The Cruelest Show On Earth

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Posted September 9, 2010 by Marta Holmberg

Artistic people are so amazing to me. I’m even more impressed, however, when people take their artistic talent and use it to spread a message—like Elephants Never Forget. Needless to say, I was seriously impressed when I saw this piece, created by Amy Grace in Hot Springs, Arkansas:

Really catches your eye, right? We were so impressed with Amy’s piece that we’re sending her a Compassionate Action Award for spreading such an important message. Check out what Amy has to say:

What inspired you to create this piece?

When PETA sent out their mailing about circus elephants and I got to reading about what those animals go through. It’s so painful for me to hear about any animal suffering; and what’s happening to these poor elephants is unjust. What’s more sad is that a lot of people don’t even know what is happening, and so they pay their money to go to the circus which only supports the injustice that is being done. I thought that with my photography and design combined I could help to catch a little attention to bring some awareness to the issue.

Graphic design is a very powerful way to spread the message of Ringling’s cruelty to animals. How have people reacted?

So far people have been touched by the image I think, and some even felt inclined to have more in depth conversation about the issue of animal rights in general—while others I think swept it to the side as just another “activist stunt.” If I can get through to just one person though, then it’s a job well done. Just one person can make a big difference.

Are you into any other animal rights issues?

I am concerned for all animals and their well being … from the animals in factory farms, to those being tested for products, to those being skinned for fur, to those being beaten and abused in their own home.  I may not be able to save all of them—but I do what I can to help, in the best way I can. For me, artistic expression is what I do best, and I think it is a powerful medium that when wielded right, can really catch people’s attention, open them up to compassion, and persuade them in making changes in their own small ways.

I totally agree. Comment below with your favorite way to spread the animal rights message!




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  • 1900 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    That’s pretty cool. You sound so down to earth too, I like that.

    I tell my friends about things, who in turn tell their other friends and they tell their friends… you get the picture. That way loads of people get the message but they don’t feel like they’ve been bombarded with propaganda or patronized gimicky publicity stunts. Its easy, effective and more importantlyit doesn’t cost anyone anything :)

  • 1904 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    Help me stop animal cruelty 😀
    This would be the biggest present for me. Click here and donate n__n

  • 1904 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    This is excellent. It’s powerful, it’s simple and it doesn’t look fake!

  • 1904 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    That’s a great picture, hopefully it’ll open more people’s eyes to the cruelty of the circus.

    My favourite way to spread the AR message is to just be myself! When people see how easy it is to support AR in your everyday life it makes them re-assess their life.

  • 1904 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    I’m a public speaker. So I like to spread the word through lip.

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