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We Animals  Telling the stories of animals caught in the human world – those used for food, fashion, entertainment, work & research. Founded by Jo-Anne McArthur.

This summer, Jo travelled to the Turkish-Bulgarian border to document animals trapped in live export with Eyes on Animals. This is what she saw.
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Link to full video in bio.

Jo and the whole team are so excited that the image of Pikin and Appolinaire has been shortlisted for The Alfred Fried Photography Award!

The award aims to highlight human efforts to live together in peace and is award to photographs that best express the idea that our future lies in peaceful coexistence. ❤️
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The image was chosen for the shortlist out of 15763 entries! Stay tuned for the announcement of the winner on Sept 21st!

This week is #NationalFarmAnimalsAwarenessWeek in the United States.

We have a unique relationship with farmed animals. Neither our companion animals, nor the exotic wild animals we are compelled to conserve, they are often the animals most forgotten. Though we share our daily lives with farmed animals, we rarely see them.

Around 9 billion land animals are killed each year in the U.S. alone, to produce meat, dairy, and eggs - about one million animals every hour. Their lives and deaths are hidden from view. We don't see them - their individuality; their love; their suffering.
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We can begin to see them, and to hear their stories. This #NationalFarmAnimalsAwarenessWeek, let's commit to witnessing the lives of the most forgotten animals. "Only if we understand can we care. Only if we care will we help. Only if we help shall we be saved." - Dr. Jane Goodall

Pigs at a factory farm. Italy, 2015.

Jo-Anne McArthur/@essereanimali

#FarmedAnimals #FactoryFarm #WhenWeUnderstandWeWillHelp #animalrights

Earlier this month, @londonfashionweek2018 (#LFW) announced it will be fur-free, becoming the first of the world's main fashion weeks to ditch animal fur in its shows! This is an important milestone in our progress towards a #furfree future, and sets a precedent for others to follow.

What's life like for animals on fur farms? Learn more in our Instagram Story.
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📷: Mink in a cage on a fur farm. Sweden, 2009.

Jo-Anne McArthur/@djurrattsalliansen
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#MakeFurHistory #furfarms #furfarming #furfreefashion #crueltyfreefashion #LondonFashionWeek #LondonFashionWeek2018

Meet Ibo. He is one among millions, yet like every animal trapped in cruel and unnecessary live export trades around the world, he deserves our attention, our compassion, and our actions.
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Ibo was a downed calf spotted by Eyes on Animals inspectors at the Turkish border. Their rapid intervention saved him from a painful death, but his story is not unique. For animals like Ibo, live export must end.
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Watch Ibo's full story on the We Animals Facebook page.

Jo's fall speaking engagements are coming up fast!

@lush and @animalequalityuk have teamed up to host a We Animals and @unbound_project talk in London on October 22nd.

Jo will speak on the subjects of photography, the human-animal relationship, social change and empathy. Following the talk, there will be a panel discussion and audience Q&A.

Tickets are free but limited! Get yours now: Link in bio

#Repost @unbound_project (@get_repost)
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We could not be more proud or excited that Jo is nominated for the @rps100heroines, a project celebrating the world-changing work of women in photography!

The @unboundproject also celebrates the world-changing work of women - those changing the way we see and treat animals.

This is a photo of Yenzekile Mathebula and Leitah Mkhabela, two of the women in the @blackmambasapu. The Black Mambas now number over 30 rangers, most of whom are female, who undertake intensive training and dangerous patrols in order to disarm poachers and keep South Africa's threatened rhino population safe.

#hundredheroines #heroinic #royalphotographicsociety #womeninphotography #womenforanimals #femalephotographer

Swayambhunath Temple in Nepal is one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in the world, and is also home to a large population of macaque monkeys, hence its moniker, "Monkey Temple." The monkeys are used to the presence of tourists and pilgrims and regularly snatch water bottles and food from unsuspecting hands.

The animals in our everyday lives, in the environments that we frequent, often go unseen. They are the invisibles we share our parks, our streets, and our temples with. Whether it's one of curiosity, ambivalence, fear or frustration, we have a relationship with each of them.

Macaque monkeys. Nepal, 2017.

Jo-Anne McArthur/We Animals

#Repost @ayearofcaptivity (@get_repost)
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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

Industrial farming is a rapidly growing industry across Asia as people develop more wealth. With billions of people to feed, and counting, farmland is disappearing.

This farm in Nepal has existed for less than five years and is one of many that are turning to industrial methods to meet the growing demand for meat. As farms grow, the welfare of animals becomes less of a priority.

Find out more in our Story today.

Ducks on a duck farm. Nepal, 2017.

Jo-Anne McArthur/We Animals

Yesterday, a landmark bill to end live sheep export passed the Australian Senate, marking a huge step forward in the fight to end the live export trade.
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However, before the bill could reach a vote in parliament, the Morrison government stepped in and stopped the bill from even being debated.

The vast majority of Australians support a ban on this industry, which has been exposed for numerous regulatory offences and shocking cruelty.

Sheep on the Bahijah, a ship carrying between 20,000 and 30,000 sheep and cattle on a three-week journey from Australia. Israel, 2018.

Jo-Anne McArthur/@israel.against.live.shipments

#EndLiveExport #BanLiveExport #StopTheShips

"Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still." – Dorothea Lange

Jo recently had rare access to a cattle slaughterhouse. We Animals will be releasing more images soon.
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📷: Bulls in a slaughterhouse. Turkey, 2018. Jo-Anne McArthur/We Animals

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