Very often in the past and even now, I see photos or worse, videos, of animals in danger being circulated with some warped narrative.
They are usually animals in mortal danger and being “rescued” in the nick of time by some “hero”. I remember once where a dog or monkey was tied to a railroad and the train was approaching and the poor animal was terrified but “thankfully” rescued in the nick of time. Whether that video was faked or not, it was still downright sickening.
There are many more.
To these, all I want to say is: Who the hell is the stupid idiot who took the photograph or video?? Why didn’t that person just rescue the poor animal instead of happily taking the photo or video with hopes of circulating it and gaining publicity with it??
And why are people forwarding such things to give air time to the stupid idiot who took the photo or the video? Why are people encouraging such things???
Very often it is animals in danger or animals in grave anxiety. Why do these sadistic and sick humans derive such glee out of watching, photographing or videoing such suffering? And why do equally stupid humans derive a kick out of forwarding such photos and videos? We humans claim to have a brain, right? Think…before you share.
I count myself as being quite diplomatic and polite most of the time, but in this aspect, I will not mince my words. Do you know that by stupidly taking the photo or video and not doing something to relieve/free/rescue the animal, the animal can suffer grave injuries, stress or even death? Please stop encouraging such immoral acts.
Now look below, this involves a poor little boy (I googled, it’s not a girl but a boy). The photo-journalist, Kevin Carter, thought it was a girl and did not even bother to find out. He took the photo and rushed off on a plane to send it off for his Pulitzer Prize. He thought the vulture was waiting for the poor girl/boy to die to devour her/him and thought it would make a “good” photo. And yes, his photo won the Pulitzer.
I am just refraining from saying anything right now because Kevin Carter died months after receiving the Pulitzer. He committed suicide.
With due respect to the family of the boy and to the vulture, we have blanked out both the vulture and the boy, and we are certainly not promoting the photograph even though it was a Pulitzer winning piece.
I have suddenly lost all respect for the once-esteemed Pulitzer committee.
Indeed, “there were two vultures that day, and one had a camera”.
This is from Wikipedia:
Carter shot an image of what appeared to be a little girl, fallen to the ground from hunger, while a vulture lurked on the ground nearby. He told Silva he was shocked by the situation he had just photographed, and had chased the vulture away. A few minutes later, Carter and Silva boarded a small UN plane and left Ayod for Kongor.
Sold to The New York Times, the photograph first appeared on 26 March 1993, and syndicated worldwide. Hundreds of people contacted the newspaper to ask the fate of the girl. The paper said that according to Carter, “she recovered enough to resume her trek after the vulture was chased away” but that it was unknown whether she reached the UN food center. In April 1994, the photograph won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography.
In 2011, the child’s father revealed the child was actually a boy, Kong Nyong, and had been taken care of by the UN food aid station. Nyong had died four years prior, c. 2007, of “fevers”, according to his family.
The photo, and its associated moral and political implications, have appeared in sociological academic journals. Scholars like Kleinman have posited Carter’s work as an “appropriation of suffering” and as a greater example of colonial discourses.