On fur farms in the northern hemisphere, females are giving birth to litters of foxes, minks, and other species. Born into cages, these babies will live for less than a year before they are gassed or electrocuted and have their skin torn off to make the trim around trendy jacket hoods. We don't see fur on the streets in the spring and summer, but these animals suffer all year long. Wearing fur creates such needless pain and suffering. Please, for these young wild animals born into an unnatural life of captivity, choose fur-free clothing and accessories. Fox cubs. Europe, 2012.
Thanks to the incredible work of animal protection groups in Australia, the greyhound racing industry has come under sustained public pressure in the last few years. Undercover investigations have shown dogs being trained using live piglets, rabbits, and other animals as bait in a practice known as "blooding" the dogs. The exposés revealed that thousands of dogs deemed unsuitable for the track are killed each year. This campaign to shut this industry down has made significant progress and also suffered setbacks as the industry pushes back. However, this issue is on the public radar in a way that it has never been before, and greyhound adoptions have seen a huge increase. Undercover investigations are so important for exposing what goes on in industries that use animals for profit. Photo: Child with a greyhound before a race. Australia, 2010. #greyhound#greyhoundracing#voiceless#animalsaustralia#bangreyhoundracing#animalphotography#joannemcarthur#weanimals
As we celebrate spring, renewal, and new life, let's give those new lives our love and compassion.
This lamb, along with his mother and sibling, was rescued from a factory farm by Animal Equality activists. He was taken to a sanctuary where he was free to live with his family in safety. Spain, 2009. Jo-Anne McArthur/@animalequality
Each year, hundreds of millions of rabbits are factory farmed for their meat, fur, to have their bodies tested on, or to be sold as pets. We talk less about rabbits as a factory-farmed animal than other species, but the conditions for these animals are just as cruel as those faced by laying hens trapped in cages or breeding pigs kept in gestation crates.
The sheer scale of animal use industries is overwhelming, but every choice we make has a direct impact on animals. Choosing to eat more plant-based meals, to never wear fur, buy cruelty-free cosmetics, and to always adopt, are easy steps that everyone can take. No individual will solve this problem alone but we will never solve it as a society without individuals making compassionate choices.
Like all mammals, cows must give birth in order to produce milk. In commercial dairy operations, cows are repeatedly impregnated and give birth once each year. Calves are always taken from their mothers shortly after birth. Some of the female calves are kept to eventually replace their mothers on the milking line. Male calves will be slaughtered as veal calves at a few months old. These young animals are routinely confined alone in calf hutches, denied the chance to socialize or seek comfort from their mothers or each other. When we choose to consume dairy products, we contribute to the suffering of these affectionate, vulnerable animals. Please consider reducing your consumption of dairy products to help end this cycle of violence and deprivation. Photo: Young calves on a small, family-run dairy farm. Spain, 2010. Jo-Anne McArthur/We Animals
Your friendly Friday pick-me-up from Jo-Anne and the team: a (hilarious) look at the making of the We Animals Archive launch video. It's worth turning the sound on for this one, guys, as long as you're not offended by occasional (ok, frequent) swearing. Enjoy!