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By Sue Coe

Longtime activist illustrator Sue Coe, a pioneer defender of animal rights, has produced a impressive new paintings that furthers her career-long exposé of the exploitation of animals raised and slaughtered for human intake. Richly illustrated with full-color work and drawings all through, merciless conveys the negative good looks, and excessive anguish, of either the animals so sacrificed and the staff curious about their violent destruction. whereas by surprise attractive in its depiction of the brutal outcomes of meat consuming, this can be a deeply relocating, provoking paintings, no longer for the faint of middle. Armed basically along with her sketchpad, Coe is usually allowed entry to areas no photographer or reporter is admitted: the result's a passionate testimony to the waste and violence perpetrated by way of one species opposed to such a lot of others—and as either the textual content and unforgettable illustrations of this publication clarify, those activities will get back to hang-out humanity.

Aside from manufacturing unit farming, in merciless Coe additionally units her attractions on lesser-known, but both surprising, tools concerned about advertisement fishing, the wool undefined, the flagrant use of insecticides, and cattle "protection" collars. this can be social and political paintings at its strongest, within the culture of Goya, Käthe Kollwitz, and Diego Rivera.

Cruel comprises notes supplementing Coe's personal texts and illustrations via Judy Brody, with whom she has formerly collaborated. Brody runs the web site image Witness (www.graphicwitness.org): "social statement via photo imagery."

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