Speciesism: The Movie (94 min, 2013) is an eye-opening, yet fresh take on the array of atrocities brought on by the factory farming industry. 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. In Speciesism: The Movie director Mark Devries set out to investigate these practices. 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. With thought-provoking interviews Devries scored with everyone from Peter Singer to Bruce Friedrich to Richard Dawkins, Devries positions himself as the man on the street, looking up all the counter-arguments he could find on why humans use and abuse animals, and then asks the impressive roster of experts those questions.
Today, prominent individuals and political activists have termed the assumption of human superiority speciesism. Speciesism: The Movie brings viewers face-to-face with the leaders of this 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.