Media Technology MSc

MSc Thesis


Environmentalism vs. Animal Welfare: An Unconventional Way to Clarify a Contradiction


Arnout Terpstra




There are various organizations who deal with the prevention of animal suffering or the protection of the natural environment and wildlife. Although you might expect these organizations to fight for the same cause, they can be divided into two separate categories: animal welfare and environmentalism. The first category focuses on (the welfare of) individual animals while the second focuses on (the preservation of) entire ecosystems. However, when you choose to focus on individual animals it’s impossible to attach significance to entire ecosystems, since the interest of an individual might clash with the interest of the whole system. Of course, this is also true the other way around. This paper describes an art project that aims to make people aware of this contradiction by using a series of photographs.

Full Reference

Arnout Terpstra, "Environmentalism vs. Animal Welfare: An Unconventional Way to Clarify a Contradiction", Master's Thesis for the Media Technology programme, Leiden University (The Netherlands), 2012