A while back I saw an interesting article coming by. In a newspaper (in De Volkskrant, a Dutch newspaper) I saw an article about a slaughterhouse. The slaughterhouse had made a part of their proces transparant. They had literally made glass walls around a part of the ‘assembly line’ so that people passing the slaughter house could see the dead animals passing by after slaughter (which isn’t even the most disturbing part of the slaughter). The responses were intense, people were shocked and demanded that they made the walls non-see-through again. This made me think of a documentary I’ve seen which also makes the slaughter proces transparant: Earthlings.
Look, if all people who responded to the article I described above were vegans I’d be okay with this. But these people aren’t vegan. At least, not all of them. That’s so hypocrite! So you do want to consume meat and contribute to this suffering but you don’t want to look at it? Please. I think we should have an insight in all food proceses of the things we eat. Then you can decide if you want to eat it or not. So yes, that means you have to see animals die if you eat meat. You should see what you’re causing.
And that’s where the documentary Earthlings comes in. It shows how meat, cheese, leather, down and more animal products are ‘produced’. I think it’s essential to know this when you consume or use any of those products. We’re talking about living beings here. I saw this documentary when I was trying to eat vegetarian for a month for the first time. I tried it for a month to see if I could do it. In that period I also tried to learn as much as I could about meat and animal products. Earthlings has been one of the reasons why I prolonged this month to a lifelong of eating vegetarian. I eventually went vegan.
Even though I think everybody who consumes animal products should watch Earthlings, I do think I have to put a little warning here. Earthlings is a very disturbing documentary. I cried during almost the entire film and I even paused it at some points. Earthlings is disturbing and horrible to see. But that’s because the proces of killing and using animals for products is disturbing and horrible. Be aware but please do watch it. I learned a lot from this. Also about new subjects I hadn’t thought about before, like leather.
And since the footage and information in Earthlings is so disturbing and horrific, people tend to see it as an exception. They think there’s something wrong with that specific slaughterhouse of which footage has been leaked. But it has been shown over and over again by different investigations: all slaughterhouses are the same: horrible. The footage you see is no exception! Why do you think people literally have to break in to obtain footage? If the proces inside of slaughterhouses was pretty, it would not be so hard to enter. Think about it: how many times are slaughter houses in the news because of another scandals? A lot. Earthlings shows the proces as it really is.
‘If slaughter houses had glass walls, everybody would be vegetarian’Paul McCartney
Earthlings can be seen on Netflix and gives you insight on the suffering we human beings cause to animals. Nothing more, nothing less. But that’s not the whole story (even though it is horrible enough already). Eating and using animals products also causes environmental damage, food scarcity, health issues and more. That’s for another time! But first: watch Earthlings!