Your Mommy Kills Animals Reviews
The film seems mostly preoccupied with the strategies of various animal organisations, comparing rightists with welfarists; trying to determine whether direct action (i.e. terrorism) is effective in changing minds and behaviours, or whether it makes problems worse or simply displaces them (inciting vivisectionists to relocate to countries where supervision and more or less peaceful protest are much more difficult); and evaluating various types of groups as to whether animals are actually better off thanks to them, or whether they are just loud talkers who let the animals down when push comes to shove.
PETA takes a lot a criticism as a group that kills more than 80% of the animals it "rescues" (but I'm not sure than sheltering animals is PETA's business, since they will only "rescue" about 2000 animals in a given year, which is not much for a nationwide organisation); and HSUS is totally denigrated as an organisation that spends more than 50% of its donations in fundraising, and completely failed to save animals in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina.
Though there is no voiceover and therefore the document itself does not really take sides, one gets the feeling that the true heroes of the piece are the grassroots groups, no-kill animal shelters and individuals like you and me who save an animal or two by providing them with a home and responsible, lifelong care. Celebrities who endorse PETA or other nationwide groups are criticised for their lack of discernment, or even for their hypocrisy. For instance, one opponent of animal rights even attacks Pamela Anderson as a self-contradictory advocate of animal welfare because her breast implants and collagen have been tested on animals (as are, by federal law, all the ingredients of products that are advertised as not having been tested on animals.)
Much of the film is devoted to the more radical actions of the ALF (Animal Liberation Front) and the home or office harassment strategy of SHAC (Stop Huntington Animal Cruelty); whether such groups actually deserve to be called terrorists, let alone the most dangerous domestic terrorists in the U.S.; and whether their tactics come under the protection of freedom of speech (which I do not believe, though the question of whether they are right is different.)
I found this film to be a very informative panorama of the animal rights movement, providing an excellent counterpart to "I Am not an Animal" (which focused on Ingrid Newkirk), and offering much food for thought to a vegan Catholic and a conservative like me, who has no idea where he fits in the existing mosaic of animal groups.
Definitly worth a watch for those interested in the subject.