To highlight concerns raised by the World Health Organization, as part of their week of awareness, charity Viva! is promoting their new short thriller/documentary, Swine, made in partnership with The Growing Box Co & La Verita Studios.
The short film exposes the impending crisis of antibiotic resistance developing in UK factory farms and more broadly the failings of the industrialized meat industry.
Swine combines a fictional piece starring two-time World Freerunning Champion, Timothy Shieff, going undercover as a journalist (Jack Tomlins), in a UK factory farm to investigate rumors of an MRSA superbug outbreak in the pig population.
Tim said on his involvement in the film: “It was great to work on this film, Viva! is an organization I support and the issue of antibiotic resistance is a very real threat developing right now in factory farms everywhere”.
As well as a longer documentary part of the film highlighting how decades of neglect and reckless behavior have led the impending crisis of antibiotic resistance to develop in factory farms.
Juliet Gellatley, Director of the charity Viva! says: “For years the factory farming industry have been lying to us about how they treat animals”.
She added: “The rise of antibiotic resistance in factory farms is just the latest in a long line of abuses by an unregulated and out of control industry, which needs to be stopped.”
“Viva!’s message is the government knows we are on a cliff edge where antibiotics are concerned. They are not taking action so we, as a society need to take matters into our own hands. Reject factory farming and meat – choose vegan. This film will be seen by millions and will help us change the world.”
Swine was written and directed by Robbie Lockie and Damien Clarkson. Find out more about the film at viva.org.