Top 5 Must See Vegan/Animal Documentaries

This post is a bit of a change from the travel blog. Instead of travel photos and vegan food we're looking at documentaries that meant something to us. There are plenty of documentaries out there that support veganism and animal rights. We watched many when we were first going vegan and I think that it helps support your decision with more information and reminds you on why exactly you wanted to be vegan in the first place. Here are some of the vegan documentaries that stood out to us when we went vegan.

1. Forks Over Knives. This documentary looks at the health benefits of veganism. While you probably should go vegan for the animal rights issues, the health benefits are an added bonus. You don't have to sacrifice your health to stop eating animals and in fact when you don't eat animals your health improves.


2. Cowspiracy. This is a great film that outlines the massive impact that animal agriculture has on the environment (greenhouse gas, pollution), and how no one is paying attention to the negative effects of animal agriculture because of the influence of big business and since people don't want to accept responsibility by changing their habits. We watched Cowspiracy on Netflix. 


3. Earthlings. This is a brutal film that I don't think either of us would ever watch again. It is a top vegan documentary for us because it shows the brutality that farm animals face. Watching this film is upsetting and shows the reality behind the production of each animal product. Viewer Beware. Extremely Graphic.


4. The Cove. Unlike the first three films, this isn't really a "go vegan" film. We think that it is important though because it shows the dark side to the happy go lucky image of the dolphin trade. The dolphin trade includes dolphin shows, swim with with dolphin parks and places like seaworld. It is hard to believe the cruelty involved in the dolphin trade but watching this makes it obvious that we cannot support these industries. Also watch Blackfish.

We've added the trailer to Blackfish. I would link these two documentaries together. They both are showing you behind the scenes of Seaworld type establishments.

5. Sharkwater. This is another documentary that isn't really a vegan doc but we like it because of the myth busting about sharks being an enemy of humans when really the ecosystems needs them. Plus sharks are just really cool and it is amazing to watch.

These are a good starting point in your own research on these subjects. There are many more docs out there on animal issues but these are the ones that stood out to us. Strangely enough I think that we watched all of these documentaries after we went vegan. As you may know, Cowspiracy came out pretty recently and it is on Netflix. Technically, this is a top 6 documentary list, but since The Cove and Blackfish are closely related we are putting them into one category. We hope you find these documentaries informative.

If you enjoyed this post, and feel like exploring into the world of Vegan, check out our post "Best Vegan Food 2015" to see what vegans eat!

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  1. My sister is a vegan, so I bet she has seen some of these. I will make sure she knows about these so she can watch :)

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    1. Yeah I'm sure she has but maybe there will be one she wants to check out.

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  2. I've watched Fork Over Knives before and it was pretty eye opening. I'm looking forward to watching the rest of these!

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    1. Yeah it was pretty interesting. That's great.

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  3. We watched Blackfish and we're so glad we'd never supported SeaWorld. Heartbreaking.

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    1. Yeah it's too bad there is such a dark side to places like that and they're been able to hide it for so long.

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  4. I recently watched Blackfish and CRIED MY EYES OUT! I had no idea it was going to hit me that hard!

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    1. Yeah it is pretty heart breaking. After watching these you have to watch something more uplifting.

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  5. I can't watch any of these because I already know what goes on. It's terrible. I totally understand how people can become vegans. I personally can't stop eating meat, but I also DO NOT buy meat that is not farmed locally. The farm where we get our dairy and meat treats their animals like family. I can not and will not support big "farms". They are cruel and should have MUCH stricter policies on the way they treat animals.

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    1. Must be tricky going out to restaurants if you only eat locally raised meat and dairy.

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  6. I have seen some of these. I think the good Sea World does outweighs the bad. We have season passes and love to go. I also eat meat and couldn't give it up, ever, but I respect those who don't eat it.

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    1. Have you seen Blackfish and the Cove? To be fair though, if I had season passes to Seaworld I wouldn't want to watch Blackfish or the Cove either.

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  7. My fiancé is vegan and chose to be for reasons covered in these documentaries. Definitely worth a watch.

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  8. Interesting list! I had only heard of Blackfish but not the others. It was definitely worth a watch!

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  9. I have seen Blackfish before and it is really emotional but shows the truth of how animals are been treated!

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  10. These all sound rather interesting. It's always good to know exactly where your food is coming from and to make appropriate choices based on what you've learned.

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  11. I have seen some of this documentaries. Thanks for compiling this too. Will definitely share this to my Vegan friends so they can watch as well.

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  12. These are great documentaries, the cove and blackfish were actually on my list to see

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  13. Forks over knifes sounds like a great vegan documentary. I am a vegetarian but I do have vegan days too, it is good for our health and state of mind x

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    1. Well planned vegan diets are the healthiest diets.

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  14. I know I have heard a lot of things about Sea World type places. I suppose I really need to take a look at it and analyze what Sea World is doing as well.

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    1. Yeah it's a shame. People just want to take their kids somewhere fun not contribute to animal suffering.

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  15. Not a vegan and I haven't seen any of these films. I might check one of these out over the weekend.

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    1. Sounds good. Don't watch them all in a row though. That would be depressing.

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  16. I think it's something that people should consider watching whether they are vegan or not. It's good to learn more about how our eating habits affect the world we live in. It makes us aware and makes us want to choose better options.

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  17. My friends says am a shallow person, because penguin videos makes me happy. They are very fascinating!

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    1. Your friend sounds like a killjoy for criticising your penguin video watching. Keep watching penguin videos to your hearts content. Don't let anyone put you down for liking penguin videos. It's not like you are hurting anyone by watching penguin videos and I'm sure you have many other interests besides penguin videos.

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  18. This sounds so interesting! I also enjoy watching documentaries because I learned a lot from it.

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  19. Totally going to watch these! I've seen Cowspiracy which hit me in the heart! Blackfish was good too and I stopped supporting them ever since.

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    1. Cowspiracy and Blackfish are some great documentaries but they are also hard to take in.

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