The terrifying investigation of Arte on intensive farming in the world
The channel broadcasts a documentary on these factories where the animals are considered as merchandise and manufactured products.
The figure is chilling: 80% of the animals we consume spend their lives locked up in intensive breeding factories and have no contact with nature…
Animals stuck in tiny enclosures
Based on this terrible observation, Caroline du Saint traveled the world, from the United States to Poland via Vietnam and France, to make her documentary called animal factorybroadcast this Tuesday, March 14 at 8:55 p.m. on art. She shows in particular what we never see: animals living in tiny enclosures that extend over hundreds of hectares within gigantic structures. A vertiginous system, set up in less than fifty years all over the planet by a few multinationals.
Stéphanie and Olivier, breeders in Vendée, were at the heart of this large-scale approach. They raised a hundred pigs in closed buildings before, one day, no longer recognizing themselves in these methods which they see today as cruel and without affect. From now on, they take care of around thirty meat and dairy cows and around fifteen pigs in an artisanal way.
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13-storey buildings to raise pigs
Common thread of the film, they retrace their history (rare) and confide, not without embarrassment and guilt, to what ends they went, like throwing pigs in the trash.
Four international groups reign supreme over the world of meat on the planet, holding more than 80% of the market. From country to country, they impose their laws causing small traditional farms to decline in favor of excessive farms. In France, two thirds of small farms have disappeared in less than fifty years. The documentary unveils some of the most extreme and shocking cases on the planet such as these thirteen-story buildings in China where a million piglets are born each year.
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Beasts become merchandise
In the United States, scientific research and genetic selections are carried out to obtain animals with explosive yields. In France, the L214 collective has brought to light other atrocities, including the grinding of male chicks (because they cannot lay eggs and therefore have no commercial use). A practice now prohibited. This edifying investigation, which turns out to be as exciting as it is shocking, also deciphers the techniques of the breeding and advertising industries so that consumers forget about the animal itself. Nourished by many testimonies, she tries to understand how humanity was able to no longer consider animals as living beings, but as mere merchandise.