Award-winning vegan documentary, 73 Cows to be shown at European Parliament

BAFTA award-winning documentary, 73 Cows, is going to be shown at the European Parliament next month to encourage change in the EU agricultural policy.

In the documentary, farmer Jay Wilde discusses his moral struggle and sends the cows to Hillside Animal Sanctuary in Norfolk, as opposed to sending them to slaughter, as he previously would’ve done. Wilde now lives a vegan lifestyle.

The screening of the film is being facilitated by Humane Society International (HSI), with one of the filmmakers, Alex Lockwood commenting: “We could never have predicted this, but to try and inspire change in agricultural policies, 73 Cows will be screened at the European Parliament in Brussels this March.”

He added: “Myself, Jay and Katja [Wilde] will also be taking part in a post-screening Q&A. Thank you to Humane Society International for inviting us. We never expected that our little film could potentially have a direct impact on European policy. We’re beyond proud. Never underestimate the power of film.”

HSI UK executive director, Claire Bass said: “73 Cows is a film that captures the zeitgeist of compassionate eating, beautifully documenting the emotional and moral journey of a farmer no longer able to look his animals in the eye and then send them to slaughter.

“Wilde’s personal epiphany that cows are thinking, feeling creatures with individual personalities mirrors the realisation by millions of consumers worldwide that there is a strong ethical, as well as environmental imperative, to leave meat off the menu.”

The film won a BAFTA for Best British Short Film and won Best Overall Film at the Ottawa International Vegan Film Festival in October 2018. Claire added: “The film’s BAFTA win is immensely timely, highlighting to farmers and policy makers that a vital shift away from animal agriculture and towards a plant-based future is both possible and positive.”

The film is available on Curzon Home Cinema and will be made available on Vimeo on April 1st.