In the ZDF series “At Work for…” animal rights activist and actor Hannes Jaenicke takes a closer look at the lives of pigs. The cute animal is more than just meat to eat and is often underestimated. Hannes Jaenicke condemns the degrading conditions in the meat industry and shows solutions to these problems.
Hannes Jaenicke: Working for the Pig
documentation • 05/31/2022• 10:15 pm
The dog is considered man’s best friend, a beloved member of the family – the classic pet. On the other hand, the pig has another reputation: the reputation of a farm animal. Its “benefit” in factory breeding is its function as a meat supplier and a birthing machine for the production of other meat suppliers. Both dogs and pigs are highly social and intelligent animals, but as livestock, the stump carrier lacks any kind of lobby. Thus actor Hannes Jaenicke made it his mission in the ZDF documentary “In Action for the Pig” to focus on the nature of sensitive animals and also to expose German animal rights law as bogus. In an interview, the animal welfare activist revealed why he wanted to give animals a voice and why he doesn’t give up.
Worth watching and deliberately avoiding horrific images, Judith Adelhuch and Eva Maria Gwertner’s documentary is Hans Janek’s twelfth “prevalence” of animal welfare. The series began in 2008 with the movie “In Action for Orangutans”. The opinionated actor campaigned primarily for endangered animal species such as polar bears or gorillas, whose existence threatens humans. The existence of pig species is not at stake, 23 million animals live in Germany. “Most of them are invisible, locked in high-tech animal factories,” Jaenicke says.
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The Do Nothing Animal Protection Act
Pigs are a huge economic factor for the meat industry, and this in turn for Germany. More than 44 billion euros of meat is sold in Germany each year, and there are only a few companies that divide the market among themselves. Increasing price pressure and lowering production standards is easy with such a concentration of power. But shouldn’t the legal situation at least severely limit animal suffering?
Jaenicke cites the first paragraph of the German Animal Welfare Act, which states that “no person shall cause pain, suffering or harm to an animal without good cause.” An animal welfare activist investigates how to cut curly pigs’ tails without anesthesia. According to European Union guidelines, this practice has been banned since 1991, but it is routine in the meat industry. “The Animal Welfare Act does not even deserve the paper it is printed on,” Yanike explained in an interview with the news agency Teleshaw.
Philosopher Richard David Brecht – whom Jennick met in style in a slaughterhouse – prefers to talk about “the law of animal use”. But what is the legally required “reasonable” cause of animal suffering? “From the point of view of those who made these laws,” Brecht explains, “there was an equation of reasonable reason and economic reason.” Perhaps the law was intended this way from the start.
When Janicki asked about a possible reform, the philosopher answered: if one abandons the equation of economic and reasonable reasons, one can sue “hundreds of thousands” of commercial animal husbandry in Germany.
Undercover with Soko Tierschutz
The existing minimum requirements are rarely checked. When the state fails, Soko Tierschutz comes into play. Because: “So the interval 14, 15 years” between the controls, according to an animal rights activist, is the most effective that Germany offers – as a rule, they are recorded. Jaenicke accompanies an animal rights activist who goes to the factories at night to check on the animals’ living conditions for himself. These “stable secret controls” are a legal gray area.
Jennicki meets Rosalie at the animal sanctuary “Animal Land”, where animals from industrial grazing find a new home. As a piglet, the so-called “Ron” – weak little animals that would otherwise have been killed because they are not worthy of care. This can no longer be said at 300 kilos. “It’s really huge,” the actor notes. Pigs are not usually known in this way, they live only a few months in industrial breeding – Rosalie is already five years old.
Hannes Jaenicke: At Work for the Pig – Tue May 31, 2009 – ZDF: 10:15pm
source: teleschau – der mediendienst GmbH