Thank you eve. I was blind but now I can see. Quite a disturbing photo when considering the context. I imagine this is not Sart’s intent nor the purpose of his blog, to which I enjoy my daily visits. But I can’t help feeling sad and angry at once about what’s happening. This photo has thus become even more powerful for me because of its duality.
Do you have any idea what is happening in this image or what happened in the minutes before or after the shot? If you do, and it is different from what folks are intuiting, it would be nice of you to share. From where I sit, it looks unspeakably cruel. That is not to say I hate the image. From a documentary perspective it is one of the strongest images on this blog, equal to those showing individuals in abject poverty. If people are going to eat animals, they should be forced to consider where their food comes from. Further, even if you don’t eat veal, it is a by-product of cattle farming, so unless you are in control of your food supply, if you eat a steak or a hamburger, you contribute to this. Absolutely something to consider before judging.
the picture, beautiful as it is, shows a paradoxical image: a lovely young girl taking care of a very young animal, which is helplessly tied and tangled up in nasty thin rope. this particular fact makes the image, well, just a little less endearing. it was your own choice to show it on your blog without any information. so please don’t get prickly (involving dog leashes? come on…) when people react to what they see, and try to appreciate the fact that for once nobody is commenting on the pretty mix of flowerpatterns. this type of comment comes with the territory.
Do you honestly think that tying up a cow is some big deal? Ok, maybe the cow would rather not be tied up, but then it probably would rather not be eaten. Do you get upset when you see wolves catch their dinner? If you do..then do you get upset if they starve when they don’t. We are ANIMALS, and ANIMALS EAT ANIMALS. Simple.
Not with a thin rope like this, no. I would never leash my dog like that. Wouldn’t allow for him to stay tangled in it like that either, it looks anything but comfortable. And I wouldn’t eat him or breed him for meat.
Also, call me crazy but I think a young calf should be drinking milk from its mother… The calf’s eye says a lot to me too. Sure I don’t know what happened before or after the photo, you’re totatlly right about that. But I do know how it makes me feel, and this in turn has nothing to do with whether I find it’s a great photograph or not.
Honestly, animals eat animals, and humans are animals. Do you feel sad when you see a pack of wolves chase a deer, bit at its flanks until it loses its footing and tear into its throat? If you do, then do you feel sad when a pack of wolves fails to catch their dinner and starve? Or do you think only herbivores have a right to this world? Because without carnivores the herbivores too would die, they are a part of an eco system. So are we. We are simply one of many apex predators. We just raise our food rather then chase it. Cruelty has nothing to do with the process. I don’t cry over my hamburger.
If you went chasing your own hamburger, I’d be with you on this. But the fact is that most of the meat consumed in the West is produced by a capitalist meat industry, with horrendous implications for the animals and the environment, not to mention the people who have to kill on a serial basis in that industry. But we can go buy our daily meat in the supermarket without being confronted with this nasty business. I admit that this is not the context of this photo. But one also has to acknowledge that the animal in this picture is looking far from comfortable.
Here, even on this fashion blog, every now and then we are reminded that context is everything.
The photographer is the window, not the architect.
What are you getting at with these images other than trying to glorify their extremely oppressive society? Gays are shunned, women oppressed, individuality stunted. And their seemingly wholesome baked goods are full of lard, bleached flour, and refined sugar. There is nothing really quaint about them.
I grew up in rural PA with Amish/Mennonite neighbors, and while many of their practices are quaint and charming, raising veal in this way is not. I’ve seen countless calves tied up in this way on farms in my area, and their confusion and loneliness is heartbreaking. Would have been nice to see this image with some context– the old ways aren’t always better.
You only have so much space on a farm. I would rather they tied up the cattle, then they needed to clear off more wilderness to feed themselves. Its no less cruel to deprive wild animals of habitat. And not eating meat doesn’t solve it. You actually need more farmland to provide sufficient protein by using crops and vegetables then livestock. So even more land would need to be cleared, even less space available for wild creatures. Unless you think we should all stop eating?
But did I not see this picture before? I keep thinking I have said this already.
1) The calf isn’t destined for veal. Veal calves are kept in narrow slatted floor crates where the calf can’t turn around.
2) Tethering calves on a rope isn’t the optimal way to raise baby calves, but it’s not horribly cruel as they can still get up and down, walk around and get some exercise.. This calf appears to be tangled in it’s rope, NO ONE shackles their calves or keeps them laying down.
3)This is a very rare practice on dairy farms these days, and even then, it is only for the first few days, until they can drink from a bottle well, or at max, until weaning at 4-6 weeks old.
4) As one person has said, we don’t know the background behind the picture. The calf could be restrained temporarily, until a clean pen could be found, or the farm has ran out of pens and they didn’t want to house it with other calves twice it’s size. There are a lot of different possible scenarios.
4) While this isn’t how I’ve raised calves, the calf is otherwise clean and healthy, so let’s not get out the torches and pitchforks, alright?