My artbook: Pupa Vegan PURPLE
is finally done! This is its cover art! I hope you guys like it!
The subject of the purple book is Ethics. A few pages from the book can be viewed in my gallery, but the actual book has much more content. As with every vegan book I create, 100% of the profit will go to the animals in Pupa's sanctuary: www.pupassanctuary.com/
Since this is a non-profit charity project, I can only produce it with your help on Patreon or by getting a pre-order copy via my website. A free poster
of this cover is also available for those who support my Patreon page. If you guys support the project, I hope to produce it at the end of this month (December 2018). It will be a full-colour hardback, fairtrade approved and environmentally friendly produced, just like the first one in these series. I worked damn hard on this book, because I really hope to make a difference for the animals and the planet.
About this cover
Since the book is based on ethics and challenges our culture's dogmatic beliefs regarding animals, I decided to go for a "Selective compassion" cover art, which reflects our culture's double standards. The book itself is child-friendly, meaning no swearing and no graphic imagery (pinkish paint splatters without any visible injuries are my alternative to this, as you can see on this cover and in the comics) and no content inappropriate for children. While this is the case, the book is not aimed
at children though, so some subjects (like the water footprint of our food) might be too complicated for them. It is a cute coffee-table book though and not too harsh. It has twice as much comics as my RED book and everything is 100% drawn in cartoon style, so no boring textwalls. I think the cover suits it. I want to keep making conceptual cover art for my books from now on (because my first books containing random anime art of my characters didn't quite suit the content of the book). The background of the dog has hearts, because these are animals we love and cherish, while the background of the pig is bloody, because we treat them like objects of desire whose lives are disposable. Before I stopped eating animals, I never thought about how hypocritical I was for petting one animal while paying someone to kill another animal who had just as much feelings and a will to live as my pets, for something completely unnessecary: for the enjoyment of eating their dead bodies, something I, as a human, had no biological need for. I was killing animals for my pleasure, for my taste pleasure. Because my culture taught me to, and I blindly followed it. Now I am "awake" and I hope to wake more people up with this book, too!
Common justifications for selective compassion"They're bred to be killed so it's fine"
Following this logic, if somebody has a dog living with them, and she is pregnant, then simply standing there and saying "When those puppies are born I am going to kill them all" would be enough justification for doing so. That of course is absurd. Basically, you are not in a position to determine the fate of an animal. If the argument is that some animals have been selectively bred for consumption, then again, that is not a justification. The entire process of selectively breeding them was done at the hands of humans, and all subsequent loss of life is at their say so and is entirely unnecessary.
"Some animals are to be killed some aren't!"
What is this based on? Let's use dogs as an example as that's the most commonly respected animal, in my experience.- Dogs are our companionsPractically any animal could be your companion if you gave them the chance. People keep pigs as companions, and form bonds with them as strong as you can with a dog.- I just like dogs, I don't have a connection with other animals
That is not a justification for killing other animals. Somebody could equally say to you "I don't have a connection with your dog, so I am going to slit their throat". Just because of how you feel about an animal, doesn't mean that animal is disposable, they are sentient beings.- Dogs are intelligent, other animals are dumb
That is not a justification for killing them. Other animals such as cats, hamsters and so on could be said to be less intelligent than dogs, that doesn't mean you think killing them is fine presumably. But as it happens, pigs are in many ways more intelligent than dogs, able to make connections and solve problems more advanced than anything dogs can do, and can interact on a higher level with video games, they can recognise human faces, understand reflections in a mirror, respond to commands and so on. If you have any serious consideration for animals, feel free to look up articles on chicken intelligence, cattle intelligence, sheep intelligence and so on. It is out of the question that dogs are alone as being intelligent animals.- Companion animals are my property, like my TV
This is an absurd comparison. The reason why you'd be upset with someone killing your dog is not because they are your property, it's because they are sentient beings, living their own life, and you don't want harm to come to them. Damage to your TV is a financial loss, your companion animals are more than that surely? - Just our culture, it's actually fine to slit dog's throats as long as it's done in another culture not this one
That makes no sense at all. Following through with this statement, you'd be appalled if a dog was killed in front of you, but apparently if that same dog was transported to another country where it is culturally acceptable to kill them, then you'd say it was fine. Think it through - it's the same dog, precisely the same thing is happening to them. Why does it matter where it happens?- Dogs have been companions of humans for hundreds of years
That is just because humans have chosen for it to be that way, it isn't the fault of other animals. You could make a companionship with any animal if you chose, there's no reason to be killing them just because you chose not to make a friend of them.- You can play catch with a dog and they do tricks
You can do the same with many other species. But why do you want to kill animals who don't want to play catch? Most cats don't want to play catch, they might do other things, but most don't retrieve things and play catch like dogs do, but it doesn't logically follow that you must slit a cat's throat.- Dogs are cute
Why do you discriminate against animals based upon what they look like? If you come across a dog that isn't cute, are you compelled to slit their throat? If someone doesn't find your dog cute, is it okay for them to slit their throat?
- Yeah but it's because I have a connection with my animal, they're like family. Killing animals outside my family is fine.
This is a direction comparison between humans and dogs. Therefore, you are saying that killing your dog would be bad because they're like family. Killing anyone outside your family is therefore fine, would you apply this to strangers then? A human stranger is not part of your family, unlike your dog. The argument of "you're humanizing animals" cannot be used, because you are the one humanizing animals in this case, comparing them to your family. Just because an animal or human is outside your family is no grounds to slit their throat. Also, think this through. If you have an animal that currently isn't in your family, you're arguing that it's fine to slit their throat. But if you chose to instead adopt them, then immediately it's abhorrent to slit that animal's throat. It's the same animal. Look at this from the animal's perspective, not your own.
EDIT: Oh, my! Thanks for the likes, guys!!!
EDIT 2: OMG! I MADE THE DEVIANTART FRONT PAGE WITH THIS COVER! Thank you all so much for your support and faves!