with my own eyes…



Animal rights activist and actress, Rooney Mara, has joined global farmed animal advocacy organization, Animal Equality, on an undercover investigation inside two factory farms.

The investigation, called “With My Own Eyes,” narrated by Mara, reveals pigs and chickens who are raised for meat, languishing in abhorrent conditions and encourages viewers to examine the harsh and painful reality for billions of animals and the many reasons the global community must break its dependence on animal products.


My comment:  I find it positive that an artist is used as the actor on this video.
Artists are mostly uninterested in animal welfare.
There is a misconception that artists are particularly sensitive, politically and socially.
That’s not true.
I belong to this milieu.

I remember when we had the opera “Lohengrin” (from Richard Wagner) in the theater where I work.

An important role in this opera plays a swan, and the director wanted to use a live swan.
“The swan, for me is more than an animal, a wonderful creature between death, grief and beauty, I can not do that symbolically and only with a stuffed animal,” he told us.

And every night, after a long drive of three hours, a “movie animal” came to the theater and first waited behind the stage for his appearance in a tight lattice cage and in an extremely loud environment (Wagner, as we all know, loved wind instruments).
Afterwards, the swan had to stay on the stage, free on a basket, together with 50 people for half an hour.

Nobody has noticed him.
I stood in front of his cage every night and I felt how sad, anxious and often angry he was with this circus. I was too.
Complaint to the veterinary office did not help, “film” animals are used by law everywhere.
I understood, the the argument “animal welfare” did not work, there had to be another reason.

One night I decided to go the other way and staged an “accident”.
When he came on stage I was close to him and suddenly pushed him forward.
He got scared, flew across the stage, reached the orchestra and then the audience.

The performance was interrupted, the swan captured by its owner and “due to security reasons” the director has decided that he no longer occurs.

What I mean by that … At least 100 artists were involved in this production.
Everyone could “see” with his own eyes how the animal suffered.
One has “seen” this too, but when it comes to animal suffering, “seeing” alone does not help.
The difference is the action.

And that’s why I find the video very motivating, precisely because an artist conveys an important message to all, that “see” is not enough.

My best regards to all, Venus

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