Graphite and Charcoal drawing titled 'The Things I’ve Seen'. Which Is my second completed large A1 (594x841mm) drawing and took about 115 hours over 16 days to complete and is the first piece i ve done on animal cruelty for over a year.
This particular drawing is quite subtle and may not be obvious that its about animal cruelty at first. As initially it just seems like a women looking through blinds and crying. But on closer inspection you can see in the reflection of her eyes, with pigs being hung upside down and slaughtered at a slaughterhouse.
Being a vegetarian my entire life (trying to become a vegan) I have always found peoples disconnect and relationship with animals and meat very disturbing. As I feel people just completely ignore how much suffering and trauma animals go through so that they can have a meal on there plate. Except when they have an emotional connection to the animal like dogs, cats, horses etc then there horrified.
The meat industry and slaughterhouses operate under enormous secrecy. The majority of people do not know how a slaughterhouse works or how animals end up in these places; this is because the meat industry tries very hard to hide its routine procedures. No school would take children on a field trip to one of these inhumane places.
In order to get consumers to buy their products, the meat industry has to keep the horrors that millions of animals face every day hidden from our eyes and ears.
Below are some of the most common slaughterhouse procedures,
1. Forced fasting, They stop feeding animals 48 hours before being sent to slaughter so there are no traces in their digestive system that impede the processing of the meat.
2. Inhumane transportation, Animals are sent to slaughter crammed into trucks that can travel long distances while banned from food and water. For some animals, this will be the first and the last time they see the sunshine, because they lived their entire lives inside artificially illuminated factory farms.
3. Waiting for the end Animals have to wait their turn at the slaughterhouse. The wait can last one or two days long. Some animals, such as pigs and cows, witness how their peers are sent to death, and suffer terribly knowing that they will be next.
4. Electrocution Before dying, different types of mechanisms are used to knock out animals before being slaughtered. Pigs are left unconscious; they are electrocuted with an apparatus applied to their temples. Hens and chickens are forced to pass upside down by electrified water. And cows have their skulls drilled with a special gun, which introduces a retractable bullet into their brains.
5. Cruel death, Decapitation occurs when the animals are hung upside down. Hanging upside down allows them to bleed out quicker, meaning that it is more commercially beneficial for subsequent processing of the meat.
Slaughterhouses "process" many animals a day, so its operation is similar to an assembly line. Cows and pigs, animals of great weight are lifted from the floor by their rear legs, causing them tears and breaks. After that, they are slaughtered by the killers, their trembling bodies can be extended endless minutes.
Chickens and hens are hung upside down on conveyor belts. They are mechanically slaughtered by machines. In poultry slaughterhouses, almost everything is automated. They can kill more than 50,000 animals in just one week.
If there is one thing I want people to do while looking at my artwork is to 'think' about what they are doing when buying or eating meat. And to please take the time to watch the video 'from farm to fridge' here www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiFXlNkdRMc . As the amount of suffering that millions of animals go through on a daily basis for human consumption, in my opinion is one of the worst acts of evil.