These Pictures Prove That Animals Don’t Want to Be Slaughtered [Not Graphic]

Published by Emily Savage.

Imagine that it was your last chance to gaze at a clear blue sky, your last breath of fresh air—would you know that these were your final moments on Earth? For these animals on livestock transport trucks, this may have been their first and last glimpse of a world outside the pain and misery of animal agriculture. It may have been their last moments of life.

For a year, Sympathy at Slaughter’s Hannah Elizabeth has been recording the final moments of pigs and cows on transport trucks outside slaughterhouses and at truck stops, with the intention of offering some solace to individual animals before they’re driven to be slaughtered.

“Each time I am there the animals are always so curious, gentle and forgiving enough to come closer,” she says.

“Patterns vary as each truck and each animal has a different story,” she adds. “I am always struck by the penetrating emotion expressed in their eyes. The heart-rending scratches that populate their human-like skin.”

Looking at her images, one can’t help but wonder what these animals, packed into these filthy trucks, must have been going through.

Was this their first moment of human compassion?

woman nose to pig snoutHannah Elizabeth | Sympathy at Slaughter

Was this their last gentle touch …

Hand touches cow on truckHannah Elizabeth | Sympathy at Slaughter

their last friendships …

two pigs transported to slaughterHannah Elizabeth | Sympathy at Slaughter

their final peek at sunlight …

cow eye in sunlightHannah Elizabeth | Sympathy at Slaughter

and their last glimpse of the world outside a slaughterhouse?

cow on transport truckHannah Elizabeth | Sympathy at Slaughter

“See me,” their eyes seem to plead.

Hannah Elizabeth | Sympathy at Slaughter

If nothing else, remember the way that they look directly at the lens pointed at them …

pigs on truck look at cameraHannah Elizabeth | Sympathy at Slaughter

how exhausted they look …

tired pigs on way to slaughterHannah Elizabeth | Sympathy at Slaughter

and terrified …

pigs on their way to slaughterHannah Elizabeth | Sympathy at Slaughter

some struggling to stand, surrounded by filth …

Cows on transport truck to slaughterHannah Elizabeth | Sympathy at Slaughter

others overheated, foaming at the mouth and desperate for water …

Pig foaming at mouthHannah Elizabeth | Sympathy at Slaughter

wounded, scraped up, and spray-painted …

pigs on their way to slaughterHannah Elizabeth | Sympathy at Slaughter

yet for a moment, unaware of the horrors that await them.

pig sees sunlight on transport truckHannah Elizabeth | Sympathy Not Slaughter

All photos courtesy of Hannah Elizabeth/Sympathy at Slaughter.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind