To mark the start of the Chinese Year of the Pig, the award-winning short film M6NTHS premieres online.
Directed by Dutch filmmaker Eline Helena Schellekens, M6NTHS reveals the life of a piglet being raised on a factory farm. The 12 minute film is shot entirely from a pig’s point of view, without any comments or voice-over. This unique perspective shows the animal as an individual, capable of feeling pain and joy, which when raised intensively is seen merely as a product. The thought provoking film received a prestigious Panda Award (known as a ‘Green Oscar’) at the 2018 ceremony.
Through the eyes of a piglet
“As we enter the Year of the Pig, could we resolve to get to know this intelligent animal better? M6NTHS shows life through the eyes of a piglet growing up on an industrial farm without ever experiencing the outside world,” said Eline Helena Schellekens.
“Our desires as 'consumans' to get a lot for a little are responsible for this life; would we make the same choices if we could look the piglet in the eye?”
Over a two week period the film is available exclusively online on the websites of animal welfare organisations, in support of the End the Cage Age European Citizen Initiative (ECI).
“M6NTHS, invites the viewer to think about how we rear and treat farm animals,” said our Head of Campaigns, Sean Gifford. “As the film highlights, sows are often confined in cages across the continent but they are not alone. Millions of other farm animals also spend much of their lives imprisoned in cages."
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We launched the End the Cage Age ECI at the European Parliament last September, alongside more than 130 other animal welfare, animal rights and environmental organisations. If one million European citizens sign the petition, it could mean a seismic change for farmed animals within the EU and the most monumental impact on farm animals in living memory.
The full 12-minute film can be viewed online until 18th February here.
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