current is generally done by hand before the animals are suspended from a conveyor
and their throats slashed. – Pig slaughtering in itself is
so difficult even for people because the animals scream.
They scream interminably. I used to say, it was as if
little children were screaming. Why do children scream? They’re scared. With animals, it’s no different. In large meat factories gas chambers are standard practice. The pigs are herded into a gondola and lowered into a chamber where they are gassed with a mixture of carbon dioxide and air,
leaving them unconscious. – CO2 stunning is a relatively cheap procedure. The advantage is,
as with other gas-stunning methods, that several animals can be stunned at once, you don’t have to tear the group apart. The clear disadvantage of CO2 stunning, however, is that the animals do experience suffocation over
a fairly long period of 15 to 20 seconds. They have a clear sense of
not being able to breathe. The animals often reach upward,
you hear them screaming. – [Narrator]
Once they have been stunned, the pig’s throats must be quickly and properly slashed, otherwise the animals wake up and land in the cauldron
of boiling water fully conscious. This is no uncommon occurrence since the whole process takes place so quickly. – As for the problem of slaughtering speed, one must note that at a rate of 750 pigs per hour the person sticking the pigs, the so-called sticker, has pretty much exactly 5 seconds
to jab this knife into the animal’s neck. In that time he has to grab the pig, pull it into position by a foreleg, he has to take the knife out of the holder, and by then the 5 seconds are almost up. That means he has no chance to correct a badly placed stab, if he thinks he didn’t sever the major vessels or he missed some major vessels. That means, it’s definitely a problem in terms of bleeding effectiveness. – I’ve often seen how animals
weren’t stunned properly. Pigs fleeing the vat of
boiling water or jumping, trying to get out, where the slaughterer went over and used an iron rod to clobber it again. That is actually routine,
it’s absolutely normal. – [Narrator]
All pigs can meet this fate – animals from organic farms are no exception! Once it is cut into pieces,
the animal has finally endured all the agony the industry has to offer. Chickens are processed fully automatically and at a high speed: On average 10,000 animals per hour can be stunned, killed, cleaned, and cut into parts in a modern slaughterhouse. Europe’s largest poultry
slaughterhouse is in Germany. It can handle up to 27,000 animals an hour. That’s 432,000 chickens a day! The slaughter of cattle starts with a captive bolt stunner, which has been standard procedure for decades. The animals are driven along
a chute into a narrow box. Not every animal goes to its death willingly. – In this stunning trap animals are shot with a so-called captive bolt gun. A bolt penetrates the skull and partially destroys the brain. The animals usually collapse immediately and are unconscious within fractions of a second. Problems can arise when the shot misses its mark, when the stunner isn’t placed properly, or the animal moves its head at the last moment, these are so-called missed shots, the animals are only slightly stunned or not at all. In terms of animal welfare
this is critical because the second shot, which is inevitable, usually doesn’t work either because the skull is already open so now the intracranial pressure of the first shot cannot be reproduced, and I really can have difficulty effectively stunning the animal. – Why must humanity, the consumer,
be shielded from the slaughterhouses? If it really is so right, then why? Cheese dairies don’t make you look away. Demonstration bakeries are common today too. But there isn’t a single demonstration
slaughterhouse in the country. The onlookers would probably keel over by the score. Because it’s so brutal. Because it’s just plain violence. With cattle the rate of mis-stunning
can be up to 9%, with pigs as high as 12,5%. Eventually you reach your limit.
You either continue or stop. We had to slaughter calves, and the calf already balked at the door. I was supposed to shoot it and
then a tear rolled out of its eye, and I fired the bolt gun in the air, said that was it, went to my boss, handed him the bolt gun, and told him I was done.
He should send me my papers. – I was nothing more than the contract killer, the mercenary for all the
people who wanted to eat meat. I took money and in exchange I killed the animal. And when I realized that, I quit. Worldwide 65 billion animals are slaughtered annually. That makes more than 2,000 animals per second. – [Narrator]
Humans are creatures with many contradictions. What is especially paradoxical is our relationship to animals. We can adore a pet, and at the same time we let other animals be killed without the slightest compassion. Dr. Melanie Joy calls this phenomenon “carnism”. – Carnism teaches us to place animals in categories in our minds. Some animals we love – dogs and cats are our companions, our family members, our friends for instance – other animals we eat. Carnism teaches us to see animals as objects. So we learn to refer to the turkey on our plate as “something” rather than “someone”. And carnism teaches us to
see animals as abstractions, as lacking any individuality
or personality of their own. And instead simply as
abstract members of a group about which we’ve made generalized assumptions. A pig is a pig, and all pigs are the same. Carnism, says Dr. Joy, is a belief system intended to prevent us from recognizing the violence and cruelty of the system behind eating animals. We suppress and deny,
we ignore our head and our heart when it comes to animals that we classify as edible. – Choosing one animal to eat and one animal to be a pet is just like – people call it speciesism – it is a kind of racism, it’s a kind of favoritism and it’s a kind of just following a particular culture. Now, what we have to do is to build a culture and traditions based upon compassion. – The highest form of living, the highest value, is compassion. And when there is compassion,
we maximize well-being. After all, the word wealth comes from wellbeing. It did not mean money in the hands of a few, it meant well-being shared across life’s spectrum. – I think once we admit that we humans are not the only beings with personality, minds and feelings, once we realize that we are part of the animal kingdom, then it becomes quiet as important
how we treat animals, all animals, as how we treat each other. And so only when we show respect, consideration and concern
for other living beings, can we imagine a world that’s more peaceful than the one today. – We are at a threshold where across the world people are seeking the liberation of life, from this strangle hold of objectification, the view that the earth is dead matter, and our beings are just objects. We have to rise in subject-hood, of an interconnected subject-hood, where no life is less important than any other life. And human beings are definitely not the emperors over the rest of life. We are just one strand in that web of life. – I think the reason that
so many people don’t change their behaviour is,
because they feel what’s the use? I’m just one person. So what I do actually can’t make any difference. Nor would it make any
difference if it was just one. But more and more people
are coming to understand what the problems are and
what they ought to be doing. – Never ever think that
one person can’t make a difference. We tend to focus our energies
on looking for leaders, say like Martin Luther King
or Mahatma Gandhi, but they were just one person. They didn’t set out in life to be a leader and they were very humble people. It’s just that circumstances in history drew them to the front. But if we are looking for leaders, all we have to do is to go home and look in the mirror. Because each one of us can make a difference. And we do. It’s just making a conscious decision that we are going to make a difference in our lives. We are not on this planet for a long time, so we need to do what we can in the time we have got to make a difference. To me it was always important to emphasize that we, as adults, are all role models. We have no control over this function.
We can’t say: I don’t want to be a role model. Instead, we are taken as role models, whether
by children, by relatives, by colleagues or friends. And I believe that the fact that we are taken as role models should motivate
us to behave as such. – Every one of us can make a difference, every one of us eats at least
two to three times a day. And every act of conscious eating, of knowing what the consequences
of what you are eating are, knowing what you are eating, is an act of changing the world. – I think the most important message that I have, is to remember that you, and I’m speaking to you, watching this film, you make a difference! You as an individual make a difference… What you do each day actually is effecting what’s going on in the world each day. So your life matters, you matter and use your life wisely.


  • HowTube says:

    I love that movie! So inspiring and made me change my diet forever!

  • NR says:

    I am so ashamed for eating meat. No more.

  • Aurelien B says:

    The movie doesn't mention the fact that young female cows are sexually raped via artificial insemination, and that animal agriculture is inherently based on the exploitation of female animals…

  • Sungodv says:

    The conundrum is that felines are obligate Carnivores and must eat meat and no carbohydrate

  • Sheldon Cooper says:

    Say what you want about vegans, but they’re right. There is only one diet that reverses heart disease.

  • Carine G says:

    Dommage qu il n y a pas de sous titrage

  • Shuttle Babe -Beachcricket says:

    I Am Loving Plants to Eat now! I feel much better. I noticed that every time I eat meat, I would get sick. So I changed to plant eating!

  • Ellis tar Ceansa says:

    Outstanding video!!!! Thank you!!! is it in German yet somewhere? ( I have friends who speak German as a second language and don't speak much English )

  • Luna says:

    This is one of the best documentaries on the effects of the western diet.
    I've been vegan for a few years now, but just recently watched earthlings. Even though I love animals, that documentary just grossed me out. But this movie actually managed to make me cry. Now I get why so many vegans go out and protest. (I still hate chickens though…childhood trauma)

  • Fernando Gonzalez says:


  • Stefano Piviali says:

    7 years ago doctors told me I would have to be for the rest of my life on medication to 'control' Rheumatoid Arthritis, an 'incurable' disease.
    I never took the medication and the specialist told me that I would be back on a wheelchair 'begging' for medicines.
    Well, I went on a plant based diet and after 8 months I was symptom free, I ended up living 5 years on a yacht and circumnavigating the world.
    I am 65 and feen better than when I wa 40.
    Now my children and grandchildren are all on the same plant based diet, we all very healthy and strong.

  • Amanda B says:

    Just bawled my eyes out 😭😭😭

  • The Vegangelist says:

    An outstanding documentary. Veganism is The Way, The Truth, and The Life.

  • Cigdem says:

    Ich bin so entsetzt und zutiefst traurig das wir Menschen den Tieren das alles antuen. Ich bin so stolz Veganer zu sein!

  • Ex Life says:

    My family and I went plant based a few months ago for health benefits and my goal to lose over 100 pounds. I had no idea animals were treated so terrible. The part that bothered me most was when they ripped the testicles out of the piglets and cut off their tales, no sedatives …. nothing. Only strengthens my drive to eat plants.

  • Cliff Andrews says:

    I highly recommend anyone to watch this documentary movie. 2 1/4 years ago I had a heart attack and got a stent in my artery at age of 67. I took courses of Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) two years ago. I have diabetes for 16 years. For a first time, my medicines are gone, even Metformin, this year. I was surprised and shocked that yesterday my A1C is 6.0% after stopped using Metformin last March. I am so grateful to CHIP teaching me how to improve my health with plant-based food, exercises, reducing stress and anger.

  • Nadine Ventura says:

    I’m crying so much just watching this film. So beautiful. I hope to open up other people’s minds about eating more plant-based food.

  • Nancy P. says:

    Beautiful, honest. So glad I decided to live vegan. For LIFE!!

  • Jimmy Jive says:

    Fucking bullshit, my father was a vegetarian for 45 years of his 68 year life and he died from multiple massive heart attacks.

  • Scot Campbell says:

    What does HOPE stand for?

  • Michael Lanfield Raw Vegan Fruitarian says:

    Great documentary. Thank you for uploading it. To learn more about the issues in the film get my new book Our Path to Freedom: How We Can Live a Freer and More Peaceful Life. visit https://www.weareinterconnected.com/our-path-to-freedom

  • Scot Campbell says:

    Thanks for the great film. Vegan 6 and a half years for me….WFPB about 80% of the time.

  • whatever says:

    I stopped eating chicken BEFORE I started watching docs about the terrible state of affairs we are in… especially in junk food addicted America. I couldn’t keep poultry down anymore & I couldn’t understand why. Now I see I was eating horrific conditions, fear & death. A life without animal products, is a real Life.

  • Mike Unknown says:

    perfect lesson, just one thing
    God has nothing to do with your own decision there and then, taking actions into changing ones lifestyle
    if you know anything about them ''religious'' scriptures and books, they all start with know thyself
    giving people tasks for godly behavior while alive on this planet, it's practically ancient relationship science between humanity and nature, not some belief fairytale as it was made out to be.

  • htimseel says:

    I sat alone watching this, I went through all kinds of emotions. I just shared it with most people I know, very engaging and informative. It won't be an easy process to cut out meat however, for my health's sake, I should try.

  • Melissa Schimanek says:

    Thank you so much for produce this film!! It it of utmost importance to spread the benefits of plant based diets as much as possible!

  • A Delaney says:

    thankfully I will not be eating meat again… To watch this has been so shocking and sad… Those poor, poor animals and really this is a modern age cruelty issue…a wonderful documentary which should be shown on mainstream television and in schools to educate. I am grateful this documentary was made but sad that some people do not view animals lives worthy….. I should assume we will be purveyors of our own doom – we are witnesses to the holocaust of animals no different to the Concentration camps.

  • Rodney Brunner says:

    its a cruel world get over it,I'll eat meat till the day I die,go try and stop a lion killing its prey, an animal in the wild is eaten alive,at least these animals are shocked before their slaughtered,that's an act off compassion,kind regards Rodney bugner

  • Rodney Brunner says:

    I don't have a problem with people been vegetarian its their choice but they have no right not feeding their kids meat,it is an essential part off the human diet and kids have a right to be given meat for there development,they need to be facing serious jail time for not feeding there kids meat,I'm all for clean farms where the animals are clean and looked after well,healthy animal equals healthy person

  • Verlin Alexander says:

    I have already been converted to this natural way of life, and i continue to learn more, therefore, this film, and others like it, gives me a better understanding of the way we think and what drives to act or behave the way we do, alternately making changes for the betterment of life in all forms. I thank you!

  • Janice Rigsbee says:

    Seeing the cow cry is heartbreaking.

  • Fernando Moreira says:

    Hello from Florianópolis SC Brasil!!!

  • Kathlean Keesler says:

    10billionlives.com (Have we been lied to?)

  • Harriemes says:

    I refuse to see humans who look down on non-humans, as victims.

  • Jade Mitchell says:

    I managed to stay composed until I saw the cow getting stunned. I hated everything I saw but the look in the cows eyes.. I hated seeing the pigs and it Brough a tear to my eye as did the chickens but the look of the cows.. I use to be vegetarian but as of a few days ago I decided to go vegan and this documentary has cemented it in. I loved how the woman talking and the start and finish said the same thing, same clip. It was a good way to emphasise the point and helped to cheer me up after that intense part. Well done x

  • Agat Official says:

    My heart is broken…

  • Clarence Hodges says:

    I knew animals were mistreated, but I didn't know that it was to this low level.  I have been a lacto-ovo vegetarian for 30+ years.  I'm starting to wean off of eggs, even though I purchase organic eggs for myself.  In my defense of egg eating, I tell critics that I am actually saving the chicken from a future life of torture.  As far as eggs and milk are concerned I tell them that you don't have to take the life of the animal to get the product.  But after watching this video, I will seriously consider using less and less dairy.  I didn't think I could get away from eggs, but I don't like them like I used to. Bottom line–a  plant-based diet is the ultimate.

  • Andrea Fagerheim says:

    Came here from Leo Venus 😃😃

  • Chalk Vlogs says:

    I just cried… i don't know why… but im still hoping… and will never lose hope…

  • Frank JUV says:

    My first year being vegan and i'll never go back to my awful meat diet. Thanks for the movie… Inspiring. Do anyone know a vegan culinary carreer in ontario?

  • CaptainPlanet says:

    Amazing work! Thank you for this movie!!
    Will this be available on DVD in german one day?

  • Erin Stratman says:

    I know it's supposed to be serious but when I saw that guy cuddling a cow I almost lost it 😂

  • GYU LKRCA says:

    Wait… Hes 84 years old!?!? He looks like hes 60?

  • B Green says:

    Great movie. I might make my kids watch this. I switched to plant based for health but the more I see the animals suffering the more I want other people to stop eating meat. The problem is people are selfish and don't give a flip about animals but let them get type 2 diabetes , heart disease, cancer or obesity then it's much easier to get them to switch.

  • RED BLOOD says:

    We don't need to kill to survive in 21 century, stop harming our self and our planet lest go vegan# peace and love for all of us !!

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  • Fernando Gonzalez says:

    Genios!, muchas gracias, bendiciones!

  • Sergey Koroteev says:

    Thanks for the great movie. I recommend it to every whom I know.

  • Juci Shockwave says:

    I know I'm preaching to the chore, but this needs to be stated… in hope it will save someones' life, especially that of young females. What made me change to a diet that involves 70-80% vegetables and fruits, while 20%-30% being legumes,starch and nuts? Watching everyone I know and love suffer from cardiac disease, diabetes, strokes, dementia, blindness, deafness, cancer, etc… the list goes on and on. I wanted to avoid pain and suffering so in turn I avoid the pain and suffering of others by avoiding meat. Think about that for a moment. Also, ladies… avoid female complications by avoiding androgen hormone (male hormone) producing foods such as animal-based foods. It causes you to be hairier than you should, balding on your heads, menstrual cramps, yeast infections, the list is long for us ladies. Animal-based foods fermenting in your stomach thus causing your cooch to stink… stop smelling like rotten flesh by stop being a walking cemetery for other species. >_< Vegans and vegetarians don't stink of rotten flesh because they eat fruits and vegs, so they smell herby. Very sweet. Ever sat next to a vegan? They smell of kiwis and strawberries… very delicious. SERIOUSLY! STOP JUSTIFYING BEING A CEMETERY! Go vegetarian or better yet the ideal is GO VEGAN! All those feminine diseases and complications will go away in days to weeks… you'll look fabulous too. I went vegetarian years ago and never going back to smelling and feeling like a walking corpse ever again. Fuck the meat industry. They want to make us sick so we are force to pay more money by the drug cartels known as the pharmaceutical industry.

  • Joe Siok says:

    God bless everyone involved in this documentary – it's a message that needs to be taken forward as widely as possible…

  • terejov says:

    I loved it so much!!!

  • Mariana Al Soulyman says:

    رائع جدا شكرا لكم لقد قررت أن أكون نباتية

  • Jack Adams says:

    Such a beautiful but horrifying documentary. I have been vegan for a year now and watching films like this remind me of the brutality which I chose not to advocate.

  • LK 1983PL says:

    hypocrisy is that they promote veganism by the mean of carcinogenicity tests on animals

  • Designer- Garb says:

    Firstly that was a brilliant documentary and thank you for making this video, it is also heartwarming to see so many positive life changing comments. good luck to you all.

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  • Vegan sanctuary NZ says:

    Meat and dairy farmers are nazi

  • MEll says:

    What if I said I have had the most health improvements on a meat only diet.

  • Mᴀʜᴀᴅᴇᴠ says:

    Thank you, H.O.P.E. and #GoVegan!

  • The Whole Food Plant Based Cooking Show says:

    Thank you for this beautiful film. It strikes a good balance of delivering hard truths while supplying the optimism of practical ways to take action. We are including this film in our Plant Based Made Easy Free Membership Community next week.

  • Andrea Manzanares Azofra says:

    Beautiful and cruel film at the same time. This documentary has been the trigger to completely change my diet. It’s made me cry in a very emotional and companionate way. Now I just can’t believe I’ve been blind for so long. This should be shown in the cinemas, in schools, everywhere. Thank you to the creators for sharing this important peace of information. Peace, love, education and comparton

  • ellen o sullivan says:

    I am stunned but, not into silence. I always thought that things were not too bad for our other animal beings in Europe.I blamed big companies and American greed.but to my shame I see we were all in on it. We just decided to look the other way. Sounds familiar , dosen't it. It was meant to. I hope many more of us are stunned into speaking out. Thanks to the inspiration of my daughter Tara I tried the vegan thing last january. I can never go back. I will be forever gratefull. Peace and wellbeing to all.

  • SuperMapupa says:

    just to let you know, plants can feel pain as well as animals through they can;t scream… just watch "What Plants Talk About " by PBS

  • Sandy Smith says:

    I've been vegan for almost 4 years. I cried through half of this documentary. I so wish everyone would just take the time to watch and listen. I just wish people would start caring.

  • tyranomegosaurus says:

    i've been vegan for over a year, before that I was vegetarian for 6 years, we have to save these animals! my heart can't take anymore torture. it's just not fair!

  • Angela Gonzalez says:

    Whats the name of the Docters book?

  • judas brute says:

    if you are not vegan you are doing it wrong

  • Sunny Gusain says:

    Vegan for life

  • V-Form Official says:

    Love this movie.
    Would love to have it in German to share to my German speaking friends.

  • V-Form Official says:

    Going vegan has opened my heart and mind to the animals in a way I never had imagined it to. Plus, i feel great and I am thankful for movies like this. Our species can do so much better that just say “but I love meat, cheese, eggs, fish, etc. and I don’t care”
    It’s time for us to prove that we are the most intelligent species. It’s time for us to evolve.
    Go vegan.

  • Engin Deniz says:

    sugar is real culprit eat butter and organ meats and fish to get healty avoid fast foods or GMO products which are contained lots of SUGAR

  • Betsy Smith says:

    This is an amazing documentary! I enjoyed it so much.I loved the avoidance of sensationalism. Please do German subtitles. This is the perfect documentary to share with parents and grandparents. It is so sad to watch them make themselves sick, when you know the solution. Thank you!

  • Fernando Gonzalez says:

    Permítanme felicitarlos nuevamente, excelente documental, gracias y bendiciones!!!

  • Jacqueline Clarion says:

    I was a vegetarian for 26 yrs when I discovered I was allergic to soy (15 yrs ago) which had been a big part of my diet. I added salmon first then since my young daughter was demanding meat, I started eating chicken, then turkey then bacon then occasionally, a grass-fed burger. I buy grass-fed milk for cereal, yogurt & pasture-raised eggs. I used to belong to PETA as well as other animal-rights groups so many years ago & still have many of the magazines/articles. Something about this documentary really made an impact though. There were a few things I did not know. The graphics were BRUTAL to watch & I feel sick to my stomach. I want to share it but I know that many of my family/friends, won't watch it for those very reasons. I think people need to know what goes ON with what goes IN their mouths…..As of this very moment, I AM vegetarian again & will be throwing out ALL the dairy in my frig (though I just bought it when my daughter came home to visit from college last weekend.) I don't know how anyone could watch this documentary & not do the exact same thing! Making this film could not have been easy….but thank you. I hope millions are moved to change their diet. May compassion grow stronger.

  • bonnie bassett says:

    I became vegetarian and almost vegan (no dairy ) after watching documentaries like this one . It is hard to watch I am glad I no longer eat meat I wish more people would allow there eyes to be opened and thereby gain compassion for these farm animals . I live with a friend who continues to eat and meat and she does not want to see documentaries like this.

  • Goran Majnaric says:

    he turned inwards, and inwards [or what is actauly him] came to itself, simple as that

  • Kevin Kadillari says:

    Great Documentary & awesome message! Will share it immediately and hopefully reach lots of people who overthink their Eating habits. It seems so obvious to take the step also, as evidence clearly shows by now how much benefits a plant based diet brings to the table.

  • V-Form Official says:

    All these Subtitles, but no German! 😔
    Would love to share this. Part of this Film is made in Austria and Germany. Would be cool to have German Subtitles. 👍🏼

  • Maja says:

    I had to close my eyes, it was too painful to watch for me… But; still a very important video! Makes me proud that against my culture and upbringing I chose the vegan lifestyle.

  • Gita Study Group says:

    It made me cry.!

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  • Cara Iyi says:

    And yet people blindly follow this trendy “keto diet”….. how is it ok to eat a fuckton of animals with all that saturated fat? Holy fuck, I’d love to see their arteries

  • Di Anna says:

    From my very childhood I didn’t like eating meet , I always said that I don’t wanna eat an animal , I’m not a murder , and I also have hemophobia( blood phobia ) I couldn’t look at that bloody meet . luckily my parents understood me and let me eat what I wanted to , but sadly and I’m a shamed of this I couldn’t leave eating chickens cause I thought they had no emotions and they were “living “ in better conditions and oh god how wrong I was !😫 what I saw in this documentary was terrible, and inhuman . Although I live in an Arab country and I’m half Arab I can’t continue living like this !!

  • siddhu sai says:

    Thanks for making this Documentary. It is definitely going to change the world <3

  • YG Lin says:

    Love the message by Dr. Jane Goodall at beginning, it's very powerful yet very touching

  • marcyzanna78 says:

    Please, can you set the ITALIAN subs ?? Thank you !

  • GeneralArmorus says:

    Has Jane gone vegan yet herself?

  • jose Esna says:

    excelente documental, me encanta como reúne los 3 pilares mas importantes en torno al veganismo, es decir la salud, el ambiente y mas que mas importante la ética respecto a los animales, hace 1 mes que empece con este nuevo estilo de vida y espero que mas gente se sume y que algún día podamos decir "lo logramos" el mundo es un sitio mejor para los animales. soy consiente que eso no va a pasar ni hoy, ni mañana pero se que algún día si

  • Instinctual Evolution says:

    Thanks for this !!!! It’s so important that we use these platforms to speak our truth about veganism 🌱 to the world 🌎 , I just shot this quick video on being vegan & want to share it with you all , friends and family first ….
    I would LOVE ❤️ to hear your thoughts / comments / insights ….. THANK YOU 🙏
    Please check this out and give me some feedback , would love to hear from you !

  • Bruna Maria says:

    I'm vegan for the animals, but this is good too … Go vegan !

  • Marion Periwinkle says:

    This is absolutely the most well put-together documentary I have seen thus far about eating animals, and I've seen MANY, MANY. So much gratitude to you for sharing for free. I will be sending and posting this until my fingers fall off. Thank you. 🙏❤️

  • Shelly White says:

    I will no longer be eating meat. This documentary made me cry so hard that I had to stop it several times. All my meet will be going to my family that wants it. Thank you for making this it really opened up my eyes.

  • Angeline Baekhave says:

    U had me until u said the world will be overpopulated….and overcrowded….think ppl, where there’s earth there can be food. Also, if I was ever starving I would eat my cat or dog…..major companies are messing with our food not our neighbourhood farmer. If u left animals outside, their excrement would naturally be absorbed by the land….it’s called manure, helps plants grow!, it worked 100 yrs ago it would work today. This doc is a little deceptive. If animals were fed the right food and left to graise, and not farmed for mass production we would all be ok.

  • Wayne Cook says:

    Absolute Garbage movie. Completely WRONG. It is the carbohydrates: the sugar and flour / bread / pasta, high starch vegetables that are causing all these problems. Everyone is a glucose burner when they should be a fatty acid burner.

  • Pirkko Lagerspetz says:

    Järkyttävaä.! Oon jo nähnyt what the healtt ym!, mutta tää oli ihan järkyttävää

  • Zenith Lifestyle says:

    Whole foods plant based vegan it’s that easy 💪💪

  • Chris Ferrari says:

    It woulIt would be good if it were translated into Spanish. I would like to share it and many people do not clarify with putting subtitles on YouTube.

  • Getachew T says:

    I know this for a long time. It's a main cause of cancer. What we choose to eat is our own. Life is a choice. we don't have eat everything and die. we must choose what we consumed.

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