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:
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!