Actress Rooney Mara tells of 'awful' and 'devastating' conditions inside ...

Rooney Mara has told of the 'awful' and 'devastating' conditions inside British animal farms after joining an animal rights organisation for an undercover investigation.  

The 34-year-old actress visited several farms in England over the summer with Animal Equality, an organisation dedicated to the protection of farmed animals.

In footage of her visit, she tells of how conditions in the farms are 'more awful than you can even imagine' as she walks around the premises in the dead of night. 

Rooney Mara, 34, visited several farms in England over the summer with, Animal Equality, an organisation dedicated to the protection of farmed animals

Rooney Mara, 34, visited several farms in England over the summer with, Animal Equality, an organisation dedicated to the protection of farmed animals

In footage of her visit, she tells of how conditions in the farms are 'more awful than you can even imagine' as she walks around the premises in the dead of night

In footage of her visit, she tells of how conditions in the farms are 'more awful than you can even imagine' as she walks around the premises in the dead of night

Animals at the farms were found to be experiencing extreme distress, the animal rights organisation claimed (pictured, Rooney Mara inside a British farm)

Animals at the farms were found to be experiencing extreme distress, the animal rights organisation claimed (pictured, Rooney Mara inside a British farm)

Rooney Mara looks on at a pig kept in a cage at a British animal farm, as she visited several over the summer months

Rooney Mara looks on at a pig kept in a cage at a British animal farm, as she visited several over the summer months

Rooney Mara said she was inspired to go undercover after watching a video filmed at a pig farm, recalling that she was 'so devastated' by the footage

Rooney Mara said she was inspired to go undercover after watching a video filmed at a pig farm, recalling that she was 'so devastated' by the footage

Elsewhere, the animal charity claimed there were dozens of weak and dying piglets receiving no veterinary attention and pigs with severe untreated hernias

Elsewhere, the animal charity claimed there were dozens of weak and dying piglets receiving no veterinary attention and pigs with severe untreated hernias

Speaking of her visit, Mara said: 'I kept thinking about my sister who just had a baby, and how beautiful that instant desire to nurture and protect your child is'

Speaking of her visit, Mara said: 'I kept thinking about my sister who just had a baby, and how beautiful that instant desire to nurture and protect your child is'

The investigation captured scenes inside one farm of more than 3,000 confined pigs and another farm of around 50,000 crammed chickens.

Animals at the farms were found to be experiencing extreme distress, the animal rights organisation claimed. 

It said that according to the chicken farm's own records, 1,936 birds died within the first seven weeks of their life, averaging 42 dead birds per day.

Speaking of her visit, Mara said: 'Nothing prepares you for looking into the eyes of a mother pig whose life is to be impregnated and left in a cage until she's slaughtered.

'I kept thinking about my sister who just had a baby, and how beautiful that instant desire to nurture and protect your child is. 

'I can't imagine how awful it must be to be literally trapped and crushing your own babies and not be able to do anything about it.'      

She said she was inspired to go undercover after watching a video filmed at a pig farm, recalling that she was 'so devastated' by the footage. 

'Even though I've seen a lot of that kind of footage I really wanted to see it for myself,' she added. 'Hopefully I could make something that could impact other people who want to change their minds as well.'  

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