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I Am an Animal: The Story of Ingrid Newkirk and PETA (2008)

I Am An Animal-Story of Ingrid Newkirk & Peta , Matthew Galkin  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: I Am An Animal-Story of Ingrid Newkirk & Peta
  • Directors: Matthew Galkin
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: January 8, 2008
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UR9TJQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,157 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "I Am an Animal: The Story of Ingrid Newkirk and PETA" on IMDb

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The HBO Documentary I am an Animal: The Story of Ingrid Newkirk and PETA is a candid and introspective look at the beliefs and motives of Ingrid Newkirk, the founder and leader of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Told through interviews with Newkirk, PETA employees, and PETA supporters and critics alike, viewers glimpse into the inner-workings of this controversial animal rights group. The film follows the planning and execution of undercover projects and surprise operations, and examines past controversies.

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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must-See!! January 8, 2008
Format:DVD
After much begging from my animal activist friend, I reluctantly agreed to watch this film, certain that my belief that PETA people all had a screw or two loose would remain unchanged.

But I had no idea how animals are abused to produce things we take for granted every day, like the hamburger I ate for lunch, or the soap I wash my clothes in. The undercover video footage from slaughterhouses, fur farms, and laboratories was so gut-wrenching, I had to turn away at some points. It made me ask myself, if I can't even watch what happens to animals in these industries, how can I continue supporting them with a clear conscience?

I Am an Animal really got to me. It's a must see for anyone who likes a thought provoking film. Even though I didn't go completely vegan overnight, it definitely made me think.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprising January 12, 2008
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Thought you knew everything there was to know about PETA, the animal rights movement, and how animals are really treated before they're turned into a burger or a belt? Think again. You need to see this documentary.

Before I go any further, let me tell you that I've never been a big fan of PETA. One of the main reasons I didn't support them was because I didn't agree with their shock tactics. Then I watched the movie and found out how monkeys in labs are restrained and tortured, turkeys have their legs broken by cruel, indifferent workers, and live animals were once used as crash test dummies. All of these cruel acts are way more shocking than anything PETA could ever do!

Now instead of getting annoyed by protesters, I am enraged that there even has to be protesters to fight for what should be common, human decency toward animals. That said, I highly, highly recommend this movie. Filled with interviews from supporters and detractors, this documentary is surprisingly well-balanced. Not only does it provide you with an unbiased view of how animals are treated in this world, but it will also open your eyes and make you think twice about the food that you put into your mouth, and the clothes that you put on your back.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An eye opener, and recommended viewing by all. January 12, 2013
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There are people out there who, for one absurd reason or another, are cruel to animals, and there are those who turn a blind eye to that cruelty. Each are as bad as the other. This DVD shows how one person can make a huge difference in the world. If everyone that cares took a similar stance, animal abuse and cruelty would be stamped out overnight. Unfortunately complacency rules and the horror continues unabated. P.E.T.A. seems to to have a reputation amongst the ignorant of being a terror group. How far from the truth that is. If you are against animal cruelty, that means all animals, including our own species. Ingrid Newkirk should be awarded the highest standing in society for her outstanding courage in the face of obscene hostility from the animal abuse industry and its followers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I am a compassionate animal October 30, 2011
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Ingrid Newkirk started and continues to run PETA - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals - the largest and most effective animal rights organisation in the world.

If there is indeed a balance of good and evil in the universe, as some metaphysicians claim, then Newkirk is a heavy-weight on the side of the angels. She has devoted most of her life to making us think about the conditions in which the rest of sentient life languishes, suffers and dies under the "dominion" of humanity.

This extraordinary look at Newkirk's life starts with her reading some of the foul, abusive correspondence which she receives every day from those who hate her for taking the covers off the mirrors and showing us as we are: sometimes callous, often greedy, usually apathetic. She and those who know her speak with total openness and candour of her background, methods and aims. PETA has a message about the inconsistency of our beliefs about what is "normal" - the way we love some animals and eat, wear or torment others. That message is so important that almost any means are justified in getting it heard, and PETA has pioneered media campaigns which have revolutionised advocacy, and which regularly get results against corporate interests with media budgets that would dwarf this not-for-profit organisation.

A fascinating story about one of the world's most interesting and influential women. Not to be missed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars We must stop animal abuse March 17, 2014
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You ever pull up at chic fil a and just wonder how many chickens were chocked to make that 8 box count. People please stop the animal cruelty. Release them all. I am a modern day Noah. And for anyone who want to build an ark and save these animals please email me martyorourke7@gmail.com. Thank you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great dvd October 26, 2010
By rambo
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everyone who has a heart should get this dvd because this shows how the usa turns a blind eye to animal abuse, and even encourages it. thank god for peta to stand up to the criminals in washington and the slaughter houses!!!!!!!!!!!
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars mixed feelings October 23, 2009
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its a very well made documentary and very educational.

i would like to say that i support PETA but i cant. i fully believe in everything that they are doing for the animals (minus the hypocritical killings) but dont like how they try to make their points. in Ingrid's eyes, "there is no bad publicity" yet there really is.

there are many people that are completely turned off by PETA's outrageous tactics and think anyone that tries to support animal rights is nuts. in fact, simply doing a peaceful protest against puppy mills draws a lot of these people to poke fun, say we're crazy and assume that we are a part of PETA, which we are not.

PETA has done some good but has also damaged the name of animal activists and advocates for eternity. we are stuck fighting even harder for the animals because of what they have done.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Must see! Will change your thoughts on PETA!
I must say, as a person who works in animal rescue, I couldn't wait to see this movie! I went into it disliking PETA and came out of it absolutely hating them! Read more
Published on June 14, 2011 by Sarah S. Een
5.0 out of 5 stars The rednecks, sportsmen, & NRA guys will never take this important...
Was a difficult show to watch. But the animals in the show hoped that someone would. Does God care about what happens? Read more
Published on December 29, 2009 by F. Woods
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative
I loved this documentary, it gives real insight into the mind and motives of Ingrid Newkirk and really demonstrates her passion and compassion for all animals.
Published on August 29, 2008 by S. Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars PETA KILLS ANIMALS
This film is full lies and propaganda they say they care for animals and are for animal rights.
But those are lies . Read more
Published on July 23, 2008 by Dale Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars i am an animal
I AM AN ANIMAL BY INGRID NEWKIRK
WOW WHAT AN ACTIVIST SHE IS..CAN GET A LITTLE OUT OF HAND TO MAKE HER POINT BUT THE POINT IS SHE CARES ABOUT ALL THE ANIMALS SO MUCH.. Read more
Published on July 3, 2008 by Laborcita
5.0 out of 5 stars An engrossing portrait every animal lover should see
Say what you will about Ingrid Newkirk, she put animal rights activism on the map. Filmmaker Matthew Galkin was granted unprecedented access to this notoriously private co-founder... Read more
Published on June 25, 2008 by Mark Hawthorne
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
This is a story everyone needs to know. Most people do not realize the animal suffering that is involved with so many of the products we use.
Published on February 23, 2008 by Jack E. Poeschl
5.0 out of 5 stars PETA and Criticisms
I really enjoyed this movie and anyone who wants to get to know Ingrid personally, or PETA and their mindset and tactics, or are simply involved in veganism and/or animal... Read more
Published on February 15, 2008 by Gerald Sproehlich
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