One Planet: Animals and Us
by Victor Schonfeld, maker of THE ANIMALS FILM
A global radio documentary series broadcast on the BBC WORLD SERVICE
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A series as startling to experts and campaigners as to ordinary listeners
Why do humans continue to exploit other species? Are we capable of changing our ways?
-The spread of meat-eating and factory farming across the world, its causes and consequences
-The exploitation of animals for science, and why some doctors are turning away from it
Whatever your preconceptions, be prepared for astonishing insights
Programme One considers the use of animals for food and turns to experts in fields such as psychology, history, language and neurology to find out why humans seem so attracted to eating meat.
Programme Two focuses on the scientific establishment's attachment to using animals, and also concludes the series by considering the future: Might ending the suffering of animals at human hands greatly benefit people too?
Victor Schonfeld is renowned for his 1982 theatrical documentary THE ANIMALS FILM narrated by Oscar-winner Julie Christie, which was instrumental in drawing attention to animal suffering at human hands around the world. Over 25 years later, Schonfeld returns to this subject in this new two part series, to question whether any progress has been made in this area, and to ask if humans‟ relationship with other species is still as exploitative. He asks whether the hopes of the animal rights movement can ever be realised, given current trends in meat-based diets, industrialised factory farming and scientific research on live animals. The series features revealing dialogues with top rank figures in the United States and elsewhere to gain insights into the limitations and potential of an evolving social change movement.