May 17 2011

#17 “Lupine Rights!”

From Svante in Lund, Sweden

Wolves have stood in the darkening shadow of human politics long enough. This is why I am particularly enamored with this illustration that was contributed by Svante on March 11, 2011. As you can see, Svante was not content to draw a simple rendering of the majestic creature of the wolf. He took a stand. He longed for his illustration to portray a deeper meaning; he yearned for it to deliver a message, and thus we have here before us the anthropomorphic wolf picketing for equal rights on May 1, International Workers’ Day.

This wolf may not be particularly talented in the fields of spelling and grammar, but he certainly makes up for it in enthusiasm. Yes, you may argue that the look in his eyes is one of half-heartedness, perhaps even ambivalence, but ask yourself this question: How would you feel if you were a wolf, trying to make your way in a world domineered by brutal, pink, furless bipedals? I suspect you would feel beaten down as well. But what is important here is not whether this wolf displays physical strength or weakness. No, it is the determination and fortitude of his soul that makes this wolf so beautiful and places him head and shoulders above all others.

Thank you, Svante.