Nine months after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, Animal Equality releases a new investigation that shows China’s wet markets are still in operation. The footage was filmed in China in May 2020, with the help of local activists, and reveals that despite the pandemic, live animal markets continue to sell animals such as turtles, frogs, ducks, geese, pigeons, and others, bringing together species that in nature would never live together. Scientists believe COVID-19 originated in a wet market, and research shows that the terrible confinement conditions and mixed-species within these markets create the perfect breeding ground for animal-borne diseases.
Animal Equality’s investigators visited Kinswood Eggs in the UK multiple times between June and September 2020. We found hens packed into extremely overcrowded cages, in which they each had less usable space than a letter-sized piece of paper. Many of these distressed birds were suffering from severe feather loss; some were almost completely bald with red, raw skin. Others didn’t survive and their bodies were left to decay in cages alongside living hens. The investigation was released in collaboration with The Daily Mail.
An investigation by a collective of animal protection organizations depicts the brutality and mistreatment suffered by animals exported from Spain into the Middle East, where the animals' welfare is not guaranteed. The investigation, carried out by Animals International and Animal Welfare Foundation, and in collaboration with Animal Equality and Compassion in World Farming, reveals the enormous suffering of live animals during their transport from Spain, as well as the cruelty of their slaughter
Animal Equality UK released distressing scenes of severe animal suffering on eight British chicken farms across Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire, with our undercover filming revealing hundreds of birds suffering agonizing deaths each day. The investigation was featured as an exclusive in The Independent.
Cruelty Found on Brazilian Pig Farm
In footage captured by Animal Equality investigators in Brazil, pigs raised for human consumption are shown being treated cruelly on industrial farms in Brazil. The video, with a version narrated in Portuguese by Brazilian actress Ellen Jabour, shows pigs being beaten with electrified sticks and forced to live in their own feces and urine, exposing the unsanitary conditions of industrial pig farms.
Animal Equality, along with Ana Pardo de Vera, Chief Editor at Público, released an investigation into a factory farm in Spain documenting the cruelty of the farm's environment and rapid growth that chickens. Our team visited the same farm during different life stages of the farm’s chickens, revealing the immense suffering these birds go through before slaughter.
Investigators obtained distressing footage showing the pain and torment of tens of thousands of lambs as they are shipped from Spain shipped hundreds of miles by truck and then forced to travel by sea across long distances, with sea journeys lasting up to ten days, and slaughtered while fully conscious after arrival.
Citing public health and safety, Animal Equality launched a worldwide campaign and petition calling on the United Nations to immediately close all wet markets that sell animals. Not only do these markets pose an immediate danger to humans, but they are also intensely cruel and abhorrently inhumane to animals, as shown by our investigation into wet markets in China, India, and Vietnam.
Thousands of animals were once again sacrificed at the Gadhimai Temple in Southern Nepal at an event held in conjunction with the 2019 Gadhimai festival. In exclusive footage captured by Animal Equality investigators, buffaloes, goats, and pigeons were filmed violently maimed and killed by festival attendees using a variety of weapons.
Animal rights activist and actor, Rooney Mara, joined Animal Equality for an investigation inside two modern farms. The investigation video, narrated by Mara and titled “With My Own Eyes,” reveals how pigs and chickens raised for meat, languished in abhorrent conditions, and encourages viewers to examine this harsh and painful reality for billions of farmed animals.
Animal Equality investigators have documented the massive ritual slaughter of animals during the Gadhimai Festival in Southern Nepal, which takes place every five years. Using drones, the investigators captured the magnitude of the killing, which occurred despite a promise to ban animal sacrifice.
Chickens Endlessly Suffer at Artisinal Slaughterhouses
In Italy, Animal Equality released new footage about the slaughter of chickens by artisanal butchers, which often takes place without stunning and forces the animals to suffer endlessly.
Animal Equality Mexico investigated the country’s illegal slaughterhouses and brought to light the cruel treatment and slaughter of lambs and sheep. They witnessed lambs and sheep fully-conscious as they were tied up and decapitated, and in full view of other animals awaiting slaughter. We are currently working with lawmakers in Mexico to criminalize these places and the people who operate them.
Our investigator went undercover at Farmers Fresh Wales slaughterhouse in Wrexham, North Wales, and witnessed unimaginable cruelty. Sheep and lambs were decapitated in front of each other, corpses were piled on the backs of live sheep on a conveyor belt, and the use of inadequate machinery resulted in animals becoming painfully trapped and hanging in mid air. What was most shocking, though, was that cruelty in this slaughterhouse had been uncovered previously by Animal Aid, and that much of this suffering took place with a Food Standards Agency inspector present.
Animal Equality investigators documented the horrors of buffalo mozzarella production in Northern Italy that are hidden from public view. Video footage revealed buffalos being forced to live amid knee-deep feces alongside dead animals, and baby male buffaloes abandoned to die of hunger and thirst. We also collected testimonials of Italian citizens who revealed the environmental impact of these farms on the community.
After the devastating wildfires decimated the Amazon Rainforest, Animal Equality Brazil sent investigators to Northern Brazil to document the increased deforestation of the Amazon rainforest and its connection to animal agriculture. Cattle farming is mostly responsible for deforestation, with fires set to turn forests into pasturelands for cows or soy plantations to grow feed for animals raised for food. Our footage shows that the devastation of the Amazon rainforest for animal agriculture is extreme and far-reaching.
Animal Equality Italy released a horrifying video from within a pig slaughterhouse in Lombardy, Italy. Terrified pigs tried to escape were gouged with electric prods. Many animals were not stunned properly and were still conscious as they were hung upside down by their legs and slaughtered. with scenes shot inside an Italian slaughterhouse showing the brutal killing of pigs. We’ve collected the support and signatures of over 140 thousand Italian citizens who have asked for change and new reform legislation regarding animal slaughter, and we’re using this footage to push for the installation of closed-circuit television cameras in all Italian slaughterhouses.
For four months Animal Equality Italy’s investigation team, along with Tg2 journalist and host Piergiorgio Giacovazzo, made visits to a pig farm in the Northern Italian region of Lombardy. Despite the region’s animal welfare laws, we found that the thousands of pigs living on the farm were being subjected to extreme confinement, filth, untreated wounds, and abuse, including a worker who killed a pig by throwing the animal against a wall. We started a petition urging the Minister of Agricultural Policies to close this farm and improve oversight of all farms in the area.
Animal Equality investigated Summit Calf Ranch in Nebraska, a facility housing 11,000 calves and owned by Tuls Dairy a supplier of Bel Brands, producer of Babybel and The Laughing Cow Cheese. The footage our investigator recorded reveals prolonged suffering of dozens of calves freezing to death outdoors. Repeated exposure to extreme temperatures resulted in frozen limbs, and the separation of the hoof from the leg of several calves. Some even died in agony as they were thrown into a pile of dead and dying animals. We're pushing authorities to consider criminal charges against those involverd.
Our investigators visited Red Tractor-certified farms in the United Kingdom multiple times between February and April 2019 and found shocking cruelty within the massive double-decker chicken sheds, which held over 30,000 birds on each floor. They saw many chickens unable to stand, which is unfortunately common in the chicken industry, and carcasses left to rot for days amongst the living birds. These farms supply chicken to major retailers in the UK, including high-end supermarkets. The conditions documented on these farms are far from what most consumers would consider to be “high-welfare.”
Animal Equality investigators documented hatcheries, factory farms and slaughterhouses that show standard practices that are also present in the United States. In the hatcheries, the birds who do not meet the standards required by the industry are discarded alive along with the eggshells. They will die in the trash containers, crushed soon after seeing the world for the first time.
Investigators gathered footage from within Red Tractor-Certified British chicken farms supplying major retailers after a whistleblower reported the cruel treatment of animals. Our investigation—which shows how labels and certificates don’t prevent animals from suffering—revealed dozens of birds collapsed under the weight of their unnaturally large bodies and unable to stand, dead birds left to rot among the living, leading to cannibalism on at least one farm, workers breaking birds’ necks and leaving them to convulse amidst the flock, dying birds thrown onto a pile and left to suffer for hours, and workers deliberately kicking and stepping on birds repeatedly.
Animal Equality released footage showing extreme suffering and cannibalism on an award-winning farm in the United Kingdom, Grove Smith Turkeys Ltd, which supplies turkey high-end retailers, local butcher shops and pubs. Filmed by our investigators in late 2018 at Hubbard’s Farm in Essex – Grove Smith Turkeys’ main site – the shocking footage shows birds unable to walk being eaten alive by flockmates, birds with severely infected wounds left untreated, and dozens of birds left to rot among the living, some for so long they had decomposed into skeletons.
Animal Equality released footage shot inside a cow slaughterhouse in Lombardy, Italy. The investigators documented that slaughter was often not performed in compliance with regulations, with video footage showing workers mistreating cows by pushing, pulling, violently hitting, inadequately stunning, and slaughtering them while still conscious and able to feel pain. Our investigation led to a petition asking for legal reform of the meat industry in Italy.
Animal Equality’s investigation team re-visited Mexican egg production facilities in Jalisco, Mexico in August, 2017 and March and August, 2018. The footage was presented by actor, comedian and television show host Eugenio Derbez, who helped raise awareness about the miserable lives of caged hens raised for eggs.
Animal Equality investigators visited a foie gras farm to witness the production of the cruel ‘delicacy’ first hand. To our amazement, many farms in France offer public tours, open to families. We were welcomed onto one and filmed ducks and geese suffering severely in barren, wire cages and terrified birds struggling while being ruthlessly force fed with metal tubes. If the cruelty we filmed on this farm is the most humane way that foie gras can be produced, then it clearly has no place in a compassionate society. Over 100,000 people have asked for a ban in the United Kingdom.
A year after our first investigation of an Italian egg farm, we sent our investigators back to document what changes had been made. Although we had reported our initial findings to the authorities, the new footage we obtained showed that conditions on the farm had worsened.
Far from the idyllic image of “organic” dairy farming, we exposed workers standing on tiny calves, dragging them by the back legs, and slapping them in the face in a UK farm. Calves were also denied access to water for over 24 hours on some of the hottest days of the year.
In one of the most daring undercover investigations to date, we exposed the cruelty and destruction caused by fishing when we documented trawling in the Mediterranean Sea in Italy, showing millions of fish suffering will being caught in massive nets that destroy the ocean floor and catch everything in their path.
At a United Kingdom pig farm certified and praised for having high standards, our investigators uncovered horrible abuse, including a worker smashing piglets’ heads against a wall, piglets screaming in agony as their teeth were clipped, and terrified pigs being shocked repeatedly with an electric prod.
In collaboration with Canadian photographer Jo-Anne McArthur, our investigation into Spanish egg farms reveals millions of chickens spend their entire lives inside a cage, with space to live no larger than a letter-sized piece of paper. The footage we collected shows chickens suffer tremendously on these farms.
Investigators exposed horrific and unsanitary conditions in one of Germany’s biggest egg-producing facilities, which supplies eggs to the biggest supermarket and discount grocery chains in the country, showing a frightening sight of sickness, filth, and death.
After an anonymous tip-off, Animal Equality investigators visited Fir Tree Farm, which is owned by one of Britain’s largest pig producers. We found that several workers repeatedly abused animals, including kicking pigs in the face and head, jabbing pigs with a fork and spraying paint directly up a pig’s nose.
For the first time in Mexico, Animal Equality's undercover investigators documented the entire process of chicken meat production, showing never-before-seen images of what these intelligent and sensitive birds endure, from the day they are born until they end up on the plates of consumers in Mexico.
100% Italian Chicken: The Animal Equality investigation team once again revealed the cruelty behind chicken breeding in Italy. This investigation focused on showing the violence and mistreatment that chickens are forced to suffer from birth to slaughter.
Just days after Animal Equality released shocking scenes of suffering filmed on a Noble Foods farm, the company - which is the United Kingdom's biggest egg producer - committed to ending the sale of eggs from caged hens by 2025.
Once again, Animal Equality investigators showed the world a sad look inside an Italian rabbit slaughterhouse. This investigation revealed that oftentimes, the animals weren’t stunned as required by law, resulting in their prolonged suffering.
In collaboration with the Spanish TV program Salvados, Animal Equality investigated Hermanos Carrasco, a pig farm located in Spain’s Murcia region and supplier of the international meat company El Pozo which supplies major United Kingdom retailers. We discovered animals in shockingly cruel conditions, in violation of the law, suffering for days and weeks on end. Our investigation resulted in a petition asking UK retailers to stop selling meat from the supplier.
We released a series of images shot inside a sheep and goat slaughterhouse in Italy, which is one of the 200 Italian facilities that allows the ritual slaughter of animals without prior stunning, resulting in a painful and terrifying death for the sensitive animals.
Investigators found distressing conditions on four pig farms in the United Kingdom, including one which had won a ‘National Pig Award’ in 2016 and 2017. Pigs were routinely tail-docked, a practice prohibited by UK law, and female pigs were confined in cramped stalls for at least five continuous days.
Animal Equality Italy published "100% Italian Chicken", an investigation that unveiled chilling behind-the-scenes slaughterhouse and factory farm footage of the country's chicken meat industry. The footage exposed a very different reality from what the Italian meat industry markets towards consumers.
Animal Equality's investigation into chicken farms in India exposed practices that still were going on despite violating the most basic animal welfare and food safety standards. Birds were transported for days without access to food or water, suffered for minutes during slaughter before dying, and their bodies were de-feathered in filthy conditions.
Disturbing scenes were captured on a chicken farm that supplies Faccenda, the United Kingdom's second largest chicken company. Many of the 150,000 birds housed in barren sheds were in too much pain to walk. We also witnessed hundreds of dead chicks being dumped in bins every day for several days.
We brought our 360 degree cameras into another factory farm, this time to show what happens to cows raised for dairy. Our investigators obtained footage of what everyday life is like for these animals from birth to the day they're slaughtered once their milk production declines.
At Niedersachsen chicken farm in Germany, hidden cameras documented animals in buckets being disposed of alive. One chick, named Finn by the investigator, was hit repeatedly with a shovel by a worker. Hours later, Finn was found still alive and suffering. Finn’s story prompted media coverage that was seen by millions.
Animal Equality studied Indian cattle markets across seven states and found that the animals were denied food and water, and were often abused. Cows were prodded with sticks and had hot chilli rubbed in their eyes to make them move. Child labor was also documented in the cattle markets.
Brutal Conditions Found on German Duck Farm
Out Investigation team went into one of the biggest duck fattening farms in Germany to document the terrible living conditions of the animals. Ducks, who are naturally semi-aquatic animals, were denied everything that's natural and meaningful to them, such as swimming or being outdoors.
Animal Equality released the first-ever investigation into Brazil’s egg industry, showing that one of the country's top egg suppliers kept hens in rows of feces-covered cages stuffed with panicked birds, many with cracked and deformed feet from standing on the wire floor and wings caught in the cage wires.
An Animal Equality UK investigation exposed a dairy farm that supplied Marks & Spencer (M&S), a well-known supermarket chain in the United Kingdom that promotes itself as a leader in animal welfare standards. Calves were confined in pens so small that they could barely take a step forward.
This investigation into Mexican dairy farms showed that the dairy industry in both Mexican and the United States causes unimaginable suffering for cows. In México, this was one of our most shocking and shared investigations, inspiring thousands of people to sign our pledge and take action.
An investigation presented by Animal Equality Italy brought to light the shocking truth behind egg production. The images showed the standards within the egg industry and revealed the terrible conditions in which more than half of all egg-laying hens live in the country.
Animal Equality worked in India to expose the plight of hens suffering in extreme confinement, with many crammed into cages so crowded they can't even spread their wings. The investigation revealed that the Indian egg industry is still using cruel and illegal battery cages, despite laws prohibiting their use.
Animal Equality launched a campaign exposing the cruelty inside the egg industry in Spain. Video footage obtained showed hens living inside cages among decomposing bodies, containers full of dead and dying birds, and sick and dying hens.
Animal Equality investigators in India traveled to more than 135 different facilities in the country to expose the cruelty inherent in the dairy industry. They witnessed cows tightly tethered, injected with harmful drugs and bludgeoned with a hammer, as well as calves being torn from their mothers moments after birth.
Undercover footage captured by Animal Equality showed a farm worker violently kicking, punching, and throwing calves on a UK dairy farm. Animal Equality provided the footage and images to local authorities and the worker pleaded guilty to animal cruelty. Abusive treatment was not the only suffering we found on this Somerset farm, which runs a farm shop and B&B as well as supplying Muller Milk (formerly Muller Wiseman), one of the main processors used by Tesco, Sainsbury’s, M&S and the Coop for their own-brand milks.
To create a one-of-a kind virtual reality experience, Animal Equality investigators places 360 degree cameras inside standard modern chicken farms to document how these animals are forced to live, and eventually be slaughtered for meat. Our iAnimal videos are licensed to other groups and used around the world at events to show the public the realities of factory farming.
We exposed shocking scenes of cruelty on egg farms, in Mexico where hens endured unimaginable suffering, including being forced to go three to five days without food or water to assure a bigger egg production. The footage garnered some of the first-ever media coverage about egg production in the area.
Investigators visited Knapp Farm in the United Kingdom and filmed chickens desperately struggling, but unable to stand, and dead birds littering the floor. On one visit, investigators found a weak young bird trapped inside a dumpster, shivering on top of a pile of rotting corpses.
Animal Equality obtained footage inside two award-winning pig farms in the United Kingdom. Pigs were kept in overcrowded, feces-caked pens. Piglets were found dead or dying, and animals languished with large wounds. A dead pig was cannibalized by other pigs on one farm, despite it being named “Pig Farmer of the Year.”
Animal equality placed cameras in two pig slaughterhouses in Jalisco, Mexico to show the public what happens to pigs who are killed for food. The footage was used in Animal Equality's virtual reality film iAnimal - Through the Eyes of a Pig and Factory Farm, seen by tens of thousands of people each year.
Investigators placed 360º cameras inside pig farms to document typical practices of the meat industry for an innovative virtual reality film. The footage shows standard practices in the meat industry such as castration, tail amputation, and tooth clipping without the use of pain medication or sedation. Our iAnimal films are shown to people world wide so they can learn about what happens to animals raised for food first-hand.
Animal Equality's international investigation inside chicken hatcheries was filmed over the course of two years and showed that male chicks in the egg industry were cruelly discarded and crushed after birth. After the footage was released to the public, media outlets such as The India Times, The Sun, Metro and Daily Mail, covered the story and the video went viral on social media.
With the aid of local activists, in November 2015, Animal Equality’s investigators infiltrated the Chinese dog and cat fur industry across several regions of the country. Our investigators uncovered the cruelty behind the killing of dogs and cats for their fur to make bags, toys, and clothing.
We released a photo gallery containing never-before-seen images of bulls and calves (“encierros” and “novilladas”) at cruel bullfighting festivals, which were partially funded by European Union taxpayers. The EU annually provideed a subsidy of over £110 million via the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) to farmers who bred bulls for bullfights and other blood fiestas. British taxpayers helped fund bullfighting in Spain with over £13.5 million a year.
Italian Pig Farm
For several months, Animal Equality has worked closely and intensively with the Italian program 'AnnoUno' to launch a never-seen-before investigation into the Italian pig industry. The program broadcasted on Thursday, May 21 on channel 'La7' and was watched live by 1.020.936 people. Following this presentation, Animal Equality launched an exclusive report with Italian newspaper 'Corriere della Sera' showing new distressing footage of the reality experienced by millions of pigs in factory farms and slaughterhouses in Italy.
Consumers often pay top dollar for animal products labeled “organic,” thinking that the animals are treated better than those in other farms. However, Animal Equality busted that myth when we documented the cramped and filthy living conditions of hens on two organic egg farms that supply eggs to a top egg company in Europe.
Coinciding with World Day for Animals in Laboratories, Animal Equality released new footage of cruel experiments on mice and rats at the Medical School of the Complutense University of Madrid,and on pigs at the Gregorio Marañón Hospital in Spain.
Animal Equality captured video footage inside some major Italian rabbit breeding facilities. Rabbits were living in filth and were artificially inseminated over and over again. The investigation also allowed the public to see the cruel ways in which the rabbits were transported and slaughtered.
Animal Equality investigators carried out an undercover investigation into several farms and markets near Beijing, China. Each housed more than 300 'raccoon dogs'. Video shows grinning worker ripping fur from around live animal's head.
Over 100 animals were confiscated from a private zoo called 'Club de los Animalitos' after Animal Equality revealed that bears, lions, and other animals were suffering from physical and psychological problems. The resulting media coverage revealed that the zoo owner had been evading welfare inspections due to his political position.
An investigation into one of the largest duck farms in Germany revealed that ducks were extremely confined, leading to psychological stress and illness. Many ducks were unable to stand up. Workers roughly handled them, crushed them, and even impaled them with pitchforks. Some animals there thrown in the trash while still alive.
Animal Equality used a drone to capture footage of the Gadhimai Animal Sacrifice in India, which takes place during the Gadhimai festival every five years. We witnessed fields strewn with thousands of dead animals. The footage, which also showed how animals were killed in full view of each other and human children, helped reduce the number of animals killed by 69 percent at the following festival.
Animal Equality investigated one of about 200 Italian facilities where ritual slaughtering is permitted (Halal and Kosher) in Italy. The findings showed that animals endure painful and terrifying deaths during Halal slaughter phase during the “Feast of Sacrifice” (“Aid al Ahda”), prompting Animal Equality to push for a ban of ritual slaughter in Italy.
Reindel Pig Farm
An Animal Equality Germany investigation exposed a variety of violations on Reindel pig farm. In addition to gross hygiene deficiencies and behavioral disorders, footage depicted dead and severely suffering pigs, as well as many screaming with pain and bloody injuries. Based on these finding, Animal Equality sought criminal charges against farm owner Martin Reindel.
Edeka, a popular grocery store in Germany, promoted “transparency” to entice customers to buy its products. However, when Animal Equality investigated some of Edeka’s meat suppliers, they found horrific conditions. The investigation garnered widespread media coverage throughout Germany.
For over two years, Animal Equality investigators worked inside the rabbit meat industry in Spain, getting a first-hand look at the abuse and cruelty that rabbits often endure in the meat industry. Animal Equality took legal action against the farms and slaughterhouses investigated.
Animal Equality worked in India, alongside local activists and organizatioms, to ban cruel bullock cart races. Our investigators witnessed bulls being beaten, whipped, electrocuted, force-fed alcohol, prodded with nails and spiked instruments. Following our investigation and thanks to the work of multiple organizations, the Supreme Court of India implemented a ban on these cruel races.
Animal Equality exposed the reality of life for chickens in four award-winning “organic” and “free-range” farms in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. The farms mislead the public by promoting eggs from their “happy chickens,” but in reality many of the chickens were sick, injured, dead, or dying.
Animal Equality investigated circuses and documented the cramped conditions that the animals were forced to live in, and animals’ injuries that were the result of being whipped and hit by trainers. The footage resulted in Guadalajara banning circuses with wild animals. Soon after, the entire state of Jalisco banned them, too. Thanks to Animal Equality investigations, 13 states and 13 municipalities in Mexico moved to ban circuses that exploit animals for entertainment.
Dog and Cat Markets
In September 2013, Animal Equality presented unedited images from an investigation carried out in dog and cat markets, slaughterhouses and dog breeding and fattening farms, in China
Our investigators, who put themselves at risk to infiltrate slaughterhouses and dog meat businesses in Jiangmen and Zhanjiang, obtained rarely-seen images and video footage revealing the horrors taking place to satisfy the demand for dog meat across China. The shocking images show terrified dogs kept in appalling conditions in the slaughterhouses before being brutally beaten with wooden clubs and stabbed to death in full view of other dogs who await their turn.
For more than a year, undercover activists documented what happened to lambs on Italian breeding farms and in slaughterhouses. The shocking footage, which showed the baby animals being slaughtered at just a month old, made many Italians think twice about eating lamb, which is considered a 'traditional' meal in the country.
Animal Equality revealed confinement and suffering of chimpanzees at Schwaben Park, Germany. Over ten months, investigators carried out detailed research and observations to document the humiliating circus shows at the park, the monotony of the animals’ daily lives, the cruel separation of chimpanzee infants from their mothers, and sick and mentally impaired animals.
Animal Equality exposed the suffering of macaques at the Camarles monkey farm, in Spain. Each year, between 1,500 and 2,000 macaques are stolen from their homes in the wild and shipped, often times on commercial airplanes, to the facility where they languish in barren cages before being sold to laboratories.
Caracierzos Foie Gras Farm
The Spanish farm Caracierzos was a supplier for well-known companies Collverd and Martiko. The footage Animal Equality investigators obtained revealed ducks let to languish with broken beaks and covered with blood caused by being force-fed. Many animals on the farm also suffered from eye infections and breathing difficulties.
In 2011, Animal Equality presented a shocking investigation into the French foie gras industry. Investigators visited four ‘traditional’ farms,Josette Neuville, Grezelade, La Campagnoise, Boutieres, located in the south-east of France. Traditional farming allegedly guarantees ‘higher welfare’ conditions. However, at each of the farms visited, Animal Equality documented shocking scenes of physical violence and psychological suffering.
Following Animal Equality’s expose of Spanish foie gras farms, the Health and Consumer Affairs Department initiated disciplinary action against the owner of Mugaritz, which was considered to be the world’s third best restaurant, and against the owner of a duck breeding farm that supplied ducks to be killed for foie gras.
Animal Equality spent time in five different foie gras farms in Spain to document the reality of what life is like for birds used for the cruel “delicacy.” Investigators documented the birds lives from when the ducklings arrive from hatcheries at only a few hours old, to when they are subjected to the force-feeding process, and finally killed.
Animal Equality shed light on the bloody tuna slaughter in Carloforte, Sardinia. We shared rarely seen video and photographs (including underwater footage) of the slaughter, raising awareness about how animals suffer for the fishing industry.
We revealed shocking brutality at East Anglian Pig Company, one of the largest pork producers in the UK. Our footage showed pigs being hit on the head with iron bars, kicked by workers and thrown over gates by their back legs. We also found animals with injuries such as broken legs, prolapses, deep wounds and hernias.
Animal Equality released shocking footage filmed at a pig farm in the Spanish region of Murcia. The video shows some of the most brutal violence at farms that the investigation team has ever witnessed, including workers stabbing, tormenting, and mocking pigs before killing them.
This two-month undercover investigation documented workers beating pigs, hitting them with iron rods, and killing them by slamming their heads into concrete floors. The appalling cruelty took place at a farm certified by Red Tractor Assurance, whose motto reads in part: “farmed with care.”
Afligido – Toro de La Vega
Another year, another “El Toro de la Vega” festival. Once again, Animal Equality was present at the event to document the violence and work to put a stop to the cruel tradition in Spain.
This investigation was at the time the largest zoo investigation carried out in Spain and garnered massive media attention. Our investigators documented zoos in Jerez, Córdoba, Valencia, Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Elche, and Valencia. An investigator working at one of the zoos documented abuse and neglect of the animals, including a lack of veterinary care and animals being kicked.
Animal Equality released our third investigation into the mink industry in Spain. This time, revealing that workers roughly threw terrified minks into gas chambers and gassed them to death, which was a terrifying experience for the animals.
Animal Equality’s first investigation into the Spanish mink industry revealed a rarely seen look inside mink fur farms. Investigators witnessed hundreds of minks caged in solitary confinement. Many of the animals endlessly paced and circled in their cages, a sign of severe psychological distress.
Animal Equality investigators documented the suffering of calves that were publicly killed in El Escorial, a town in Madrid, for a local bullfighting event. Video footage shows the animals screaming, bleeding, and being tortured by participants of the festival, who used spears to maim the animals until they collapsed.
As a part of the two-year pig farm investigation, Animal Equality investigators went into awarded pig farms to get photos and video footage. Their findings revealed extreme cruelty to animals on the farms, which had been praised for being more “humane” than typical farms in the meat industry.
For more than two years, we documented the horrific reality of the life and death of pigs in Spain’s meat industry. Sixty Animal Equality investigators entered 172 pig farms to obtain eyewitness footage for this groundbreaking research on animal exploitation.
Animal Equality released its second investigation into the Spanish mink industry. The eyewitnesses documented extreme cruelty inside the farms, including minks with maggot-infested wounds and missing limbs left to languish without pain relief or veterinary care.
Animal Equality’s research team entered several vivisection laboratories in Spain. They witnessed dozens of mice being forced to coexist in cramped cages stacked on top of each other, many desperately biting the bars in an attempt to escape. We were able to rescue four mice who were slated to be used in likely painful and traumatic cirrhosis research.
Animal Equality’s first investigation into the Spanish mink industry revealed a rarely seen look inside mink fur farms. Investigators witnessed hundreds of minks caged in solitary confinement. Many of the animals endlessly paced and circled in their cages, a sign of severe psychological distress.
Moscatel – Toro de La Vega
Animal Equality did not back down, and once again, investigators were present at the annual “Toro de la Vega” event. The photos and video https://vimeo.com/6595048footage they obtained garnered national and international media coverage, sparking outrage and debate over the cruel tradition.
Our investigator photographed a fox farm in Poland to raise awareness about how these animals live. Foxes are forced to live in small, barren, wire cages, which are surely psychological torture for these normally curious animals. The only time the foxes are likely to leave the cage is the day they're slaughtered.
Valenton – Toro de La Vega
Animal Equality investigators infiltrated the cruel “Toro de la Vega” festival for the first time to document and denounce the cruelty of the bull killing ritual. In the annual event, a terrified bull is chased through the town of Tordesillas, Spain, and speared to death by hundreds of lancers once he reaches an open field.
Degaporsa – Campofrio Pig Supplier
Responding to an anti-vegetarian ad campaign from meat giant, Campofrio, Animal Equality released a video exposing the cruel treatment of pigs on a farm that supplied the animals to the company. The vidhttps://vimeo.com/2749302eo was seen by hundreds and thousands of people and is still in circulation today.
Animal Equality investigators went undercover at four circuses in Spain, documenting the cruel treatment of animals used for entertainment and gathering some of the first behind-the-scenes visuals from circuses in the country. Our footage resulted in public outcry, and concerned activists took action and rescued Moses, a baboon at one of the circuses who had been kept in a cage for years. Our work along with that of other animal protection organizations led many regions and cities in Spain to ban the use of wild animals in circuses.
Animal Equality’s first investigation documented five slaughterhouses in northern Spain, exposing for the first time the cruelty and systematic mistreatment of animals in these places. The shocking footage investigators obtained is still used today by organizations around the world today.
Utilizing drone footage, Animal Equality released an investigation denouncing the serious environmental risks caused by pig farms in Mexico. The short documentary, called Enemy of the Planet, was produced using drones that flew over two industrial pig farms in Jalisco that house more than 89,000 pigs. The goal of the investigation is to publicize the damage caused by industrial livestock farming.