Chapter 7: Changing the World, Visual Activism chapter
Mirzoeff’s definition of:
Visual Activism- the portrayal of ideas through a visual sense, today noticeably through online networks that brings upon protest and change in society. “Once we have learned how to see the world, we have taken only one of the required steps. The point is to change it (Mirzoeff, 298).
Visual Thinking- “Visual thinking is something that we simply do not study; we have engage with it ourselves” (Mizoeff, 289). Mirzoeff states that it is a form of visual culture on how we see the world through the visual that has lead to visual activism (289).
CHOSEN ISSUE: Animal Cruelty in breeding industry.
The issue has been widespread over the past few decades that has increased its significance. The breeding of animals, specifically puppy mills has horrifying conditions. This includes overcrowded and un-sanitized cages, malnutrition, forcing dogs to over breed and are killed when they can no longer do so. An important point that I would like to talk about and research is that why is it necessary to have this large breeding mills when their is an already over populated amount of abandoned animals in homeless shelters.
“It is estimated that there are at least 10,000 puppy mills in the U.S. Fewer than 3,000 of these are regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture “(HSUS).
One of these reasons is money. Pet stores and breeders get more money from high prices of these poorly treated animals.
Activist Non- Profit Organisations:
- PETA (People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals)
- SAFE NZ (Save Animals From Exploitation)
- ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)
- Paw Justice (NZ)
- RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)
- HSUS (Humane Society of the United States)