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Death on a Factory Farm (2009)

Death on a Factory Farm follows the undercover investigation of Wiles Hog Farm by the animal rights group: The Humane Farming Association (HFA), and the resulting court case against it. The... See full summary »

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Pete ...
Himself - Undercover Animal Rights Investigator
Bradley Miller ...
Himself - National Director, Humane Farming Association
Bob Baker ...
Himself - Investigator, Humane Farming Association
Ingrid DiMarino ...
Herself - Former Wiles Farm Worker (as Ingrid)
Ken Wiles ...
Himself - Owner, Wiles Farm
Joe Wiles ...
Himself - Wiles Farm Worker
Bill Safos ...
Himself - Reporter WKYC, Cleveland
Frank Forchione ...
Himself - Special Prosecutor
Russ Buzzelli ...
Himself - Ken Wiles' Attorney
Derek McClowry ...
Himself - Assistant Prosecutor
Stuart K. Miller ...
Himself - Municipal Judge
John Johnson Jr. ...
Himself - Dusty Stroud's Attorney
Mark Clark ...
Himself - Joe Wiles' Attorney
Earl Miller ...
Himself - Dairy Farmer
Ken Garrison ...
Himself - Wayne County Sheriff's Office

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Death on a Factory Farm follows the undercover investigation of Wiles Hog Farm by the animal rights group: The Humane Farming Association (HFA), and the resulting court case against it. The organization received a tip from an employee at the farm that animals were being abused, including a claim that hogs were being hung by chains and strangled to death as a form of euthanasia. Horrifying but true. HFA then turned to an undercover investigator going by the name "Pete." The investigator wore a hidden camera while he worked undercover as a farmhand at Wiles. Over the course of six weeks, the investigator secretly filmed numerous incriminating scenes, including piglets being tossed into crates from across a room, impregnated sows held in pens impeded their ability to move, an unhealthy piglet being hit against a wall to euthanize it, and a sick sow being hung by a chain from a forklift until it choked to death. Having obtained this evidence, Pete concluded the investigation and quit the ...

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A Man and His Mission
15 April 2010 | by (São Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

HBO's documentary "Death on a Factory Farm" follows an animal activist named Pete in his undercover mission on a factory farm in Ohio known as being a place where many pigs are mistreated, tortured and killed in horrible ways. He secretly recorded several footages of animal abuses and sent those images to an institution who work with cases of animal abuse and to a prosecutor.

This is the first part of the documentary. The second part is the trial of the farm owners and one of the employees who acted in such barbarity. It's very interesting to see the aspects of a judgment and the points of view of the people who raise animals, the people who protect animals, lawyers and prosecutors, and the questions which we had to make to ourselves. Is there a way to kill an animal without cruelty? What is cruelty? Can Pete's images win a trial? Does he did the right thing by filming these horrific moments and not helped those poor animals? Personally I think that the employees and the owners of the farm should be convicted because what they did it was against the law, it was shocking and a total disrespect against the hog. The video footage of Pete (it's a fake name) used as evidence in the trial shows a hog hanging in the chain only because she was sick and wasn't useful for anything. Other scary scenes appear in the documentary and for those who can't watch violence against animals don't watch it because there are very disturbing scenes here. But if you are interesting in knowing what's have being made about animal protection's laws skip the first part and at least watch the trial.

The most important thing in this documentary is too know someone like Pete, who went undercover seven times in order to make people know what happens in farms and places where animals are mistreated. He's a lonely guy that knows that his mission is to protect those who cannot speak, the defenseless animals. It's a crusade that many people can't do it and wouldn't do it even if they could. But it's not just that. He also does that because it's his job, he's paid for it, anonymously but he get paid. To know that someone can take many risks and almost without any fear to get caught by "his farm bosses" and try to guarantee that the chickens and pigs won't be treated with cruelty is priceless. 10/10


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