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The Animals Film (1981)

Not Rated | | Documentary | October 1981 (USA)
The film offers a comprehensive examination of the exploitation of animals in modern society.
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Shockingly relevant to today, the film probes the use of animals as entertainment, as pets, for food, for scientific and military research. Stuffed with footage never before shown, the film is laced with deliciously ironic extracts of government films and newsreels. The makers had unprecedented access, to Roger Ulrich for example, a noted psychologist whose career was built on experimenting on primates until his life took an astonishing turn... Written by Anonymous

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It's not about them, it's about us.

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Der Tierfilm  »

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This was screened in Sweden on national TV at prime time, aired over two nights. As part of the transmission, some of Sweden's more influential politicians were asked to watch the film and discuss it afterwards. UItimately this led to legislative change in Sweden over the treatment of animals. See more »

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17 February 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This film changed my life when i saw it on channel 4 25 years ago - don't be scared..watch it and decide if we really need to make millions of animals go through this every day just so we can consume stuff. It doesn't pull its punches - farming, science, hunting, the lot. Its probably a bit ruff n ready compared to todays production techniques, but every bit as relevant now sadly. Needless consumption of factory farmed meat, replica drugs, cosmetics etc create the demand for this abuse and its still growing. I thought at the time that this film would make the difference, but it was ignored - suppose everyone prefers blissful ignorance whilst the animals scream. Well I can hear them and its all because I saw this film when I was a teenager. Please watch this - you should know what's happening in all those big sheds you drive past on days out in the country - its not nice..


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