Furadan Feline responds to an epidemic of lion poisonings in Africa. The lions are killed primarily to protect livestock. A common killing method is to poison dead animals. Herders lace carcasses with pesticides, knowing the lions will return to finish them.
The highly toxic Furadan is the most commonly used poison. Though banned in many other countries, it is available at agricultural supply stores in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania, where the poisoning of lions is taking place. The pink design used for the ears, eyes, and nose of Furadan Feline is found on Furadan packaging. The red-striped and blue plaid cloth is cut from shukas, a blanketlike garment worn by the Maasai people of Kenya, most closely linking this work to a particular group of people.
Purchased with funds from the William R. Roberson Jr. and Frances M. Roberson Endowed Fund for North Carolina Art