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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.

An excerpt from Captive: "Recently, our obsession with social media has further degraded any meaningful interactions we might ever have had with the animals; as a result, this book is filled with images of we animals being engaged only with one another or ourselves." - Jo

Captive: the book is available on Amazon. Link in bio.
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📷: Jaguar. France, 2016.

Jo-Anne McArthur/@bornfreefoundation

An entire three-day international conference dedicated to "Confronting Captivity" kicks off today, with thanks to the Performing Animal Welfare Society (@pawsark2000)
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"The 2018 International Captive Wildlife Conference is a global summit that focuses on the confinement and use of captive wild animals, especially those exploited for entertainment. Its aim is to educate, stimulate critical discussion, and promote action to protect and improve the welfare of captive wildlife."
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Featuring 45 speakers, representing work for captive wild animals across the world, this event is providing an important platform for this global issue to be discussed.
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Follow @pawsark2000 to find out more.
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Together, we will #endcaptivity.

Last week, the Portuguese parliament passed a new law that will see the use of wild animals in circuses banned by 2024.
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"Parliament has finally realised that larger cages, stricter rules and more controls were not the solution for the problems of these animals, who were reduced to mere puppets, deprived of their dignity." - PAN party lawmaker, Andre Silva via @yahoonews

This new law will cover approximately 40 species of wild animal, including lions, tigers, elephants, camels and zebras. Wild animals who belong in their natural habitats, not in captive environments that are unable to meet their basic needs. In captivity, these individuals suffer terrible physical, mental and emotional deprivation.

While there's still much work to be done, the future looks hopeful for animals who suffer in an industry that values entertainment and profit over their well-being. Governments around the globe are responding to the campaigning efforts of animal protection groups and public outcry against the use of animals for entertainment. As more and more countries commit to a ban on wild animals in circus acts, positive precedents are being set for the rest of the world to follow.
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#circus #animalsincaptivity #circusanimals #elephants #lions #camels #tigers #zebras #animalrights #animallaw #animalprotection #animalwelfare #wildanimals #wildlife #dontbuyaticket #captivitykills #animalphotography

An excerpt from Captive: "I watch Gina as she circles the tiny enclosure or, on occasion, strains her trunk over the grey wall to reach the crumbs of animal chow that people have thrown her way. Her enclosure is surrounded by lush grass, plants and trees, but the exhibit itself is bare. I know that many zoo professionals have great affection for the animals and hate to see them transferred elsewhere. Despite expertise and the best intentions, however, this is not love; this is a bottom-line, making all involved complicit in the business. Every passing day that Gina is kept at the zoo is a decision against her welfare and for her loneliness. Days become months and years. I hope the photographs I take with me will reveal some aspects of the deprived existences of individuals like Gina, and influence the court of public opinion." – Jo

Captive is available on Amazon: Link in bio
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📷: Gina, an Asian elephant. France, 2016.

Jo-Anne McArthur/@bornfreefoundation

Albanian police have broken into cages at a private zoo to rescue 12 animals kept in "hellish" conditions.

@four_paws_international reported concerns about the welfare of the animals - three lions, a bear, a waterbuck, four deer, a fox, a zebra and a turtle - who they intend to re-home at their European sanctuaries.

Instances such as this one show us that in an industry where profit takes precedence over welfare, animals always lose.

Malayan sun bear at a roadside zoo. Vietnam, 2008.

Jo-Anne McArthur/We Animals

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Canada is one step closer to banning the captivity of whales and dolphins! Thanks to years of tireless campaigning from animal protection groups, a bill that would end the practice of breeding cetaceans or keeping them in captivity has just passed the Senate. If the bill passes a vote in the House of Commons, it will become law, ending intensive confinement for these animals in Canada!
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#bancaptivity #endcaptivity #dontbuyaticket #whales #dolphins #cetaceans #animallaw #animalwelfare

“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” — C. S. Lewis
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There is always another way.
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"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." — Jo
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Captive: the book is available on Amazon: Link in bio.

An excerpt from Captive: "I’m aware that observing the darker sides of captivity is the opposite of a walk in the (zoological) park. After all, why would we go to a zoo if we could really see or feel what it’s like for the animal? When we visit new places, we like to take photographs of beaches and cathedrals, and not the crumbling houses or the homeless people living on the sidewalks. We tend to choose to look at what pleases us, what challenges us the least. We see what we like, and record experiences that affirm our participation in something interesting, or fun. We do this technically as well: less-than-savoury aspects of our experiences disappear when we choose a long lens and a shallow depth of field with which to focus on what we like, leaving the rest to fall away. This, however, doesn’t change the reality of those we’ve turned our backs on—whether human or non-human. They remain, invisible and generally forgotten by us."
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Chimpanzee. Croatia, 2016.
Jo-Anne McArthur/@bornfreefoundation

A research team in South Africa has successfully bred two lion cubs with the use of artificial insemination - the first successful use of this method anywhere in the world. The scientists claim that the new technology could be a key to protecting African lions from extinction.

Lions are now extinct in 26 African countries, and wild populations have plummeted 43 percent in just the last 20 years. There are only an estimated 20,000 remaining in the wild.

However, breeding lions into captivity in South Africa fails to address the threats facing wild populations, including illegal poaching, habitat and biodiversity loss, and human-lion conflict. The lions bred for captivity will also enter the exploitative South African captive breeding industry known for using animals for profit in attractions such as cub petting and canned hunting.

Lion cub at a zoo. Cuba, 2008.

Jo-Anne McArthur/@weanimals

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

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