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Death on a Factory Farm (2009)

TV-MA | | Documentary | TV Movie 16 March 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pete Pete ... Himself - Undercover Animal Rights Investigator
Bradley Miller Bradley Miller ... Himself - National Director, Humane Farming Association
Bob Baker Bob Baker ... Himself - Investigator, Humane Farming Association
Ingrid DiMarino Ingrid DiMarino ... Herself - Former Wiles Farm Worker (as Ingrid)
Ken Wiles Ken Wiles ... Himself - Owner, Wiles Farm
Joe Wiles Joe Wiles ... Himself - Wiles Farm Worker
Bill Safos Bill Safos ... Himself - Reporter WKYC, Cleveland
Frank Forchione Frank Forchione ... Himself - Special Prosecutor
Russ Buzzelli Russ Buzzelli ... Himself - Ken Wiles' Attorney
Derek McClowry Derek McClowry ... Himself - Assistant Prosecutor
Stuart K. Miller Stuart K. Miller ... Himself - Municipal Judge
John Johnson Jr. John Johnson Jr. ... Himself - Dusty Stroud's Attorney
Mark C. Clark Mark C. Clark ... Himself - Joe Wiles' Attorney (as Mark Clark)
Earl Miller Earl Miller ... Himself - Dairy Farmer
Ken Garrison Ken Garrison ... Himself - Wayne County Sheriff's Office


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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16 March 2009 (USA) See more »

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Morte em uma Fazenda-Fábrica See more »

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Creston, Ohio, USA

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Impressive ...
20 March 2009 | by Vic_maxSee all my reviews

When you hear about a documentary like this, you're probably expecting to be overloaded with nonstop visuals of horrific treatment to animals - and animal activists shouting familiar slogans. Well ... at least that was my expectation.

However, this show was quite a bit different.

It basically follows an animal activist who goes undercover at the Wiles Hog Farm in Creston, Ohio. His goal is to obtain video footage of alleged animal cruelty... and in particular, one type of act: hog hangings via chain. This act often takes 3 to 5 minutes to 'complete'.

But it doesn't stop there. The graphic footage we see during his 'undercover' op is only the first 30 minutes of this 95 minute show. What follows is the real-life trial that ensued. During the trial one begins to wonder: is the graphic footage enough to win? Is there any way to effectively defend against it?

The nail-biting blow-by-blow of the trial is fascinating to watch. Learning about what happens in a legal confrontation between two entirely different points of view - on this subject matter - was something I've never seen before. For that reason, I highly recommend watching this film. There's the animal rights folks, the livestock farmers ... and then there's the law. You'll learn how all three sides look at the same issue. If that sounds interesting, don't miss it.

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