Sheep of Fools: A BLAB! Storybookby Sue Coe, Judith Brody, Judith Brody
Sheep Of Fools describes the desperate and cruel economic phenomenon of "live transport" (sheep being transported across oceans to be slaughtered), orchestrated by Sue Coe's powerful images. Coe's true 'yarn' harkens back to the beginning of the Wool Mart (the basis of England's medieval trade, and a foundation of its later world-class Empire) through which the British refined their Parliamentary system, its rules, and dispersal of power. Today, sheep used to produce Australia's wool (descendants of those who voyaged from England in the late 18th Century) voyage again: stacked and tightly packed in tiers on ancient freighters, without food or water, journeying for weeks until they reach Middle Eastern ports. Their destination: ritual slaughter and muttonhood. That woolen muffler will never look the same, after Sheep of Fools.
Fast forward past the Renaissance; the British Empire branching had claimed Australia's virgin soil for convicts and sheep ranching. Conditions were most fortunate, despite a dearth of rain. The sheep were fruitful, multiplied, then shipped off to Bahrain (and other Mid-East ports of call that wouldn't take sheep frozen but must import their sheep alive, across the vast, deep ocean).
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