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Jackass Star Dares You to Watch "What Came Before"

Holiday dinners typically portray happy families gathered around a table loaded with baked hams, turkeys and the accompanying festive sides. However, this year Jackass star Steve-O wants people to think about the “peace and prosperity” that animal based meal actually represents. It is not the “happiest” time of the year for the animals in factory farms.

The survivor stars of "What Came Before."
Farm Sanctuary

On a mission to end the painful suffering of billions of animals raised for food inside America’s factory farms, Steve-O dares viewers to watch his new film, What Came Before,” without flinching.

“I have a tough stomach, and I’ve put myself through a lot. 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,” Steve-O said.

Check out Farm Sanctuary’s new film short featuring narration by Steve-O, WATCH the film short here.

In “What Came Before,” Steve-O introduces Nikki, Symphony and Fanny, three animals who found refuge with Farm Sanctuary, the largest farm animal rescue and protection organization in the United States. During the film, Steve-O tells viewers an even more harrowing tale than the animals’ escape stories… he tells people what came before the animals were rescued.

Steve-O takes viewers inside modern factory farms to see the suffering of these animals. “What Came Before” goes inside the horrifying world that constitutes these animals’ pitiful lives. Into the world of Nikki, Symphony and Fanny, three animals born and bred for food on our holiday tables.

Steve-O hopes the film will change the way we look at what we eat.

“I narrated this video for Farm Sanctuary because I’m committed to doing what I can to show people all the disgusting things that happen to farm animals,” Steve-O said. “I encourage everyone to make more compassionate choices.”

Best known for inflicting pain on his cohorts and himself in the Jackass series, Steve-O’s choice to narrate Farm Sanctuary’s film is a marked departure from his usual filming fare.

“I love that when someone does a Google search for ‘Steve-O explicit video,’ that they’re going to find ‘What Came Before,’ Steve-O said. “I hope a lot of them go vegetarian.”

Farm Sanctuary has three shelters in New York and California to provide lifelong care for almost 1,000 rescued farm animals. These animals like Nikki, Symphony, and Fanny are ambassadors for the billions on factory farms who have no voice and no protection. Through their stories, Farm Sanctuary helps raise awareness about the harsh realities of factory farming.

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