Where our meat comes from, on film
“I don’t need to see that” or “I don’t want to know” – the usual responses when I start to tell people about the animal rights/factory farming videos I have watched during this month. A proper discussion of veganism would not be complete without mention of these images – many vegans have chosen their lifestyle after watching one or more of these horrific films.
And yes, they are hard to watch. Baby piglets castrated with no pain killers, screaming. Cows with sores all over their faces being slaughtered and used for meat. Chicks having their beaks burnt off and stuffed in tiny cages to live their lives without ever being able to spread their wings. Chickens being pumped so full of growth hormones to fatten them quickly, their legs won’t hold their own weight and they can’t walk. Dolphins lured into bays and killed by the thousands. Factory farming atrocities. Scientific experimentation where monkeys have their heads slammed repeatedly into metal plates then experimented on to simulate head injuries in humans. Foxes skinned alive for fur, their eyes still blinking long after their skin has been removed.
Yes, it is horrible. But everyone should see where their meat is coming from. I’m not preaching that everyone should be vegan. I’m still not sure what choices I will be making once this month is up. I am saying, however, that everyone should think about and know where the food they are putting in their bodies, or the clothes they are wearing, come from, and make their own personal choice accordingly.
There are quite a few videos available online you can watch. The full-length film that goes into the most detail (and is probably the most graphic) is Earthlings, narrated by Joaquin Phoenix. Earthlings can be found on Google videos or on their website at Earthlings.com. Change.org has a list of ten recommended animal rights videos that are worth a look at, including more on scientific research using animal experimentation. The documentary film Food, Inc. is supposed to be fantastic and a little less graphic. I haven’t seen it yet and it’s not available online, but you can watch the trailer on their website here. Meat.org has a few videos as well – Glass Walls, narrated by Paul McCartney and the following video, Meet Your Meat (warning – very graphic):