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17 November 2007 (USA) See more »
A candid and introspective look at the extreme beliefs and motives of Ingrid Newkirk, the British-born co-founder and driving force behind People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the world's largest animal-rights organization. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Pamela Anderson ... Herself

Marc Bouwer ... Himself
Ralph Dell ... Himself (as Dr. Ralph Dell)
Priscilla Feral ... Herself
Abraham Foxman ... Himself (as Abraham H. Foxman)
Bruce Friedrich ... Himself
Jeff Kerr ... Himself
Lisa Lange ... Herself

Bill Maher ... Himself
Dan Matthews ... Himself
Daphna Nachminovitch ... Herself
Ingrid Newkirk ... Herself
Wayne Pacelle ... Himself
Alex Pacheco ... Himself

Pink ... Herself
Tracy Reiman ... Herself
Mary Beth Sweetland ... Herself
John D. Young ... Himself

Directed by
Matthew Galkin 
Produced by
Nancy Abraham .... supervising producer: HBO
Mikaela Beardsley .... producer
Steven Cantor .... producer
Terry Clark .... line producer
Matthew Galkin .... producer
John Krasno .... executive producer: Stick Figure Productions
Sheila Nevins .... executive producer
Bryan Quinn .... associate producer
Pax Wassermann .... producer
Original Music by
James Lavino 
Cinematography by
Jonathan Furmanski 
Film Editing by
Tim K. Smith 
Production Management
Darren Coyle .... production manager
Sound Department
James Baker .... sound recordist
Bob Bryan .... sound recordist
James Groves .... sound recordist
Jonathan Jackson .... sound recordist
Ben Logan .... sound recordist
Karl W. Lohninger .... sound recordist (as Karl Lohninger)
Mariel Lohninger .... sound recordist
Steve Micallef .... sound recordist
Jérôme Pierrot .... sound recordist (as Jerome Pierrot)
Tony Pipitone .... sound editor
Tony Pipitone .... sound mixer
Bryan Quinn .... sound recordist
Brian Vancho .... foley artist
Camera and Electrical Department
Matthew Akers .... camera operator
Leonard Chambley .... camera operator (as Leonard Chabley)
Nina Davenport .... camera operator
Paul Dokuchitz .... camera operator
Alexis Dussaix .... camera operator
Anne Etheridge .... camera operator
Matthew Galkin .... camera operator
Eric Metzgar .... camera operator
Jeff Myers .... camera operator
Hart Perry .... camera operator
Brett Wiley .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Nic Barbara .... post-production coordinator
Will Cox .... hd online editor
Katie Doering .... post-production assistant
Christina Fontana .... assistant editor
Carter Gunn .... assistant editor
Matt Sarno .... colorist
Matt Sarno .... on-line editor
Mollie Zipkin .... post-production assistant
Other crew
Nic Barbara .... logger
Frederick P. Bimbler .... legal services (as Frederick Bimbler)
Katie Doering .... logger
Marc Hormuth .... production assistant
James Malanga .... production assistant
Keira Marcus .... accountant (as Keira March)
Mollie Zipkin .... logger
Bill Doblias .... special thanks
Roger Goodspeed .... special thanks
Lisa Lange .... special thanks
Peter Rienecker .... special thanks
Trevor Ristow .... special thanks
Blythe Roth .... special thanks
Joel Suttles .... special thanks
Chloe Weiss .... special thanks

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Lew Rockwell (Pres. The Mises Institute):These people of course place animals above human beings. It's a very dangerous movement, they're involved in terrorism. If they only wanted to wear their plastic shoes, eat their bean sprouts, I wouldn't have a problem with them, but they want to make use of the government to impose these crackpot ideas upon the rest of us, I think it's a very dangerous movement.See more »
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22 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Well Done ... Wow!, 20 November 2007
Author: vram22 from United States

I grew up disliking PETA because of the things I had heard about them: throwing pies at people, extreme activism, standing in the way of medical research, etc. Well, this documentary pretty much confirmed all that but gave me a new perspective: PETA may not be "as bad" as I thought after all.

Basically, this is a documentary about Ingrid Newkirk, the British co-founder of PETA, and the organization itself. We see how they discuss situations, infiltrate organizations and plan 'extreme' demonstrations. We also get perspectives on PETA from different animal rights organizations.

According to the show, PETA does not seem to be liked by other animal rights groups. However, one does start to get a sense that PETA may have a role to play in our society - a role that those other groups are not performing. Ingrid shamelessly admits that much of what they do is to elicit shock value to get a "soundbyte" on the news. Otherwise, the public will hear nothing.

The program also indicates that there are very few "checks and balances" in the area of animal rights - so perhaps we need a wild and extreme attention getting group to get some knowledge out there. While I watched, I realized that I don't want a company to have a blank check to do anything to animals. It seems like it's often very hard to know what they're doing at all. Ignorance is bliss, but I'm not sure I want that kind of bliss.

I may disagree with PETA's ultimate agenda (there are some hints about that from the co-founder that left), but for now, I dislike PETA a whole lot less.

Whatever your views on PETA, this documentary is well worth the time. It's challenging, informative and frank.

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