Not since Babe, has a pig won our hearts, until now.
Meet Ginger, the star of ‘A Pig’s Tail,’ a short animated film about the horrific conditions of industrial pig farming. Intended primarily for children, but accessible to all, the film follows Ginger’s determination to escape after she is taken from her mother.
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.
‘A Pig’s Tail’ was produced by The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), along with Academy Award-winning Aardman Studios, creators of “Chicken Run,” and “Wallace and Gromit,” with a grant from the Steven C. Leuthold Family Foundation.
“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,” said Aardman director Sarah Cox. “I wanted the campaign to be positive and optimistic so I created a strong and likeable lead character - a little piglet called Ginger, and gave the story a happy ending because that is ultimately what we are trying to achieve.”
Its release supports Food Day, a national movement for healthy and sustainable food. “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,” said Joe Maxwell, vice president of outreach and engagement at The HSUS.
Featuring the voices of Catherine Taber, James Arnold Taylor, Star Wars: The Clone, with original music by Stephen Delopoulos, the intent of the film is education about the problems of factory farming and where the food we eat comes from.
In the film, a palatable ending shows the evolution of a farmer who opens his eyes to a more humane and sustainable way of farming, a far cry from pig farming and animal husbandry in our world today.
Leading food companies including McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy’s, Cracker Barrel, Oscar Mayer, Costco, ConAgra and Kroger have agreed to eliminate gestation crates from their pork supply chains after nine U.S. state’s instituted laws banning the crates.