This fuel dictates to a large extent how efficiently the human body functions. Good fuel encourages good performance; bad fuel hinders or hurts performance. To determine what is good and what is bad fuel, it is essential that consumers know the source of the food and how it is processed. Agribusiness does not agree. In an effort to keep consumers in the dark, Big Ag lobbyists are pushing for state-level laws that will criminalize investigators who are working to expose the animal welfare abuses and inhuman practices routinely taking place in factory farms and slaughterhouses nationwide. The result of these practices is found on our tables.
In 2008, the Humane Society exposed Hallmark Meat Packing Co. for its unethical treatment of cows. Hallmark had been the second largest supplier of beef to the National School Lunch Program. Beyond the complete disregard for animal welfare, Hallmark was slaughtering cows too sick or injured to even walk. This processed beef supplied over 100,000 schools and childcare facilities. The investigation led to the largest meat recall in U.S. history. Had the laws being pushed today been in place then, the Humane Society could have been prosecuted fro documenting and exposing Hallmark’s practices which jeopardized human health and potentially endangered thousands of children.
This dress is about time—the time it takes for one’s perception to change about a particular subject, in this case, about the beef processing industry. The design suggests couture fashion with its clean lines, high-end details and organic movement all coming together in an aesthetically pleasing work of art. Beauty, however, can be deceptive. As in the beef industry, the final result does not reveal the process.
To create this piece, I steamed together a sequence of photographs and transformed them into the repetitive pattern found on the inside of the skirt and underneath the jacket. As the viewer draws closer, what appears as a repetitive pattern reveals itself to be a series of photographs. Upon closer examination, the horrific acts of abuse appear in detail.
I want the viewer to look closely, to explore the dress, to touch and move it so that the photographs become clear, and the viewer becomes intimate with the details. Only then will this enticing dress become some else entirely, not a lovely fashion statement, but rather a statement that reveals the dark side of the beef processing industry. The final product is only appealing from afar, the process hidden behind the pretty packaging. This piece of art is more than just a dress. The beef on one’s plate is more than just a steak.
Allows cows to be stuffed with synthetic estrogen, fattening agents (which are harmful to
people), antibiotics, etc.
Pretends that genetically engineered meat is an ‘animal drug’ and therefore does not need
to be analyzed for human safety.
Allows animal blood and other animal parts to be fed to animals in feedlots, a practice
that spreads diseases like mad cow disease.
The Department of Agriculture:
Prohibits private citizens such as ranchers or meat packers from testing their own
livestock for disease
Allows pink ‘slime’ to be added to meat without labeling it as such.