I first saw this film in the 80s. Since that time I have remained vegan. The film did not change my life, but provided me with a reason to change. Many things have changed since the film was made and animal welfare has improved, albeit in very small increments. However, the power of this film is not what it says about our treatment of non-human animals, but what it reveals about us. The cruelties that one is witness to throughout this film would be less sickening were they not as a result of thoughtless ignorance, but some more malign process. In fact, as this film reveals, the mechanisms of animal cruelty are banal more than malicious. Wyats haunting score, Julie Christie's resigned tone and the often horrific footage make this film difficult but essential viewing. In this film the adage, 'you are what you eat' becomes a statement about our moral state, and that is perhaps the most challenging aspect of the film.