All sentient living beings feel pain and pleasure, fear and comfort; this is undeniable. Yet every year, billions upon billions of animals suffer needlessly and beyond imagination in the food, medical, cosmetics, and entertainment industries. While it is widely agreed upon that rape, murder, torture, and exploitation of any kind are all acts no one should have to experience, they are very much the reality for these animals.
This body of work is fabricated for effect. Aiming to advocate on behalf of the voiceless souls trapped in modern-day consumerism, it depicts legal and standardized practices. Humans stand in place of the animals and their daily realities on factory farms and in laboratories, stating that when we suffer, we suffer as equals. Why is there a defendable hierarchy that allows us to willfully accept these practices when performed on non-human animals?