There's no denying that the things done to animals to ready them for our consumption are incredibly cruel, inhumane and downright horrific. They're brutally murdered, sliced open, hung on meathooks and tossed through grinders, treated much the same way that Leatherface treats young folks who stumble into his house. And yet. when Leatherface does it, it's horrifying and nightmare-inducing. When we do it, well, we don't even really think about it. Because that burger from McDonald's just tastes so damn good, doesn't it?
As we spotted over on Junk Culture, this new art installation from German artist Miroslav Menschenkind highlights the brutality of slaughterhouses and butcher shops, by using cute and cuddly stuffed animals in the place of real ones. In one area of the pop-up butcher shop, a decapitated dog hangs from a meat hook, while faux sausage casings line the wall next to it, filled with the fluffy innards of stuffed animals.
While art is of course subjective, I can only imagine that Menschenkind whipped up this unique display to show people how horrifying it is to peek behind the closed doors of the companies that supply is with our meat. By brutally maiming innocent children's toys, he playfully exposes the harsh realities of the meat industry. Real animals are as cute and innocent as the stuffed ones we all used to cuddle with, after all.
See more, and learn more, over on Menschenkind's website.