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These aerial shots of factory farming look like bloody zombie wounds

September 3, 2013
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By Holly Richmond

America’s heartland! Place of milk and honey! Where cows frolic happily in fields full of corn, butterflies, and maple syrup (just go with it). Or not? You’re telling me the flatlands are actually covered in festering scabs, thanks to factory farming? OK, maybe YOU aren’t telling me that, but British photographer Mishka Henner is:


Mishka Henner. A waste lagoon at Coronado Feeders, Dalhart, Texas. Yuck.

Mishka Henner. A waste lagoon at Coronado Feeders, Dalhart, Texas. Yuck.




Henner didn’t set out to make an artsy statement about the environmental destruction of feedlots. He was initially looking for aerial shots of oil fields when he found the gruesome photography. Fast Company explains:

Massive waste lagoons, which waft up dangerous hydrogen sulfide fumes and can contaminate groundwater with nitrates and antibiotics, first resemble open, infected wounds …

“I came across these really strange-looking structures, like a big lagoon, or all these dots that look like microbes,” Henner says. “We have factory farming in England, but we don’t have it on that scale. I was just absolutely blown away.”



Mishka Henner. Tacosa Feedyard’s waste lagoon in Texas or nuclear waste site?

Mishka Henner. Tacosa Feedyard’s waste lagoon in Texas or nuclear waste site?




Thankfully, Henner is safe from increasingly popular ag-gag laws preventing feedlot photography, since the photos are open-source imagery from satellites. (He previously showcased open-source aerial shots of military outposts for a 2010 book.)


Mishka Henner

Mishka Henner




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old macdonald had a factory farm
ee i ee i NO.
a prison where innocent animals
come to daily harm,
time for these farms to go!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson


7 Comments leave one →
  1. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    September 3, 2013 8:27 am

    old macdonald had a factory farm
    ee i ee i NO.
    a prison where innocent animals
    come to daily harm,
    time for these farms to go!

    Like

  2. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    September 3, 2013 9:04 am

    You are welcome. Glad you like it!

    Like

  3. September 3, 2013 7:33 pm

    Reblogged this on Sherlockian's Blog and commented:
    Please consider going vegan/vegetarian and help prevent animal cruelty.

    Like

  4. Emy Wilhelm permalink
    September 4, 2013 5:01 am

    Factory farms are gulags of despair:( Fur farming uses factory farming methods to confine wild animals. This is not only cruel to animals but an environmental hazard.

    Like

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