Video clips on (abuse in)
factory farming, animal transports, and bullfights
The clips (playable through the colouredlinks in the text below) sometimes show extreme animal
abuses, but first and foremost they show how roughly
and indifferently animals are treated.
They will also give you an impression of an animal's
life in factory farming: endless boredom, overcrowded
stables, sties and cages without any opportunity
for natural behaviour.
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varies from moderate
(*) to reasonable
The clips show, for instance, how a box filled
with a new load of consumption chicks (.wmv) is emptied. Tens of thousands
of chicks meant for consumption are here chucked
out of the crates and thrown into the shed. Every
now and then a new crate of chicks is emptied
in the foreground. In the background two other
people are also unloading crates.
The male chicks are killed (.rm).
relative space for movement every consumption
chick has decreases continually because
the chicks grow very fast.
After six weeks, the chicken catchers turn up
around dawn. They grab a number of chicks in each
hand (.wmv) and then throw and cram them into crates (.rm).
Some of the animals get their bones or wings broken
in the process.
The animals are shoved into the crates (.wmv) and shaken to and fro.
As the crate is closed one chick
gets caught between the crate and its lid (*).
pile of crates is driven towards the van.
Finally they are unloaded in the slaughterhouse,
onto a conveyor belt to the place where they are
hung upside down on hooks by their paws. One
chick tries to escape its fate, but ends up being swept along
in the stream.
They then proceed to the machine that will try
to behead them (.rm).
A few seconds later their throat is cut manually.
In July 1998, TV Noord (a Dutch local television
broadcasting station) filmed an open day at a
laying battery in Sellingen (province of Groningen,
These chickens had been in the laying battery
for one year and were butchered some days after.
The chickens fly up in panic (.wmv) because they are scared by the lights used for
This is followed by a close-up of some chickens
with cut beaks in their small living space (.rm). Similar living space for ducks held for fatty liver " foie-gras" (GAIA: mpg).
In 'Noorderlicht' (a Dutch scientific program)
one broadcast paid attention to the use of antibiotics
in factory farming.
The clip shows a space filled with tens of thousands
of free-range chickens (.wmv).
The only way to keep such a number of chickens
crammed together "healthy" is by mixing
antibiotics into their food.
The RVU broadcast an Austrian documentary entitled
"Meat of fear-fear of meat".
With this title the makers want to indicate that
the animal's fear when brought to the slaughter
(under stressful circumstances) has a negative
effect on the quality of the meat.
Some clips from this documentary show the international
transport of cattle. Before arriving at the
abattoir, cattle have been transported over hundreds
of kilometres. During their transport, they are
often not taken proper care of, and they sometimes
end up being so weakened they can't stand on their
The video (made by Manfred Karreman) shows the
unloading of a cow from such a truck (.rm) or (.wmv).
The animal is pulled out of the truck by ropes
that have been tied around its legs. The subtitle goes as
follows: "One may conclude that animals meant
for slaughter are treated in an alarmingly cruel
way. The motto: they will soon be slaughtered
anyway. These animals had only been transported
for a few hundred kilometres."
Another video shows the last minutes of calves (.wmv) that are brought to a slaughterhouse in
a foreign country as part of the so-called Herodes
In spite of the requirement that the calves have
to be in good shape when they arrive, it is clear
that not every calf is able and willing to walk
its last few metres.
That is no wonder if you see how cruel calves
sometimes are treated (.rm) (CIWF).
A team of the German organisation Animals
Angels trailed horses from Lituania, from
where they are driven to Italy. Horses themselves
are badly build for transport that last sometimes
for days. After a while they can't stand on their
feet no more and they fall and hurt themselves.
This horse was put down by a vet, while hanging
upside down with one leg in a barred window (the
trucks ventilation system) (.rm).
year millions of sheep, pigs and cattle are transported
across Europe, often on extremely long journeys.
During 1999 Compassion In World Farming investigators
have been busy trailing the livestock trucks.
CIWF investigators managed to film in three Greek
slaughterhouses. Two made no attempt at all to
stun the animals into unconsciousness before slaughter.
Their throats were cut while they were fully conscious and they were
left to bleed dead.
One slaughterhouse uses electrical
stunning with a bold (*),
but the animals
don't appear completely stunned (*).
Various organizations present this "Christmas video":
Bloody and cruel is a bull's entirely purposeless
suffering in the last seconds of a bull fight(.wmv),
as can be seen in a clip by Manfred Karreman.
With hidden camera's GAIA (Belgium organization
for animal rights) filmed how animals on cattle
markets are hit with sticks (.rm),
kicked and beaten (*),
sometimes with barbs. Even children imitate the
animal abuse of adults. On this video (.rm) a child repeatedly hitting a calve.
up for life
'Het Klokhuis' (a Dutch educational youth program)
shows the stereotypical behaviour of sows tied up between two bars (.wmv).
Out of sheer boredom, the pigs start chewing on
the chains, and this selfsame chewing movement
is repeated for hours in a row.
In a broadcast by '2-Vandaag' (a Dutch current
affairs programme) from December '99, one can
see a farmer walking past the small sections of
the sty in which the sows 'live' with some ten
piglets each (.wmv).
One can clearly see how little room a sow has,
between two bars and with no possibility to turn.
Two videofragments of a Dutch mink farm (taken
from "De achtste Dag", Humanistisch Verbond). Mink are held in ironframe cages (.rm).
They are allowed to go to the adjacent cage, but
that is all the freedom
On Asian markets fur animals are brutally killed
just for their coat. On this
site a horrible video and below the number
of animals used for a human coat.
Not all video material on this site makes sad
to watch. For some
the flash-movie "the
Meatrix", about the
problem and rise of factory farms explained
with some cynism and humor.
The documentary Meat the Truth is the first major project undertaken by the Nicolaas G. Pierson Foundation. Meat the Truth is a high-profile documentary, presented by Marianne Thieme (leader of the Party for the Animals), which forms an addendum to earlier films that have been made about climate change. Although such films have convincingly succeeded in drawing public attention to the issue of global warming, they have repeatedly ignored one of the most important causes of climate change, namely: intensive livestock production. Meat the Truth has drawn attention to this by demonstrating that livestock farming generates more greenhouse gas emissions worldwide than all cars, lorries, trains, boats and planes added together.
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