After on-and-off vegetarianism for several years, I finally decided to commit fully to veganism a couple of weeks ago. Suddenly, one evening, it just hit me that I needed to do it and it needed to be now—not a gradual transition, but right now and forever. Earthlings may not have played into that initial decision (since I have only watched it since), but it did a hell of a lot to cement that idea as the right thing to do.
Earthlings, released in 2005, tends to be cited as the documentary to watch regarding the treatment of non-human animals in today’s world. However, you’ll find a surprising number of people make a very conscious decision not to watch it.
Why? It’s quite an emotional journey. You’ll cry, feel depressed, maybe hate your own species. It’s hard to see what really happens in the world, but it’s real. The main point I’m trying to make is that the saying “ignorance is bliss” only goes so far—just because you choose not to see or accept or know about things does not mean that they don’t happen every single day.
Yes, it’s hard. The world is a hard place. But, once you delve more into the world of ethical veganism, you find that there is good to balance out the bad (or attempt to, at least). There are people who speak out and change things, change people, who are inspirational in a million ways (I have to be cheesy here, I just can’t suppress it).
So, if you haven’t seen the film, or if you have but still haven’t given up the animal products, here it is. Giving up the consumption of animal products can seem tough when you’re still consuming them. The thing is, once you make the decision to stop altogether, and you really know why, it’s easy.