The unpleasant cold and dark of an early winter morning await us as we leave the house. It is January 28th 2010 and we are on our way to document X15 on his final parade – to the slaughtering block. With a queasy feeling in our stomachs we get into the car and set off. [...]
Last Thursday X15, the pig we accompanied video-taping, was killed. In Austria this happens more than 20.000 times per day, in Germany more than 200.000 times and worldwide it happens the incredible number of 5 million times PER DAY! We were interested in what the particular person feels and thinks by slaughtering and how somebody [...]
X15 is dead. His death was like his short life: brutal, torturous and grim. A wave of emotions take over if you watch the last images of his life – anger, powerlessness, pain and even shame to live in such a society where everything that has been documented here is accepted as “normal”, as part [...]
The pictures on this video are neither nice nor enjoyable. They depict the slaughter of a pig. One hundred percent legal – one hundred percent “normal”. Every day countless pigs worldwide are killed in this, or even more cruel ways. This pig is X15, the pig that was accompanied by camera and documented for seven [...]
It happened last thursday. X15, like his brothers, sisters and other conspecifics, was slaughtered. X15 was transported separately to reduce stress while beging transported. There was also straw to provide some relief for X15; it was the first time in his life, that he felt straw. When he arrived at the slaughterhouse, he was physically [...]
The final parade of X15 was his journey to the slaughtering block. Experienced hands kill and dismantle what was once his body. And all this only because humans like to eat meat. Habit? Necessity? Or can it be changed? You tell us.
Before pigs can be transported and slaughtered afterwards, they have to be chased from the cove, where they have been fattened, to the truck. In this manner it was necessary to „assist“ X15 too.
We documented the killing of the feeding pig X15 with cameras; at the same time we tried to communicate an overall impression of the happenings via Twitter. Here we provide the sent messages once again: 06:49 am In a moment we´ll leave to accompany X15 with cameras on his last path. We´ll keep you updated. [...]
Today in the course of the morning, X15 will be killed. You have the possibility to witness everything realtime, because we will report on twitter (you can read it there also without being registered) and facebook promptly. Pictures and the video of the end of X15 we will provide you tomorrow.
As soon as X15 has gained 120 kg, his time is up. As a fattened pig he will be killed, because he has reached what the meat-industry call the „slaughter weight“. It will make sausage, ham and schnitzel out of him. From this weight on, for every kilogramm that X15 gains, the farmer hast o [...]