Photos from: Animal Equality
Animal rights activist and actress, Rooney Mara, has joined global farmed animal advocacy organization, Animal Equality, on an undercover investigation inside two British factory farms.
The video footage, narrated by Mara, reveals pigs and chickens who are raised for meat, languishing in abhorrent conditions. The investigation, called “With My Own Eyes,” encourages viewers to examine the harsh and painful reality for billions of animals and the many reasons the global community must end its dependence on animal products.
“Nothing prepares you for looking into the eyes of a mother pig whose life is to be impregnated and left in a cage until she’s slaughtered,” Mara said in a statement. “I kept thinking about my sister who just had a baby and how beautiful that instant desire to nurture and protect your child is. I can’t imagine how awful it must be to be literally trapped and crushing your own babies and not be able to do anything about it.”
The investigation captured scenes inside one farm of over 3,000 confined pigs and another farm of over 50,000 crammed chickens, with all animals found to be experiencing extreme distress. According to the chicken farm’s own records, 1,936 birds died within the first seven weeks of their life, averaging 42 dead birds per day. The investigation’s findings also show:
Chickens bred to grow so large, so quickly, that their legs and organs cannot keep up, making heart attacks, organ failure, and painful leg deformities common.
Chickens injured and unable to move, die from starvation and thirst.
Mother pigs confined in small crates, unable to turn around or adequately nurse their young, crush their newly born piglets due to lack of space and inability to move.
Dozens of weak and dying piglets receive no veterinary attention.
Pigs with severe hernias were left untreated.