This Terrifying Horror Movie Mirrors the Reality Behind a Product You Might Buy Every Day

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At first glance, The Herd might seem like any other horror movie in which people are hopelessly trapped by a murderer with no chance of escape. But the reality it mirrors is so much darker than that.

The film explores what it would be like if human women were held captive and impregnated, all so that their milk could be harvested and sold. Sounds horrific, doesn’t it? In reality, the characters’ situation reflects cows in the dairy industry, who are abused in this way all over the world every day.

The Herd Horror Movie Poster

The Herd has already won a multitude of awards and is being called the first vegan feminist horror film. It’s sure to raise the eyebrows of anyone who still drinks cow’s milk, and the aim is to increase awareness of the plight of female cows.

Cows on dairy farms are repeatedly artificially impregnated so that they’ll produce milk. Once their babies are born, they’re taken away after as little as one day so that the milk intended for the calves can be consumed by humans. The mothers pine for their babies for weeks, and the fate of their calves isn’t a happy one. The males are slaughtered, as they serve no purpose for dairy farmers, and many end up in the veal industry. The females enter the same sad cycle as their mothers: once their bodies are worn out from the constant strain of giving birth and being milked, they’re slaughtered and their flesh is sold as cheap meat.

The full film can be watched here, but be warned: there’s some mature content that some might find disturbing.

It’s so easy to help bring an end to the real-life horror that is the dairy industry by not contributing to the suffering. Order a free vegan starter kit today and check out the guide to delicious plant-based milks:


  • elio schiller commented on February 15, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    puts such a different perspective on it

    • Rosemary Graham-Gardner commented on February 24, 2016 at 8:38 pm

      We are all guilty in one way or another but most of all, we must stop our own mindless reproducing..We are overpopulated and once all raw materials have disappeared it will be like in the movie Solient Green…which I strongly recommend all should watch.
      There is not plan B for another planet!

  • Marjorie Marland commented on February 15, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    Animals have no voice they are used and abused in every situation by human beings without compassion or any understanding of their feelings. The human race should hang it’s head in shame !

  • Susan Keane commented on February 17, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    Thanks for making a film about this. I emailed Countryfile a couple of days ago about their portrayal of the farming industry. They don’t show the whole truth behind farming. I think PETA members should email them about their deception.

    • Valerie Davies commented on February 24, 2016 at 6:15 pm

      Yes I quite agree

    • fhiona commented on February 24, 2016 at 7:14 pm

      I agree! Countryfile is an idealized version of the farming industry portraying only a positive bucolic image. I hate the programme. There should be a proper documentary made about farming.

  • Sigh commented on February 19, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    Doing this to cows is wrong but doing it to humans is AOK?

    • Catholictuna commented on February 25, 2016 at 11:22 am

      I think you have your sentence the wrong way around…

  • Tabatha Smith commented on February 24, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    Why are you targeting the dairy farmers? This doesn’t happen in small to medium farms. The cows are very content. They live for at least 15 years. I’m disappointed in your attitudes as you are portraying every farmer to be cruel.If cows were wild they would allow a calf and a yearling suckle their udders 365 days every year. Their teats would be so sore from teeth and head butting but they would put up with it. Why don’t you target the cruel halal abbatoirs where the majority of our meat comes from.

  • Cynthia Mattera commented on February 24, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    Sadly, most people don’t want to know where their milk, cheese, meat comes from 🙁

    Thanks for making this film….it says it all!

  • Elizabeth Murfitt commented on February 24, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    Disturbingly realistic. In fact, horrific. All power to PETA for speaking out. People need help to empathize with non-humans.

  • Ewa commented on February 25, 2016 at 7:11 am

    I have been a vegan for few years now and feel great. My reason was simple ; love fir the animals. Cant believe things people do , we cant keep pretending its ok ,to treat animals like that. They deserve so much better.

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