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.
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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.