Commentary #13: Analysis of First Segment of “Animals and Us”

On December 31, 2009, the BBC World Service broadcast the first segment of the two-part program One Planet: Animals and Us. This program was hosted by Victor Schonfeld, who did the highly influential The Animals Film in 1982. The Animals Film was among the first—if not the first—film to reveal how humans actually treated nonhumans. Animals and Us involves Schonfeld’s return to the topic 27 years later to ask whether anything has changed since 1982. The first segment dealt primarily with the use of animals for food and focused on factory farming.
In this Commentary, sociology instructor Roger Yates, NZ Podcast Producer Elizabeth Collins, and Prof. Gary L. Francione discuss and critique this first segment.

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