Photo Journal Monday: Aitor Garmendia

Photo Journal Monday: Aitor Garmendia

Cuernavaca (Morelos), 2016. © Aitor Garmendia

Cuernavaca (Morelos), 2016. © Aitor Garmendia

Trans Los Muros

Social concern about the abuse suffered by animals in farms and slaughterhouses is on the rise, and the images of violence against them are increasingly taking more and more space in the media. Those images are usually obtained by activist researchers who, through the use of subterfuges that allow them to enter these places with a camera in their hands or through the placing of hidden cameras, expose to the public eye the truth of an industry that’s becoming increasingly armoured to the sight of its consumers.

300 pigs are approximately killed in this slaugtherhouse every day. Oaxaca ,  2017. © Aitor Garmendia

300 pigs are approximately killed in this slaugtherhouse every day. Oaxaca, 2017. © Aitor Garmendia

Chickens are hanged on the hooks of a processing line in a semi-automated plant. Chapala (Jalisco), 2016 © Aitor Garmendia

Chickens are hanged on the hooks of a processing line in a semi-automated plant. Chapala (Jalisco), 2016 © Aitor Garmendia

The debate about speciesism —the discrimination and subsequent oppression suffered by animals— and the social movement born to fight against it wouldn’t be where they are now without the existence of graphic investigations carried out by organizations and activists. These investigations have helped people all over the world become aware of the atrocities perpetrated behind the slaughterhouses’ walls, and as a consequence, they have inspired them to get committed with the defence of animals.

The constant abuses captured by these images are not isolated instances of animal cruelty, they are just part of a systematic exploitation regime backed by the support of our institutions. This kind of investigations are undermining the meat business image, and provoking massive monetary losses.With the aim of never letting these images come to light, managers in meat companies receive specific guidelines so as to prevent the hiring of undercover activists who could gain access to their premises.

In the European Union the sows can be caged for a maximum of 5 weeks in cages where they cannot turn around. These metallic structures, due to pressure and constant rubbing, cause multiple wounds and infections that in many cases are not treated. Province of Ravenna, Italy. December, 2018. Images obtained during a investigation of Essere Animali in the North of Italy. © Aitor Garmendia

In the European Union the sows can be caged for a maximum of 5 weeks in cages where they cannot turn around. These metallic structures, due to pressure and constant rubbing, cause multiple wounds and infections that in many cases are not treated. Province of Ravenna, Italy. December, 2018. Images obtained during a investigation of Essere Animali in the North of Italy. © Aitor Garmendia

I’ve been visiting animal exploitation plants for many years. I’ve climbed over the walls of industrial farms together with other activists while they were carrying out their investigations. I have travelled inside trucks loaded with cows and I have accessed almost a hundred slaughterhouses. In them, I have witnessed countless abuses and aggressions suffered by animals, and I have verified the systematic exploitation they endure.

These images are another window to the secretive world of industrial livestock farming, and they’ve been taken for the sole purpose of offering some tools to face the distress suffered by millions of animals.

The cones are designed to make chickens stick out their heads in its lower part, making the throat slit and bleed easier. Izucar de Matamoros (Puebla), 2017 © Aitor Garmendia

The cones are designed to make chickens stick out their heads in its lower part, making the throat slit and bleed easier. Izucar de Matamoros (Puebla), 2017 © Aitor Garmendia

A worker beats some pigs with a club in order to immobilize them and facilitate the slaughter by throat slitting.. Chiapas, 2017. © Aitor Garmendia

A worker beats some pigs with a club in order to immobilize them and facilitate the slaughter by throat slitting.. Chiapas, 2017. © Aitor Garmendia

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