Face it, pigs are much maligned animals. We define them in scurrilous terms. We use unsavory adjectives as dirty, uncouth, messy, gluttonous, fat and dumb.
Ironically, when some religious tradition brand them as ‘unclean abominations,’ unfit for human consumption, they arrive at the same conclusion as the the soon-to-be-released documentary, “The Last Pig.” However while the central theme of the film is pigs should not be eaten, it’s not because they are an abomination. Just the opposite. Pigs should not be consumed — but instead honored and allowed the right to live out their days, similar to our household pets.
As a six-time Emmy winner and animal advocate, Allison Argo has distinguished herself as a defender of abused animals. Her films on PBS and the National Geographic channel have earned multiple international awards. With “The Last Pig” her fervent intent is “to inspire compassion for all living beings and repair the disconnect between humans and what we consume.”
“The Last Pig” follows the heart-rending journey of Bob Comis, a successful New York State pig farmer. Attending to his farm animals, he begins to view them as sentient beings versus mindless products and economic transactions. He begins to see them as intelligent and sensitive creatures. Identifying his pigs as no different than household pets, the film documents Comis’ transformation, while sending a message to viewing audiences that perhaps we should all consider having consumed our last pig.
The film’s description reads:
“For over a decade, Bob Comis has provided a humane—even idyllic—life for the pigs he farms. But as he tends to his charges, he develops a closeness that begins to haunt him, and his weekly trips to the slaughterhouse become agonizing. With 250 pigs on the farm, Comis suddenly finds himself trapped by his past."
Vegan celebrity Moby has praised the film as “startling, honest and deeply beautiful.”
Vegan actor and activist James Cromwell, known for his role in the pig-centric film “Babe” called the movie “an extraordinarily insightful and moving film!” Adding that it’s “profoundly important.”
Airings around the country . . .
“The Last Pig,” has already been screened in London — but for upcoming showings stateside, there are a good number of locations around the country scheduled from April 21 through June. A complete schedule can be found on the film’s Facebook page.
Primary Source: The Last Pig