In the summer of 2015, I felt like I was going insane.
I'm a big lover of road trips, and I love exploring what I consider to be the most beautiful country in the world: my homeland of Canada. But as I drove through the countryside and passed farmer's field after farmer's field, seeing beautiful cows grazing or lying around or frolicking adorably, something inside me snapped. I couldn't bear the thought that in a year or two, most of these cows wouldn't be around any more. No matter how great their lives were, they would meet a horrifying end in a slaughterhouse. This gruesome thought tainted the pristine beauty of every sight I saw that summer on my countryside road trips.
I wondered how an amazing country like Canada with such a profound regard for democracy could allow this system of slavery and slaughter to continue. It is so well hidden that most of us don't even notice it, let alone question it.
These thoughts inspired me to start snapping pictures and taking video footage of cows before it was too late. In this way, I could immortalize them and honour their memory.
Basically, I was harnessing my insanity through whatever creative outlets I could. I took a stab at shooting and uploading my first video on YouTube: a bizarre homage to some local cows. I also wrote a short story themed somewhat around cows and what I saw that summer.
I spend a lot of time thinking about cows. They are truly amazing animals that give us so much, and expect so little in return.