I never liked the idea of animals as 'humble brethren' or somehow lesser than us for not having quite the same 'skill set' as humans. I have always felt an affinity with animals and when I discovered the animal rights movement it felt like coming home, discovering that there were others who felt the same way about animals as I do. I've read a lot of AR writings but it wasn't until I read a quotation from American writer Henry Beston that I read something about animals that I wished I'd written as it encapsulates everything I feel and believe about animals so beautifully. It stayed with me and now I have created a t shirt design, probably one of a future series featuring different animals, using part of the quotation, which is reproduced in its entirety below.
The t shirt is hand printed in vegan-friendly inks and features three New Zealand White rabbits, one of the most abused, exploited and cruelly treated of animals.
“We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals. Remote from universal nature and living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creature through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion. We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate for having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein do we err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours, they move finished and complete, gifted with the extension of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings: they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth.”
― Henry Beston