Posts Tagged ‘species’

Nothing but Bull

Friday, August 27th, 2010

Although it is a deeply ingrained part of some national cultures worldwide, Bullfighting is also a very sad sport that generally concludes with the killing of the bull, and sometimes of the matador. Last week, I saw a news clip of a bull jumping into the stands in Spain and attacking fans further demonstrating the very dangerous, brutal aspect of the spectacle. Now, I am not launching into an animal rights monologue or extended preaching, but honestly – get it together, people! We are living in the 21st century, yet folks are still mired in ritualistic recreations. If it were critical to the advancement or survival, health of our species, I wouldn’t be writing this. But, it’s not.

Despite our objective being focused on endangered animals, we do like to spotlight the ill-intent of human behaviour. Because we are invariably responsible for not only the continuity of our species, but the conservation of the natural world. Yes, it’s a big responsibility to shoulder. But we are an intelligent species, with high capabilities, with rapidly advancing technology and science. We can split atoms and send messages outside of our solar system – yet we still have a man in colorful regalia and dress cape, taunting, stressing and ultimately killing a defenseless animal that has no choice but to be thrust into the action. We must stop this primitive, ritualistic nonsense.

No Monkeying Around

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

They swing in trees and eat bananas. Some are mischevious, but most are playful. That is the typical image that comes to your mind when you think of a monkey. But what is not abundantly clear to the world is that these same monkeys are rapidly dwindling in population all over the world. Unless awareness is wide spread, the situation will grow dire globally for our closest relatives with fuzzy little heads. What is more glaring is that a quarter of the 625 known primate species and subspecies are at risk of extinction. The primary threats to all primates are deforestation, commercial bushmeat hunting and illegal trade. Bushmeat? Are you that smug that you honestly want to eat a monkey?

In honor of these little cuties, I was inspired to debut and devote my latest painting, Monkey Playground to this cause. As always, note cards will be available soon (check back regularly) while 8.5×11 Art Prints are up for grabs right now. And you don’t even need to climb a tree to get one.