I heard about a project recently, called “The 1680”. I’ll let them describe it, from their facebook page:
53 billion land animals are slaughtered every year worldwide for the meat and dairy industries. None of these deaths are necessary in any way.
This is too big a number to really comprehend but it becomes easier if we think of it as 1680 animals every second.
We are looking for individuals to help us launch an exciting new campaign concept that will highlight this massive death toll of animals killed for food worldwide.
Our aim is to produce a piece of eye catching imagery that may be used for campaign purposes. We wish to depict the 1680 killed every second with a montage of pictures, drawn by you!
We hope to gather 1680 drawings of individual ‘food’(?) animals with each representing one animal death. You do not need to be an accomplished artist to participate, a doodle will do! Or you may make your drawing as detailed as you like, however, please note that your drawing should measure 3.5cm by 4.5 cm, like a portrait passport photo. For time saving purposes we would appreciate it if you would resize your own images if necessary, however we will do this if you are unable. We welcome all different styles as we wish to make this montage as interesting and eye catching as possible. Colour or black and white images are fine and above all have fun!
We regret that we cannot guarantee everyone’s picture will be used as we are unsure at this stage of how many entrants we will receive.
Please send your pictures to email@example.com
We will be setting up a website (the1680.org) that will have information and ideas for what we, as individuals, can do if animal exploitation concerns us. The website will not promote welfare reform, it will promote abolition rather than regulation.
There is also a myspace group (http://groups.myspace.com/the1680)
I can hardly draw recognizable stick figures, but I have been assured that a stick-figure cow would do. I might give it a go. Or maybe they’d let me turn a picture into a drawing via the handy photoshop filters, and “cheat” that way! At least then we’d be assured that what I submitted would look like something other than a bunch of squiggles.
There are several aspects to this project that make me want to support it:
- It is creative
- It is collaborative
- It is inclusive
- It isn’t specific to one country, in terms of the numbers being quoted and used.
It made me realize that while I can quote numbers of animals killed in a variety of ways here in the U.S., I couldn’t even guess as to numbers in other places in the world. I have been bothered by that, but not enough, obviously, to do some research. So. Now I’m being educated, and have a chance at making a fool of myself with a stick figure cow drawing!