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Must-See HBO Documentary Premieres Tonight

Written by PETA | March 16, 2009
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Death on a Factory Farm

When animals receive the attention they deserve from TV networks, it’s a grand occasion. HBO has once again stepped up to the plate—remember when the network aired I Am an Animal, which followed PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk in her daily work to save animals? Well, tonight, the network will be airing Death on a Factory Farm, so set your reminder now. It will also be available through On Demand.

This hard-hitting documentary follows a hog-farm investigation and gives viewers a rare glimpse at the process of trying to bring cruelty-to-animals charges against the meat industry.

As often happens, a tip was received from one of the farm’s employees who claimed that workers were killing pigs by hanging them with chains. The bizarre part is that the investigator recorded the owner’s son stating that the “euthanasia” guidelines followed by the farm are approved by and posted on PETA’s Web site! Needless to say, it took about five minutes for our lawyers to put out a letter demanding an apology. If this investigation rings a bell, here’s why: We featured it on the PETA Files in fall of 2007 when Iowa veterinarian Dr. Paul Armbrecht defended these hangings as acceptable and stated that kicking, dragging, and dropping sows off a 4-foot ledge—routine practice at this farm—are appropriate methods of transporting animals. And wife-beating is great discipline.

Tune in tonight and then come back tomorrow and leave us a comment letting us know what you thought.

Written by Jennifer Cierlitsky

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  • Alli says:

    I watched this documentary last night and was sickened and horrified. After I was able to stop crying I realized I may need to become a vegetarian and I want to do whatever I can to stop these brutal men from torturing these animals. Cheers to HBO for getting this out there…maybe Oprah could feature this on her show so even more viewers can see and hopefully get invovlved too.

  • Carrie says:

    This took incredible bravery to film. I will never look at meat the same way or want to eat it. My heart is broken for these animals and every other animal we consume..I can’t get what i saw out of my mind Job well done.

  • gina says:

    you are my hero. these people make me sick. The things that go through my mind the things i want to do to these people…. I know the only way to do it is the honorable way but it is the hardest. You are a couragous person to be able to watch such fcked up things happening and not beat the people to death. i would. Fck every person who supports this massacre from meat eaters to the people who run the farm to the financial supporters. may you all burn in hell if you believe in it because you have sinned.

  • Ali Boritz says:

    All I have to say all those people you managed owned and worked at the farm should be very ashamed of their selves. I couldn’t believe my eyes what I saw. They treated these helpless animals like non human like. Those people should be put away for a long time. throwing the innocent baby pigs around. How dare you. Hope these people one day get the same treatment that the poor animals did. They sure deserve it.

  • Shannon says:

    Does anyone know if there any way for those of us who don’t own a television to see this?

  • Erik says:

    I watched this and cried. It was horrible. I made a vow to myself that I will never eat meat again. I will not support nor line their pockets with my money so they can keep abusing these animals. My life has been changed for the better thanks to this show.

  • Andrea says:

    This show is making me turn away from eating animals. Too bad we can’t count on farms not treating animals in such a manner. I am not sure how I am going to make this change… But today was day one.

  • Theresa Huskey says:

    Hello I did not get to see the film because i dont have hbo. can the film be bought so i can show it at church? maybe they might get the message. thank you

  • Kearstan says:

    After seeing this documentary I have decided to give up pork. Although I am a meat lover I refuse to give my money to people that treat animals this ways. It’s dispicable. I’m also trying to give up all other meats as well.

  • Kathleen W. says:

    I watched most of the show but I was so sad angry I couldn’t finish watching it. I am completely vegan and I hope people who eat meat watched this program and realized the horrors that they support. No meat is produced without death suffering. The only way for this to stop is to go vegan. Hats off to Pete all the heros that fight for animal justice!!

  • CB says:

    Simple question….are Wiles still hanging hogs? And waht about those dopey lawyers…” you told lies and were suppose to be working? ” ….what the bleep do they think undercover means?

  • Kalpana says:

    What an incredible miscarriage of justice! Clearly there is animal cruelty going on at that farm! I hope that this video is successful in raising awareness of the horrors of factory farming it’s not just this farm. Thanks to “Pete” and others for going undercover on these farms and speaking for the animals.

  • elizabeth says:

    that guys my hero

  • Diana says:

    Hats off to Pete and his work on the Factory Farm! Even though the payoff may have seemed small that footage will forever be implanted in the minds of others. At least those with a conscience. What concerns me is the people who thought that there was no harm done to the pigs that squeal in pain and terror. If they are that emotionally closed off with an everyday persona of apathy what would they do to a child a wife a neighbor etc.? These are the monsters that not only harm animals but portray to be community stellars but in reality are lurking in the darkness of other hidden atrocities… and probably not with a pig. Keep up the good work Pete!

  • shannon says:

    I watched it and cried. a lot. the end result is quite frusterating.

  • Shauna Saling says:

    Great job “Pete”….I admire you!

  • Shauna Saling says:

    Mr. Wiles “his farm” are the perfect example of human greed ignorance. To my knowledege if an animal or human is hurtingthey will struggle scream. This does not require a degree…it’s just good old common sense! THOSE PIGS HOGS ALL SUFFERED HORRIBLY! Those that run the farm are COWARDS…completely clueless to compassion.

  • Gods Child says:

    My husband two daughters 13 11 and I were brought to tears and enraged by what we had viewed of human beings showing no emotion andor thought as to what they were doing to one of Gods creatures. These animals are like humans they feel just like we feel they bleed just like we bleed. Why anyone in there right mind would handle any living creature in this way is unacceptable and should be punished by law. My heart goes out to each one of the hogs living or deceased I ask God to relieve them of all suffering that they may endure while in the unsafe farm conditions of the Wiles family and it’s employees. May the Lord bless them and keep them so that we as a people will continue to do the Lords will and speak on their behalf. Lastly I pray for the Wiles family that the Lord may have mercy on there souls. In addition I have concerns as to why this familyemployee was able to walk away without a conviction for animal cruelty hanging when these sows were put in the position of being malnourished and unable to function on there owncausing them to lose legs or bleed to death. In addition to cases the video and pictures shown on HBO show hogs eating other hogs. What makes this any different from the dog fighting allegationscharges that lead to the conviction of Michael Vick?? How do we as a people let any animal suffer as these hogs are continuing to suffer on the Wiles farm how do the people of PETA sleep at night knowing that they could have fought just as hard as they fought against the Vick case to get a justifiable conviction. Both of these cases were being investigated during the same time why is the media just airing this and why not during the time of the Vick case? Where are the protesters for the hogs are the hogs rights less important then the life of the dogs in the Michael Vick Case? What is PETA doing to insure that this does not continue at the Wiley’s farm. During the show there were statements made that what we saw is how the Wiley’s make a living does that make it ok to abuse animals if that is true then wouldn’t dog fighting be considered as a way to make a living as well? Concerned Confused

  • carolyn says:

    THANKS TO “PETE” The Investigator FOR HIS COURAGE AND STRENGTH! WITHOUT YOUR STRENGTH AND THE STRENGTH OF ALL INVESTIGATORS THE BARBARIC TORTURE THAT GOES ON EVERYDAY WOULD BE A SECRET. THANK YOU INVESTIGATORS!!!!!!! Thanks to the legal team for their hard hitting and well done court room work! You were awesome! Thanks to HFA for getting HBO to show it and to HBO for having the ethics to show it! Let’s hope laws come into effect for these helpless beings. Our govt should be ashamed to allow this industry to go on with its’ sickening practices.

  • nikki says:

    something has to be done these men are killers by blood. How could you treat these baby pigs like this so wrong. im discusted by these guys there are other ways of handling the situation he said on the documentary bullets arent cheap . Then why do you have a pig farm…

  • nikki says:

    so mad they should have been prosecuted to do that to gods creatures in an inhumane way .. Throwing the poor babies in a bin basging them i couldn’t believe only one conviction …

  • Jeff says:

    I would just like to point out that what was seen on the hbo special was an isolated incident and shouldn’t be judged on all farms…….as a current farm employee i seen many bad management practices on the wiles farm but can honestly say that on all the farms i have ever been to i have never seen anything that would come even close to the bad choices made on this farm….we do our business so people can eat not to harm the animals

  • Roberta Smith says:

    Thank you to this brave young man for caring for the voiceless you are carried in my heart forever.

  • kelly says:

    I would love to give a shoutout to the whistleblowers the good people who know they are seeing something wrong done at their workplaces and have the guts to report it. These are often the unsung heroes the compassionate and honest citizens who make the difference.

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