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Published on Jul 27, 2010
This music video for "Hunters" (a track from my new 2009 album "Red River,") was recorded in the woods and on a lake near my home in New Jersey, with the help of Gabe Dominguez and Lou Sparre (Cinematographer/Director, Electric Tweed Productions.)
My motivation in making this video is to encourage contemplation on the subject of our culture's treatment of animals. From the more indirect forms of violence - overdeveloping their habitats, polluting the resources they depend upon - to the most targeted - hunting, factory farming, vivisection - there is no debating that we are responsible for a great deal of suffering. It seems that many of us respect and feel reverence towards animals in our hearts, but perhaps we have become too disconnected from this place of reverence to consider our actions more critically. "For finally only reverence can restrain violence, violence against nature, violence against one another." -William Sloane Coffin
We so often avert our eyes from sights that make us uncomfortable; this video aims to pause there upon those sights for a while. The animals seen in this video were found dead by the roadside.
Here are a few animal welfare organizations that are doing important work: www.abcbirds.org - The American Bird Conservancy www.ifaw.org - International Fund for Animal Welfare www.farmsanctuary.org - The Farm Sanctuary www.idausa.org - In Defense of Animals