The sound of a pig at a slaughterhouse is somewhere between a scream and a roar. Whirring industrial fans, beeping machinery, and shouting workers add to the hellish chaos.
In recent months following the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19), the world has been introduced to “wet markets”. They are places common across Asia for all things perishable, such as fruits, vegetables, and – most notably – animals, dead or alive.
Also known as ‘divine pigs’ or ‘god pigs’, these animals are reared to extraordinary weights and then sacrificed as part of annual festivities at a minority of temples across Taiwan.
A We Animals Media feature film by Kelly Guerin In the Occupied Palestinian Territories, there exists a small number of people who have chosen to devote their lives to animals, each struggling against an overwhelming political and cultural climate which begs them to abandon their work and focus instead on the more pressing issue of their own human liberation.
In spite of what we now know about animal sentience, our priorities continue to lie in finding ways to maximize profit at their expense.