I feel that it is my duty and honour to do my best to document their voices, faces and stories.
"Sympathy at Slaughter"
Hannah Elizabeth collecting and creating content of her connection with animals and their experience bound for slaughter.
Some ask why I even try- With barriers so ample and lows so high. My heart always cries- But it is worth it for the opportunity to say my goodbyes.
It has been over 3 years since Hannah decided to dedicate her time to collecting and creating content of her connection with the animals and their experience bound for slaughter. All the animals Hannah has made contact with are stored in her library of memories; inside both her heart and mind. Each time Hannah is at the slaughterhouse she adds to this collection and carries the animals with her every single day.
The hardest thing in the world is to say goodbye.
How do you apologize for the worst crime in history? How do you justify this on-going mass murder that is continually overlooked everyday by the majority of participants in society?
"I'm so sorry" I plead.
Affectionate and forgiving; Four pigs rub their snouts against my nose.
I'm not sure I'll ever forget these few minutes of my life; the last few minutes of theirs.
There are hardly words to describe the feelings that take over when you feel four pig snouts poking through a grate at you. Everything inside of me wanted to save them, I wish I didn't have to let them go.
How do you apologize for one of the worst crimes in human history?
Hannah Elizabeth offers her love and sympathy to animals bound for slaughter.
Sympathy at Slaughter connects you with what happens at a slaughterhouse and who it happens to. Allowing us all the opportunity to bear witness and bring awareness to the plight of animal exploitation.
True perspectives of animal exploitation many are not brave enough to face.
"When you look inside, you see suffering you could have never imagined."- Hannah Elizabeth
"It breaks my heart in two, still I'll always be here with you." -Hannah
I wasn't planning on going to a slaughterhouse today. I was going about my morning but I couldn't ignore the cows calling my name. I had to go- to be there for them; with them. When I arrived there were already two trucks parked on the public street. As soon as they pulled into the dock at the slaughterhouse another truck full of dairy cows pulled up. It is unbearable and impossible to describe what it feels like to say goodbye to 3 trucks of innocent cows moments away from slaughter.
The more time I am able to spend with each animal; the harder it is for me to watch the truck back them into the slaughterhouse.
"I have to apologize for each moment I'm there standing witness to what is happening to them"- Hannah
"I wish I could help you"
"I'm so sorry"
"I love you"
"Oh my ... "
A gentle moment shared between me and this pig moments before her heartbreaking, horrific, brutal murder.
Moments like this I will never forget.
This pig was so clean. His ear softer than human skin.
He was so gentle and affection; willing to come close to sniff my nose, allowing me to pet his ear.
I truly believe that if these farmers took the opportunity to get to know the animals and who they really are; they would have a much different perspective driving hundreds of animals to the slaughterhouse each and every day.
A horrifying scene this morning when a truck carrying 150 pigs over-turned outside Fearman's Pork Inc. slaughterhouse in Burlington, Ontario. I could feel my heart pounding as I approached what was happening. I've never heard pigs scream like this before.
Activists pleaded for some pigs to be released to a nearby sanctuary as the firemen gently removed a portion of the slaughter-truck grate.
"Ready?" one shouts as they are about to expose on of the most heartbreaking events.
Battered, bruised, and bleeding; pigs who survived the accident stumbled out one by one. "Downed" pigs were stunned and carried out by forklift.
My heart sank watching these pigs stumble around the parking lot; forcefully marching onward to the kill floor. Pigs who suffered this severe traffic accident were detained and denied freedom being offered by nearby farm sanctuaries.
Words can't capture what it was like to bear this experience this morning. As hard as it was for me and as hard as it is for you to watch; Can you imagine what it was like to be them?
Witnessed in Burlington, Ontario October 5th 2016
Inspired by the story of Pocahontas; Hannah has recreated her story fighting to expose to stories and horrors inflicted upon animals bound for slaughter.
I am asked all the time: "How can you do this?"
My answer is always the animals. I do it for the animals who truckload after truckload are suffering their last moments bound for slaughter. I can not sit at home knowing that this is happening to them whether I am there or not. My power to expose their story keeps them going.
The look in this gentle cow's eyes will stay with me for the rest of my life.
One of my most memorable moments. I will always remember her face; Wishing there was something I could have done to help her. The way she looked out at me. She didn't need to say a word; she spoke right to my heart.
A moment I will never forget.
This pig came right up to me and pressed his snout outside the grate. I leaned in slightly not to scare her and she didn't back away.