The Art in the Animal Rights Movement

There are many forms of expression when protesting against animal cruelty and for animal rights. 

There’s artistic ways, such as this painting below done by Sue Coe:

"Cruel", 2012, Sue Coe
“Cruel” 2012 via http://www.graphicwitness.org

 

Sue Coe grew up close to a slaughterhouse and developed a feverish passion to stop cruelty for animals. Her painting portrays capitalism’s influence on the food industry. To most, it’s all about the money.

Another artist, Jonathan Horowitz, stopped eating meat at age 12 when his parents took him to a bull fight in Mexico. His Go Vegan! exhibition is aimed to display as well as normalize meat-free eating. The billboard states, “If you wouldn’t eat a dog … Then why would you eat a chicken? They’re just as intelligent.” Because they are. And not everybody is aware of that fact.

"If you wouldn't eat your dog...", 2010
Go Vegan! 2010 via biennaleonline.org

 

And then, there’s more of an extreme radical approach to fighting for animal rights. The compassionate people at Lush, an international cruelty-free cosmetics retailer, strongly believe that animal testing is unnecessary and is “not legally required.”

In 2012, performance artist Jacqueline Traide, sickened by cosmetics testing on animals, wanted to convey the cruelty of it to the public by having the procedure done to herself in the store windows of the Lush Regency shop.

The demonstration was quite graphic but it seemed to hit everyone hard who walked by or stayed to watch the whole performance. People signed petitions and became emotional when they saw what was happening behind the glass window. Traide had her mouth held open with a vice, was force-fed, had a strip of her hair shaved off, and was given two injections, all of what animals have to go through while in scientific laboratories. Then, her body was carelessly tossed on the side of the curb for the dump trucks to pick up whenever they made their rounds. Animal carcasses are quickly tossed into a reckless pile and await for disposal as well.

One last form of radical individuals striving to educate the public about animal rights is Banksy, a famous street artist. His project, Sirens of the Lambs, took place in areas such as New York City, consisted of him driving around in a truck full of shrieking stuffed animals being taken to slaughter.

Four mime artists, who sit inside the truck, controlled the stuffed animals. While many kids jumped up and down with glee as the truck full of cute stuffed animals passed by, the adults received the message clearly. This purpose was to portray animals on their way to their excruciating death.

This occurs every single day except to living animals who are scared, clueless, and vulnerable to say the least.

If art, no matter the form, influences people to take a stand and change for the better, then maybe we will be one step closure to treating animals as equals and not inferiors. 

 

 

 

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