NOTES FROM THE FILMMAKERS
Cow with the Ear Tag #1389 Overview
The Cow with Ear Tag #1389 is the journey from a living cow to a glass of milk. Kathryn Gillespie set out to follow the moments in the life cycles of individual animals. Animals like the cow with ear tag #1389.
She explores how the seemingly benign practice of raising animals for milk is just one link in a chain that affects livestock across the agricultural spectrum. Gillespie takes readers to farms, auction yards, slaughterhouses, and even rendering plants. The idea is to show how living cows become food.
The result is an empathetic look at cows and our relationship with them, one that makes both their lives and their suffering real.
About the Author
Kathryn Gillespie is co-editor of Critical Animal Geographies and Economies of Death.
“What price a glass of milk? In this trenchant examination of the dairy industry, animal-studies researcher Kathryn Gillespie investigates its workings, wastefulness, and impacts on the environment. Gillespie’s central focus, however, is the effect on the cows, bulls, and calves involved, before their inevitable slaughter. Her careful field research in auction yards and slaughterhouses shows how the commodification of animals too often leads to severe, and disturbing, health and welfare issues.” – Nature
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