New data from across the world revealing the most effective documentaries for creating new vegans and sharing the vegan message.  The new data, from a global survey of Veggly’s 1million+ users worldwide, highlights the most effective documentaries for creating and encouraging new vegans.

Check out the complete list and the respective percentage of votes:

Cowspiracy – 21.8%

Highlights the crucial role of animal agriculture in environmental destruction. The documentary investigates the impacts of the livestock industry on the environment and examines the relationship between meat production and global environmental issues.

Earthlings – 17.6%

Explores the relationship between humans and animals, highlighting various forms of animal exploitation and abuse in different industries such as food, clothing, entertainment, and research. The documentary features raw and impactful footage of industrial practices involving animals, aiming to raise awareness about the consequences of consuming animal products and prompting reflection on the ethics and treatment of non-human animals in our society.

What The Health – 12.3%

Investigates the connection between food and health, exploring the consequences of consuming animal products on human health. The documentary addresses issues regarding the impact of diet on the prevention and reversal of chronic diseases, while also questioning the practices of the food and pharmaceutical industries.

The Game Changers – 10.1%

A documentary that challenges traditional notions about nutrition, athletic performance, and health by investigating the benefits of a plant-based diet, and highlights how a plant-based diet can improve recovery, increase endurance, and promote a healthier lifestyle, challenging conventional notions about the relationship between diet and athletic performance.

Dominion – 8.7%

Explores the various ways animals are used and exploited by humans across industries such as food, clothing, entertainment, and research. The documentary provides an in-depth look at the harsh realities of animal agriculture and highlights the ethical, environmental, and health implications of our treatment of animals.

Forks Over Knives – 5.3%

Explores the benefits of adopting a whole-food, plant-based diet to prevent and even reverse chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. The documentary advocates for a shift away from processed and animal-based foods towards a diet centered around fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes as a means to promote optimal health and wellness.

Seaspiracy – 4.8%

Delves into the environmental impact of industrial fishing on the world’s oceans. The documentary raises awareness about the interconnectedness of marine life and the broader environmental consequences of human activities on the oceans and encourages viewers to rethink their relationship with seafood and consider the broader implications of current fishing practices on the health of our oceans.

Eating Animals – 4.8%

This documentary explores the ethical, environmental, and health implications of modern animal agriculture and meat consumption. Directed by Christopher Quinn and narrated by Natalie Portman, the film delves into the industrialized system of animal farming, revealing the harsh realities faced by animals raised for food.

Live & Let Live – 2.6%

Through compelling narratives and thought-provoking insights, “Live & Let Live” examines the ethical, environmental, and health considerations of veganism, inviting viewers to reflect on their own choices and the broader implications of their dietary habits. The documentary celebrates compassion, sustainability, and the interconnectedness of all living beings, encouraging empathy and understanding towards animals and the planet.

Before The Flood – 1.8%

The documentary that follows actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio as he travels the world to witness firsthand the effects of climate change and explore potential solutions. Before The Flood aims to raise awareness about the critical importance of protecting the planet and inspires viewers to become advocates for environmental conservation and sustainability.

Glass Walls – 1.1%

Documentary produced by the animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). The film provides an inside look into the practices of factory farming and slaughterhouses, exposing the often hidden realities of animal agriculture.

How documentaries are most effective

Best method of encouraging new vegansPercentage*
Documentaries 50.9%
Books and articles20.3%
Public speakers10.7%
*participants could select maximum of two choices

The data also highlights how documentaries are most effective method for encouraging new vegans, topping the list of biggest influences, ahead of public speakers, books/articles, friends, and family. 

Commenting on the creation of the new category, Founder of Veggly, Alex Felipelli, said:

“Although Cowspiracy tops the table, the votes prove that all of these documentaries helped lots of vegans make the transition. In fact, the data also shows how documentaries are most effective route for encouraging new vegans. So whether these documentaries have helped you go vegan, motivated a new vegan to carry on their journey, or it sparked meaningful conversations with friends about veganism – all of this makes a difference! This means we’ll be keeping a close eye on the impact of new documentaries, and on ‘Christspiracy’, which is due to come out later this year. That will ruffle a lot of feathers!

“We’ve also been watching out for the feedback on ‘You are what you eat’ which just came out on Netflix; it’s already proving to be highly popular – we’ll make sure to measure the impact in our next survey!” 

 With over 1 million users around the world, the platform gives even the most apprehensive new user the chance to connect with experienced vegans and vegetarians who can provide valuable insights and practical tips. By creating a space where aspiring vegans and vegetarians can connect with like-minded individuals, Veggly aims to foster a supportive and understanding community. Available throughout the world (used in 181 countries), Veggly is set to continue its rapid growth thanks to its growing army of vegan volunteers around the world who have worked together to translate the app into Spanish, German, Portuguese, French, Italian, Danish and Polish, with many more languages on the way.

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