Ellie// This project is looking at the human traits (or lack of them) we assign to animals and how this reflects human nature. We choose to see some animals in a human light: for instance pets are considered family, living in our homes with us. ‘Food’ animals on the other hand are separated from us as a lot of people haven’t been to a farm, let alone a slaughterhouse. We convince ourselves that it is morally acceptable to eat those animals as we are at the top of the food chain and they are different from us or they ‘don’t think/feel pain in the same way’.img_20171028_0001acroppedaaa

These strange contradictions are completely normal within our society. We eat cows even though we might go on to like a video The Dodo posted on Facebook showing cows in a sanctuary playing with toys like dogs. This shows how we openly recognise that the animals we eat are perfectly capable of feeling and playing- enjoying life.

Humans are very complicated creatures, trying to understand their relationship to other animals, trying to keep a clear conscience, all the while still salivating at the sight of cooked chicken.

I realise through writing this, however, that I am rather hypocritical. I myself have not even turned vegetarian, let alone vegan. Why? Not because of the change in meal choices, although I would miss the meat part of a roast dinner, but because of the fear of judgement from others. For example having to request a vegetarian option at people’s houses and feeling like I’m being a pain, or my Mum’s (and other family member’s) despair at my choice. I can’t stand the thought of the look on her face when I will probably one day tell her that I want to be a vegetarian.

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There must be many people in a similar situation. I am lucky enough to have friends that would never judge me for a dietary change, but I’m sure others would not be so lucky, facing fierce criticism from every angle. How many vegetarians and vegans would there be if we were courageous enough to answer the sour looks and difficult conversations? I like to think about what society would be like if we weren’t the dominant species, what of cows were, or horses? Would they abuse humans? If the main species were carnivorous/ omnivorous would humans be eaten en masse? My work is humorous and gently pokes fun at this, all the while having a slightly dark centre.

Humans are very complicated creatures, trying to understand their relationship to other animals, trying to keep a clear conscience, all the while still salivating at the sight of cooked chicken.

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