Last summer, Rachele Totaro captured the photos of some animals that most of us considered dirty and unhygienic. And there’s nothing special about them. Just some ordinary photos of rat and mice, until I read the story behind them.
Those were the first time, the little creatures experienced life under the sun, out at the open air and out of the cages.
The rats and mice featured in Rachele’s photos were once part of animal testing program. They were saved by La Collina dei Conigli, an Italian charity organization based near Milan.
There are hundreds of thousands of animals being tested in various labs. Some of them are recoverable but many of them die due to lethal tests. However, the Italian law allows releasing recovered and healthy animals to individuals or charitable organizations such as La Collina dei Conigli.
Rachele has been given part of her life to support charity program as a volunteer photographer. She is also a proud member of HeArts Speak network, a nonprofit organization that’s uniting art and advocacy to increase the visibility of shelter animals. “Creating a world where no shelter animal goes unseen” is its motto.
As Rachele said, “sometimes reality can become better than fiction.” That is how she shows them. No special effects on photos, only the curiosity of the little critters. They are finally able to feel the sun on their fur, enjoying the very first moments of freedom. They showed us once again that they are not just mere numbers, as they are considered in labs, but living individuals with peculiar attitudes and personalities.
And if you really look at them, they are absolutely cute.
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