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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.

“The camera in my hands is a sort of weapon. Thanks to it, I can reveal what is invisible to most people – pain in the name of consumerism. But it also gives me a chance to show the few who have survived. This gives me satisfaction and a moment of breath."
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New on the We Animals blog: an interview with Polish animal rights photographer @andrewskowron. Link in bio.

"The stories of animals are everywhere. I travel worldwide to tell them but we needn't look that far. Many people contact me for advice on how to start photographing or filming the lives of animals. When you start to think about what's going on in your own neighbourhood, you'll soon see that there are lots of stories to tell. I bet that apartment building nearby is full of birds in tiny cages. You could interview the owners about why they want to keep a bird in a cage. Or a lonely fish in a tiny bowl. They are worthy of a story. There are probably pet stores, or shelters, or travelling exotic reptile shows in your city. You might find SPCA investigators who will let you ride along with them for a week. My advice is to think creatively and begin telling their stories without delay!" - Jo

Animals, mostly chickens and goats, are sacrificed twice each week and during festivals at Dakshinkali Temple in Nepal, with many devotees travelling long distances to make their offering. Some people, including vegetarians, choose to offer coconuts instead of animals.
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This goat waits to be brought into the temple.

While many of us are shocked by images such as these, which place animal slaughter in the open of the every days, we turn a blind eye to the death of animals on a much greater scale in industrial farming systems.
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📷: A family stands in line to make a sacrificial offering to the Hindu goddess Kali. Nepal, 2017.

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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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