Cruel (Limited Edition)

sub-heading:
Bearing Witness to Animal Exploitation

“There is a spiritual terror, the promise of hell that makes them difficult to look at, and even more difficult to look away from.”

—Los Angeles Review of Books
$40.00

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  • 208 pages
  • Color illustrations throughout
  • Paperback ISBN 9781935928720
  • Publication May 2012

about the book

Longtime activist illustrator Sue Coe, a pioneer defender of animal rights, has produced a striking new work that furthers her career-long exposé of the exploitation of animals raised and slaughtered for human consumption. Richly illustrated with full-color paintings and drawings throughout, Cruel conveys the terrible beauty, and intense suffering, of both the animals so sacrificed and the workers involved in their violent destruction. While unexpectedly beautiful in its depiction of the brutal consequences of meat eating, this is a deeply moving, upsetting work, not for the faint of heart. Armed only with her sketchpad, Coe is often allowed access to places no photographer or reporter is admitted: the result is a passionate testimony to the waste and violence perpetrated by one species against so many others—and as both the text and unforgettable illustrations of this book make clear, these actions will come back to haunt humanity.


“Mind-blowingly honest. Daring, truthful, mesmerizing, haunting. The most thorough examination in art of what humankind is doing to the rest of the animal nations. Read it and weep, but more importantly, read it and do something to stop our disgrace.”

—Ingrid Newkirk, president of PETA

About The Author / Editor

Photo © Alison Thomas Sue Coe was born in England and grew up next to a slaughterhouse. She studied at the Royal College of Art in London and left for New York in 1972. Early in her career, she was featured in almost every issue of Art Spiegelman's groundbreaking magazine Raw, and has since contributed illustrations to the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Nation, Entertainment Weekly, Time, Details, Village Voice, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Esquire and Mother Jones, among other publications. She is widely regarded as one of the best and most scathing artists of her time. Her paintings have been exhibited in galleries and museum around the world, including New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Her previous books include Dead Meat, How to Commit Suicide in South Africa, X, and Pit’s Letter.

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Cruel (Limited Edition)

sub-heading:
Bearing Witness to Animal Exploitation

“There is a spiritual terror, the promise of hell that makes them difficult to look at, and even more difficult to look away from.”

—Los Angeles Review of Books
$40.00

Add to Cart

Adding to cart… The item has been added

about the book

Longtime activist illustrator Sue Coe, a pioneer defender of animal rights, has produced a striking new work that furthers her career-long exposé of the exploitation of animals raised and slaughtered for human consumption. Richly illustrated with full-color paintings and drawings throughout, Cruel conveys the terrible beauty, and intense suffering, of both the animals so sacrificed and the workers involved in their violent destruction. While unexpectedly beautiful in its depiction of the brutal consequences of meat eating, this is a deeply moving, upsetting work, not for the faint of heart. Armed only with her sketchpad, Coe is often allowed access to places no photographer or reporter is admitted: the result is a passionate testimony to the waste and violence perpetrated by one species against so many others—and as both the text and unforgettable illustrations of this book make clear, these actions will come back to haunt humanity.


“Mind-blowingly honest. Daring, truthful, mesmerizing, haunting. The most thorough examination in art of what humankind is doing to the rest of the animal nations. Read it and weep, but more importantly, read it and do something to stop our disgrace.”

—Ingrid Newkirk, president of PETA

About The Author / Editor

Photo © Alison Thomas Sue Coe was born in England and grew up next to a slaughterhouse. She studied at the Royal College of Art in London and left for New York in 1972. Early in her career, she was featured in almost every issue of Art Spiegelman's groundbreaking magazine Raw, and has since contributed illustrations to the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Nation, Entertainment Weekly, Time, Details, Village Voice, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Esquire and Mother Jones, among other publications. She is widely regarded as one of the best and most scathing artists of her time. Her paintings have been exhibited in galleries and museum around the world, including New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Her previous books include Dead Meat, How to Commit Suicide in South Africa, X, and Pit’s Letter.

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