The Pig Vision Project: Contrasting Life on a Modern Farm with that of a Sanctuary

You don’t want to miss this absolutely unique, expertly crafted, fifteen-minute documentary that follows the lives of two piglet siblings. One, named Jackpot, is adopted by an animal sanctuary. The other, named with a number, X-15, is raised on one of Austria’s typical pig farms. The film, titled “Pig Vision: The Journey of Two Brothers,” is an unvarnished, unsentimental portrait of how each piglet is raised in dramatically different ways. It is also, inevitably, a study in contrasts. In Jackpot, we see the richness and complexity of a pig’s emotions and interspecies relationships. In X-15, we see how the potential to exhibit the same richness is completely frustrated and denied to pigs when they are treated as unthinking, unfeeling commodities raised for slaughter.

Filmmaker United Creatures received permission to make its Pig Vision project from all the people shown in the video — the sanctuary and its veterinarian, the pig farmer and his employees, and the slaughterhouse workers. The extensive footage gives us an accurate look at both the merciless day-to-day practices carried out in animal farming and the merciful day-to-day joys of an animal who is offered independence, spacious and comfortable living conditions, and a circle of friends.

About Robert Grillo

Robert Grillo is the founder and director of Free from Harm, a non profit animal rescue, education and advocacy organization. Robert is the author of over 500 articles on Free from Harm and is particularly interested in the advocacy of chickens and turkeys who collectively represent 99% of the animals exploited for food. He shares his life with a flock of rescued hens and a rescued homing pigeon. You can email Robert at robert@freefromharm.org. And you can find him on Google+ and Twitter.

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  1. How many times do we have to show people the horrors that these creatures and others go through? For how many years has this been happening and yet it continues. It will take the act of every creature being taken from this earth to stop this tortore and then the killings before man HAS to stop eating living, breathing creatures. Otherwise, they have no meaning except for us to eat. That thought makes me want to throw up. The fact that we call them ‘animals’ and yet we eat them?? What a crazy and evil mind we have.

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