• Short Summary

    Disturbing film showing how animals are killed by various means in a slaughter house.

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    WARNING: this is a very disturbing film. You will need a strong stomach!

    Produced by the Council of Justice to Animals and Humane Slaughter Association, 42 Old Bond Street, London W1.

    Long title describes how the movement of animals after they have been made unconscious should not be taken to indicate pain. "So long as the animal has been rendered unconscious before being stuck with a knife it cannot feel." The aim of the Humane Slaughter movement is to ensure that every animal killed for food is rendered unconscious by means of a mechanical killer before it has a knife plunged into its body. First extract shows a pig being made unconscious before being "stuck" with a knife. Three men in overalls hoist the pig up on a hook and then make a slit in its neck with a knife. The pig seems to struggle violently and eventually is still after a few twitches. Second extract shows a pig being stuck with a knife while on its feet and fully conscious. Two men hold the pig while another makes a large slit in its throat. The pig struggles and rolls around in its own blood. A sheep is shown being killed with no previous stunning. Title reads: "The operator in this case is happily an expert but he has had to gain his experience at the expense of numberless unfortunate animals." The sheep is laid down in a wooden frame and its neck is slit. It moves around for some time. A calf is hoisted up by its hind legs then hit on the head with a heavy stick while fully conscious. Its throat is then slit and the blood pours out. A calf is shot in the head then hoisted up as it twitches. Its throat is slit. The "Humane Killer" is then seen at work. A sheep is made unconscious with a stun gun then has its throat slit. It seems to struggle less. A pig is stunned with a mechanical killer then "stuck". It twitches then dies.

    There is an appeal at the end of the film to people who wish to help the Society end the needless suffering of animals. It is suggested that people a) make a subscription or donation, b) distribute literature to their friends or c) urge their Member of Parliament to support the Slaughter of Animals' Bill. The Society's address is repeated.
    Cuts exist - see separate record for details.

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    Film ID:
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    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1930 - 1939
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:19:04:00 / 01:26:59:00

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