Ever wonder what animals would say if they could just speak our language? We know we have. With the deep intelligence, empathy and social nature that animals possess, we’re positive that if they could communicate using the words and phrases that we are limited to, they would have a ton to say.

Clearly we aren’t alone in this curiosity, based on the compelling and thought-provoking work of Lithuanian artist Egle Plytnikaite (you can see more of her work here.) Her series of animal drawings along with text expressing their thoughts on everything from circuses to their very consumption portrays a silent stoicism and calm benevolence that is at once eye-opening and heartbreaking.

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Plytnikaite says of her inspiration for the project, “Christmas Eve is a night of magic: animals are said to talk in a human voice and finally have the power to tell how they feel.”

It begs the question, if animals really could express themselves in human language, would we continue to exploit them the way that we do? Would we be able to force them to do tricks with a circus or hunt them for their skins? We’re pretty sure that the answer is a resounding no, which makes it even more tragic that animals don’t have a voice. Thankfully, artists like Egle Plytnikaite are working to give them one.

 

Ever see an elephant balance on something in nature? We haven’t either. We have a feeling they’d have plenty to say about life in a circus.

Powerful Illustrations Express What These 3 Animals Would Say If They Could Talk

With plenty of luxurious alternatives, when you put it this way, choosing fur seems awfully frivolous, right?

Powerful Illustrations Express What These 3 Animals Would Say If They Could Talk

That’s awfully magnanimous of him, though wholly unnecessary. With all of the plant-based awesomeness around, we’ll go ahead and let him live his life.

Powerful Illustrations Express What These 3 Animals Would Say If They Could Talk

All image source: Egle Plytnikaite

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