'Speciesism:  The Movie' examines the relative value of different species

You simply must watch "Speciesism: The Movie." It is a movie about the widespread belief by humans that they are more entitled to a good life than all other species on the planet. This belief in human superiority has been dubbed "speciesism".

In 1975, a book was published which argued that there are no rational justifications for considering human beings to be more important than other species on this planet. As the book gained attention, many prominent people and political activists, along with many members of the general public, have adopted this philosophy.

In this film, Mark Devries explores this belief and exposes the truth about factory farms that they try so hard to conceal from the public. The film does a great job of educating us and challenging our thinking about how animals should be treated.

Mark Devries' film illustrates that most of the animals used for food in the United States are raised in large “factory farms”. These farms are mostly hidden in remote areas so that the inhumane and poor conditions are concealed from the general public. Devries crawls through bushes, flies in airplanes and engages in other adventurous tactics in order to expose the toxic conditions that animals are subjected to, including manure lagoons. The film shows face-to-face confrontations between Devries and the owners of various factory farms.

Those that have rejected the idea of human superiority and have adopted the term "speciesism" rank factory farms as among the greatest evils in human history. The film, Speciesism: The Movie fully explores this developing philosophy and movement along with its leaders. For the first time ever on film, Devries fully examines the purpose of what they are setting out to do.

The film was produced in 2013 and runs 94 minutes. There are screenings being held around the country and you can view the film online here.

It will be screened in San Francisco as part of the Earth Day Film Series on Thursday, April 23 from 5:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. The address is 100 Larkin Street - Lower Level - Koret Auditorium, San Francisco 94102. Go here for tickets to this screening.

Go to the Speciesism: The Movie website for more information about this important film and screenings, as well as more information on Mark Devries.