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  • I will take your questions.

  • Is it a virus or a bacteria?

  • We don't know.

  • Is this an international health hazard or a military concern?

  • Both.

  • Will this thing jump from animals to humans?

  • This is a possibility, we don't know.

  • How does it spread? Is it airborne?

  • We don't know.

  • Is that the truth?

  • Is that the truth?

  • As an investigative journalist, going undercover is what I've done my whole life.

  • I could smell the disease in the air.

  • I knew something was seriously wrong.

  • When I started to ask questions, I was sacked.

  • I just need a few pictures and I'll blow this story wide open.

  • I just hope I can get back in there.

  • This is BBC, Radio Kent.

  • The family of an elderly woman who died of MRSA

  • following treatment at Southampton General hospital,

  • say their request for answers, has been ignored.

  • It's nearly a year since 82 year old Julia Bird has passed away.

  • Hello, you've reached the voicemail of Jack Tomlins,

  • photojournalist for the Guard-Media. Please leave a message.

  • Oh my god, Jack, where are you?

  • There are police at the Guard-Media centre looking for you.

  • What's happened?

  • Why haven't you called back in?

  • Please call us as soon as you get this.

  • What you're about to see is not a work of fiction.

  • Is it that unbelievable that pigs could turn on us?

  • Rising up from their world of hidden misery, disease and suffering.

  • In the UK, we are a nation of animal lovers.

  • However, our compassion does not extend to all of them.

  • Out of sight, and out of mind, these animals have no names, and we never hear their voices.

  • In their short lives, most of these intelligent beings, will never see the light of day.

  • This is the story of the self-interested forces driving the UK's most dangerous industry.

  • Antibiotics are a modern miracle.

  • Each day they save thousands of lives,

  • and our one of humanity's greatest achievements.

  • But we have taken these miracle drugs for granted.

  • We have become reliant on medication to keep us healthy.

  • While our desire for more animal products is making us sick.

  • It is this desire to eat animals that puts the future effectiveness of antibiotics at risk.

  • The mass industrialisation of meat production has led to countless public health crises.

  • Foot and mouth disease.

  • World's worst ever epidemic.

  • Mad cow disease.

  • it would be the first case of BSE (Bovine spongiform encephalopathy) found in Ireland since 2013.

  • They're diseases which can kill, and we're running out of drugs.

  • Swine flu, avian flu, and salmonella.

  • Now, there is a new threat.

  • MRSA.

  • MRSA, of course can cause fatal illnesses.

  • The abuse and disease rife in factory farms puts us all at risk.

  • In reality it's very unlikely that pigs would rise up against humans.

  • But the threat of antibiotic resistance is real,

  • and deadly.

  • The drugs we use to treat ourselves

  • and our children are becoming evermore ineffective.

  • We are facing a post-antibiotic age,

  • where even a simple cut, or regular operation could cost us our lives.

  • All because of the way we exploit animals to produce our food.

  • We have been sold an insidious lie by the meat industry,

  • that puts us all at risk.

  • And I want to show you why.

  • Pigs are descendants of wild boar.

  • We enslaved this animal and embarked on generations

  • of selective breeding and medication.

  • The housewife will buy pork when she can get what she wants.

  • When she can find lean ham in the meat markets,

  • she'll buy it.

  • The factory farmed pig in 2016 grows unnaturally fast,

  • and is forced to have more piglets.

  • Despite man made modifications,

  • these pigs remain highly intelligent, complex and playful beings.

  • Just like us, they have emotions, they feel pain.

  • They remember the good, and the bad.

  • Meat is good for you, and there are many kinds:

  • There's beef, there's pork and ham.

  • They're important for good health, clear skin and bright eyes.

  • Our society glamorizes meat consumption.

  • Everyone loves a bit of pork.

  • Advertising bombards us with images of pigs flesh, smoked and grilled.

  • Machine gun bacon.

  • Bacon has become the symbol of our meat obsession.

  • Look at this bacon.

  • Bacon you can't eat, is bacon you don't need.

  • We have grown disconnected from these animals.

  • Just what the industrialised, factory farming business wanted.

  • Prospective porker passengers

  • apparently as anxious to board their trains,

  • as subway commuters.

  • Conditions in the UK's pig farms are at an all time low.

  • The meat industry won't stop factory farming.

  • They create their own welfare standards, like Red Tractor

  • to reassure the public about conditions of factory farms.

  • These standards are virtually meaningless.

  • It's inspected to ensure the pork you buy,

  • has come from pigs that are well looked after,

  • and raised to good standards by responsible farmers.

  • They are a smokescreen to prop up

  • ailing consumer confidence in factory farming.

  • Viva's Face-Off investigations found squalid conditions

  • and disease in Red Tractor farms.

  • She's called 503.

  • Her other baby's dying.

  • Society's lust for cheap meat

  • means a life of disease and misery for all factory farm pigs.

  • The new pork, an exciting taste treat.

  • Pigs account for the majority of farm antibiotic use in the UK;

  • approximately 60%

  • And shockingly,

  • about half of all antibiotics prescribed in the UK,

  • are used in farmed animals,

  • not people.

  • The intensive nature of this type of farming,

  • makes it an ideal breeding ground for disease.

  • Antibiotic use in pigs, is an everyday occurrence on factory farms.

  • Despite the fact that drugs used to promote pig growth are banned,

  • they continue to be used under the guise of disease prevention.

  • A mixture of cramped conditions,

  • and low genetic diversity in the pig population,

  • means disease can spread rapidly in factory farms.

  • Our careless approach to the welfare of these creatures,

  • will come back to bite us.

  • In 2015, the Guardian tested samples of pig meat in Europe.

  • They found that 9/100 samples

  • had a new strain of antibiotic resistant MRSA.

  • This particular type of MRSA

  • is clearly now well established in UK farms.

  • The samples came from Denmark and Ireland.

  • But, elsewhere, Cambridge university identified two

  • samples of antibiotic resistant MRSA in UK pig meat.

  • Shocking.

  • And a clear sign that another health crisis is brewing

  • due solely to the practice of factory farming.

  • Antimicrobial resistance is a direct and immediate threat to human health.

  • What we're seeing, is more and more bacteria

  • are resistant to antibiotics.

  • This MRSA bacteria has already transferred from pigs,

  • directly onto the skin of farm workers.

  • People carry the organism in their nostrils,

  • in their throat,

  • on their hands.

  • And sadly, it doesn't stop there.

  • In November 2015,

  • a group of Chinese scientists published a paper

  • in The Lancet Infectious Diseases Journal,

  • reporting the discovery of a new antibiotic resistant gene

  • called MCR1.

  • These tests, found the MCR1 gene in 166 of 804 pigs

  • tested at slaughter.

  • This gene creates resistance in the body to a drug called

  • colistin.

  • A powerful antibiotic used in humans

  • as a last resort, when other medicines fail.

  • Resistant to antibiotics of last resort.

  • Colistin is commonly used Europe to treat animals and bacteria.

  • Samples containing the MCR1,

  • have been found across Asia and Europe, including the UK.

  • The antibiotic resistant gene, MCR1,

  • is readily passed between common bacteria, such as E. coli.

  • If this goes on, we will see the end of modern medicine.

  • Don't think that this is a problem that would solve itself.

  • Just by closing your eyes.

  • Our consumption of pig meat, means, that as a society

  • we are consuming meat from animals regularly given antibiotics.

  • Possibly also harbouring disease.

  • Why the antibiotics?

  • Why the secrecy?

  • Why are we not told the truth?

  • The UK has a dangerous secret.

  • Factory farming is cruel, dirty and rife with disease.

  • The business of exploitation, is the business of profit.

  • Factory farms and the organisations they supply,

  • have long lost sight of the welfare of animals and consumers.

  • Factory farms are out of sight,

  • and out of mind.

  • Surely, it is our duty to do better than this.

  • Together, we can say no to cruelty, death, and disease.

  • Things are changing.

  • Veganism is a rapidly growing social justice movement

  • that has seen a growth of 350% in the UK, in the past 10 years.

  • It challenges the dominant culture of the oppression of animals.

  • During their Face-Off campaign,

  • Viva! found that the UK public doesn't believe

  • the reality for factory farmed pigs is fair.

  • We are a nation of animal lovers.

  • Yet our society gives certain animals no rights, no freedom and no dignity.

  • A different future is possible.

  • And today, you can make a difference.

  • Just don't buy pork products.

  • It really is that simple.

  • All around the world people are choosing Veganism and thriving.

  • You can be part of this.

  • Simply face off to the truth,

  • and choose a different path for yourself,

  • and for the animals.

  • A path towards a world

  • where compassion is placed front and centre

  • of everything we do.

  • English subtitles: VeganMegane (twitter)

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