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iAnimal: Factory Farming VR
by KindMeal.my, 09 March 2016
iAnimal: Virtual Immersion Into the Reality of Factory Farming

Paul McCartney once famously said 'If slaughterhouses had glass walls, we would all be vegetarians'... but of course they don't, and most people remain unaware of the lives and deaths of animals raised for food. But now all that is changing with Animal Equality becoming the first animal protection group to transport people inside factory farms and slaughterhouses via virtual reality technology.

This week Animal Equality launched their iAnimal project, a virtual reality experience filmed over the past 18 months inside pig farms in the UK, Germany and Italy as well as a slaughterhouse in Spain. In all of these countries, and most of the western world, the majority of pigs killed for meat are intensively reared inside barren, filthy factory farm sheds with breeding sows confined to tiny farrowing crates for weeks at a time when they give birth--a sight that moved Downtown Abbey actor, Peter Egan to tears as he narrated the film.

The practices that take place inside factory farms and slaughterhouses are deliberately kept hidden from the public. Animal Equality believes people have the right to know what happens in modern farms and slaughterhouses so that consumers can make informed decisions about the food they buy. Now, through their cutting-edge iAnimal project, they can open up these secretive, sinister worlds and allow everyone to experience first hand how farmed animals live - and die.

Through the lenses of the virtual reality headset, viewers feel that they are inside the farm and slaughterhouse, trapped alongside all the other animals, and sharing their fate. You stand next to a mother pig while she gives birth for the sixth time to piglets who will soon be taken away from her. You experience the extreme confinement of the farrowing crates. You witness the daily suffering that takes place inside a pig farm. You are right there when they take their last breath.

It is a powerful experience, an intimate experience, and one that moves viewers very deeply.

Over the past 20 years, Animal Equality have filmed inside countless factory farms and they have always felt that if they could only take people there - into the farms - so they can see how animals are treated like mere machines, people would stop eating them. Virtual reality has now made this possible and they intend to bring this experience to as many people as they can, which no doubt would change, and save, lives.

Over the spring and summer, Animal Equality will be touring the country with iAnimal, visiting town centres and university campuses to share it with as many people as possible. iAnimal is also available to everyone on www.iAnimal.uk where you can watch the 360° film and take a virtual tour.

Do you dare to watch it and see what the meat industry is hiding from you?

Similar sufferings exist for other farm animals too. And we can all play a role in reducing such cruelty by eating less meat. Experience some of the tastiest meat-free meals in Malaysia at http://KindMeal.my.

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