It's probably safe to say that this film won't garner a G rating.
Mercy for Animals (MFA), an animal-rights organization that has exposed some of the behind-the-scenes goings-on in factory farms, has recently released the film Farm to Fridge - The Truth Behind Meat Production.
MFA prides itself on going incognito into factory farms across the country and documenting "animal abuse" in places like California, Ohio and, in 2000, a fish-slaughter plant in Texas. However, Farm to Fridge takes it a step further by showing footage of factory workers going all Bruce Lee on swine as well as in-your-face displays of botched castrations, gassed animals and chicken clubbings.
The shock-centric video, which includes the obligatory throat-slitting scene, features sedate narration by James Cromwell, a PETA backer who also played a farmer in Babe (1995).
"If you are at all moved by this film . . ." Cromwell concludes towards the film's end.
Yeah, we're moved to upchucking our tofu scramble.
Anyway, Houston Press took one for the team by watching the 12-minute flick. The sound of dying animals alone will probably be enough for most viewers.
If the embedded video below isn't intense enough, feel free to supersize the viewing experience when Mercy for Animals' Phil Letten stops in Houston on March 25 during a 40-city promotional tour of Farm to Fridge.
Letten will drive a modified truck decked out with three 80-inch video screens and stop in high-traffic areas such as schools and shopping malls as well as steakhouses. The motion picture will also be played on folks wearing T-shirts fitted with iPads.
This is seriously nasty stuff. Consider yourself warned.