Fowl Play (2009) Documentary, 52 minutes Director: Adam Durand National surveys show that the majority of Americans are opposed to the inhumane treatment of farm animals. In fact, Americans are in opposition to the very treatment animals face every day on factory farms. This disconnect that people have between the food they buy and the industries they support is exactly what agribusiness counts on to maintain its bottom line. However, a growing movement of people are opposed to factory farming and the commodification of animals. They are organizing, documenting the living nightmare that animals face, and speaking out against animal agriculture. Fowl Play illuminates the plight of factory-farmed laying hens through interviews with people who are fighting diligently to save them. A story of hope emerges as footage recorded inside battery cage and other facilities is balanced with personal accounts of the individuals working to protect the often-forgotten victims of the egg industry. The film also introduces us to animals who survive the system: Hope, a hen left to die in a garbage can but then rescued by activists; and Consuela, a hen gassed on a farm when she was no longer useful but who survived and ends up being rescued at a landfill. The suffering that animals face on factory farms won’t end until enough people are motivated to change it. Fowl Play connects the dots between consumers and the practices they support, and leaves viewers with a groundbreaking message of personal change and community outreach. Mercy For Animals MFA believes non-human animals are irreplaceable individuals with morally significant interests and hence rights. This includes the right to live free from unnecessary suffering and exploitation. MFA is dedicated to establishing and defending the rights of all animals. Over 99% of cruelty to animals in the United States occurs at the hands of the meat, dairy, and egg industries – which confine, mutilate, and slaughter over 9 billion animals each year. As such, MFA primarily focuses on farmed animal advocacy and promoting cruelty-free food choices. MFA worksto be a voice for animals through proactive consumer education and advertising campaigns, research and undercover investigations, rescues, working with news media, and grassroots activism. Adam Durand Fowl Play director Adam Durand is an acclaimed documentary filmmaker in the animal protection movement. His last two films – Wegmans Cruelty and Foie: Gras Culinary Cruelty – exposed the cruelty behind the and foie gras industries, respectively. Wegmans Cruelty was shown as part of the “Emerging Filmmakers” film festival in New York and has been distributed to tens of thousands of individuals nationwide. Stories of Adam’s work on behalf of egg-laying hens have appeared in over sixty newspapers and television news programs, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and ABC Primetime.