The world around us is something we are barely conscious of and forget to ‘stand and stare’ at in the everyday hurly burly. It takes those who have made it their everyday hurly burly to compel us sit up and take notice of what is out there and how the ‘out there’ is being shrunk by us to almost nothing. These are the wild life and wilderness enthusiasts who document it in text and images, the photographers and writers. As always – not the least because our attention span now is the shortest ever – visuals stop us in our tracks, rivet our eyes and engage our hearts and minds. Having got our attention, they tell us the stories – that highlight our greed and wanton cruelty and of things that we could do without with no ill effect on our collective well being .
It is the fruit of the labor of love of these photographers that have pricked our conscience and made us do what is right – sometimes grudgingly.
We have stopped testing cosmetics on animals – even if laws do not prohibit them – because the consumer voted it out with his purse by buying only products that aver ‘not tested on animals’.
Boycott of furs and skins has saved ermines, chinchillas, foxes and others. India banned export of frogs’ legs and saved them from a slow painful death due to dismemberment.
Elephants for tusks, rhinoceroses for horns, tigers for their testicles, snakes for skins and innumerable others need saving.