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September 23, 2020 - Lady Freethinker

Earthling Ed And Mercy For Animals Propose a 'New Normal' for Farm Animals

Earthling Ed And Mercy For Animals Propose a 'New Normal' for Farm Animals
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If you just listen to the audio, you’d think you were listening to a video about COVID-19 guidelines. The narrator lists various safety measures: Avoid going into crowded places. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth. Stay home and self-isolate. But add the visuals, and you realize you’re watching something completely different.

In an impactful and jarring new video, Mercy For Animals and narrator Earthling Ed, a vegan activist, encourage viewers to consider a “new normal” for farm animals, just as most people have had to consider a “new normal” for themselves during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Throughout the minute-long video, disturbing black and white images of cows, pigs and chickens suffering on cramped, dirty factory farms flash across the screen. At the end, text on the screen reads: “They also hope for a new normal.”

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