Thursday, July 5, 2012

Tou Chih-kang... angel from heaven.

    In this photo taken on Monday, April 9, 2012, Taiwanese photographer Tou Chih-kang calms a puppy before trying to make a portrait in the final moments before it is to be put down by lethal injection at a shelter.

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” --Ghandi

   TAOYUAN, Taiwan (AP) — The photographer gingerly places a small, mixed-breed puppy on a platform in his makeshift studio at an animal shelter in northern Taiwan.
Tou Chih-kang captures expressions, personality. He creates the kind of photos that any pet owner would love to have.
This puppy has no owner and will not get one. Once its photo shoot is over, it will be taken away by vets to be put down.
Tou has been recording the last moments of canines at the Taoyuan Animal Shelter for two years. He has captured the images of some 400 dogs, most of which were pets abandoned by their owners. To him the work is distressing, but he's trying to spread a message of responsibility.
"I believe something should not be told but should be felt," says Tou, a thick-bodied 37-year-old with an air of quiet confidence. "And I hope these images will arouse the viewers to contemplate and feel for these unfortunate lives, and understand the inhumanity we the society are putting them through."

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