Here in France a video showing the insides of a slaughterhouse was just released. The level of violence and cruelty displayed are mind-blowing.
You could be watching a wildlife documentary and think "wow not cool" when the pack of hyenas bleeds little by little a sick and tired buffalo. Then you watch this and feel like you've woken up from a really nice dream and that reality is really just a nightmare.
Isn't it interesting how differently we treat humans - animals themselves - and other animals? How we are really careful about not hurting anyone's feelings but yet we can lift an old horse up in the air and smash its head with a hammer until the skull shatters as if it was just an inanimate thing? Or, in a less shocking way, how we have "pet stores" where we basically keep babies in tiny unhygienic cages until a passerby has enough pity to give that little fellow a somewhat decent life?
We know pigs are very intelligent creatures, we know animals aren't that different from us, we've studied them and communicated in fascinating ways with gorillas, elephants and dogs who have shown us that they too feel emotions. Yet it still doesn't connect, it still doesn't translate into action. You can still grab a one month old kitten and smash it against a wall and it's nothing, nothing happened. Do that with a human and you're all over the news. Sure, we're different, but are we that different? Are humans everything and the rest nothing?
There is a scene where pigs are asphyxiated in a cage too small to fit them all. It's industrialized murder. If you industrially slaughter human beings through asphyxiation, it ends up in history books. If you do the same with pigs, nothing happens. Even if you can see them squeal and scream and screech to death as they convulse in that metal cage.
Even then, cheap BBQs are more important.
Video is NSFW I guess.
mod edit: video removed for being nsfw