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I Am an Animal: This Blogger’s Opinion

Written by PETA | November 20, 2007

Yes, HBO’s I Am an Animal: The Story of Ingrid Newkirk and PETA was insightful, well-made, and powerful. I’ll admit that. But WTF, HBO? Didn’t you forget something kind of important? Did all those times I found an excuse to walk by the cameras when you were filming in the office mean nothing to you? Did that week we spent together camped out in a parking lot in New Orleans just completely slip your minds? Or is there something I missed?

As anyone who watched the documentary last night will know by now, this lowly PETA blogger does not appear anywhere in the final cut of the film. Like, there aren’t even any scenes where you can hear my voice off camera, or see me wandering by in the hallways. But with the exception of that massive, massive oversight on HBO’s part, the film, which aired for the first time yesterday at 8 p.m., was absolutely riveting. I won’t give away too much, since you can still catch it on HBO On Demand, but the film takes as its central theme the period leading up to the release of our Butterball investigation, and it provides a fascinating behind-the-scenes view of exactly how that campaign and a number of other PETA initiatives go from an idea in a meeting to a major media story that highlights the suffering of animals.

If you get a chance to watch the film, you’ll notice that not all the viewpoints expressed in the documentary are flattering about PETA, but as an organization, we’ve never been particularly concerned about flattery—our goal has always been to get people thinking seriously about animal rights, and whenever possible, getting them to sit down and actually confront the horrors that animals are subjected to in the meat, fur, animal-research, and other abusive industries that are so often kept hidden from the public. I Am an Animal accomplishes that in spades, and for that reason I would recommend it to anyone who wants to know more about why we do what we do. I just hope that when they make the sequel, they’ll give the people what they want and spend a little bit more time filming me.

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  • James Saunders says:

    ingrid has done an amazing job just like everyone at PETA you too jack The best way to help animals and the earth is to stop consuming fellow sentients!! Google humans are herbivores it will blow your mind! And referring to the girl crticizing the dog euthanasia Dog rescue shows are All about the process of trying to save the animal… A doc about all of PETA isn’t going to show the whole process.

  • Jon N. says:

    so i am one of those that refuse to go veagan or vegetarian but i was wondering if there is anything that i can do that helps this problem of horrendous conditions for slaughterhouses and whatnot. Like i said before i will not give up meat but i am willing to only buy certain kind if it was raised and killed humanely or something. i was just wondering if anyone could give more info pleas…thanks!!!! jdnewberpurdue.edu

  • Anonymous says:

    Hi I admire and respect Ingred Newkirk she does all the things I would like to be able to so but don’t have the courage. Thank you Ingrid. You are the best Barb

  • rojo says:

    Mike no I guess not though I would have said most of the catch was brought in by small businesses. Definative quotas must be set and adhered to. Certainly for overfished areas in Australian waters it has become the case. One of the big tradgedies of fishing is the amount of offtarget species and undersized fish that die during the process. I suppose they become fish food but it’s still a waste.

  • Elizabeth says:

    I just wanted to say thank you for helping me change my eating habits. I saw the documentary and for a long time have wanted to stop eating meat. The graphic scene of the cow really did it for me. You know it is happening but you never see it. I have worked on animal abuse cases i.e. the idiots who left their dog in the backyard in 90 degree heat for two weeks while on a European holiday. It is so eyeopening to realize that abuse of animals occurs even when there are standards and practices that need to be met for a company to slaughter animals for food. The mink being skinned will forever be in my mind. The only thing I inherited from my grandmother when she died was a mink coat. It is now at the salvation army. I never used it and will not miss it given the pain that animals went through to make my grandma look pretty. As long as there are horrible human beings who are scared pathetic and angrythere will always be people who abuse animals. I just take comfort in the idea that what goes around comes around. I applaud you PETA and any other organization that is working against monsters for creatures.

  • Marilyn Klein says:

    I not only saw this Documentary I recorded it. While there are many difficult parts to watch it definitely shows what PeTA is dedicated to and to what lengths we will go to to bring this info to the public. Ingrid has done a remarkable job from founding this organization to documenting the horrors of animal abuse. Have that box of tissues handy there are many times you will need them. Alex Pacheco’s image is tarnished as he seemed to back away from the reason why PeTA was formed to putting blame on Ingrid for the FUR IS DEAD compaign. Shame on him. You must draw attention to those who are cruel to animals if change is to occur. You go Ingrid and all of the undercovers and workers at PeTA and members everywhere.

  • Roxanna says:

    Although some parts were difficult to watch it was a a wonderful documentary about an wonderful person who cares about the treatment of animals. I agree that some of the tactics used to bring the issues to light can be perceived as radical but I think it stems from passion for the cause. Thanks to Ingrid for all she has done and continues to do for the precious creatures on our planet. She is their voice!

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    Rojo I don’t think sustainability is a big priority for corporations. If it was they would immediately stop fishfarming. They just want to maximize profit in the here and now and screw all who come after. People believed it would be impossible to kill every last passenger pigeon but of course we did.

  • Caboose (anti Combine. Go Gordon Freeman) says:

    Mike Which is where STRICT law enforcement for hunting control comes inIll be the Police Chief thank u Maschinengewher

  • Brandon Becker says:

    Given the fact that humans can be healthy on a 100 plantbased vegan diet any killing of animals for food is unnecessary. To continue to support this system is to be complicit in unnecessary killing. Stop the slaughter go vegan.

  • rojo says:

    hi mike Q not sure of the statistics but we have several incidences of crocodiles taking people each year and the occasional shark doesn’t spit out it’s mistaken quarry. I agree that as grain becomes more expensive less will be fed to animals but meat production will remain important as not all land is arable and grass tends to be unpalatable for humans. Sustainable fish harvests will also be important since 70 of the worlds surface is water.

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    Caboose The only problem is everyone else will be doing the same thing. Human avarice being what it is we will pillage till there ain’t no more. That’s what they did here on Canada’s east coast with the cod and then the shortsighted politicos tried to spin it and make seals the scapegoat.

  • Caboose (anti Combine. Go Gordon Freeman) says:

    Mike If that happens I am getting meat the ol fashioned way I dont see hunting as any sport. Just not ALL the time a few times a week as not to make the fauna population decline.

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    Christopher said “A diet rich in unprocessed vegetable foods with lean animal protein such as fish wild game and range fed domestic animals is the healthiest diet you can eat.” That is your opinionother doctors would beg to differ. Besides realistically the average person cannot easily obtain “wild game and range fed domestic animals”. Also where are most people getting their fish? Farmed fish is a disaster both ecologically and in terms of the vast number of fish that are fed to the captive farmed fish. The diet you are able to follow is not practical or economically feasible for most people. And how many animals have actually eaten humans lately Christopher? Perhaps the bedbug which would then reside above humans on the food chain. Caboose I agree that most people are de facto omnivores but if people will shove a Hardee’s Monster Thickburger down their pie hole it shows that they will eat almost anything with no regard for whether it’s good for them or not. Ultimately with the way the world’s population is skyrocketing we’ll be forced to eat more at source or starve. With the amount of grain and water required to produce animal protein it will become an unnecessary luxury that few can afford.

  • Ariel says:

    ANIMAL RIGHTS’ is NOT about promoting love for animals. ANIMAL RIGHTS’ IS about a movement for JUSTICE and pursuing FREEDOM for those who are captured enslaved exploited abused tortured mercilessly slaughtered and unconscienably killed SENTINENT BEINGS who CANNOT speak for themselves the animals… the animals who are VICTIMS of mankind’s greed vanity and barbaric acts basically mankind’s insatiable quest for the almighty dollar andor a shallow need to prove an egotistical superiority which ultimately affects all of us for the worse. ANIMAL RIGHTS’ is a SELFLESS movement about teachingpromoting human animals to live in harmony with nonhuman animals in the wild and domestically hoping to contribute to a more peaceful world. In doing so the ANIMAL RIGHTS’ movement presents DECADES of INDISPUTABLE UNbiased research and scientific FACTS and many other DOCUMENTED FACTS from VALID VERIFIED professionals in their related fields which UNDENIABLY SUPPORTS the ANIMAL RIGHTS’ movement concerning all facets of our lives environmental health economy crime etc. Included in the endless list of UNbiased professionals are people who are currently as well as historically honorably noteworthy. Therefore the ANIMAL RIGHTS’ movement does NOT rely on random information from BIASED andor uneducated sources about ANIMAL RIGHTS’ people who have their OWN agenda and present comments that are easily determined by NOT being consistent with ANIMAL RIGHTS’ FACTS on this blog site or otherwise. The ANIMAL RIGHTS’ movement HIGHLY suggests for all to do their own UNbiased research with an open mind about animalrelated issues in order to discern the FACTS rather than to be misled by misinformed unreliable sources who offer NO proof of validity yet offers personal opinionsideations that are ANTIanimal rights’ which are PURPOSELY intended to confuse accommodate andor sway newcomersnonanimal activists away from the indepth and vast TRUTH of the ANIMAL RIGHTS’ movement.

  • Caboose (Combine Slayer) says:

    But Mike we are omnivores so why cant we eat other animals AND plants like the other omnivores do and who wants to live long anyway? Think of the future the world is heading tothank u white house. Wish i had my RPG and Kalishnikov oh and my turban and heavy beardmoustache. just kiddin but seriously….

  • Christopher Cochran MD says:

    Deron Don’t ever let anyone tell you you are not an animal lover just because you continue to participate in the food chain. Like most of the world you abhor needles suffering but realize that you are here to eat animals just like they are here to eat us. A diet rich in unprocessed vegetable foods with lean animal protein such as fish wild game and range fed domestic animals is the healthiest diet you can eat. Remember to avoid processed grain corn and wheat especially foods if possible. A vegan diet is healthy overall but you must be careful to take dietary supplements to make up for some missing elements. Diseases such as DM2 and coronary artery disease are a result of over eating of processed foods usually fatty flour products greasy meats and processed vegetable fats. Use your head though it sounds like you already are.

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    Deron We don’t need to eat other animals to thrive. A vegetarian or vegan diet will in most cases provide excellent health and longevity. Besides benefitting your own health a veg diet will minimize animal suffering and degradation of the planet.

  • Deron says:

    I’d like to say that Ingrid comes across as a hypocrite. She claims to be caring and decent but in her next breath she talks about nearly killing someone. I guess it is ok to be decent but not if it goes against your own personal beliefs. That being said I must say that I agree about the cruelty imposed on animals and the people that are inflicting pain skinning animals alive torturing and forcing the animals to live in squalid conditions should be brought up on charges. Period. No question. I do believe that we should have the same rights as animals in the wild. So long as there are creatures that live in the wild and eat other animals why can’t humans? We are after all animals too. There has got to be a middle ground here. Is there a way to humanely put down animals in order to provide food?

  • Susannah S says:

    The documentary was well done and courageous on Ingrid’s part because both praise and criticism for her methods and her cause were allowed. All I could think was thank God for Ingrid and for all the tireless people of all the animal rightsanimal welfare groups. Without them no one would even KNOW what needs to be done let alone be able to argue and dispute over the best ways to do it. Bravo Ingrid for PETA and for making it the controversial influential friend of animals that it is today. PETA rocks!

  • Tamara says:

    Awww…poor Jack… At least we can click on everyday and watch you snooze on the file cabinets Don’t discount what you do here. I have been on the PETA website everyday since I discovered the blog. I love it. I was aware and supported the organization and all that but got lazy. I am now speaking out again for animals. Every chance I get. Being here more often reminded me and reinspired me to do that…so thanks Jack!

  • Curtis says:

    You make me laugh Jack!

  • Rex's mom says:

    I saw the documentary and was very saddened by a lot of the scenes. I also made comments on that site but they never posted it. In fact I posted comments again and again they didn’t post it. Maybe it is because I gave a negative comment about PETA not working hard enough to save that emaciated heart worm ridden pit bull at the beginning of the film. They just decided to euthanize him. At least when I watch Animal Precinct on Animal Planet they work very hard to save skinny dogs with heart worm. It just seemed that PETA just gave up on that poor pit bull. Maybe that is why they never posted my comments. I hope you will post this. It seems every single note on that site was positive. I didn’t see one negative note. So it seems that PETA CAN’T take criticism.

  • Jaclyn says:

    Jack yes not airing you anywhere on the film is a massive oversight on HBO’s part. o Joseph Cruz your words are very powerful. I like what you said that if human beings were graded we would get an F for effort. I think you are right about that. Question I don’t have HBO. How can I see it?? Can I buy a DVD soon? I really want to see this. Thanks!

  • Alexandra says:

    I watched the documentary and it was really great..to see the passion of PETA and everything and to see how sick the human is…it was very sad to see how they skin alive animals for fur and how they molest chickensturkeys! it was very sad! Go PETA keep doing a great job! god bless!

  • Whitney says:

    While I do not agree with the bulk of the PETA organization or its beliefs it was an excellent documentary. I hunt and fish but I do not feel that any animal should be tortured or mutilated. I think if the PETA organization was to truly discuss these issues with hunters instead on protesting what it is we do everyone would find that we have some common unifying goals.

  • Mauricio Z says:

    Wow! it looks really interesting… where can I download it or something… I don’t have HBO… and in my country it is not so easy to get a DVD… are there any other option to get it? I would like to show it to a lot of people!.

  • SHAUNA says:

    Jack….You rock! PS. I’ll be waiting for your movie premier. This Thanksgiving let’s all remember to say a prayer for the Turkeys all the other helpless creatures who suffer at the hands of man.

  • renaldo says:

    I used to hate peta before i saw this documentary especially ingrid newkirk. But when I finally pulled my head out my a and saw the horror that animals have to endure every day I broke down. i’ll never be same again. I saw how selfless this woman and her organization are. I’ll never understand how a person could do those things to animals. The reason I liked this movie is because it is not biased at all. It showed both sides of the argument fairly. I am thankful for honest a documentary. Today was rough for me because I saw the movie the night before and the images are still in my head but i know I am a lot better seeing the movie rather than being in the dark like i was. Me and my girlfriend plan to do our part.

  • Judith, Freedom Fighter for Animals says:

    I not only watched this amazing special last night but I also watched it again this morning as hard as it was. Even as long as I have been a hard core Animal Activist I was absolutely brought to tears and such anger watching that poor cow or steer splashing around in his or her blood after having herhis throat cut. Everything that was shown was a horrible as anyone could possibly believe. The fur being torn from a living animal that was still breathing afterward. And I have watched it all including the horrors of horse slaughter. The Primates the Turkeys you name it its all just horrible. And someone who I use to respect “the HSUS president” I lost almost all the respect I have ever had for him last night if not all. Ingrid you are so right when you said how could God allow such cruelty in this world I too am having a hard time saying his name. There is so much to this special that I could go on forever. Although I have sometimes disagreed with you I shall always always support you and the folks at PETA. To me you have sort of become the 8th wonder of at least my world. Sorry Jack maybe you will be seen on the next special. Judith

  • jorge a gonzalez says:

    the HBO premire of i am animal the ingrid newkirk stroy was so powerful to me that it made me think a lot of thing more clearly. i related alot of newkird feeling and thought of how we treat anmails. i also beleive if there was a god such thing that are happening in this world would not happen because he would be a good god. It was very powerful. It really left a big impression on me that i will never forget. i would love the change to talk to someone from peta and see how i can be of better help. thank you very much a peta friend.

  • Joseph Cruz says:

    Get over it your funny. I caught the documentary by mistake glad I did it changed me. Its sadens me to see animals that are helpless be treated with such cruelty all in the name of science and sometimes not even that. If the human race can be graded it would get an F for effort. The time has come that I think people are realizing that inolvement and education on matters like this one is key and necessary for any change to occur. Denial is a powerful thing we must not let it cripple us but instead let it enpower us. Information ‘s POWER lets all make a difference and help these defenseless animals.

  • erin says:

    Oh Jack!!! We ALL love you like a vegan loves TOFU lol… you area always in OUR movie much love jack.. erin

  • Carla says:

    Jack No matter what happened We love you!! Your insites are greatly appreciated by me and thousands alike!! Sorry I wasn’t able to see the documentry but you’re an inspiration to all!! Long live Ingrid for I am sure it was inspiring and Jack “The Peta Blog Master”!

  • K says:

    lol! You are too funny Unfortunately I don’t get HBO! I might have to go to my friends house and watch it on his TV heh. But man I think that is so cool this was aired on TV.