Eight-high stacks of orange plastic crates toppled over, one upon another, like dominos. Long straps prevented them from falling completely off the truck, but the straps also collapsed the top crates, bending the plastic inward, crushing and even killing the chickens inside.
The cries of injured animals are burned in my memory. On the ground, workers pointed and discussed how to remedy the situation, but there was no urgency in their actions and no concern for these terrified animals.
I know; I was there. My name is Andrea, and I’m an investigator with Mercy For Animals Latin America.
I witnessed how farmed animals are transported throughout Mexico and documented their horrific trip from factory farms to slaughterhouses.
I often think about all the birds trapped in those tiny crates, especially the ones who were crushed, whose limbs were snapped, and who died from the trauma.
Mexico has regulations that state how farmed animals must be transported, including rules regarding temperature exposure, nonslip flooring, and the use of ramps. But as our investigation found, regulations are often not enforced.
I watched as pigs were hit, shoved, and kneed. I saw a worker physically force a reluctant pig off a truck bed. The pig fell headfirst one or two feet to another truck below. The animals seemed to know the fate that awaited them at the slaughterhouse, and they were fighting for their lives.
Several pigs foamed at the mouth from motion sickness and the stress of transport. Sometimes their limbs fell between the truck’s outer bars. They had no access to water or food for long periods and no protection from rain, wind, or scorching heat.
Some nights, I lie awake and wonder what animals think about on their way to the slaughterhouse. For many, it is their first day seeing the sun—and their last.
The harrowing journey is the only time they will see life outside a factory farm.
I’m proud to be part of the Mercy For Animals team. Through the years, we’ve conducted over 70 investigations. The work investigators like me do is vital to our shared vision, but investigations are just the first step.
We use the footage not only to push consumers toward plant-based products but to influence government and corporate policies. These actions get us closer to a world without slaughterhouses.
To create lasting change, we need your help.
We need communities of animal advocates ready to share investigation videos and use them to persuade stores and restaurants to add vegan products, move schools to participate in Meatless Monday, and encourage companies to end the worst abuses in their supply chains.
Investigators can’t do it alone. Will you stand with us?
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