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The fifteen double sided cases each told a story. An animal from the food industry and it’s conditions in large format.
It’s been created by “Varkens in nood” pigs in need an organization for animal welfare. The website has info about other locations. All the cases have English translation too.
The exhibition is called The forgotten Animals (Het Vergetten Dier)
Most of the information was familiar to us but it was interesting to see that people didn’t really stop to read it or take in board the messages.
The ethics of the meat industry are a challenge.
The summary board above really hit home. The quantity of meat consumption per head in a graphical image.
All those little target creatures liked up in the food chain.
When the consumer demands this quantity (imagine whole European populations consumption on this scale) it’s hard for producers not to create efficient intense farming environments.
The recommendation? to eat less and to eat more ethically to impact these food factories. So it falls to the consumer to change their habits. Not necessarily by becoming vegetarian although that is my preference but giving meatless Monday a try.
It was good to be reminded of where food comes from even though the images were very sad.
I know some people find this type of image too shocking but I think it’s important to remember where food comes from rather than just looking at sterile pink packets in supermarkets.
I hope this exhibition gets more attention as it moves to it’s next location.
I couldn’t help but contrast this image with our own sweet hens.
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