8 New Films That Aim to Change the World for Animals

Documentary films are a powerful tool being†used to raise awareness about different†causes and change the way we think, and more importantly, the way we act. We’re continuing to see the impact of films like The Cove and Blackfish, and there are many others that have recently debuted, covering a range of topics from endangered species and whaling to farm animals, that aim to make the world a better and safer place for the creatures we share it with.


Without those who have gone to bear witness, the world may never truly have known what happens on the ice floes during Canada’s annual seal hunt. Huntwatch, which just made its world premiere at DOC NYC film festival this month, follows a decades long battle to see this industry come to an end, featuring the work of Brian Davies, who founded the International Fund for Animal Welfare in 1969.

For upcoming screenings, visit Huntwatchthefilm.com and follow updates on Facebook.

The Last Pig

For more than a decade, Bob Comis raised pigs for slaughter on what many people might consider a humane farm. He raised them until one day he courageously decided he couldn’t do it anymore and would instead upend his life and transition to vegetable farming. The Last Pig follows his final year as a pig farmer, and, as the synopsis sums it up, “invites viewers to consider their own beliefs, and the cost our choices have on others, animals, the environment, and our quality of life.”

The film isn’t expected out until 2016, but it’s definitely one to wait for. For more info, check out The Last Pig.


The International Whaling Commission (IWC) banned commercial whaling in 1986, but like Japan and Norway, Iceland has continued to defy the ban and kill whales, while a lone company continues to target minke whales and endangered fin whales today. BREACH explores the culture, politics, economics and science behind whaling in Iceland, in addition to how tourists are helping this barbaric industry stay alive.

The full film was made available online to rent or buy this fall. For more info, check out Breachthefilm.com.

Racing Extinction

Louis Psihoyos, the man behind the Oscar-winning film The Cove, is back with Racing Extinction, a new film featuring an all-star team of artists and activists who go undercover to expose the threats to endangered species and the earth as we know it. While the problems are overwhelming, the film also offers hope for change and is a call to action to get us to reduce our impact by starting simple, changing just one thing about the way we live.

The Discovery Channel will be airing this around the world on December 2, while opportunities to watch it online will be available the next day.

For more info, visit Racingextinction.com.

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret

Cowspiracy exposes the impact large-scale farming has on the environment, from water use and pollution to habitat loss and “dead zones” in the ocean, all in an effort to get us to reconsider how our diets are impacting the planet, along with the millions of animals who are raised and killed for food every year.

Cowspiracy is currently screening around the country, but is also available online. A new cut from executive producer Leonardo DiCaprio is now also available on Netflix.

For more info, visit Cowspiracy.com.

Blood Lions

The death of Cecil the lion brought some serious focus on the hunting of this iconic animal, a species that†is facing a growing risk of extinction in the wild. Blood Lions continues to draw attention to this issue and brings to light the many problems that come with the continued exploitation of big cats for profit and the lies that continue to be told to the public in an attempt to support the idea that itís all being done in the name of conservation. Following a screening earlier this month, France banned lion hunting trophy imports.

For more info and screening dates, check out Bloodlions.org.

The Champions

It’s been a few years since the scandal surrounding Michael Vick† and his involvement in an illegal dogfighting ring in Virginia grabbed the nationís attention. However, the dogs who were saved have not been forgotten and now their incredible stories are being told in The Champions.

The film is expected to be made available online next year. For more info and upcoming screenings, visit the Thechampionsdocumentary.com.

You can watch a trailer for the film at the website:†The Champions.

†Of Dogs and Men

As heartbreaking stories about law enforcement officers shooting dogs continue to make headlines, Of Dogs and Men explores both sides of the issue in depth, getting perspectives from law enforcement officials and legal experts, while also telling the stories of grieving families who relive their experiences in an effort to help stop others from suffering the same kind of tragedy, in addition to how we can demand and get changes that will make the system safer for everyone.

For more info and upcoming screening dates, visit Ofdogsandmen.net.


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Christine J.
Christine J1 years ago

Shocking stuff and it seems no country is exempt from cruelty.

Mark Donner
Mark D1 years ago

Iceland has stopped! Japan is still breaking international laws.. because their country is all about immoral greed, like all of degraded horrible Asia.

Mark Donner
Mark D1 years ago

WHAT IS WRONG WITH CANADA? Bloody dirty sadistic evil country, whose viciousness is on a par with China. Disgusting evil place. The Air Forces should just bomb Canada's East Coast cities and Ottawa, they have forfeited their right to exist.

Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus1 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Nikki Davey
Nikki Davey2 years ago

Thank you.

Margaret M. F.
Marge F2 years ago

Informative. Thank you for posting.

M.N. J.
M.N. J2 years ago

I have checked out this story as a "daily action," although for some time now I have not been receiving butterfly reward points for clicking on daily action links.

Anyone else having that problem?

Valerie A.
Valerie A2 years ago


Rajeeva Ranjan
RAJEEVA Ranjan2 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Dominika Rychlik
Dominika Rychlik2 years ago

Thanks for the article!