Lewis Hamilton has urged his fans to watch a new pro-vegan documentary.
The film, created by leading animal protection agency Viva!, is called HOGWOOD: a modern horror story. It will be available to stream on Amazon Prime, Apple TV and Google Play Movies from tomorrow (June 25).
Hamilton said of the movie: “Please watch this. We need to find compassion in our hearts to see what we are doing to this world.”
The film centers around Viva!’s four undercover investigations into Hogwood Farm. According to the organization, ‘we recorded a catalogue of cruelty including extreme overcrowding, routine mutilation, sick and dying pigs abandoned in gangways, painful lacerations and live cannibalism’.
The farm was eventually dropped by supermarket Tesco and food verification organization Red Tractor – but it took years of campaigning. Now the film goes beyond its investigation to explore the reasons behind factory farming and expose the negligence and inaction by government bodies and corporations alike.
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‘A gripping tale’
In a statement sent to Plant Based News, Viva said: “The conspiracy unfolds as we fight against some of the most powerful players in the animal agriculture industry. This is a gripping tale of negligence, greed and inaction, and our unrelenting fight to help the pigs trapped in Hogwood Farm.
“Join us as we take you through our battle for justice against Hogwood Farm, a Red Tractor approved farm who were supplying supermarket giant, Tesco, supposedly representing some of the highest animal welfare standards in the world.
“This is a huge milestone for us and we could not have done it without your support. You helped us show the demand for this film to be made and now, it will be screened to the masses from June 25.”
HOGWOOD: a modern horror story
The film, which has a running time of just over 30 minutes, is presented by actor Jerome Flynn.
Speaking about the movie, Flynn said: “”It is an honor to be presenting this very important film. After seeing the horrendous conditions and animal abuse that is happening behind Hogwood’s walls I had to do something. The pigs of Hogwood aren’t just meat products, they are sensitive, emotionally aware beings just like us and they deserve better than this.”
Director Tony Wardle added: “I have been producing investigative documentaries for many years and no film has been more harrowing than HOGWOOD. The name ‘a modern horror story’ could not be more apt; there are modern horror stories taking place each day in the British countryside.
“Not only are these horrors hidden from sight, but they are endorsed by huge corporations and the government. That is why this film had to be made – because the public has a right to see what takes place beyond the factory farm walls.”
Viva! adds: “We realized that Hogwood is part of a bigger story, one that aims to end factory farming for good — and so we created HOGWOOD: a modern horror story. Now we need your help to get this film seen by the masses.”