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We Animals  Founded by Jo-Anne McArthur, now a small creative team telling the stories of animals through photos, film, and words.

In the West we may be shocked by the consumption of dogs and cats in Asia, but rabbits straddle the unsettling divide we've established between a pet and a piece of meat. The same animal is the third most popular companion animal (after cats and dogs) but also a source of meat and fur and used in cosmetics testing.

Just recently, @world_animal_protection and @elephant_haven_europe announced the construction of Europe's first sanctuary for former circus elephants. The sanctuary will be located in France and will provide elephants who have spent their lives' trapped in circuses with a safe place to retire to. Elephants like Luke...
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Away from the bright lights, sequins and loud music, the lives of performing elephants look like this. They're often shackled for hours each day and are moved from venue to venue in trucks barely bigger than their own bodies. Many will exhibit "stereotypic behaviours," such as rocking back and forth or moving their head from side to side - all of which indicate boredom, neurosis and depression.
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In the wild, these highly sociable animals are used to travelling in multi-generational families for miles each day, foraging for food, dust-bathing and even swimming.
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"Just out of Luke's reach was a hose. While no one was watching him, apart from me who took photographs from a distance, Luke strained against his shackles to reach the hose with his trunk. Eventually, he grasped it and pulled it towards him, enjoying having something to play with. His owner saw him with the hose and took it away. Luke resumed his swaying back and forth." - Jo
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📷: Luke the elephant. Shriner circus, Canada, 2006.
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#banwildanimalsincircuses

"I'd never visited a duck farm until I worked with the activists in Australia.
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Most of us have seen or met habituated ducks in local parks and public places, or we've seen them flying overhead. What I've always liked about ducks is that they're both curious and shy. A little bit nervous. They'll paddle over to you, but not come too close. They are often in pairs. And they are always in or near water.
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When I visit an industrial farm, I know it's going to be awful for the animals, and that my job is to stay calm and document how they live in these buildings. Calm, so that I'm not alarming the animals. As we approached the buildings, the ducks could sense our presence from the inside, and the quacking started. You know how loud one duck is, right? Imagine tens of thousands of ducks, in long sheds, sounding out their alarms. I felt certain that anyone within a few kilometers would be able to hear them. They were so stressed out from being crammed in to these buildings, and having anyone around. We worked quickly and quietly, but these poor ducks had nowhere to go, no escape by air or by water. They were filthy from living on dirt and feces. It struck me how clean wild birds are. We've all seen them preening, and generally always looking shiny and gorgeous. These ducks lived in filth. They had no water to swim or bathe in. No skies to soar in to. Just dark buildings, crammed in together by the thousands.

Scattered amongst the living were the dead and dying. It's always like this at farms that raise birds. Birds who can't reach water, birds who have been trampled. It's sad and desperate. It was really hard being in there, with all that suffering. And as always, it's hard leaving them behind, knowing there's nothing we can feasibly do for those thousands of ducks.
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Maybe, like me, you didn't know ducks were kept like this. It needs to end and luckily there's a way to end it. We can stop eating them. Easy, right? It is. We just need enough of us to step up and say no, that we won't take part in the intensive farming of living beings.

Let's end this." - Jo

Dead peking duck at a duck farm. Australia, 2017.
Jo-Anne McArthur/Animal Liberation NSW

Demand for meat is growing in Nepal, giving rise to industrial farms which mimic the structure and practices of factory farms in more developed countries. Broiler chickens are bred to grow at an unnaturally rapid rate and are slaughtered at just five or six weeks of age. This chicken was just 26 days old.
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📷: Broiler chicken. Nepal, 2017.

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"The main purpose in my life is to show people that baboons can be beautiful. And if I only lived for that, then I had a good life." - Rita Miljo, Founder of C.A.R.E.
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In a community that long regarded baboons as vermin, Rita Miljo founded C.A.R.E. (@primate_care) – South Africa's first and now the world's largest baboon rehabilitation centre.
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Today, Miljo's legacy lives on through Samantha Dewhirst and the team who defied the odds to continue the organization's work.
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Find out more in our Instagram story & follow @unbound_project for more inspiring stories about women on the front lines of animal advocacy!
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Images: Samantha Dewhirst (L) photo by Jo-Anne McArthur/Unbound Project. Rita Miljo (R) photo provided by C.A.R.E.
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Jo was recently presented with @humanecanada's 2018 Animal Welfare Award for Leadership and Innovation in Public Engagement. She spoke to the hundreds of assembled delegates about using our power to push the boundaries of compassion. 💕

Images courtesy of Humane Canada.

Last year Jo-Anne worked with @animalliberationorg to document the Australian duck farming industry, in which over eight million ducks are killed annually. Ducks are slaughtered after living for six-seven weeks in awful conditions in dark, crowded sheds.

Ducks are aquatic birds – they rely on water to express natural behaviours. They float to reduce pressure on their legs and thighs, which are not built to hold their body weight for extended periods. Without access to water, ducks suffer lameness, dislocated joints, and broken bones. Denying them water means they're unable to groom, causing further suffering.

Despite this, there is no legal requirement for Australian farms to provide ducks with access to water for bathing or swimming.

Find out more at www.aussieducks.com
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📷 : Industrial duck farm. Australia, 2017.

Jo-Anne McArthur/Animal Liberation NSW

An excerpt from Captive: "The zoos I visited and have depicted in Captive are not immutable or inevitable; they are human constructs for human pleasures that belong to an age when we knew little to nothing, or cared about, the inner lives of other species. As the field of ethology–the observation of animals in their natural settings–continues to gain its footing in the scientific discourse about sentience and welfare, it will become inevitable that compassionate choices are the only paths forward. We can encourage zoos to conserve species in the wild. We can provide more resources for improved habitats for rescued animals who would not survive in the wild. We can close down all unaccredited and poorly run institutions. There are a lot of things we can do. And 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." - Jo

Captive: the Book is available on Amazon.
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📷: Lions. France, 2017.

Jo-Anne McArthur/@onevoiceanimal

@thesavemovement is a worldwide network of Save groups bearing witness to farmed animals and promoting veganism and love-based, grassroots activism.

From June 11 - 15, 5 Days of Save is the Save Movement Worldwide Week of Vigils, a week-long series of demonstrations, outreach, and public education advocating for an end to animal suffering.

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We Animals is telling the stories of animals around the world. Will you join us in telling their stories?
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There are thousands of photos available on the We Animals Archive, free to use for anyone helping animals.
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Our oceans are in jeopardy. Human activity is taking its toll on marine environments – from environmental pollution and overfishing to the impacts of our over-dependence on livestock farming – human activities are degrading ocean environments and depleting their fragile ecosystems at alarming rates. We must act – before it's too late.
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"We need the rest of life on earth. Now, the rest of life on earth needs us." Dr. Sylvia Earle, @mission_blue
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📷: Dead fish along stretch of coast. Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, USA, 2010.

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