Humans are animals, but unlike all other species we have given ourselves the freedom to treat and use other animals as we like. We abuse animals for food production, letting them spend their entire life in suffering – and for what?
Eating meat is tied to our culture and tradition, but there is nothing natural about the way we produce it today. We could put an end to this cruelty by being more concerned about where our meat comes from. As consumers we have power to make a change. The information is out there – there are many attempts to shed light on this horrifying truth, but many people choose to ignore it.
In my animated short film “Pig Out” I want to adress this issue in an unexpected way. By switching roles of pigs and humans, I want to provide a different perspective. Instead of brutal and bloody imagery from industrial farms, I want to use humour to confront people. I am hoping that my film will encourage people to think twice about what meat they buy and who it comes from.
The food industry is the area where the largest number of animals are used, either to produce food or to become food themselves. Most people feel concerned and affected when they see a news item about animal suffering during transport or being ill-treated in the slaughterhouse, yet many still buy meat that comes from factories where animals are abused.
“Considered by animal behaviorists to be smarter than dogs, pigs are clever animals who are also friendly, loyal, and intelligent. They are naturally very clean and avoid soiling their living areas. When they are not confined on factory farms, pigs spend hours playing, lying in the sun, and exploring their surroundings.
On modern farms, these outgoing, sensitive animals spend their entire lives in cramped, filthy warehouses under the constant stress of intense confinement and are denied everything that is natural and important to them.
Mother pigs (sows) spend most of their miserable lives in tiny gestation and farrowing crates so small that they can’t even turn around. They are impregnated again and again until their bodies give out and are then sent to slaughter.
Piglets are torn away from their distraught mothers just a few weeks after birth. Their tails are chopped of, the ends of their teeth are snipped of with pliers, and the males are castrated. No painkillers are given to them to ease their suffering. Te young pigs then spend their short lives in cramped, crowded pens on slabs of filthy concrete.
When the time comes for slaughter pigs are forced onto transport trucks that often travel for many miles through all weather extremes. Many pigs die from heat exhaustion in the summer or arrive frozen to the inside of the truck in the winter. According to industry reports, more than 1 million pigs die in transport each year and many sustain injuries by the time they arrive at the slaughterhouse.
Because of improper stunning methods, many pigs are still conscious when they are dumped into tanks of scalding-hot water, which is intended to remove their hair and soften their skin.”
“Pigs Used For Food.” PETA. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, n.d. Web. 30 Oct. 2016.