Violet, Potbellied Pig, Age 12 – Photograph by Isa Leshko
It is very rare for a farm animal to actually live its full natural lifespan given that most of these animals experience brutality and death early in their lives. By depicting the beauty and dignity of these creatures in their later years, I want to encourage people to question and challenge the way farm animals are currently treated.
In 2011 the hubby and I worked with photographer Isa Leshko to document her series Elderly Animals. We traveled to Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation in Kendalia, Texas to capture Isa’s process. It was a very emotional experience spending time with Violet, the Potbellied Pig (above) and Phyllis, the Southdown Sheep (below). Since we shared the film in 2011 it has received over 229k views, and recently it has been featured on Mercy for Animals Blog, One Green Planet and Elephant Journal. I’m so grateful for all the positive feedback the film has received and appreciate the conversations about the treatment of animals it has started. Watch below.
Learn more about Isa’s work at www.Isaleshko.com.