THE BEAUTY OF THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING IS MARRED BY THE REMINDER THAT HUMAN BEINGS STILL HAVE NOT EVOLVED PAST OUR OWN IMAGE, STILL WE STRIVE TO SHATTER DREAMS, FLAIL THE PROMISE OF THE HUMAN ANIMAL BOND AND STRIKE A POSE WHERE IT CAN DO THE MOST AMOUNT OF DAMAGE - TO ANOTHER LIVING CREATURE.
WHEN THE CAMERA WAS NEW IMAGES HAD A POWERFUL EFFECT ON PEOPLE AND WITH THIS NEW TOOL INFORMATION WAS SHARED AND PUSHED MANY PEOPLE TO TAKE ACTION WHEN THEY NEVER DID BEFORE. WITH THIS IN MIND I BEGAN TO ASK MYSELF: ARE PEOPLE AROUND THE GLOBE SO COMMITTED TO THEIR OWN IMAGE THEY CAN NOT SEE NOR CARE THE EFFECT THEIR ACTIONS CAPTURED FOREVER VIA DIGITAL IMAGING HAS ON OTHER PEOPLE? CLICK THE IMAGE ABOVE AND SCROLL THROUGH THE IMAGES, SOME OF MY IMMEDIATE THOUGHTS AS I VIEWED SOME OF THE PICTURES:
1. Why does this old man feel it is necessary to abuse animals for their amusement and eat their flesh for their nourishment? Has his life been so unfulfilled he has to take his bitterness out on a monkey?
2. Why do people who recognize religion have to slaughter animals en masse and in the most primitive way to "please the gods"?
3. Why does Bullfighting still exist - do men feel it is masculine ( oddly they look rather feminine in their "outfits" . )
4. Why is the fur industry still huge especially in the country where money flows like water and is exported with the same fluidity - don't these people have indoor heating and warm weather gear?
5. Why did someone shoot an arrow into the back of a dolphin haven't they seen "Flipper?"
6. Who in their right mind subjects a horse and their child to fire? If this person is mentally unstable perhaps the authorities should intervene ( to protect the horse, and the child from further demonstrations of bravado ).
7. Why do people "swim with the sharks" then hunt and kill them and show these images to their children?
8. Why did teenagers shoot and tie a dog to train tracks? Why have these kids been allowed to roam free surely this is not their first act of violence ( it is perhaps the first time their mental instability and cruelty has been reported to the police ).
When you see these images ask yourself - why do people like this continue to be allowed to get away with crimes against animals AND how did the animals in the images where they have been left to suffer in abandoned, dreary places get there?
Coming soon to a theatre near you "The Longest Ride" the film is about "enduring love" however in between the intimacy scenes which glorify the Rodeo will most likely inspire some men ( and women howdy up and want to ride a bull " so they can look like the guy in the movie". Will the day ever come where we do not wish to see little men atop the back of drugged and abused animals just for the "sake of a show"?
YOU can stop abuse and neglect by how you spend your money, your involvement with local politics and your consideration of nature and the environment, one person can not move a mountain but a resourceful individual can start it crumbling down. Have a good weekend - Alyssia