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Jungle Book Execution by Banksy first appeared on a British Greenpeace flyer in 2002. It was controversial at the time, with the press wondering if Banksy had gone too far. The painting shows a clearcut forest. Jungle Book characters, drawn in Disney style, are bound and lined up for beheading. A hooded man holds an ax over his shoulder, facing the prisoners.
The painting is aimed at those who have to be slapped before they can see the destruction man has caused. Animal habitat has been destroyed, the Disney style suggesting the killing of much-loved creatures. A boy is also waiting to be executed, indicating future generations. Jungles and rainforests are the lungs of our planet, and this destruction will affect our children. The man with the ax symbolizes the many companies destroying habitats for their own gain.