The clips (playable through the coloured links in the text below) sometimes show extreme animal
abuses, but first and foremost they show how roughly
and indifferently animals are treated.
Some of the videos will
automatically restart once they are finished.
Types of video
The video clips have RealPlayer or Windows
Media format (playing .rm and .wmv files is the
most simple way).
For the files marked with "(.rm)"
you need RealPlayer and the files marked with
"(.wmv)" you need Windows Media Player.
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 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).
In July 1998, TV Noord (a Dutch local television
broadcasting station) filmed an open day at a
laying battery in Sellingen (province of Groningen,
In 'Noorderlicht' (a Dutch scientific program)
one broadcast paid attention to the use of antibiotics
in factory farming.
The RVU broadcast an Austrian documentary entitled
"Meat of fear-fear of meat".
The video (made by Manfred Karreman) shows the
unloading of a cow from such a truck (.rm) or (.wmv).
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
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.
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.
Sows tied up for life
'Het Klokhuis' (a Dutch educational youth program)
shows the stereotypical behaviour of sows tied up between two bars (.wmv).
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
More information about the background of factory farming.
For more video's about cruel international transports, see the CIWF film 'some lie dying'.
More video's on PETA Resources for activists.
Not all video material on this site makes sad to watch. For some humor see 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.|