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Newest note: I really didn't want to put a watermark on this but due to continuous art theft in which "Selfish" is turned into band posters, I feel that I must do this to protect the original meaning of this picture. I don't mind people posting this on other site to spread the word but I hate it when wannabe MySpace bands take the picture, erase the words, and add enough crap to it until the meaning of the picture is lost. Thus I apologize to everyone else for the ugly watermark. It can't helped. Also, if you see "Selfish" anywhere else without credit to me, please note me (Notes are better because sometimes I would miss some messages). Thank you!

Why? Because its true.

I know I promised to draw something fun after I've returned from China but certain events that I have experienced there and some other things have been bugging me. While I was in China, the local news reported a county near where I was staying were killing all the dogs. Why you ask? Well because 3 dogs got rabies; each bit a person which caused their death so in return the humans there decided to kill ALL the dogs, that's 50,000 innocent lives lost because the government is too lazy to hired some people to give the dogs vaccines, so they just told the locals to beat all the dogs to death with sticks. Thus one must wonder WTF is wrong with those idiotic people? to help prevent this unreasonable slaughter, please go to [link] and sign the peptition.

Now for the meaning the picture itself. There are some people out there that like to wear fur coats or hang a trophy head on the wall, and for those reasons they would kill a living being. Their reaoning are usually because "humans are better than animals". Though the way I see it, animals only kill others for survival, but humans on the other hand, kill not only animals but also other humans for pleasure and other selfish reasons, so what part of humans are actually better? Thus its very ironic how some people would proclaim themselves better.

Now in my drawing, the person (which is not male nor female though it looks like a girl) killed the egret for its wings to look like angel ( like how people kill animals for their fur to look rich) angels are usually viewed as sometihng good, just as humans usually view themselves as "creatures that are above those heartless beasts" but in reality we are only decieving ourselves.

The person killed the egret yet she/he tried to make her/himself look like an angel with the stolens of the dead bird. I know not all humans are like that, but we are humans and we like to think good of ourselves. Perhaps denial has blinded us from certain truth. More often than we'd like to admit, we rather look the other way when we see people doing things that are dubbed inhumane. However, that's not solving anything, we may not be the ones who are doing those things but by doing nothing, we are helping them. I drew this picture in hopes of convincing those who kill or harm others for unreasonable purposes to stop and for those for does nothing to help and take action.
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Beaubema Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
my mind is a little clearer, Ill do my best to make a difference
Hbomba Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cry me a blood filled river.
AddictedToCartoons Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Will do 
Holophite Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2015   General Artist
It is fantastic to see you sharing your outrage - I feel the same way in many respects.
alesgazic Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015
I agree !
thegaidin Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015
I have to tell you that I saw this when I first came on to Deviant in 2007. I was looking for a commission (which I never did) and came across this piece.  It really moved me.  The words are touching, but the imagery speaks volumes without the words. I can see from the comments that so many people have many, varied interpretations. I guess that's why art is so provocative: it can mean something different to anyone- to everyone.  I only stayed on a Deviant a short time back in '07- I was in a place where I couldn't view it easily, so I let my account expire.  I just logged on today and I was happy to see that you have more recent work and that it's just as amazing.  I am humbled by your talent.  Thanks for sharing this and others with all of us!
Scythion Featured By Owner May 15, 2015
Do not expect anything humanlike from China. Only expect danger.
YUKARImitsuki Featured By Owner May 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Bassemobil Featured By Owner May 4, 2015  Student General Artist
I don't want to live on this planet anymore.
Aetheldod Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015   General Artist
Well I agree with you mostly except the fur throphy part , you know people eat the meat of those kills too so also a responsible person would use all the parts of the animal , I dont see wrong in this , but as you say when people only hunt/kill for one part and not use the rest is a terrible thing to do and  again a waste full mentality :/ my point is not everything is black and white , but yeah killing doggies out odf spite is an asshat thing to do and terrible. Governments are nothing but a bunch of lazy power hungry SOBs.
Catfish-chan Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015
Trembling with rage. This is a powerful illustration. You have our full support here.
Rotome89 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is why I punch random people on the streets wearing fur coats.
Poor Egret, it should've lived long:( (Sad) 
nittany10 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015
Sucks 4 u egret.
Stuff dies, deal with it.
PrinceTheRipper13 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hope you'd be just as accepting if someone murders you ^^
nittany10 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015
Great for you!
Ordam19 Featured By Owner Edited Feb 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your masterpiece sends a very powerful message. Poor egret! :(  It boils my blood when people say that humans are so damn superior to animals, which permits us into doing whatever we want with them. Sometimes, this behavior just makes me ashamed to be human
Pitsh Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015   Digital Artist
extremely deep, very touching work
Spacecadette426 Featured By Owner Edited Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Great Job! Deep. Right in the feels. :)
MorikoW Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I couldn't agree more with you!
I signed the petition. Sometimes I just hate being a human, the most selfish and idiotic creature walking around on earth. A lot of times I am ashamed of being one of them.
I do try to make a difference though, I recylcle, make donations to foundations like WWF and such. But I really understand what you mean. Great job in portraying it!

In my journal I linked back to here, if you don't mind. I think more people should see this :)
TheArgon Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so awesome O.o!
qorilla Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so beautiful. :)
Warranty4 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent, art and sentiments.
OhMyGob Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
DONW999 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
Mislav383 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
This picture was the one that Kasey ripped-off,right?
uumbrella Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Messages of your drawings are so important. People should think more about them. Keep up the amazing work!
Nightcool Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Student General Artist
The only animal I want to see dead are bugs. But it's sad, very sad.
Elizaveta22 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
Why would you want them dead? I pesonaly love bugs because they are the most pure creatures on this planet. even if they bite they never know they hurt. they don't suffer from such emotional pain as other animals because theyre brains are to small. they are truly inocent and never do anything bad on purpuse. so why?
shota08 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
bugs are not animals
lovedenumber13 Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
They're part of the animal kingdom
pippen1001 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
Love this piece, I have it framed in my living room
Lizren Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That is the very reason what I would try to say... You are absolutely right.
MayzeMerlo Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful! I love all the symbolism and meaning behind it too!
mamat88fiction Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
hey can i post in my site?? don't worry i'll give you the credit.
653052874 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
EpixMann Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
sooo amazing man nice work !!
demonhunterkira Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
I love you work and art. I would like to say this much though and note in advance that this is not directed at the author.

 My stepdad is a hunter. We have deer heads all over the house and the like but he does not kill purely out of sport. Yes he enjoys it and yes it is fun to him, but he always brings the whole deer back and uses every part of it for the family. The skin is all that remains and yes it is used for decoration, but we dont like all the chemicals in processed meat in supermarkets and they are trying to be self sufficient. We eat the deer every time and even if we dont need the meat he makes sure that we still keep it and save it in the freezer until we do need it and he also keeps careful eyes on the heard to make sure he isnt killing off the species in the area. Im not ranting or getting angry or anything like that, just throwing my two cents in there for the rest of the commenters getting mad about hunters. there is two sides to every story, know each side before trashing the other.
Ilikechocolatedotcom Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think she is referencing the kind of people who kill animals only to have body parts as trophies and throw away the rest. Your stepdad is a respectable person because he uses everything and I'm not trying to argue with you, so please don't take this badly :)
KittyKat282 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
If you don't use every part of her IT'S JUST MURDER.-hannibal
MagicxDelights Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
I don't know where you come from, but we kill deer because they're over populated here. It also really isn't murder.
xYukixShiroxMusumex Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
It's still murder....
Shadow5wift Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013

It's amazing that we are the dominant species on the planet and that we have lasted this long, yet we have no natural defences like claws or fangs and that our only unique trait as humans is that we can cry, so the question is how have we dominated all this time?


The answer is simple; its because out of all the species in the world we are the most cruel...

Lizzardman666 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
does she sell fish too?
AlbertinoAssassino Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
Humans are the so-called top players in the animal kingdom because of our cruelty! We are so cruel that we can and did destroy entire species of animals on the planet. Also we try to hide the fact that we are beasts as much as the rest of the animals because we cannot see or rather we don't want to see our true and ugly nature!
SavagePassion666 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I won't deny this message as it's right on the money. However animals are just as capable of pointlessly cruel acts as people are. Dolphins gang rape, chimps murder infants in front of their mothers of shits and giggles, bees will massacre any worker that comes back drunk ( from lime tree sap) etc. At the end of the day it's not that we're humans so we're better than animals, it's that we ARE animals with a morality complex nothing more.
Provable Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
sory to butt in, but animals don't know right from wrong. They don't have the knowledge like we do, and they react only from instinct, we however know better. Compared to us animals are helpless, so we have no real reason to kill them. 
SavagePassion666 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Right and wrong are how we perceive them. Ethics are incredibly slippery issues they vary from person to person culture to culture. Even animals have their own personal code as to what they think is "acceptable". I'm not advocating killing them I'm saying personality wise we're not above them. We are what we are based on the fact we're alpha predators and how our position on the food chain has affected our world view thusly. Because this is the place we inhabit in the world we apply constraints to ourselves to keep us from outright destroying everything else by proxy. Were ants in the same position as us would they show the same consideration? Who knows?

Also animals are smarter than you think. Some of it is instinct of course but they do make conscious decisions just like you or I do and some of them by our standards are atrocious.
Provable Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
Well, I know they are smart, but they have reasons for their killing. Rarely do they kill something for no reason, but us? We hunt deers for no reason all the time and kill them. Same with fishing, etc. :/
SavagePassion666 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Domestic cats kill for no reason absolutely all the time. There's laws in place now to try and keep their breeding under control based on that very fact. Why do they do it? They're hunters by nature and regardless if they're hungry or not they're bored and like to hunt. Why do Orcas hunt the babies of other whales devouring their tails but nothing else? They like the challenge. Why do we hunt animals but don't keep the meat? Same reasons. They're certainly not good things to do I agree with that. But we're not different from them in that respect. My entire point here is we are literally the same just advanced enough to do that kind of damage on a mass scale. They're not better than us nor we of them.
bluefoxie27 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013
i love how much heart and detail you put into your art. i myself love animals and your words really strike deep in the hearts of those who see your view and agree. keep growing in spirit and bring us more wonderful works from your heart.
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