Blackfish – Thanks in large part to this 2013 documentary that takes a disturbing look at the sad life of performing killer whale Tilikum, attendance plunged at SeaWorld amusement parks — and the company ended its killer whale show at its San Diego location.
The Champions – This inspiring documentary follows the lives of pit bulls rescued from former NFL star Michael Vick’s dogfighting operation in 2007.
Virunga – Virunga National Park in the Congo is home to some of the last mountain gorillas remaining on Earth. Nominated for an Oscar in 2015, this documentary offers a look at the heroes who protect these gorillas from poachers, armed militia, and other villains.
The Ivory Game – As African elephants come dangerously close to extinction, this 2016 documentary infiltrates the world of illegal ivory trafficking, exposing poachers as well as dealers in Africa and China.
Terra – This 2015 French documentary explores the historical connection between humans and animals, noting how it evolved from mystical to economic.
Tyke Elephant Outlaw – In 1994 a circus elephant named Tyke killed her trainer and then ran loose on the streets of Honolulu.
More Than Honey – All around the world, honey bees are disappearing at an alarming rate. Without them, there is no there is no pollination, so fruits and vegetables could literally disappear.
Second Chance Dogs – This 2016 documentary examines how, with patience and innovation, several dogs rescued from puppy mills, hoarders, and other terrible situations are socialized at the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center.
Cowspiracy – This 2014 documentary examines the negative effects of animal agriculture on the environment, including greenhouse gases and deforestation.
Food, Inc. – Nominated for an Oscar in 2009, “Food, Inc.” exposes abusive and corrupt practices in the U.S. food industry. Among those interviewed are chicken farmer Carole Morison, who was under contract with Perdue Farms during filming.
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