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‘Dumb Animals’

Dumb Animals

(Graphite pencil on A4 paper)

A depiction of a cattle auction (inspired by photos taken by Viva! at a typical U.K. auction), circa 2015. 

Soundtrack taken from an actual auction of this type, overlaid with the sound of calves that had very recently been taken from their mothers and isolated in readiness for their 6 or so years of gruelling abuse as dairy cows. The makers of this footage described it as calves 'missing their mamas' and that it was 'giving them reason to lift their voices in song... quite entertaining!'

Dumb animals? Who? Them or us?