HSUS video, ‘A Pig’s Tail’ targets kids

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In tandem with Food Day, on Oct. 24, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) rolled out a new video that it says is intended “to inspire people of all ages to consider where their food comes from.”  However, the focus is on is children, as A Pig's Tail presents “a pig’s perspective of factory farming,” according to HSUS.

Christine Gutleben, HSUS’s senior director of Faith Outreach, explains, “Most children are captivated by animals and have the potential to care about how they are treated. Through this film, they will see farm animals as creatures capable of suffering and farm workers as often caught up in an abusive system along with the animals.” To view the film, click here.

Beyond the film, HSUS provides parents and teachers with lesson plans that they can use after viewing the video to discuss various issues.

The animated film, created by Academy Award-winning Aardman Studios, runs just over four minutes. As outlined on HSUS’ website, the film’s funding came from Steven C. Leuthold Family Foundation, to “expose the problems with industrial agriculture and educate about more humane ways of farming.”

Steven Delopoulos, who provided original music for the film said he wanted to be involved because, “When you see how some animals are raised and how badly their short existence is just to be a product on the shelf, well, I felt called to be of service. The importance is in the awareness. Hopefully, the next couple generations will be more active in fixing the mistakes we've made.”

Catherine Taber, who provided her voice to the film, says she wants the takeaway message to be, “The film shows kids that there are great ways to farm and there are not such great ways to farm. There are great ways to get your food and not such great ways to get your food. Kids might come away asking, ‘Are we thinking about where we’re getting the food that comes into the house?’ It could be a conversation starter for the entire family to have an honest talk about it and to understand that our choices matter.”


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maggie b    
MS  |  October, 25, 2012 at 08:50 AM

You have to engage the youth in a positive way. Waiting till they are grown is too late.

kansas  |  October, 26, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Yes, Maggie b, that's exactly what the Ministries of Education in the ole' USSR, National Socialist German Worker's Party, PRC and Khmer Rouge have shown us over the last 100 years. You are either pitifully ignorant or, more likely, completely approve of and endorse the totalitarian methods of indoctrinating children. Balanced presentation of facts and science, subjected to the logical thinking skills developed later in life, are just not good for the propaganda spewing cultists of the HSUS Central Committee of Veganism. Ends Justify Means in the Battle for Hearts and Minds, eh Komradette?

marvin smith    
yale, ia.  |  October, 25, 2012 at 09:02 AM

the ultimate scenario is higher cost of food, of which some can't afford now, or none at all. most of us know that bad treatment of animals cost the producer, so there may be some abuse, but, very rare. there is always the 10%.MNS

il  |  October, 25, 2012 at 09:28 AM

This is no different than some religious cult trying to indoctrinate children. This is shameful manipulation. HSUS continues to try to force its vegan lifestyle on our kids.

Terry Ward    
Pa  |  October, 25, 2012 at 07:25 PM

O yes, the word 'vegan' was mentioned 37 times in the article. What a travesty. They must be terrerists !

kansas  |  October, 26, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Terry the Troll natters on! No one cares what you think (as though you actually do think) Ms. Ward. You are an obvious tool used to regurgitate the tiresome, transparent HSUS schtick of being victimized and misrepresented by the evil and/or ignorant rubes out here in Flyoverlandia. Your pitiful and juvenile pretense of outrage and offense has become nauseatingly common and mean. But please keep up the excellent work of showing everyone the true face of the self-righteous, self-absorbed zealots that are heart and soul of Wayne's little army of attack poodles, sent out as cover for the legion of lawyers and lobbyists behind the curtain.

kansas  |  October, 26, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Here's some reading material regarding HSUS, which includes interesting information on their upcoming trial for violating the RICCO statutes and acting as interstate litigation thugs of the organized crime variety. http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/douglas-anthony-cooper/humane-society_b_1943902.html I expect there will be an avalanche of wild-eyed, drooling ad hominems and vicious hate-speech in response.

Terry Ward    
Pa  |  October, 28, 2012 at 08:38 PM

And today's Drama Award goes to...

Terry Ward    
Pa  |  October, 28, 2012 at 08:42 PM

hate-speech ? Who would even bother.. You really aren't that important Mr. Mike.

Jersey Shore  |  November, 01, 2012 at 02:16 PM

Who let Terry Ward out? HSUS internet trolls used to be full-time staff members capable of passing a mental health exam. Over time, the intelligent ones, interested in helping animals, quit rather than lie and intimidate critics all day long. Hillary Twining is the best example of this. Younger, less bright, more malleable staffers like Sarah Barnett and Anne Hogan moved on within HSUS. We are left with the crazies, Ward and the angry, frustrated and revengeful lunatic known as John Doppler Schiff. This reflects terribly on the HSUS, an organization incapable of reform, one that responds to documented fraud accusations and legitimate criticism from animal welfare organizations with juvenile oppositional defiance and a legal goon squad. And a rabid Terry Ward.

Terry Ward    
Pa  |  November, 11, 2012 at 06:17 AM

hate-speech ? Who would even bother.. You really aren't that important Mr. Mike.

IL  |  November, 20, 2012 at 02:34 PM

I love seeing Terry Ward's hateful, spiteful, narcissistic posts. I love to share them on Facebook so that the general public has some insight into the absolute lunacy espoused by the animal rights fanatics.

terry Ward    
pa  |  November, 23, 2012 at 04:45 PM

Bla bla bla....

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