In defence of animals

Frédéric Back's drawings evoke an era when "humanity was living with an abundance of life forms we can hardly imagine today." For many of us, wild life exists only in books or on television. Animals that lived wild and free over thousands of years of adaptation are now threatened by extinction. They face "ever more complex problems as the human noose tightens mercilessly around them." Everywhere on the planet, exploding populations contaminate, use up, and radically transform the natural ecosystems of earth and sea on which all flora and fauna depend. Fascinated by our lifeless inventions, searching for hypothetical life on distant planets, we continue to ignore almost everything alive around us. At the same time, every day, our "different" fellow creatures are losing their habitats, being poisoned, and becoming increasingly rare.