Animals are a frequent subject of debate these days. Do they have a soul? How much do they suffer? Are we under any obligation to protect their individuality by granting them rights? Are human beings morally authorized to do as they want with animals, to consume them, rob them of their freedom and train them for the purposes of entertainment? Scientific discussion takes the relationship between animal and human being very seriously. In the everyday life of our consumption-oriented society, on the other hand, that relationship oscillates between unreflecting exploitation and sentimental anthropomorphization. Against the background of these contrasts, the exhibition will be geared primarily towards informing visitors and sensitizing them to ways and means of respectful co-existence.
The exhibition was made possible by funds from the Ausstellungsfonds der Freien und Hansestadt Hamburg and the Hubertus Wald Stiftung.