Brilliant travel writer the late Mark Shand who travelled across India with working elephants wrote in Queen of the Elephants how important water is for these giant sentient beings. They love it and bathing is as vital as feeding. He also learned how elephants suffer if they are lonely. The lack of sufficient water to fully immerse themselves and frequently the depression from isolation in captivity is shown in my Soulscapes gallery.
Lots of adverts on TV for weedkillers particularly aimed at
Dandelions. These are important as some of the first foods for bees and also a beneficial herb.
From Birth to Plate
The Milking Parlour was an art installation in Bristol April 21-25 which focussed on the plight of farmers in the dairy industry. It is part of the Food Connections Festival in Bristol.
Viva distributed vegetarian and vegan leaflets at the venue showing the dark side of dairy farming.
As consumers, we need to be much more educated and informed of the process from birth to plate including how animals are treated; the reality of factory farming and conditions in slaughterhouses; how milk is produced through continuous impregnation of female cows and the removal of calves from their mothers soon after birth.
On 23rd April Shakespeare’s Birthday and in 2016 the 400th Anniversary of his death I want to bring together my campaigning against cruelty to animals and my own background in the study of Shakespeare with these poignant words. Thousands of newborn calves are taken daily from their mothers a few hours after birth and routinely sent to slaughter. It’s an aspect of the food industry we see little of and therefore have little knowledge of what actually goes on.
‘Thou never didst them wrong, nor no man wrong;
And as the butcher takes away the calf
And binds the wretch, and beats it when it strays,
Bearing it to the bloody slaughter-house,
Even so remorseless have they borne him hence;
And as the dam runs lowing up and down,
Looking the way her harmless young one went,
And can do nought but wail her darling’s loss,..’
Henry VI Part 2 Act 3 Scene 1