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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.

With you by our side, our team is working hard to tell the stories of animals caught in the human world. Right now, our filmmaker @kjguerin is on the ground in China, documenting the rise of factory farming and the individuals working to protect animals and the environment from the impacts of animal agriculture. With the help of local activists, Kelly has documented Buddhist animal sanctuaries, hens trapped in battery cages, pigs confined in gestation crates, and animals on a fur farm in the top producing province in China.
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Become a We Animals monthly supporter today and help us make these animals lives' visible: link in bio.

Despite evidence of systemic abuses and enormous public pressure, the Australian government has refused to end the live animal export trade.

But Australians are not giving up. Many experts and activists continue to fight for an end to this cruel trade.

One of those is Dr Lynn Simpson, who five years ago brought the media spotlight down onto the Australian live export industry, exposed the its systemic cruelty.

Watch our Story to learn more and follow @unbound_project to read her full story.

Sheep in a transport truck. Australia, 2013.

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"They are asking all the questions. And we have all the answers." - Jo
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Please spare just one minute today to watch this short film from We Animals.
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#PleaseDontTurnAway

The illegal wildlife trade is on the rise, with wild animals being caught and trafficked across the world. Many species are at risk of poaching for bush meat or traditional medicine, or to sell to breeding and research facilities.

#photographersagainstwildlifecrime launched yesterday in London, uses powerful images to tell the stories of the animals affected by the illegal wildlife trade, and to bring an end to wildlife crime. Featuring We Animals images!

Lowland gorilla Pikin being moved to her new sanctuary space. Cameroon, 2009.

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GIVEAWAY! ✨✨ Want to win a signed copy of Captive and an 8"x10" archival print of the award-winning image of Apollinaire and rescue gorilla Pikin? With the @unbound_project, we're giving away one of each to one lucky winner. To enter: follow @unbound_project and @weanimals and tag three friends in the comments – that's it!

Winner announced on June 1st 🎉🎉

"The more one does and sees and feels, the more one is able to do." - Amelia Earhart
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Will you join us to tell 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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Visit weanimalsarchive.org today 💕

Today we mark #EndangeredSpeciesDay – a day highlighting the plight of wild animals across the world at risk of extinction.
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Wild animals are at risk because of us – from trophy hunting and poaching, to habitat disruption and destruction – our abuse of nature is putting their lives in jeopardy.
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Organisations are working tirelessly to protect these animals and their fragile habitats. This work includes tackling wildlife crime, community education, conservation zone creation, and the rescue and rehabilitation of those animals who have been injured or orphaned. Thanks to the dedicated individuals behind these organisations, there is hope of a future for #wildlife.
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Find out more in our Instagram Story.
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📷: Black Mambas community education program. South Africa, 2016.

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In captivity, wild animals — including non-human primates — simply cannot be provided with the environmental and social stimulation required for their physical and mental well being. These animals are left suffering from loneliness, boredom, frustration and stress throughout their lives.
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An excerpt from Captive: the Book: "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."
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Captive: the Book is available on Amazon.
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📷: Orangutan. Australia, 2010.

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"We forget that these animals are not cargo. They're living, breathing, feeling animals." - Lyn White, Animals Australia
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BREAKING: Australia's government turns its back on science and the Australian public, condemning thousands more sheep to suffer and die aboard export ships.
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Act now to help #EndLiveExport: Follow @animalsaustralia
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📷: Mary the sheep. Freedom Hill Sanctuary, Australia, 2017.

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A new investigation with @igualdadanimalmexico.
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Earlier this year, Jo worked with Animal Equality to document the daily brutality of life and death for animals in the Mexican broiler chicken industry. All around the world, birds raised for meat are treated as units of production, never as individual animals with needs and desires. Young birds die from injury, they are crushed in machinery and in transport, their bodies – manipulated to grow at unnaturally fast rates – fail them when they are just weeks old. Every part of their lives is mechanized, a step on a production line.
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Choose meat-free meals. Encourage others to do the same. Speak up for animals. Support groups like @animalequality. Help us tell the stories of animals whose lives we control, but who remain invisible in our society.
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"Experiencing first-hand the talent and sensitivity of Jo-Anne McArthur has been a truly enriching experience. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to work with her have benefitted immensely from her commitment, professionalism and determination to help animals around the world.” – Dulce Ramírez, @IgualdadAnimalMexico
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More images in our Story.

Across China and Vietnam more than 12,000 Asiatic black bears, also known as moon bears, are being farmed for their bile. Caught from the wild and kept in tiny cages, their bile is painfully extracted for use in traditional medicine and household products.

Thankfully, for some lucky moon bears, organisations such as @animalsasia provide sanctuary where they can recover from severe physical and psychological trauma, and live the rest of their lives in safety.

To find out more follow our Story.

Rescued moon bear. Vietnam, 2008.

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"This pig is no different from or more special than any of the other tens of thousands of animals I've met — or the billions of other creatures in factory farms today. Yet she's remained in my conscience, not only as one individual with her own needs and personality, but as a representative being caught in the systems of confinement that we've created for food, entertainment and experimentation. I was only with her for a moment, but this one encounter has stayed with me ever since.
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As my fellow activists and I documented the rows of animals in gestation crates, I could feel her eyes trailing us. I knelt beside her to take photographs, and like most pigs she was comfortable with making eye contact. One question suggested itself in her look: "What is next?" I couldn't answer. I couldn't explain.
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And then we left — as we're obliged to do when we conduct investigative work. We left behind this pig and all the millions of others in exactly the same situation. We left amidst the retina-searing ammonia and daily misery of a world of unfathomable and unconscionable suffering. We left." - Jo
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📷: Sow in a gestation crate. Spain, 2009.

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