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Steve-O Gets Serious: Slams the Meat Industry, Promotes Compassion

Dec 06, 2012 | Updated Feb 05, 2013

In what has to be his most unlikely movie role yet, Steve-O has narrated What Came Before, a 10-minute film short about three escapees from the American meat industry.

The star, best known for inflicting pain on himself, is on a mission to end pain and suffering for animals raised for food.

In What Came Before, Steve-O tells the stories of three farm animals -- Nikki, Symphony, and Fanny -- who escaped factory farms and are presently living the good life at Farm Sanctuary. Nikki is a pig who was pregnant when she escaped a gestation crate during the Iowa floods, Symphony is a hen who escaped her tiny cage when a tornado demolished the shed she was housed in, and Fanny is a former dairy cow who was crippled when Farm Sanctuary rescued her from a livestock auction.

In addition to the happy stories of these rescued animals, Steve-O details What Came Before -- standard conditions in modern factory farms and slaughterhouses -- and encourages viewers to stop supporting similar abuses.

Says Steve-O: "You wouldn't personally do any of the things you saw in this film to Nikki, Symphony, Fanny or any other animal. So I'm sure you don't want to pay others to hurt them for you."

Watch What Came Before:

"I have a tough stomach, and I've put myself through a lot," explains Steve-O. "But when I first found out what happens to animals on modern factory farms and in today's slaughterhouses, I wanted to throw up -- I literally couldn't believe it. I narrated this short film for Farm Sanctuary because I'm committed to doing what I can to show people all the disgusting things that happen to farm animals, and to encourage everyone to make more compassionate choices. I love that when someone does a Google search for 'Steve-O explicit video,' they're going to find 'What Came Before.' I hope a lot of them go vegetarian."

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