[animal testing] “really people?”

First thing’s first:

Happy New Moon!

As many of you already know, I am very sensitive with matters concerning animals. Be it killing them for fashion, animal testing, poaching, or endless [as it seems] acts of cruelty towards innocent beings …including eating them [a rather late revelation for me].
For a long long time I’ve wanted to do something creative [other than signing petitions – sharing or donating] to help raise awareness for those issues. None of the things I did pleased me though so I let the thought linger until last week. Pen and paper and it was all there.
So, without further ado, here’s the first of my series titled “Really People?“. This one is about Animal Testing.
This day and age, with technology booming, we still test on animals, use in laboratories or for ‘educational purposes’ when there are so many alternatives to this exceptionally inhumane way.
I will not post any videos or gruesome pictures as I realize not everyone has the stomach for it. I didn’t either. All it took was a couple of seconds for me to burst into tears and say ‘no more’. However, I found out that by turning my back, the issue became a distant remembrance of a pain I once felt, forgotten. Needless to say, I force my self to watch now. Not out of masochism obviously but because it makes me want to do something about it. So, if anyone wishes to learn more about animal abuse, please visit the Humane Society here: http://hsi.org/campaigns/end_animal_testing/  or  Peta here: http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-experimentation/
For the good news, there are many companies out there which have chosen not to test their products on animals. You can check Peta’s Cruelty Free Companies list or the ‘Animal Ingredients List.

Here it is:

[Animal Testing] – Really People?

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As with most of my work, this too is available at my art shop here


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…and on various items like phone and laptop cases & skins, t-shirts, hoodies, tank tops, shower curtains, rugs, pillows, v-neck tees, onesies, wall clocks, cards etc

78 replies »

  1. The most fascinating thing for me is, you’ve created a very powerful image on a distasteful subject, and yet it seems to have a certain lightness and joy that’s true of all your work. It manages to combine artistry, activism, a joyful spirit, and a hopeful heart. Of course, when you’re Marina Kanavaki, it’s all in a day’s work… : )

    • Ah, my friend… it was the subject which actually directed me to this and I can’t tell you how happy your words make me. In the back of my mind there was always a concern of how this would turn out. You have just described all my hopes for the outcome. THANK YOU!!!! 🙂
      I hear that they are in need of a new god round here and I have nominated you, so be on the look out for messages from Mt Olympus!

  2. Wonderful concept Marina, as noted by the many comments you’ve received. Incredibly moving post and first artwork toward bringing awareness to the cruelty of animals. If anyone can move society to paying attention it will be you ~

  3. You have great heart, Marina! Humans are the most inhumane species on the planet when compared to other species. It is very sad…

    • I believe they don’t know – at least many don’t. I didn’t either, a few years back, until I read and -unfortunately- saw. Thank you so much for your support! 🙂

  4. Animal testing is wrong.
    Case closed!!!!!!!!!!!!
    You are very beautiful, Marina!
    I don’t know where you are taking this sentiment/reality, but I am following and support your endeavour.
    I do help, in a small way.

    • Indeed, my dear Resa, very wrong!
      I don’t know either, but somehow I’ve always felt the need to respect every being and it’s space. What’s happening is simply perverse and cruel.
      Any help, is good, be it small or big! Small maybe very big to someone anyway! Thank you so much for supporting this. It means so much to me!
      [a late response as I was away for a couple of days…]
      Happy June 1st, my dear Resa!! 🙂

    • Oh, Robert, you are making me blush – big time!
      Animal cruelty makes me really really mad / sad… still what I do is very little, but thank you.
      Have a beautiful June, my friend! 🙂

  5. Thank you for your courage, determination and compassion. Brilliant!!!

    “We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals. Animals suffer as much as we do. True humanity does not allow us to impose such sufferings on them. It is our duty to make the whole world recognize it. Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace.” Albert Schweitzer

  6. I so share your disgust to these practices and I am too saddened to look at those videos. I love your strong and moving graphic. Peta should buy the rights to it. I was a supporter of both organizations, but the Human Society locally got in a lot trouble for how they “euthanized” animals here. Not the right way either. I stopped sending money. Peta causes a lot of property destruction and I don’t condone a lot of their extreme practices anymore either. Sad how both organizations had to resort to damaging or hurtful actions.

    • I agree with you on everything. I didn’t know about the HS and truly they both shouldn’t have to resort to damaging actions. However they do so much good work for animal rights… There are so many issues I might have never known if it weren’t for them. I’m very happy you like my work on this! 🙂

  7. Marina it is a great message and very powerful in the doing list. Good on you and I hope we can support your views as it is not a one person war but ours all. It is a huge subject and there should not be cruelty to animals what so ever, Good luck!

  8. Marina, as you know I agree entirely with your sentiments and have google + it… A great poster to bring attention to the horrors we inflict upon our animal kingdom for the sake of fashion..

    Love and Hugs my dear friend. Sue xox

    • I know we share these sentiments about this matter, my dear Sue and I’m so happy that you like my way of bringing attention to it. Thank you, my friend.
      Hugs and many xxxx !!!!!

      • In Switzerland there are several of us “extra terrestrial” 🙂 as I told you, I’m not a fully vegan (it’s hard when you love cheeses) but I’m trying hard. What we buy is basically from local bio farmer, but not very strict, since we buy feta cheese from your country too (bio, of course). Kisses :-)c

  9. I hope more companies avoid this extreme cruelty to animals. In our MBA class we discuss The Body Shop ethics and values as an example of a company who is passionate about no animal testing.
    Thank you dear Marina for the reminder.

    • They truly were a great example and for so many years now… It is very encouraging that many companies now follow their example. But we have to help too as consumers. Thank YOU, my dear Dilip! 🙂

  10. Oh dear! You know how I feel upon this matter, about all what regards animals and the way to protect them… I do love this idea!!! Art & deep awarness… the same I use when I write my novels! I will send you all the details about our trip to Pylos in the next days, dear Marina… have a lovely day :-)claudine

    • I know how much you care, my dear Claudine and how involved you are with those issues. Thank you so much for your kind words! [waiting for the details!] You too have a lovely Thursday! 🙂 xx

  11. Way to combine two passions with a burst of creative expression. After all, you creative types probably get the urge to do something different, and in this case, I can say well done!

    • Thank you very much, my dear Soumya. I hope that through this we may see a little bit differently. If everyone knew, I’m sure they’d be more cautious of what they’d buy.

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