This website has been created by Anne Yarwood, resident in Ascot for over 50 years, to show how individuals CAN effect change… can DO something about their concerns, in an imaginative way.
This month’s theme is –
ANIMALS: Partnership, Domination, Exploitation
My mind had imagined that this topic would bring me a sense of human partnership with the environment, absent in May’s PLASTICS enquiry. Not so!
Tracking through information and images illustrating the relationships between two species, Animal & Human I’ve been down the pit – of – gloom…again…AND always looking for “the third force” which is in everything, but hard to discern.
From prehistoric wall paintings ,there’s a sense of equal danger: kill or be killed.
As Domestication succeeds world- wide, cultures flourished in relation to domestication; Partnership was essential. Native American hunting culture was experienced in “relationship”. Then in various cultures, ways of life bedded down, for example the Country pursuits of the landed gentry in the British Isles.
Beasts of burden have their own history of exploitation.
Onward through the development of farming skills and practice; wartime survival. 1962 saw the enactment of the CAP European Common Agriculture Policy which aims to maintain commodity price levels within the EU and subsidise production; Animals somewhere to be spied within bureaucracy. Today, researching English agriculture, I’ve been alerted to the power of big business over small scale farming.
Within this farming history, are the ANIMALS. Currently they are objects of economics, of profit, as never before: smaller scale husbandry versus factory farming is a key concern.
AND, shining through all of this tale of POWER OVER, is the devotion between Humans and that other species, ANIMALS. There are numerous tales of individuals and groups, determined to be alongside ANIMALS.
Sitting here I remember the three dogs and a cat who shared our family’s lives, I KNOW the deep relationship that the two species can have for each other, I feel it in my heart.
THE BLOG enjoys play-time between Goats and Yoga. HERE
THE STORY tells of one young person’s dedication to animal welfare. HERE
WAKEUP shrieks the appalling implications of Factory Farming. HERE
THE GALLERY outlines a range of Animals’ life experiences. HERE
TALES celebrates two inspirational memorials to horses & mules on the battle field : Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse together with paintings from a competition to illustrate the book, and a local statue, War Horse, in Ascot unveiled in June. HERE
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VIVA, ever in solidarity,