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Premiere & Conference

What would the world look like if we stopped eating animals? How will this change the human-animal relationship? What is the food of the future?

Join us for the premiere of The End of Meat on August 26th and the first The End of Meat conference on August 27th, 2017. The premiere will be a unique event with special guests and Q&A afterwards. At the conference we will present leading ideas, visions and research by scientists, philosophers and activists that will shape the future for humans and animals in the years to come. We hope the conference will inspire and provoke meaningful discussions towards a future where meat consumption belongs to the past.


Filmmaker Marc Pierschel embarks on a journey to discover what effect a post-meat world would have on the environment, the animals and ourselves. He meets Esther the Wonder Pig, who became an internet phenomenon; talks to pioneers leading the vegan revolution in Germany; visits the first fully vegetarian city in India; witnesses rescued farm animals enjoying their newly found freedom; observes the future food innovators making meat and dairy without the animals, even harvesting “bacon” from the ocean and much more.

The End of Meat reveals the hidden impact of meat consumption; explores the opportunities and benefits of a shift to a more compassionate diet; and raises critical questions about the future role of animals in our society.

August 26th, 8pm at the Babylon Kino, Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 30, 10178 Berlin (handicapped accessible)


Hilal Sezgin

Hilal Sezgin is a freelance journalist and author living in the ‘Lüneburger Heide’, where she runs a small sanctuary. She regularly writes for Die Zeit, taz and the Süddeutsche Zeitung. In 2014 she presented a ‘philosophical plea for animal rights’ with her book ‘Artgerecht ist nur die Freiheit’.

Dr. Marco Springmann

Dr. Marco Springmann is working at the University of Oxford on the program for the future of food. In a recent study, his team concluded that plant-based diets could save millions of lives and dramatically cut greenhouse gas emissions. A second study examined how a global carbon tax on meat and milk could contribute to that solution.

Dr. Mark Post

Prof. Dr. Mark Post is considered the pioneer of the cultured meat movement. In 2013, he presented his first laboratory-grown burger in London, financed by Google co-founder Sergey Brin. At that time still worth 250,000 €. He estimates that the first burger could hit the supermarket shelves in about 5 years. Dr. Mark Post is a Professor of Physiology at the University of Maastricht.

Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter

Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter tell the unbelievable story of their life-changing experience after they adopt what they once thought to be a micro pig. Esther the wonder pig became a social media phenomenon that has caught the attention of well over one-million followers from all over the world. In 2014 Steve and Derek founded the Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary in Campbellville, Canada, where they continue to rescue abandoned and abused farmed animals.

Mariann Sullivan

Mariann Sullivan is Lecturer in Law of Animal Law at Columbia Law School and host of the Animal Law Podcast, as well as co-host of the Our Hen House podcast. Since retiring from her position as Deputy Chief Court Attorney at the New York State Appellate Division, First Department, she has also taught courses in animal law and farmed animal law at Lewis and Clark Law School, NYU Law School, Brooklyn Law School, and Cardozo Law School.

Marcel Sebastian

Marcel Sebastian is a sociologist at the University of Hamburg. His PhD is on the question of how slaughter workers deal with the killing of animals. He is a founding member of the Group for Society and Animals Studies, the first German-speaking, sociological research group on the human-animal relationship. His research interests include the sociology of the human-animal relationship, the critical theory of the Frankfurt School, and comparative institutional research.

Jens Tuider

Jens Tuider is Executive Assistant at ProVeg (formerly VEBU). ProVeg is a new international food awareness organisation, working towards influencing the food industry, chefs and caterers, activists, other NGOs and the medical profession, while also lobbying for change at a policy level. Their mission is to reduce the global consumption of animals by 50% by the year 2040.

Richard David Precht

Richard David Precht is one of the most famous philosophers in the German-speaking world. His books have been translated into more than forty languages. Since 2012, he has his own show called ‘Precht’ on german national TV. His 2016 book 'Tiere Denken' calls for a new thinking of animals and a change in our behavior towards them. He is a honorary professor at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg and at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin.

Stefan Torges (Moderator)

Stefan Torges is project manager at the Effective Altruism Foundation. He is committed to a future society which takes the interests of all sentient beings into account. He regularly lectures and moderates events on a just relationship between humans and animals in regards to our diet. He previously studied philosophy, neuroscience and cognition at the Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg.

We were commited to put together a varied and well-balanced program. This applied both to the topics and to the speakers. Unfortunately, the proportion of male participants is significantly higher. Since this conference has a very special topic, the choice of the potential speakers was very small and a majority of male participants confirmed.


Presale is now closed, but we still have a few tickets available 45 minutes before each event starts at the venue.

The ticket price includes admission for the Premiere on Saturday as well as for the conference on Sunday. We won't send you a paper ticket and you don't have to print one. Just have your ID ready at the entrance and you'll be all set! Your confirmation is the PayPal receipt.

Early Bird Ticket
(only until July 10th!)

39 €

Regular Ticket

49 €

Supporter Ticket
(box seat & download of the film*)

59 €

* You will receive the download link to the film in March 2018


Conference language: English & German

10.00 Dr. Marco Springmann (EN) How changes towards more plant-based diets would affect our health and climate
11.00 Hilal Sezgin (DE) Mit Tieren leben
12.00 Lunch break  
13.00 Dr. Mark Post (EN) The beginning of Cultured Meat
14.00 Richard David Precht (DE) Das Ende des Fleischkonsums - Segen für alle? Bedingungen und Herausforderungen des gesellschaftlichen Wandels
15.00 Marcel Sebastian, Jens Tuider, Richard David Precht, Dr. Mark Post, Mariann Sullivan (EN) Panel: The End of Meat - perspectives of change: The role of flexitarians, cultured meat and economic reasons
16.00 Coffee break  
16.30 Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter (EN) Esther the Wonder Pig: Changing the World One Heart at a Time‎


The traditional ballroom of the Heimathafen was bulit in 1876 and is situated in the multi-layered district Neukölln, which is characterized by a crossover of styles, genres and cultures.

Address: Heimathafen Neukölln, Karl-Marx-Straße 141, 12043 Berlin (handicapped accessible)


Parallel to the conference, the largest vegan summer festival in Europe takes place in Berlin:

The street festival on Alexanderplatz opens on Friday, August 25 and runs until Sunday, August 27th.

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