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16 Vegan Documentaries - Inspiring Movies for Vegan and Vegetarian Diet

Are you looking for vegan documentariesthat convince yourself or friends of the plant-based diet? I think that's great! After all, veganism and vegetarianism are powerful weapons for the Solution to the environmental problems of our time. Cruelty to animals and factory farming can be curbed - and we humans also benefit in terms of health. But to permanently change habits like regular meat consumption, you need the necessary inspiration and motivation from vegan films.

That's why I'm going to present you with the most effective documentaries to help vegans or Become a vegetarian - or to stay that way permanently. But the films also help people to fundamentally question their own consumer behavior.

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Tip: You can watch some of the documentaries right in this post because they are freely available on YouTube and embedded here.

Vegan documentaries and films that everyone should have seen

Maybe you've already made yourself comfortable on the couch. But before you digress out of old habit to a soppy love story or an exciting action thriller, I'd rather give you my recommendations for the best vegan documentaries. Because real feelings can develop in them, too. Let's go!

1. cowspiracy (2014)

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Truths are revealed in this film. For example, the extreme effects of industrial livestock farming on our earth. Uncomfortable questions to environmental organizations and uncertain answers make you as a viewer question your own diet. However, the documentary also gives you numerous sustainable alternatives to the Protect the environment in everyday life.

Where can you watch this vegan documentary? For example with Amazon*, Netflix or maxdome.

2. dominion (2018)

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I am writing these lines shortly after watching this documentary about factory farming. And I have yet to see another film that has woken me up so much. He shows step by step how we humans treat the animals on this earth and what we exploit them for. Whether cows, chickens, horses, minks or turkeys. The pictures of the Cruelty to animals are intense - but will make you eat less meat at least once, but probably never again, or consume animal products.

Where can you watch this vegan documentary? For example, here directly via the embedded YouTube video. You can also see the film and reactions to it at Dominion film see

3. what The Health (2017)

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A film for veganism - and about the development of the typical civilization diseases of our time. This documentary will teach you about the interplay of genetic predisposition, environmental factors, and your personal lifestyle. Here, too, food companies and especially those in charge of the pharmaceutical industry are asked uncomfortable questions. This is a documentary that will help you to question your diet, especially under the health aspects.

Where can you watch this vegan documentary? For example with Amazon*, Netflix or maxdome.

4. earthlings (2005)

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This film is mainly about the increasing consumption of meat and animal husbandry. Anyone who watches this vegan documentary quickly realizes how much animals are regarded by us humans more as raw materials than as living beings. The film shows really stark images of animals that are exploited by us in any - for entertainment, for sport, for science, for our diet. An absolute classic among documentaries for vegans and vegetarians.

Where can you watch this vegan documentary? For example here directly via the embedded YouTube video (German) or also in English language at Vimeo.

5. the game changers (2019)

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"How can you be as strong as an ox without eating meat?" - "Have you ever seen an ox eat meat? - so answered the strongman Patrik Baboumian. A cool Quote about veganism and at the same time only one of many good arguments, which are called in this documentation. The film shows above all that the renunciation of meat is not unmanly and that you can also achieve top athletic performance without animal nutrients.

Where can you watch this vegan documentary? For example, on Netflix or iTunes.

6. before the flood (2017)

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This film is all about the consequences of the Climate change. Leonardo DiCaprio shows what responsibility we humans have for our planet and what each individual can do. The documentary features interviews with Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, among others. The main aim is to win over politicians in the fight for environmental protection - and to dissuade them from acting only in a (personally) profit-oriented manner.

Where can you watch this vegan documentary? For example with Amazon*, iTunes or maxdome.

7. food, inc. (2008)

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This vegan documentary is also primarily about our consumer behavior. The film shows the Consumer deceptive and cruel practices of the food industrywhere profit comes first and health, environment and ethics pretty much last. It is frightening what power a few corporations have over our daily consumer behavior. An absolutely recommendable documentary for vegans and vegetarians, because it brings light into the darkness.

Where can you watch this vegan documentary? For example with Amazon*, Google Play or maxdome.

8. Hope for All (2016)

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This vegan documentary explains the Connection between the western diet and today's diseases of civilization. More and more people, eat more and more animals. The film shows both memorable images from animal husbandry and, accordingly, solutions for a healthy and animal-friendly everyday life. I was definitely carried away by the film, because it is tremendously human.

Where can you watch this vegan documentary? For example with Amazon*, iTunes or maxdome.

9. more than honey (2012)

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This film is all about bee mortality and the value of the bee to life on earth. As a viewer, you quickly understand here how much our food situation depends significantly on them - but also that their existence is threatened by antibiotics, monocultures and pesticides. In any case, this is a vegan documentary that will open your eyes.

Where can you watch this vegan documentary? For example with Amazon*, TVNOW or maxdome.

10. land of hope and glory (2017)

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A film that shows how disgusting and brutal we humans treat animals. Yet the film shows only the usual priculture practices in the United Kingdom.. For example, you can see how the Chick Shredding is performed by male chicks. Absolutely scary but extremely enlightening. For me one of the best, vegan documentaries.

Where can you watch this vegan documentary? For example here directly via the embedded YouTube video. (German subtitles possible)

11. sea the truth (2014)

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The main issue here is the environmental problem of destruction or the Overfishing of the seas. I realized within a few minutes already how blatant the Consequences of the unfortunately still practiced trawling for our environment and to what extent the fishing industry is important for the Species extinction is partly responsible. A film that will make you think not only - but especially - about your consumption of marine animals.

Where can you watch this vegan documentary? For example, here directly via the embedded YouTube video.

12. blackfish (2014)

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An absolutely stirring film that shows the life of the orca Tilikum in the theme park SeaWorld. Pretty soon you become aware of the physical and psychological consequences of captivity for the whale. After watching the documentary, you definitely have a few more reasons to get involved in animal welfare and avoid dolphinariums or other theme parks with animals.

Where can you watch this vegan documentary? For example with Amazon*, Netflix or Rakuten TV.

13. fork instead of scalpel (2012)

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Here, everything revolves around the connection between a diet with a lot of meat and dairy products and today's diseases of civilization, such as diabetes, cancer or cardiovascular diseases. During the film, you as a viewer will quickly realize how beneficial the vegan-vegetarian diet is for our health. And that the many diseases should not exist. Absolutely recommendable!

Where can you watch this vegan documentary? For example, on Netflix, iTunes or Rakuten TV.

14. we feed the world (2005)

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The film plunges into the Consequences of the globalization of food production. It deals primarily with the massive waste of food in our western society and the destruction of the natural habitats of animals. It quickly becomes clear that it is a problem that consumers and producers must solve together. A somewhat older, but absolutely recommendable documentary that will bring you closer to veganism.

Where can you watch this vegan documentary? For example with Amazon*, TVNOW or iTunes.

15. the milk system - the exploitation of dairy cows

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This film quickly made me aware, How exploitative the dairy industry really is - and how many lives are lost as a result. One learns about the development of a system that has turned cows into high-performance machines. But the film also explains the solutions! Absolutely recommendable - also because the reasons for switching to animal and environmentally friendly, plant-based alternatives become clear.

Where can you watch this vegan documentary? For example with Amazon*, Netflix or maxdome.

16. live and let live (2013)

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Definitely a vegan documentary that unequivocally illuminates the fact that Animals are emotional beings. The film is about our relationship with animals and the reasons for a vegan diet - and gets by without any blatant images of factory farming. I have seen the film some time ago and still know exactly how thoughtful it made me.

Where can you watch this vegan documentary? For example with Amazon*, Videoload or maxdome.

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Recommend documentaries for vegans and vegetarians

I don't think you can watch all these films and documentaries and not feel compassion. I am even extremely ashamed of what we humans have done to other living beings. That said, I don't think anyone who has consumed a lot of meat needs to feel bad. I advise to convert the possible bad conscience into the necessary energy to find the entrance into the vegan and animal suffering free, healthy nutrition.

By the way, if you don't have that much time for a 2-hour documentary right now, I can also recommend the following three YouTube channels:

Do you have any questions or suggestions? Can you think of other vegan films? Then just write me a comment.

Stay pet friendly,

Christoph from CareElite - Plastic-free living

PS.: In the Nutrition blog you get even more inspiration for a sustainable way of eating. Just learn a little more every day. Also my contribution about Animal welfare in everyday life will help you.

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Christoph Schulz

I'm Christoph, an environmental scientist and author - and here at CareElite I'm campaigning against plastic waste in the environment, climate change and all the other major environmental problems of our time. Together with other environmentally conscious bloggers, I want to give you tips & tricks for a naturally healthy, sustainable life as well as your personal development.

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