One of the great things to come out of working on Factory Farming as a subject has been meeting some very interesting people. I recently met with Katie Cantrell executive director of the Factory Farming Awareness Coalition and SF based photographer Caroline Schiff who is working on a project to photograph and tell the stories of rescued farm animals in Sanctuary Stories. Caroline recently had a successful kickstarter campaign to fund her travels and work, and her amazing kickstarter video is well worth watching. We are working together to organize an art show/fundraiser in February 2014 and hope to bring more news soon when we find a suitable venue.
I recently also came across the work of British artist Mishka Henner who uses publicly available satellite images of feedlots in his art. Will images such as these still be subject to the ag-gag laws of Utah, Kansas, Arkansas, Iowa and Missouri which make it illegal to take undercover videos or photos of farms? Ted Robertson writes that some proposals would brand activists as terrorists. I think we all have to start worrying when measures such as this are on the increase.
67 square inches is the space an egg-laying battery hen has to live in for its entire life.