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  • Summary: Modern farms are struggling to keep a secret. Most of the animals used for food in the United States are raised in giant, bizarre factories, hidden deep in remote areas of the countryside. Speciesism: The Movie director Mark Devries set out to investigate. 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.

    But this is just the beginning. In 1975, a young writer published a book arguing that no justifications exist for considering humans more important than members of other species. It slowly began to gain attention. Today, a quickly growing number of prominent individuals and political activists are adopting its conclusions. They have termed the assumption of human superiority speciesism.

    And, as a result, they rank these animal factories among the greatest evils in our history. Speciesism: The Movie brings viewers face-to-face with the leaders of this developing movement, and, for the first time ever on film, fully examines the purpose of what they are setting out to do.
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  1. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Nov 26, 2013
    40
    The wholly amateurish doc offers much that has been explored more effectively elsewhere; though it makes a few fresh points as it gets into its second half.
  2. Reviewed by: Staff [Not Credited]
    Nov 7, 2013
    30
    The film is more polarizing than persuasive.
  3. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Nov 14, 2013
    30
    A painfully gauche, galumphing attack on factory farming, meat eating, animal experimentation and human supremacy.
  4. Reviewed by: Simon Abrams
    Nov 12, 2013
    30
    Ultimately, Devries seems to want to impress viewers with his anger.
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  1. May 8, 2014
    10
    Quite possibly the best documentary I've ever seen. It starts out slow
    and eases you into the situation, then throws you for a loop with

    extremely insightful commentary and information to make you think.

    I wish I could have seen this movie years ago, as it most certainly
    would have kick-started my move to a more compassionate lifestyle.

    It's nice to see a film like this take the high road in approaching the
    subject from a philosophical vantage point rather than the typical
    shock factor approach.

    I think (and hope) it has the potential for opening up the much needed
    conversation about animal rights and ethics in general.
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