(PHOTO GALLERY) There are countless studies that prove animals are intelligent, express emotion and feel pain. There is also a direct correlation between animal abuse, domestic violence and other crimes. Yet animal abusers still go largely unpunished. Photographer Nicolas Wickstrom attempts to take us into the dark world of animal cruelty by substituting people in situations that involve the mistreatment of animals. Wickstrom explains his focus, “I aimed at inspiring more people to see the horrendous nature of what was going on and feel urged to do something, anything, to fix it.” Check out his photos. — Global Animal
Oil spills and seal clubbing. Photo credit: Nick Wickstrom

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