We are at the beginning of ecological disaster. Its consequences are already felt in climate change, pollution, disease rates going up. Meat production industry contributes a great amount to all of the above.
I conducted a statistical research on slaughterhouse waste as well as anthropological research on relationship between human animals. A staggering 51 percent or more of global greenhouse-gas emissions are caused by animal agriculture, according to a report published by the Worldwatch Institute.
Raising animals for food requires massive amounts of land, food, energy, and water and causes immense animal suffering. Yet, pollution is not only due to raising animals, but also due to improper managing of the deadstock. It accounts for about 49% of a cattle carcass; 44% of a pig; 37% of a chicken; and 57% of most fish species that go to waste. One estimate states there are over 40 billion pounds of slaughterhouse wastes like blood, bone, and viscera a year. There is a drastic shift in how we used to treat animals and how we treat them now. We don’t see them as equally spirited creatures nowadays.
Many of the city dwellers have no idea how meat slices end up at the store or to whom it belongs. With my project I strive to remind us the old, but wise ways of treating our environment. To find a value in materials that we get and find a use for them. I gathered bones from local shops and friends of friends. And derived new functions for them. Be it jewelry, tools or abstract objects.