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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.

https://www.amazon.com/Captive-Jo-Anne-McArthur/dp/1590565622/

Day 231

It's #WorldOrangutanDay. These great apes are one of our closest genetic relatives, and numerous studies have revealed how closely our behaviour and personality traits match those of these animals.

To find out more about the photos in this series and what you can do to help captive animals, visit weanimals.org/ayearofcaptivity

Orangutan. Germany, 2016.

Jo-Anne McArthur/Born Free Foundation

Day 230

An exhibit of images from Captive and A Year of Captivity will run during this year's @vegfoodfest in Toronto! This year's festival is September 8th-10th at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto. For more details about the festival and the exhibit, go to vegfoodfest.com

Polar Bear. Canada, 2005.
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Jo-Anne McArthur/We Animals

Day 229

From Jo's interview with the @washingtonpost: "What I’m trying to do is get the conversation away from the conservation crutch. “But, conservation!” is the go-to response to anyone challenging the many ethical issues confronting zoos today. Zoos have done a great job marketing conservation efforts when in fact most of their money is spent on other projects. Captive animals are bored, lonely, separated from their families and friends? But, conservation. Marius, the giraffe killed and publicly dissected by a Danish zoo, was “culled” because he was genetic surplus? But, conservation."
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Captive is now available on Amazon. Link in bio.

Tiger. France, 2016.

Jo-Anne McArthur/Born Free Foundation

Day 228
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"It takes emotional fortitude to sit with McArthur’s pictures, but the choice to do so is a small act of kindness. If using animals for the sake of entertainment is a cruelty, then spending time— real time— with Captive is one small step towards redemption."
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From @featureshoot's piece on Captive.

Captive is now available on Amazon. Link in bio.

Amazonian raccoon. Lithuania, 2016.

Jo-Anne McArthur/Born Free Foundation

Day 227

A review of Captive from author, poet, and journalist Charles Siebert: "The wonder of the work is that it induces that same deep existential hollowness that zoos themselves do, the disquieting sense that, as Rilke, one of the great zoo-visiting poets, put it: 'the shrewd animals notice that we are not very much at home in the world we've expounded.'"
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Captive is now available on Amazon. Link in bio.

Olive baboon. Lithuania, 2016.

Jo-Anne McArthur/Born Free Foundation

Day 226

Last week, animal cruelty charges against Marineland were dropped. Today they announced that another animal, a beluga named Gia, has died in their care.

Captive is now available on Amazon. Link in bio.

Seal. Denmark, 2016.

Jo-Anne McArthur/Born Free Foundation

Day 225

An excerpt from the Author's Note in Captive: Many photos in this book, and in my work as a whole, depict children and their parents or caregivers as they encounter non-human animals. I show them because zoos and aquaria actively encourage children and their caregivers to come to be entertained or educated. In bringing children into the frame, I’m not criticizing any particular individual or group: all of us are in some way complicit in the maintenance and condition of these institutions. I document animals, but truly, these photos are a sociological study of we animals. Inevitably, my images reflect how varied are our reactions to the other animals: fascination, indifference, amusement, boredom, fear, even awe.

Captive is now available on Amazon. Link in bio.

Eurasian Lynx. Estonia, 2016.

Jo-Anne McArthur/Born Free Foundation

Day 224

It's #WorldElephantDay. Experts caution that due to poaching and habitat loss, African elephants may be extinct in the wild within two decades. And while many zoos tout their importance in conservation programs, a number of zoo elephants have lived in isolation for years, despite campaigns to rehome them in sanctuaries or improve their living conditions.

Gina, pictured here, was separated from an aggressive male fifteen years ago and has lived alone ever since.

Elephant. France, 2016.

Jo-Anne McArthur/Born Free Foundation

Day 223

This week, animal cruelty charges against notorious Ontario marine park Marineland were dropped by the Crown. And just today, Canadian legal advocacy group @animaljustice_ released an undercover investigation from Papanack Park Zoo, revealing breathtaking abuse and exploitation, including employees lying to the public about removing baby animals from their mothers and forcing animals' mouths open with string in order to make them look fierce for a photo shoot.

Zoos are unregulated in Ontario, meaning that anyone can open a roadside zoo with no license and no oversight. If you live in Canada, please take action to shut these facilities down. Go to animaljustice.ca and sign their urgent petition.

Black bears. Marineland, Canada, 2011.
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Jo-Anne McArthur/We Animals

We're loving hearing from you as your copies of Captive (and the new edition of We Animals) arrive! Thank you so much for your support of the book and the animals whose stories it tells ❤

Day 222

It's #WorldLionDay. People are talking about our love and reverence for these majestic animals, yet just weeks ago, Xanda, the son of Cecil the Lion was legally shot and killed in a trophy hunt. Lions are listed as vulnerable by the IUCN but legal hunting persists.

To find out more about the photos in this series and what you can do to help captive animals, visit weanimals.org/ayearofcaptivity

Lion. Germany, 2016.

Jo-Anne McArthur/Born Free Foundation

Day 221

Orbi Dubai is a “high-octane indoor nature museum” located in Dubai. The 37-metre screen plays custom-made BBC Earth films with two screens behind viewers for a 360-degree experience, accompanied by machine-generated wind, fog, and vibrations to bring visitors to jungles of Central Africa (and other locations). This high-tech nature experience is just one way innovation is re-creating how we see and learn about wild animals.
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To find out more about the photos in this series and what you can do to help captive animals, visit weanimals.org/ayearofcaptivity

Elephant. Denmark, 2016.

Jo-Anne McArthur/Born Free Foundation

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