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Oscar-Nominee James Cromwell Narrates Shocking New Animal Rights Film

Published on July 12, 2011 by   ·   4 Comments Pin It

As the national debate escalates over our treatment of farmed animals (it’s clear where we stand on the issue,) Mercy For Animals, a national animal advocacy organization known for its shocking undercover investigations exposing cruelty to animals at factory farms, hatcheries and slaughterhouses, has just released Farm to Fridge – a gripping new 12-minute film exposing the horrors faced by cows, pigs, and chickens before they reach our plates. With music by experimental composer Ben Frost and a powerful narration by Academy Award-nominee James Cromwell – best known for his role as the farmer in Babe – the film takes viewers on an unforgettable, no-holds-barred journey behind the closed doors of our nation’s meat, dairy, and egg operations.

Take a moment to watch the trailer, we promise you’ll want to share it with everyone you know;

Are you crying, screaming, having a panic attack, or just in silent shock and horror?  Whatever you feel, we are sure you’ll want to share this film with everyone you know and hope you do.

Perhaps the most compelling and graphic documentary of its kind ever produced, Farm to Fridge uses arresting images covertly recorded on hidden camera and puts into focus the harsh reality faced by farmed animals – creatures granted no federal protection from abuse during their lives on factory farms.

Scenes include:

  • Piglets having their testicles ripped out and their tails chopped off without painkillers
  • Male chicks ground up alive in giant macerators and egg-laying hens packed into tiny, wire cages so small they cannot even spread their wings
  • Fish being skinned and dismembered while still alive, conscious and suffering
  • Hens, mother pigs, and baby calves confined in cages and stalls so small the animals cannot comfortably stand up, turn around, lie down, or extend their limbs

MFA has become our non profit rock star hero in the past few years, with their undercover investigations that have pulled back the curtain on industrial animal agriculture, exposing a culture of cruelty that has horrified millions of Americans. In late 2010, MFA teamed up with Emmy Award-winning host of The Price is Right and longtime animal advocate Bob Barker, to expose the hidden cost of veal – baby calves chained by their necks in narrow wooden stalls. Just months prior, MFA’s investigation at a dairy farm in Ohio – revealing farm workers stabbing cows with pitchforks and beating them with crowbars – sparked international outrage and inspired countless individuals, including Alec Baldwin, Jamie Lee Curtis and Ashton Kutcher, to publically condemn cruelty to farmed animals. And in 2009, MFA’s exposé at the world’s largest hatchery for egg-laying breed chickens – which exposed male chicks being ground up alive – led millions to view the footage on YouTube and generated thousands of media stories.

Nationwide, the treatment of farmed animals has taken center stage in recent years, with a growing number of states – including California, Michigan, Maine, Arizona, Colorado and Florida – passing legislation to ban cruel factory farming practices. The popularity of a vegan diet continues to grow, highlighted by the popularity of some of our favorite and (best-selling) books like Veganist, Skinny Bitch, and The Conscious Cook. Even Oprah dedicated an entire episode to the issue – highlighted by Oprah’s and 378 of her staff members’ decision to go vegan for one week.

“Most farmed animals know no kind touch or compassionate care, only a life filled with intensive confinement, abusive handling, painful mutilations, careless neglect, and merciless slaughter,” says Mercy For Animals’ Executive Director Nathan Runkle. “Farm to Fridge serves as a wake-up call to all American consumers that the meat, dairy and egg industries are morally bankrupt and should be boycotted.”

To view the full film, visit

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Readers Comments (4)

  1. tor says:

    hey guys, love your blog. but i’m wondering, did you guys really watch this? I couldn’t do it. I tried for like 5 seconds and in that five seconds there were already about ten haunting and horrifying images. the problem with educating people about what goes on in the meat dairy egg and leather industries is that the footage is too horrible to watch. i want to send it to my family etc (who aren’t vegetarian or vegan) but i don’t really want them to watch it either. i guess i’m just wondering your opinion on this. I want to know more and educate others too, but asking people to watch animals suffering unimaginable pain is just really hard and asking so much. i’d just love to hear your thoughts.

  2. tor, I watched this cried like a baby then posted it on my lj site, twitter AND facebook so that others can watch sometimes we need to put our heart in a box and watch something like this even if it’s only a minute so we can be reminded WHY we now longer eat meat, dairy, eggs ect I know in my heart I could never go back to what I was before I became a vegan it was ugly and if it wasn’t for videos like this I would properbly be in that horrible place I was in 2 1/2 years ago. I have shown my Mom one of the videos that came out last year involving the shows that were being pitch forked ect and she swore off beef for good, so it does help some people make the right choices for animals.

  3. Challah-girl says:

    Just today my mother responded to one of my blog postings talking about how she wishes I would “keep my ideas to myself” when it comes to the mistreatment of animals we use for food.

    Things like this keep my focused on my goals even under all the negative feedback I get from the people I love.

    It may be hard for me to endure the commentary that comes from telling people the truth – but it is far worse what the animals are going through.

    I’m resolved to endure the challenges.

    Great post!

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