Vegan documentary Andy Goes In will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival on September 12. The nine-minute short follows “Andy”—an undercover investigator for animal-rights organization Mercy For Animals (MFA)—as he gathers horrendous footage of animal cruelty at a farm in rural Tennessee that supplies chickens to companies such as Tyson and McDonald’s. While the footage is meant to expose animal cruelty, it is also a peek into the difficult life of an undercover investigator who risks his well-being, both physically and mentally, in order to bring awareness to the animal abuse inherent in factory farms. “My main goal was to give a sense of how important this work is to Andy and the lengths he’s willing to go for it,” filmmaker Josh Polon said. “And hopefully this inspires people to be a little more courageous in working for the changes they want to see in the world.” Footage gathered in such investigations prompts companies such as Tyson and Perdue to terminate abusive employees and implement animal welfare reforms in order to maintain their public image. The film will be available to the public on the MFA website on September 17.
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