A Must View Collection of the Best Animal Rights Films Free to Watch Online
By Films For Action / filmsforaction.org

In the spirit of the popular Wall of Films we created back in 2012, we wanted to roll out a series of visual walls each crafted around a unique theme. Our first is dedicated to the rights of mother Earth and all our relatives.

Check it out here.


Below are 20 of our favorite animal rights documentaries and short films in list format:
 

EARTHLINGS is a feature length documentary about humanity's absolute dependence on animals (for pets, food, clothing, entertainment, and scientific research) but also illustrates our complete disrespect for these so-called "non-human providers." The film is narrated by Academy Award nominee Joaquin Phoenix (GLADIATOR) and features music by the critically acclaimed platinum artist Moby.
Documentary - 95 min
 
 
Academy Award® Winner for Best Documentary of 2009, THE COVE follows an elite team of activists, filmmakers and freedivers as they embark on a covert mission to penetrate a remote and hidden cove in Taiji, Japan, shining a light on a dark and deadly secret.
Trailer - 15 min
 
 
"The Superior human?" is the first documentary to systematically challenge the common human belief that humans are superior to other life forms. The documentary reveals the absurdity of this belief while exploding human bias.
Documentary - 74 min
 
 
Self-described civilized man, belonging to the culture known as the Takers. What an extraordinary creature. He has walked on the moon and created the worldwide web that connects billions of people like us right here. But there is a darker side of Taker culture, a history that tends to remain unseen. A side that gets brushed over.
Short Film - 4 min
 
Although many films have convincingly succeeded in drawing public attention to the issue of global warming, they have repeatedly ignored one of the most important causes of climate change, namely: intensive livestock production. Meat the Truth has drawn attention to this by demonstrating that livestock farming generates more greenhouse gas emissions worldwide than all cars, lorries, trains, boats and planes added together.
Documentary - 70 min
 
 
Scientists predict that if we continue fishing as we are now, we will see the end of most seafood by 2048. Oceans without fish. Imagine your meals without seafood. Imagine the global consequences. This is the future if we do not stop, think and act.
Documentary - 82 min
 
 
Imagine half a million adults skipping town and leaving their children behind. Picture an opened suitcase filled with bundles of cash at a bus stop and yet no robber wants to snatch it. The apiary science mystery known as Colony Collapse Disorder displays these very symptoms. Not only do the bees abandon their hive, but the queen and the brood as well. Unnatural. Unheard of. Even the predators that usually raid the hive for honey stay far away.
Documentary - 90 min
 
 
This groundbreaking NRDC documentary explores the startling phenomenon of ocean acidification, which may soon challenge marine life on a scale not seen for tens of millions of years
Documentary - 22 min
 
Sea the Truth is based on numerous scientific publications that examine the problems of seas and oceans.
Documentary - 60 min
 
 
For filmmaker Rob Stewart, exploring sharks began as an underwater adventure. What it turned into was a beautiful and dangerous life journey into the balance of life on earth.
Documentary - 88 min
 
 
In the award-winning documentary THE WITNESS, Eddie Lama explains how he feared and avoided animals for most of his life, until the love of a kitten opened his heart, inspiring him to rescue abandoned animals and bring his message of compassion to the streets of New York. With humor and sincerity, Eddie tells the story of his remarkable change in consciousness.
Documentary - 43 min
 
 
Their Future in Your Hands is a great new video resource that is ideal for stimulating discussion about animal rights in subjects such as citizenship, English, RE and sixth form general studies. The film demonstrates that animals have rich emotional lives - in many ways similar to our own.
Short Film - 10 min
 
 
Take the red pill and watch the critically-acclaimed, award-winning first episode of The Meatrix Trilogy. Join Meo as he goes on a journey into the "real world" to see the horrific truth of what’s really going on with the food we eat today.
Short Film - 10 min
 
 
Philip Wollen, a former vice president of Citibank turned founder of the Kindness Trust gives a passionate, emotive speech on the ethics of modern factory farming. Powerful. Just watch.
Presentation - 10 min
 
 
One simple choice you make has the power to reduce pollution, save resources, combat world hunger, improve your health and create a kinder world. Want to know how? minute video to see how... Part 3
Video - 3 min
 
 
Farm Sanctuary's Bruce Friedrich talks at the 2011 Animal Rights National Conference in Los Angeles, California. Want to know how to best get your voice heard for the animals? Bruce gives you the knowledge you need to get out there effectively, emphasizing the use of animal message wear, leaflets and the socratic method.
Presentation - 20 min
 
 
Permaculturist and watershed wizard Brock Dolman shows how the future lifeboat we'll need is shaped exactly like our local watershed. He wields his dazzling poetics to tell us how we can engage with the spirit of Planet Water, create water literate human settlement patterns, and regenerate ecological integrity and social resiliency to prepare for the climate changes ahead.
Presentation - 31 min
 
 
Piglets dying while their mothers look on unable to help, crippled chickens dying on the floor of vast sheds, terrified cows desperate to escape the slaughterhouse and sheep being killed while their young still suckle are just some of the scenes from a new Animal Aid film showing conditions inside British farms and slaughterhouses.
Video - 4 min
 
 
Behind the Mask: The Story Of The People Who Risk Everything To Save Animals is a 2008 documentary film about the Animal Liberation Front (ALF). It took three years of filming, interviewing, and editing to complete.
Documentary - 112 min
 
 
There's a reason you might not know much about factory farming. They don't want you to know that most eggs, chicken and pork products come from factory farms. They realise that the products they produce wouldn't sell if shoppers were told exactly where they came from. Knowledge is the single greatest threat to factory farming.
Short Film - 13 min
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