These Must-Watch Documentaries Will Inspire You to Go Vegan

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When you go vegan, it’s great to share your new, kinder way of living with family and friends. Many people are completely unaware of the impact that their food choices have on animals, the environment, and their own health – but you can help open their eyes. An easy way to do that is by inviting them to watch one of the following documentaries with you.

  • Dominion: Created by Australian director Chris Delforce, this powerful feature-length film shows footage from farms and slaughterhouses across Australia, crushing the myth that what happens to animals used for food, clothing, or entertainment is in any way humane. You can stream this documentary for free online.

  • Seaspiracy: a new eye-opening Netflix original documentary from the producer who brought you the groundbreaking documentary Cowspiracy. Seaspiracy  “illuminates alarming –and not widely known – truths about the widespread environmental destruction to our oceans caused by human behavior”. The film examines the global fishing industry, “challenging notions of sustainable fishing and showing how humans cause widespread environmental destruction”.

  • Earthlings: Many vegans consider Earthlings to be essential viewing for all meat-eaters. The powerful documentary takes an in-depth look at the way we treat other animals, showing viewers why we’ve got to be more compassionate towards other sentient beings.

  • Cowspiracy: This film offers a comprehensive look at the effects of food production on greenhouse-gas emissions, deforestation, water consumption, species extinction, ocean “dead zones”, and pollution – and it’s available to stream on Netflix.

  • What the Health: Promoted as “the health film that health organizations don’t want you to see”, What the Health exposes the consequences of eating meat, eggs, and dairy and makes you wonder, Why isn’t this common knowledge? We hope it will be soon, especially since the documentary is available on Netflix.

  • Forks Over Knives: This documentary examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods.

  • Fast Food Nation: This film was inspired by the book of the same name, which examines the fast-food industry. It covers everything from cruelty to animals to the treatment of employees.

  • Gods in Shackles: This one is not food-related – it’s about the shocking cruelty to elephants who are used in processions and temples in Kerala.

  • Blackfish: This one isn’t food-related, either, but it’s an excellent film for raising awareness of the plight of animals among people you’re introducing to the concept of eating vegan. It’s about Tilikum, a now-deceased orca who was held at the US-based captive animal marine park SeaWorld. This powerful documentary resulted in a tremendous backlash against the park, once one of America’s more celebrated attractions.

  • Okja: This Netflix original movie directed by Bong Joon-ho (also known for Snowpiercer and Parasite) and starring Ahn Seo-hyun, Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano, and Jake Gyllenhaal is fiction, but it has helped many people consider the plight of real animals and led them to eat vegan. It follows Mija, a young girl who fights to save her best friend – a massive “super-pig” hybrid named Okja – from the meat company Mirando.

  • The Game Changers: A UFC fighter’s world is turned upside down when he discovers an elite group of world-renowned athletes and scientists who prove that everything he had been taught about protein was a lie. It’s available to stream on Netflix.

Sharing your vegan pledge with family and friends can help you stay on track and be a very rewarding experience. Remember: the more people who take the pledge, the more animals will be protected. Thank you!