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A Year of Captivity  A companion social media project to Jo-Anne McArthur's new book Captive, examining how we see, or fail to see, animals in zoos & aquaria.

One dolphin, 46 penguins, and hundreds of fish have been left inside a Japanese aquarium since its closure in January.

The dolphin, named Honey, was captured from the wild in 2005 in order to be placed on display.

Though zoos and aquaria claim to care deeply for their animals, this story demonstrates that their responsibilities to these animals ends when they are no longer profitable.

Bottlenose dolphin at a dolphinarium. Lithuania, 2016.

Jo-Anne McArthur/@bornfreefoundation

From Captive: "Of this I am certain: places of exploitation, domination and objectification have no place in an enlightened society. They can become sanctuaries, wildlife centres and places for compassionate conservation. It’s time for us to be courageous and build a relationship between we animals and those animals based on respect and care. It’s time to evolve and leave captivity behind." As science provides further evidence of the complex psychological and emotional lives of animals, we are asked to consider the ethics of keeping sentient beings as captives in our world.

This #NationalWildlifeDay, consider what you can do to take a stand for the countless animals who belong in the wild but are made captive for our entertainment.

Gorilla in a barren enclosure. Germany, 2016.

Jo-Anne McArthur/@bornfreefoundation

Review of Captive from Marc Bekoff, co-author, The Animals’ Agenda: Freedom, Compassion, and Coexistence in the Human Age: “As a field ethologist, I’ve been privileged to see animals of all kinds expressing their complex, playful, serious, and fully social selves with their families, friends, and foes in natural settings. McArthur’s beautiful, striking, and utterly shocking photographs show zooed animals in settings where they’re alone, clearly unhappy and depressed, and unable to express their natural behaviors. I deeply hope that what McArthur reveals here will help to close down these prisons and end our objectification of these magnificent sentient beings."
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Captive the book is available on Amazon: Link in bio.
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📷: Dolphin. USA, 2012.

Jo-Anne McArthur/We Animals

Follow @unbound_project today to read more about the wonderful work being done by The Whale Sanctuary Project to improve the lives of captive orcas and beluga whales 🐳
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This week the Unbound Project is celebrating women protecting our oceans and sea life!
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Today we’re highlighting Dr. Lori Marino - neuroscientist and expert in animal behavior and intelligence, and founder and president of The Whale Sanctuary Project whose mission is to create the first permanent seaside sanctuary for captive orcas and beluga whales in North America.
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“We want to create a permanent sanctuary for captive orcas and beluga whales who are living in concrete tanks. There are permanent sanctuaries for all kinds of wild land animals and none yet for dolphins and whales (cetaceans)... on a broader level, the sanctuary will be a model for change in our relationship with cetaceans from one of exploitation to one of restitution.
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I hope that in addition to providing a better life for a few whales we will represent and catalyze a cultural shift that will lead to the end of keeping these animals captive for our entertainment and a move towards a more humble and respectful relationship with them in the future.”
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#oceans #marinelife #sealife #cetaceans #whales #dolphins #animalsincaptivity #aquariums #wildlifesanctuary #wildlifeconservation #inspiringwomen

Please join us to tell their story 💚 #OrangutanDay
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It's International Orangutan Day!

Orangutans – also known as 'people of the forest' – are only found in the rainforests of Borneo and Sumatra. These fruit-loving mammals spend most of their time climbing trees and, in comparison to other primates, are quite solitary animals. Mothers and their offspring do, however, tend to form strong bonds and will remain together for at least two years in their natural habitat.

All species of orangutan are now critically endangered.

Human activities, including the illegal pet trade, poaching, and habitat destruction have caused a major decline in their population. Baby orangutans are taken from their mothers to be illegally sold as pets, while others lose their mothers to poaching. Many are also now left homeless after rainforests have been cleared for palm oil plantations to meet the rising demand for this versatile product.

These beautiful great apes are fighting for their lives.

Today, across the world, we raise public awareness of their plight and encourage each other to take action to help save their future. Please join us to tell their story.
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📷: Portrait Of Allie, an rescued orangutan at the @centerforgreatapes. Florida, USA, 2014.

Jo-Anne McArthur/@neavs_1895
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#OrangutanDay #InternationalOrangutanDay #orangutans #greatapes #endangered #palmoil #deforestation #wildlifeconservation

Which of these lives would you choose?

Zoos often claim to be essential to the conservation of species, but animals bred in captivity can never be returned to the wild, and live lives of extreme deprivation.
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On #WorldElephantDay, let's reflect on the lives we are providing for our planet's most vulnerable species. Let's commit to protecting animals in their natural habitats so that they don't have to live their lives on display.

Asian elephants in an zoo exhibit. Denmark, 2016.
Jo-Anne McArthur/@bornfreefoundation

Family of elephants by a riverbed. Kenya, 2009.
Jo-Anne McArthur/@weanimals

This is Kiska. She was wild caught off the coast of Iceland in 1979. Since then, she has spent her life in captivity at Marineland. Kiska was retired from performing in 2011, but continues to live alone at the park in a tank called 'Friendship Cove.'
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"We stand in front of a protective barrier, with Kiska on the other side. The wall is made of thick, transparent acrylic. We point at her, but our fingers are gesturing beyond — to the space around her, its barrenness and the unbridgeable expanse we've made between us and them. If we bridge that space, if we acknowledge that they have any sort of right to autonomy then they will no longer be ours. To recognise this is to confront the aspect of ourselves that we've forgotten but secretly long for: to be part of an ecosystem instead of just its proprietors." - Jo
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Captive: the Book is available on Amazon: Link in bio.
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📷: Kiska the orca at Marineland. Canada, 2011.

Jo-Anne McArthur/We Animals
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#bancaptivity #endcaptivity #dontbuyaticket

Wild animals belong in their natural habitats, not in zoos that are unable to meet their basic needs, and where they suffer terrible physical, mental and emotional deprivation.

This #InternationalTigerDay choose to support entertainment that does not imprison and abuse animals.
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📸: Tiger at a roadside zoo. Canada, 2008.

Jo-Anne McArthur/Zoocheck

The U.K.’s largest travel provider, Thomas Cook has announced it will stop the sale of tickets to attractions which keep orcas in captivity, including SeaWorld and Loro Parque, due to welfare concerns. This step sets a positive precedent for others to follow and will contribute greatly to awareness raising around the problems with keeping animals in captivity.
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In the wild, orcas have complex social structures and spend much of their day socializing and travelling in pods. It's not uncommon for wild orcas to travel as far as 160km (100 miles) in a single day. These highly sociable and far roaming creatures are unable to thrive in captivity, and they suffer as a result of that, both physically and mentally.
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#SeaWorld #endcaptivity #dontbuyaticket #bancaptivity #animalsincaptivity

SALE! To mark the end of our takeover of @lensculture's account, we're offering signed copies of Captive and We Animals for just $20 plus shipping! If you'd like to order one or more copies, email us at info@weanimals.org with the subject line "Captive sale" and your name and shipping address.
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Review of Captive from Britta Jaschinski, photographer: “McArthur sums it all up. We can no longer keep animals like this. Haunting and sad, yet beautifully composed. A must-have book for all who care about animals."
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📷: Pileated gibbon. France. 2016.
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Jo-Anne McArthur/Born Free Foundation

Humboldt penguins nest along the rocky coastline of Peru and Chile in the South Pacific. Living in flocks of thousands, they partner for life and raise their young together.
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Overfishing and habitat destruction has led to a major decline in their numbers, and in 2010 the Humboldt penguin was classified as "threatened" on the United States Endangered Species List.
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This lone Humboldt penguin lives in the Pata Zoo. This zoo is located on the top of two floors of a department store in a hot and humid Bangkok shopping mall.
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📷: Humboldt penguin. Pata Mall, Thailand, 2009.

Jo-Anne McArthur/We Animals

We're so excited that this week Jo-Anne McArthur of @weanimals will be taking over the @lensculture account with her series 'Captive'!
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'Captive' documents animals in captivity in zoos and aquaria, examining how we see, or fail to see, them.

Tune in to @lensculture from TODAY to see more!

White Tiger. Lithuania, 2016. 
Jo-Anne McArthur/@bornfreefoundation

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