Short Film: The Meatrix II 1/2
About the Film
The Meatrix® II 1/2 continues to expose the ugly truth behind today’s industrial factory farms that produce the majority of our meat and dairy in the U.S. The movie is set at the last stop, the slaughterhouse, where cattle are killed and the meat is processed.
In the sequel to The Meatrix, Leo the pig and Chickity the feathered farm protector, are rushing to save Moopheus the cow who was captured and is now inside the slaughterhouse going to slaughter. So Leo and Chickity set out to rescue him from the horror of the slaughterhouse factory and his determined death, but time is quickly running out — as the factory processes and kills some 5000 cows per day! The corporation responds, “this is to feed a hungry fast-food nation!” But Moopheus observes that company workers are getting injured due to the speed of processing the cows through the slaughter lines, and the corporation insists, “speed has it’s costs! Profit is the name of the game! Our workers are expendable!” Meat packing is the number one most dangerous job in the nation with the highest injury rate to workers.
So now the slaughter line is moving so fast that cow manure, cow intestines and blood are flying everywhere and manure and intestines are getting onto the meat that is shipped for our consumption. The corporation responds, “What’s a little e-Coli between friends?!”
Here’s what a factory farm is like today:
- Animals are packed as closely together as possible–often cannot move, turn around, walk, and never go outside or see sunlight. Their natural behaviors are thwarted in order to live in extreme confinement.
- Animal distress and misery is so horrific in these confined spaces it causes them to bite and be aggressive, so corporations began systematic mutilations of their bodies to keep control of them and force them to live in such cramped spaces.
- Animals can’t get enough fresh air to breathe – they breathe their excrement 24/7 (ammonia fumes) and as a result suffer respiratory problems.
- Corporations have added a daily stream of antibiotics to keep these animals alive — we ingest these antibiotics by eating meat, eggs, and dairy. These antibiotics are causing antibiotic resistance and cancers in humans. The overuse of antibiotics has become epidemic.
- The 12 million pounds of excrement that animals breathe daily from their waste, is polluting our air and water systems, and causing greenhouse gasses contributing to climate change.
- Factory farms are destroying communities and destroying small and medium-sized local farms.
- Factory farms are brutally inhumane to animals, causing their constant suffering on an unimaginable level.
What you can do to stop factory farming:
1. Eat less meat or stop eating meat and dairy altogether; transition to a plant-based diet.
2. Buy more vegetables, grains, beans and plant-based substitutes or alternatives to meat and dairy products.
3. If you do buy meat, buy only from small local family farms that support humane practices and natural behaviors for the animals. Don’t buy meat or dairy from factory farmed suppliers or companies.
Produced by: Free Range Studios and Sustainable Table
Learn more about The Meatrix® series here.