Our ocean, land, and the array of species that call it home are succumbing to the poison of plastic. According to the United Nations, at least 800 species worldwide are affected by marine and land debris, and as much as 80 percent of that litter is plastic. It is estimated that up to 13 million metric tons of plastic ends up in the ocean each year—the equivalent of a rubbish or garbage truck load’s worth every minute.
And the ones that suffer the consequences of this are not only humans themselves, but also animals. To bring some awareness to the state of our planet and its inhabitants, Joan Chan, a 32-year-old comic artist from Hong Kong, started a comic series called “Just Comics.”
“Just Comics” is a project that’s meant to educate people and bring awareness about the state of our planet and topics such as factory farming and animal cruelty. Joan hopes that her informative comics can help reduce the suffering of animals that are bred for meat, clothes, or any other industrial production where there are conditions for animals to be raised all year-round.
We reached out to Joan to find out a little bit more.
“I create these comics because of my love for animals.
Having worked in the defense of animals for over 10 years, I understood how smart they are and the scale of their suffering in the agriculture and fishing industries.
They are in my heart and mind every day.”
The fate of industrially farmed animals is one of the most pressing ethical questions of our time. Tens of billions of sentient beings, each with complex sensations and emotions, live and die on a production line each day just to satisfy the increasing demand for fresh and cheap animal meat. With the help of vaccinations, medications, hormones, pesticides, central air-conditioning systems, and automatic feeders, it is now possible to cram tens of thousands of chickens into tiny coops, and produce meat and eggs with unprecedented efficiency.
Many people are unaware of the cruelty factory-farmed animals go through and choose to remain ignorant. Joan’s goal is to share such information and let the world know of such cruelty. If you opt never to consume meat again, that will be your personal decision, and you should educate the world on why you chose such a decision if it will help advocate for animal rights among such farmers.