13 y.o.’s surprisingly-moving claymation about life of slaughterhouse pig

This is a surprisingly-disturbing, and heartbreaking, claymation video made by 13 year old Kyle Kelleher, about the life of a pig in a slaughterhouse.

I’m a carnivore, and this really disturbed me.


I googled the claim about cutting the baby pigs’ tails off. It’s true. Ostensibly to stop them from biting each other’s tails when fighting. I couldn’t find anything about the rate of complications from the tail cutting.

What a disturbing video for a 13 year old kid’s claymation. Well done.

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12 Responses to “13 y.o.’s surprisingly-moving claymation about life of slaughterhouse pig”

  1. Steven Leahy says:

    I saw a documentary that showed cows walking down a ramp into a chute, then shot in the head with a pin, flung upside down and slit open like something out of a nazi horror film.

    That was in 2009 and I have not eaten any four-legged meat since that day – no beef, no pork, no lamb. I do not keep it in the house, even for guests. I do not miss it. I still eat poultry and fish and may give up the former soon. On top of it, my blood pressure dropped 15 points on both ends though my reasons were ethical rather than health.

    I am usually pretty tough and thick skinned and I cannot even bring myself to watch this yet. “Heartbreaking” is not strong enough.

  2. dula says:

    Brilliant kid. Seriously, I’m not eating bacon again.

  3. Stephen from DE says:

    I can’t imagine. I have a 9 month old pig. He’s litter trained and house broken and has the run of the house. He’ very much like a dog only smarter. He’s part of the family. I just can’t imagine…….

  4. goulo says:

    Just to be clear, we don’t in fact all eat meat. (If meat is biologically necessary, how do so many vegetarians live long healthy lives, to say nothing of vegans?)

    There are all sorts of practices which historically contributed to our biological and cultural evolution, and which might even have been necessary for personal or tribal survival in certain times and places, e.g. meat-eating, performing surgery without anesthetic, raiding neighboring tribes, slavery, war, etc, but that doesn’t mean that we have to continue doing them today.

  5. HeartlandLiberal says:

    You will want to (well, not really, you might never again eat meat you did not see raised or you know the farm that raised it) read this article at Rolling Stone, “In the Belly of the Beast”, an expose of conditions in America’s factory farms:


    NOTE: I apologize for the horrible design Rolling Stone used for the page, with autoplay videos. I was so put off when I first hit the site I almost just left it without reading.

    Just to be clear, we are not vegans, we are omnivores, and eat meat. I have been reading quite a bit last few weeks on evolution of our species, right now working through book on the history of human settlement of Europe from the time of the precursors of homo sapiens up to the beginnings of modern era with the rise of Roman Empire. And to put it bluntly, eating meat was a key element in the evolution of our species, especially as we moved into the cold climate of Europe.

    But for years now the only meat we will eat comes through our local natural foods co-op, and is raised on farms locally in our area, certified by the store to NOT practice the kinds of horrors that the mass production factory meat farms use, and to not be using unnecessary antibiotics, and no growth hormones.

    We really are what we eat. And what we are eating from these factory farms is sheer horror and immoral cruelty, pain, and suffering.

  6. houstonray says:

    Wow. Powerful and moving…(claymation made me teary eyed? Who knew?) Methinks we haven’t heard the last from that 13 year old!

  7. goulo says:

    Yes, you are spoiled by living in Seattle. Try living in a small town. Or in a city in Poland… :)

    As for cheese: I agree that vegan cheese substitutes do not taste the same and are often disappointing. So I typically simply don’t eat them. Shrug. For me, it’s totally not worth supporting horrific cruelty just because I think cheese or meat or eggs taste good.

    (I sometimes wonder what would happen if it turned out in a dystopian science fiction Soylent Green kind of way that some of our modern industrialized meat and cheese came from executed “low value” humans, e.g. prisoners in privatized prisons, or people in Afghanistan, or something similar. Would any significant number of people become vegetarian as a result, or would the same arguments of “well, meat and cheese just taste too good for me to give up” and “besides, they’d die anyway since so many other people eat them” and so on apply?)

  8. Monoceros Forth says:

    I’m sympathetic with vegetarianism but you could put all of the most brilliant food chemists in the world in one factory and give them an unlimited budget, and they still couldn’t come up with a cheese substitute that you’d want a second bite of.

    EDIT: The only problems turned out
    to be dealing with food in the company of other people (restaurants & hosts not willing or able to
    serve vegetarian food)…

    Is this ever really a problem? Am I spoiled by living in Seattle? I can’t think of any place I’ve eaten at–excepting crappy diners and fast-food restaurants–that didn’t have good vegetarian options.

  9. SkippyFlipjack says:

    Roald Dahl wrote a really creepy short story about a kid who likes the meat from a slaughterhouse, goes to visit and ends up on a hook heading for the end of the slaughter line. Really really creepy.

  10. Franklin7777 says:

    I’m sure I’ll be aided by the fact that my wife is a vegetarian. Thanks to that, I probably have only been eating meat 1-2 times a week for the past several years.

  11. goulo says:

    I found it was much easier to quit eating meat than I thought it would
    be, when I went veggie several decades ago. The only problems turned out
    to be dealing with food in the company of other people (restaurants & hosts not willing or able to
    serve vegetarian food), rather than my own imagined possible cravings. I don’t miss meat at all.

    (Likewise when I went vegan 8 years ago.)

  12. Franklin7777 says:

    That was tough to watch. My wife is a long-time vegetarian and I haven’t been. I’d been toying with the idea of trying to give up meat as a new-year’s resolution. Then over the holidays on the way to a family thing I passed a semi hauling cattle (presumably to a slaughterhouse) and as I passed, one of the cows looked right at me and it really bugged me.

    So far, so good on the vegetarian thing, and this video will definitely help the cause.

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