Video:’Schindler’s List’ Star Imagines What a Vegan World Would Look Like

For Immediate Release:

14 June 2016

Jennifer White +44 (0) 20 7837 6327, ext 222; [email protected]


Jochen Nickel Walks Through Relics of Past in Powerful New PETA Germany Film

London –  PETA is releasing a new video starring Schindler’s List actor Jochen Nickel imagines a world without abattoirs. In the video, titled “Hope”, the 57-year-old actor – who went vegan three years ago – walks through an abandoned abattoir, one of the many that was shut down when humans stopped eating animal flesh, and shows his “grandson” the tools once used to torture and kill other living beings.

“In my memory, I see their pleading eyes”, he says. “Their blood on our hands, on our plates. No water will wash it away. No eternity will make it fade.” But, as he goes on to explain, society woke up and decided to stop using animals as products. “I’m guilt and conscience”, he tells his grandson. “And you … you are hope.”

In today’s industrialised meat, egg and dairy industries, chickens’ and turkeys’ throats are cut while they’re still conscious, part of piglets’ tails are cut off without any painkillers, and calves are torn away from their mothers within 48 hours of birth.

Nickel joins a growing list of celebrities – including Paul McCartney, Joaquin Phoenix, Morrissey and John Bishop – who have teamed up with PETA or our affiliates (whose mottos read, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”) to promote healthy, humane meat-free meals.

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