Exploring the fact that human beings are entirely dependent upon animals for everything from advances in medicine to clothing and entertainment, Shaun Monson’s 2005 documentary Earthlings is still receiving a great deal of attention for its impactful message.
Narrator Joaquin Phoenix once said of the film that it continues to illicit the most conversation and buzz of all the projects he’s ever worked on, and Woody Harrelson feels that “it’s a must-see for anyone who cares enough to know.”
After watching the movie, NHL star Georges Laraque said he was compelled to transition to a vegetarian based diet …which led to him to becoming a full-on vegan as of June 1, 2009 in spite of his beefy 245+ pound frame.
Citing his belief that humans shouldn’t treat animals “as commodities and cause them harm”, the athlete’s veganism was triggered after seeing Earthlings’ depiction of “the cruelty animals go through to end up on your plate, become a piece of clothing or even end up in a circus or a zoo.”
It makes perfect sense then that the ex-Montreal Canadian is narrating the French version of the documentary, titled “Terriens” — plus, he’s hosting free, self-publicized, monthly screenings of the film (at his own expense) with public forums following each event to help generate dialogue and understanding.
Laraque has no interest in pushing his views on anone – he simply hopes that people maintain an open mind while viewing the documentary and consider the compassion element as well as the health and environmental aspects of eschewing meat.
For more on the benevolent efforts of this all-around good guy who wants to “change the world” for the better, take a gander at his personal website.