Creators of Chicken Run Release A Pig’s Tail

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A Pig's Tail

A Pig’s Tail

The Humane Soci­ety of the United States has teamed up with Acad­emy Award-winning film com­pany Aard­man Ani­ma­tions to pro­duce a four-minute ani­mated children’s film titled “A Pig’s Tale” expos­ing prob­lems with fac­tory farm­ing from the per­spec­tive of a piglet named Ginger.

The film’s release coin­cides with Food Day, a national move­ment for healthy, sus­tain­able food.

Aard­man Ani­ma­tions, cre­ators of Chicken Run, Wal­lace and Gromit and other beloved ani­mated fea­ture films, pro­duced the short film A Pig’s Tale under a grant from the Steven C. Leuthold Fam­ily Foundation.

The Humane Soci­ety of the United States is thrilled to cel­e­brate Food Day with the release of this endear­ing and edu­ca­tional short film,” said Joe Maxwell, vice-president of out­reach and engage­ment at The HSUS. “We hope A Pig’s Tail will launch a con­ver­sa­tion about how food gets to the table and help end inhu­mane prac­tices in the pork industry.”

Added Aard­man Ani­ma­tions direc­tor Sarah Cox: “I was very proud to direct this film for The Humane Soci­ety of the United States because it is about an issue I pas­sion­ately believe in. It is so impor­tant that chil­dren under­stand where their food really comes from, par­tic­u­larly the con­nec­tion between meat prod­ucts and the treat­ment of the ani­mals that they are made from. I wanted the cam­paign to be pos­i­tive and opti­mistic, so I cre­ated a strong and lik­able lead char­ac­ter — a lit­tle piglet called Gin­ger — and gave the story a happy end­ing because that is ulti­mately what we are try­ing to achieve.”

The film fea­tures voices from actress Cather­ine Taber and voice actor James Arnold Tay­lor of the ani­mated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Orig­i­nal music was pro­duced by singer and song­writer Steven Delopoulos.

The film, intended for chil­dren ages 7 to 10 and acces­si­ble to all audi­ences, fol­lows Gin­ger and her mother as they expe­ri­ence life on a typ­i­cal indus­trial fac­tory farm. After Gin­ger is taken from her mother, she is deter­mined to escape. The film fol­lows her jour­ney, and the evo­lu­tion of a farmer who opens his eyes to a more humane and sus­tain­able way of farming.

The film cen­ters on indus­trial pig farm­ing, where most breed­ing pigs are con­fined day and night dur­ing their four-month preg­nancy in ges­ta­tion crates, cages roughly the same size as the ani­mals’ bod­ies, pre­vent­ing them from even turn­ing around. The pigs are then placed into another crate to give birth, re-impregnated, and put back into a ges­ta­tion crate. This hap­pens preg­nancy after preg­nancy for their entire lives, adding up to years of vir­tual immobilization.

Recently, such lead­ing food com­pa­nies as McDon­alds, Burger King, Wendy’s, Cracker Bar­rel, Oscar Mayer, Costco, ConA­gra and Kroger have agreed to elim­i­nate ges­ta­tion crates from their pork sup­ply chains. This cor­po­rate shift away from crates comes on the heels of nine Amer­i­can state laws ban­ning the crates.

A Pig’s Tail is avail­able online.

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