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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 348

A review of Captive from J. M. Coetzee, author, The Lives of Animals: “Jo-Anne McArthur’s photographs of haunted and traumatized animals imprisoned for the term of their natural lives for no better reason than that they have a curiosity value for us are infinitely depressing. Taken together they constitute an indictment of the so-called zoological garden to which there is no conceivable reply."
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Captive is now available on Amazon. Link in bio.
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Polar Bear. Denmark, 2016.
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Jo-Anne McArthur/Born Free Foundation

Day 347

The anaconda is among the world's largest snakes and lives over a vast area of tropical river systems and swamps. In zoos, anacondas are confined in undersized tanks that prevent normal snake behaviors and movements, including climbing, swimming, and even stretching out to their full body length.

Captive is now available on Amazon. Link in bio.

Anaconda. Sweden, 2015.

Jo-Anne McArthur/We Animals

Day 346

In their natural environments, wolves spend about one-third of their time traveling and its not uncommon for them to cover up to 30 miles per day. Their territories vary in size, but usually cover areas between 500-800 square miles. In captivity, wolves are kept in small and confined spaces, unable to travel anywhere.
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Captive is now available on Amazon. Link in bio.
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Wolves. Lithuania, 2016.
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Jo-Anne McArthur/Born Free Foundation

Day 345

An excerpt from Captive: "The photographs in Captive enable us to see the loneliness and despair that animals endure in captivity, but they also do more. They help us move beyond ourselves, to get a better sense of the difficult relationships we are in with these animals. When we see all the ways that conscious, experiencing animals are harmed in captivity, we should be moved to make these relationships better." - Lori Gruen, Professor of Philosophy, Wesleyan University
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Captive is now available on Amazon. Link in bio.

Tiger. Lithuania, 2016.

Jo-Anne McArthur/Born Free Foundation

Day 344

An excerpt from Captive: "There will always be a need for places where we can care for animals or practice compassionate conservation—places where the goal is protection and not human entertainment. These places exist and we need more of them. Sanctuaries, wildlife centres, conservation areas: where the needs of animals native to the geography and compatible with the climate are met; where humane education takes place, rather than the model of display and objectification currently in practice."
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Captive is now available on Amazon. Link in bio.
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Mountain Lion. Lithuania, 2016.
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Jo-Anne McArthur/Born Free Foundation

Day 343

This week a roadside zoo in Iowa had its license revoked for repeatedly violating the Animal Welfare Act.
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Unlike conventional zoos, roadside zoos do not have purpose-built enclosures and animals can spend their entire lives in tiny cages. There is little regulation and animals suffer in filthy and dangerous living conditions. These owls hide from the sun in the corner of their cage at a roadside zoo, trying to escape the heat.
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Captive is now available on Amazon. Link in bio.
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Owls. Canada, 2008.
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Jo-Anne McArthur/Zoocheck

Day 342
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These frogs are commonly seen in zoos and are popular within the exotic pet trade. In the wild, they would be living in lowland rainforests. Instead, we confine and display them in these unnatural settings.
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Captive is now available on Amazon. Link in bio.
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Borneo Eared Tree Frog. Sweden, 2015.
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Jo-Anne McArthur/@weanimals

Day 341

Arctic wolves inhabit the Arctic regions of North America and Greenland, and rarely encounter humans in their natural habitats. Wolves in zoos are held captive in barren concrete enclosures and viewed by hundreds of visitors a day.

Captive is now available on Amazon. Link in bio.

Arctic Wolves. Lithuania, 2016.

Jo-Anne McArthur/Born Free Foundation

Day 340

A review of Captive from Marc Bekoff, co-author, The Animals’ Agenda: Freedom, Compassion, and Coexistence in the Human Age: "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 is now available on Amazon. Link in bio.
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Enclosure. Denmark, 2016.
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Jo-Anne McArthur/Born Free Foundation

Day 339:

Zoos fuel the trade in exotic animals, many of which are wild caught, threatening their populations in the wild. Reptiles, whose unique biology is closely adapted to their wild environment, are often housed in environments that do not meet their basic needs, including heat regulation and adequate nutrition.

Captive is now available on Amazon. Link in bio.

Python. Sweden, 2016.

Jo-Anne McArthur/We Animals

Day 338

An excerpt from Captive: "Too often, creatures who in the wild inhabit large and complex social groups are forced to live alone; or the friendships and family bonds these captives may have forged are broken when they’re sold or moved to other zoos."
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Captive is now available on Amazon. Link in bio.
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Hamadryas Baboon. Lithuania, 2016.
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Jo-Anne McArthur/Born Free Foundation

Day 337

An excerpt from Captive: "[Animals] have an interest in being who they are and doing what they do, and insofar as we value the capacity to be oneself and work to protect it for other humans, we should extend that respect to all animals."
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Captive is now available on Amazon. Link in bio.

White tiger. Lithuania, 2016.

Jo-Anne McArthur/Born Free Foundation

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