World Wildlife Day

Killing For Longevity
Pen and Ink on 14"x17" on Paris Paper

This image may be confusing to those who may not be aware that in rescuing rhinos from poachers, they are sometimes transported by helicopters in such manner. Cranes are a symbol of longevity in China, Vietnam, Japan and Korea. Turtles are also symbols of longevity, especially in Thailand. Incidentally, the firefly is a symbol of impermanence.

Cranes, as a symbol of longevity is hypocritical and meaningless at best if the the people of those cultures behave like ravenous wolves in their quest for longevity and economic profit; pillaging the earth and driving animals to extinction because of their horns, scales or tusks.  Such behavior is against the presets of life and human decency. 

Series: The Plight of the Rhino, Number 4
I know I have not posted Number 3 yet. :)

World Wildlife Day


k.h.whitaker said...

I had no idea that is was world wildlife day or that they transported Rhinos like that! Wow, must be scary for the Rhino. (((HUGS)))

Ces Adorio said...

Hello Karen! Yes, that was the first thing that came to mind the first time I saw such image. I am glad they blindfold the rhino BUT I have have seen some that have no blindfold.

Tammie Lee said...

dear Ces,

thank you for explaining all of this.
this is a deeply profound piece. I agree, must be so frightening for the Rhino, they are not meant to be upside down, or in the air and how do their joints feel after all of this.

perfect title too!
a master piece Ces, a caring master piece.

Rick Forrestal said...

Your work helps deliver an important message
on this important day.
Thank you, Ces.

Bimbimbie said...

Life, just a short flight away

- a little undignified perhaps, but where's the dignity in a butchered rhino ...

Bella Sinclair said...

It's the poachers who should be strung up by their toes. And not by cranes but buzzards and dragons.

A very powerful and poignant image. If only every day were Wold Wildlife Day.