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We Animals / Jo-Anne McArthur  Photojournalist. Educator. Author. Animal activist. Subject of the film The Ghosts in Our Machine.

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Review of Captive (@ayearofcaptivity) from Andrew Westoll, author of The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary: “To experience Jo-Anne McArthur’s photography is to absorb the revolutionary idea that the loneliness of a captive animal is our own loneliness—that their confiscation from the natural way of being is our own confiscation from the same. And that perhaps the solution to their existential plight might be the beginning of a solution to our own. Breathtaking, mournful, vital."
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Captive is now available on Amazon.

I share a lot of hard images to try and make the animals suffering in dark corners of the world visible. And it works: people are opening their eyes and stepping up to create change. But it's still so important for all of us fighting for animals to take the time to remember who and what we're fighting for. Animals who are loved and free and living their own, peaceful lives. Re-sharing this special moment from @edgarsmission to make you smile and get the weekend off to a good start ❤💕

Review of Captive by J. M. Coetzee, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and author of The Lives of Animals.

Captive is now available on Amazon. Link in bio. (Currently listed as out of stock, but you can still order the book and it will be shipped as soon as the books arrive in the warehouse–in the next day or so!)

Review of Captive from Ingrid Newkirk, co-founder and president of @peta: “Captive makes clear that, for their residents, zoos are grim places; prisons that offer various degrees of loneliness, privation, and confinement. Captive captures the essence of these loveless enclosures, where animals grow old, and mold just grows in the crevices of the walls and their minds."
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Captive is available for pre-sale on Amazon.

@ayearofcaptivity: Day 206
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Chimpanzee. Denmark, 2016.

Jo-Anne McArthur/Born Free Foundation

Well well well. What do we finally have here? Hundreds of new books, both Captive and We Animals. They arrived in Canada yesterday afternoon and we will be sending them out to all of you wonderful contributors as soon as we can. The other books arrive in the US this week. We are thrilled to finally be getting these books to you. Thank you everyone for your patience!
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For cows to produce milk, they must give birth, just like all mammals. On commercial dairy farms, calves are always taken away from their mothers shortly after birth so that the milk intended for them can be collected for human consumption.
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Mother cows bellow for their babies and show signs of distress for days and weeks after their calves are taken from them.
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Calves are either kept as replacements for their mothers or sold to the veal industry. Without dairy, veal would not exist, yet while many people can see the injustice in one of these industries and make choices that represent that, they choose to look away from the cruelty in the other.
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Humans do not need cow's milk. Dairy alternatives are everywhere today, and they're delicious. If you can choose dairy-free, please consider doing so.
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Calf in a hutch. Australia, 2017.
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Jo-Anne McArthur/We Animals

Respect for animals is changing in France. Captive breeding of cetaceans has recently been banned, for example, as well as dolphinaria. Though companies like Marineland and Planete Sauvage are challenging this ban in court, I hope that they will lose that battle. Public opinion on captivity is rapidly changing and so it's inevitable that industries and laws will follow suit.

Though the use of animals in circuses is starting to be banned in more and more countries, I visited a circus in France a few weeks ago, in collaboration with the French animal advocacy group One Voice. The circus used camels, donkeys, zebras, horses, dogs and lions in its acts.

This month, I'm asking you to become a We Animals supporter to help me and my team tell the stories of animals who need our help. If you can, please become a supporter today. (Link in bio.)
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Lions. France, 2017.

Jo-Anne McArthur/One Voice

Reunited with Julia, whose rescue story was featured in @theghostsinourmachine.
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After she was savagely beaten while heavily pregnant on a factory farm, police and SPCA intervention allowed @farmsanctuary to move quickly to rescue Julia. Just hours after she arrived at the sanctuary, she gave birth to sixteen piglets who all needed extensive and personalized care (that no commercial farm would ever provide to an infant animal––it's just not cost effective). From the most brutal existence imaginable to a life of naps, wallowing in favourite mud puddles, and a family staying together instead of being torn apart by violence.
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These animals' stories, and their huge, loving, unique personalities, show people what animal industries do, not just with facts and figures, but with names and faces. They connect. This is what sanctuaries do. ❤

A few weeks ago, I visited an egg farm in Spain. It held at least 50,000 hens. They were in “enriched cages”. This means that some of the walls between cages were gone and they had more room to move. In theory, anyway. Now, instead of five, six, or seven in a cage, there were 40 or so. Still crowded. Still unable to stretch their wings. Still living in vile conditions, except they now also had a small perch along the sides of the cages.
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I believe in this project just as much as when I first started it, about fifteen years ago now. I continue to see that images, and story-telling, are a key ingredient in social change. I see what can happen when a certain image or a particular story of one special animal can speak to an individual, and helps them make the connection and decide to make more compassionate choices in their lives. Sometimes these people email me, sometimes they talk to me after events, sometimes their friends or partners tell me about their experience second hand. Thanks for helping me to reach people. There will always be stories that need to be told, individual animals we need to meet.
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This month, I'm asking you to become a We Animals supporter to help me and my team tell the stories of animals who need our help. If you can, please become a supporter today. (Link in bio.)

From my interview in the @washingtonpost today and the featured image for Day 199 of @ayearofcaptivity: "This is perhaps my favorite image from the book because it says a lot about how I see our experiences with captive wildlife. They are the centerpiece, the raison d’etre for zoos and aquaria, and yet we make a mockery of them and of ourselves in the way that we interact, and fail to interact, with them. This seal appeared to live alone in this small pool."
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To find out more about the photos in this series and what you can do to help captive animals, visit weanimals.org/ayearofcaptivity

Baltic grey seal. Lithuania, 2016.

Jo-Anne McArthur/Born Free Foundation

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Beyond excited that Captive (@ayearofcaptivity) is covered in the @washingtonpost this morning. Featuring an extended interview with me and a series of images from the book. Thank you so much, @karinbdc!
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"The photos are unusual and at times arresting, featuring solitary animals juxtaposed against gawking crowds, suburbia and the barriers that keep them enclosed."
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Link on the We Animals and Captive: the Book Facebook pages.

A recent talk in Spain to celebrate the Spanish release of We Animals. Thank you SO much to @igualdadanimal/@animalequality and the Spanish publisher of We Animals, Plaza y Valdez, for all your work to make the book a success 💕

Photos by Antonio Garcia

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