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PETA Documentary Airs on HBO Monday!

Written by PETA | November 13, 2007

As the air date for I Am An Animal, the HBO documentary about PETA, approaches, there is one important question in the minds of PETA staff members such as myself: “Am I in it?” Well, that’s what I’m wondering, anyway. From everything I’ve heard about this film, it’s an extremely compelling look at animal rights issues, PETA’s role in the movement, and more specifically, what makes PETA President Ingrid Newkirk tick. Evidently, it’s also very even-handed—it gives equal time to PETA’s detractors, and it explores opposing viewpoints and the various controversies that exist within the movement from an impartial perspective. Which is all well and good, but as we know, the real question here is, are there any scenes that have me in them? Like, even a shot where I’m standing around in the background will be fine.

Unfortunately, most of the world will have to wait for the answer to this burning question until Monday at 8 p.m. If you don’t have HBO, see if you can get yourself invited over to a friend’s house to watch it—it really does look like it’s going to be a winner. In the meantime, you can enter to win a copy of the DVD here, and by way of a teaser, here’s what Ingrid had to say about the documentary:

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  • LISA GONSALVES says:

    AS AN ANIMAL LOVER THIS WAS VERY INFORMATIVE. I WANT TO HELP SPREAD THE WORD.

  • irka says:

    I saw the HBO special and while I do also support the HSUS as well as other animal rights groups that PETA does not approve of I thought that seeing both sides of PETA made it more unbiased which lends it more weight. Unfortunately what Ingrid says is true it seems you have to resort to sensationalist tactics in order to be heard. Most people don’t care. They just think about how to get ahead in life and what material objects they are “lacking”. While I may not agree with everything Ingrid does I am so glad she does what she does. It comforts me that there are sentient humans out there I want to cry everytime I see a fur or when people eatorder meat without once thinking of how it got there. I am trying to be a vegan but need to find more information about plant based protein I still eat seafood before I “go all the way”. I have started phasing leather which is a first step. I learned a lot from PETA and its website I am indebted.

  • Steven S says:

    Ingrid and everyone at Peta I think you are amazing !! Thanks for the work your doing on behalf of animals Kind regards from Costa Rica

  • kris shulfer says:

    I loved every single minute of the documentary I would love to follow Ingrid around for 1 day and learn so much more valuable useful information to pass on to others. I actually watched the special 2 times that night. I love everything she stands for!! She is a true hero to me!!!

  • COMMON SENSE STEVE says:

    i must compliment hbo on a fairly even view of the peta insanity and their passion to save animals the human race be damned…. no matter many jobs and lives they may ruin no matter who they insult comparing animals to holocaust victims and human slaves no matter how foolish their over the top publicity stunts look no matter how many hypocritical celebrties they may roll out….. the best part of the show was hearing from fellow animal rights group leaders who feel peta helps lose ground and credibility with all of their ridiculous extremisim in the name of helping animals…. this is coming from your compatriots…. not even the common sense majority of the world…..

  • Caboose (Combine Slayer) says:

    Ana Kinda like school now stupid No Child left behind.

  • Ariel says:

    Hi Ana! I cannot even begin to imagine all that is required to be a history professor. But I gather that since there is SO much to know historians have to specialize in certain eras. I agree just with what I see on documentaries about different ages throughout history mankind has definitely cast a dark shadow with which I frequently come away with the thought that we have not progressed very much. I didn’t know about animals being on trial midages Europe but now that you mentioned it it’s really something that in today’s age some dog’s are actually given courtordered death sentences because they bit someone. sometimes the judges give them a reprieve So obviously mankind hasn’t come very far even from the midages let alone ancient times when wild animals were captured and thrown into Rome’s colusseum just to give bloodthirsty crowds a thrill by watching them kill each other. Those ancient “thrills” are not too far removed from presentday tortuous circuses dogfighting cockfighting and worthless excruciatingly painful archaic vivesection all carried out by sickos in society! Onward with society’s progression through animal liberation! And the animals are VERY fortunate to have you and all the other animal liberators on their side!

  • john says:

    watch before you talkHBO makes peta look like a hate group.how is that good for peta.they had a 15 minute showing of itlast nightHBO calls her crazyit tells people about the peta workers who killed all the dogs.HOW IS THAT GOOD FOR PETA

  • Nancy O'Neal says:

    I hope this will make a difference in some peoples lives. My heart breaks for the plight of animals so I don’t know if I will be able to watch but knowing the message may make a difference for the benifit of animals will give me gradification. Thank You PETA.

  • Ana says:

    HSUSsoft and welfarist. Hello Ariel!!! Thanks for the numerous compliments! Studying history is great but it requires a lot of reading research and writing many long papers. But the more I read the more man casts a dark shadow on this earththe violence to both human and nonhuman animals is overwhelming. During the Middle Ages in Europe animals were put on trial. They had no rights but suffered the consequences of harsh sentences for some ridiculous accusations. Animals have suffered in every way possible. Keep fighting the good fight. This blog is a lot more interesting with your comments as well.

  • Ariel says:

    Lancelot Yes that DEFINITELY was an EXCELLENT post! THANK YOU and please stay with us if possible!

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    Hey Ariel “black vomit ideologies from the abysmal bowels of hell.” I like itit’s quite poetic.

  • Kris Shulfer says:

    I am excited to see this documentary. Ingrid is a warrior for the animals and she more then deserves the HBO special to let everyone know about what she does and what she stands for. I can say for sure that she will definatly change a few minds that day about what they do and what they eat and how animals are treated. She is paying it forward in so many ways she is my idol. Love you Ingrid!!

  • Caboose (Combine Slayer) says:

    Lancelot Native Americans ate both greens and meat so whats your point? Copypaste is great

  • Phyllis says:

    OK I entered to win a DVD but I need at least 10 more for Christmas gifts…

  • Patricia Horvatich says:

    I want to see I am an Animal so bad but do not have HBO. I would pay a high price to see this video. Will it be out to PETA’s members anytime soon? Ingrid you are wonderful.

  • Carla says:

    Wonderful post Lancelot!! Thankyou!!

  • Ariel says:

    mlo Excellent post for expressing your compassionate sensitivties! And you even have the answers as to why you say that you can’t understand the negative posts about the animals. Yes some are “heartless jerks.” Yes some are trying to convince themselves so that they can feel less guilt.” And yes some are “really just that ignorant to believe that they reign superior.” And basically “steve” who is so infested and obsessed with hate that he actually worships hate. So the only “love” he has is his love for frequently spreading his hatefilled venomous agenda which is black vomit ideologies from the abysmal bowels of hell.

  • Ana says:

    steve The only AGENDA that is EXTREME is how animals are treatedwith complete apathy and violence. That’s not being NUETRAL that is having no compassion for nonhuman animals. The IDEOLOGY of being extemely violent and cruel towards animals for USAGE is the WORSHIP of killing sentient beings and any tender feelings for these creatures.

  • John Carmody says:

    Ingrid is my hero she is the only real activist or ‘president’ of an animal rights group that i know who is devoted to ending the abuse! Can we get to see this film online sometime? Ingrid is amazing!

  • kitty says:

    Gah! I don’t have HBO nor do I know anyone who has HBO. For once I want to watch something on the TV and I can’t watch it.

  • Kristina Eby says:

    i am so excited to see this i am trying to convince everyone i know who isn’t a vegitarian to watch it or anyone who just doesn’t understand why i obsess with animal cruelty on a 24 hour basis. People tend to put me down for caring so much about every living thing. Im hoping this video will give them insight to why i care and why i spend so much time trying to convince the world to see past the plate of meat.

  • BrandonXVX says:

    In the preview I see Wayne Pacelle from HSUS and Priscilla Feral from FOA complaining about PETA. Not surprising if you know anything about the ideologies and tactics of those two organizations. I’m really looking forward to watching this. Since I don’t get HBO it looks like I’m going to be waiting for a while.

  • Claudia Marrapodi says:

    This is great news and as i’m living in Europe i hope to get at least the DVD! Today i looked CNN here in France i receive this channel and saw Maggy Q in an interview with Kristie Lu Stout! The two beautiful ladies talked a lot about animal rights and they showed pictures of Maggie Q’s PETA ad for vegetarianism and she told Kristie that her beautiful body and mind is the result of a strictly vegetarian diet! So you see PETA is a great and important organization which is attracting the public eye of the whole world and i’m happy about this and feel strong and proud! Let’s continue the good fight and one day we shall overcome!

  • Lancelot says:

    I thought this would be a good time to post quotes of Ellen G. White the cofounder of Seventhday Adventism. I came across her writings during some independent research after wondering why most Seventhday Adventists are vegetarians. She was way before her time considered a visionary and by many as a prophet. I noticed many similarities between her writings and Ingrid Newkirk’s calling. I am with you all the way PETA. God gave our first parents the food He designed that the race should eat. It was contrary to His plan to have the life of any creature taken. There was to be no death in Eden. The fruit of the trees in the garden was the food man’s wants required. 1864 The majority of the diseases which the human family have been and still are suffering under they have created by ignorance of their own organic health and work perseveringly to tear themselves to pieces and when broken down and debilitated in body and mind send for the doctor and drug themselves to death. 1866 Let our ministers and canvassers step under the banners of strict temperance. Never be ashamed to say “No thank you I do not eat meat. I have conscientious scruples against eating the flesh of dead animals. 1901 Flesh was never the best food but its use is now doubly objectionable since disease in animals is so rapidly increasing. 1902 Animals are becoming more diseased and it will not be long until animal food will be discarded by many besides Seventhday Adventists. Foods that are healthful and life sustaining are to be prepared so that men and women will not need to eat meat. 1902 Vegetables fruits and grains should compose our diet. Not an ounce of flesh meat should enter our stomachs. The eating of flesh is unnatural. We are to return to God’s original purpose in the creation of man. 1903 The moral evils of a flesh diet are not less marked than are the physical ills. Flesh food is injurious to health and whatever affects the body has a corresponding effect on the mind and the soul. Think of the cruelty to animals meateating involves and its effect on those who inflict and those who behold it. How it destroys the tenderness with which we should regard those creatures of God! 1905 Animals are often transported long distances and subjected to great suffering in reaching a market. Taken from the green pastures and traveling for weary miles over the hot dusty roads or crowded into filthy cars feverish and exhausted often for many hours deprived of food and water the poor creatures are driven to their death that human beings may feast on the carcasses. 1905 It is a mistake to suppose that muscular strength depends on the use of animal food. The needs of the system can be better supplied and more vigorous health can be enjoyed without its use. The grains with fruits nuts and vegetables contain all the nutritive properties necessary to make good blood. These elements are not so well or so fully supplied by a flesh diet. Had the use of flesh been essential to health and strength animal food would have been included in the diet appointed man in the beginning. 1905 Those who eat flesh are but eating grains and vegetables at second hand for the animal receives from these things the nutrition that produces growth. The life that was in the grains and the vegetables passes into the eater. We receive it by eating the flesh of the animal. How much better to get it direct by eating the food that God provided for our use! 1905

  • steve says:

    god forbid that some neutral being would give both sides to the animal rights controversy…instead of just hearing an hour worth of petaphile ideaology and the worship of a totally extreme agenda of total non animal use

  • mlo says:

    I support PETA and everything it stands for. I love animals and that is why I will not be able to watch the HBO documentary. I think it’s a breakthrough for HBO to air it and I hope it does well. But I do not need to watch it to know how badly animals are treated. This is for all the antis and disbelievers to judge for themselves if they have the stomach. I’m so tired of reading all the negative posts on your blog from heartless jerks attacking PETA and their supporters. I never understood why they were so against compassion towards nonhuman animals. Why are they so determined to prove that animals are less worthy than humans? Are they trying to convince themselves so they would feel less guilt or are they really just that arrogant to believe they reign superior?

  • Judith, Freedom Fighter says:

    My family and friends shall be watching. The Good Judith