Animals everywhere are suffering, as a direct result of human activity. Deforestation, illegal pet trade, exotic meat trade, pollution, cruelty, laboratory testing and vivisection are some of the many ways in which animals are being brutally exploited and victimized by humans. More and more species are becoming threatened with extinction. Those that are not threatened are being exploited for money. Through these portraits, Shamma Esoof seeks to confront people with the captivating beauty of these animals and their dire plight. Shamma believes that living in harmony with the rest of our ecosystem is possible. There are many conservation efforts being carried out. For these efforts to be successful, the majority of people need to be aware of the situation and speak out against cruelty to animals.