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


This week, Germany voted to end fur farming. This is so huge for animals. Fur farms are stark, dirty places. The animals' fear is tangible as you walk through the rows and rows of cages. The animals can usually see and smell the forest around them, but live trapped and afraid for their whole lives, only to die to become fur trim or pom poms on the end of a scarf. The end of this industry cannot come fast enough.
Silver fox. Canada, 2014.
Jo-Anne McArthur/#MakeFurHistory

This is factory farming. Bars. Babies taken from mothers. Darkness. Dirt. We talk about the billions of animals used by these industries each year, but every one of them is an individual like this sow, trapped with their own frustration and pain and longing for freedom.

Breeding sow. Italy, 2015.
Jo-Anne McArthur/@essereanimali

At the @animallegaldefensefund symposium this week, sharing stories of the animals we're all fighting to protect, even if it's through different means. Such an incredible evening with so many great minds. Animals have some truly amazing allies!

Photo courtesy of the @animallegaldefensefund

So many important issues being discussed at the ALDF symposium. #aldf #climatechange #factoryfarming #agriculture #law #animals #animallaw

9am at the ALDF symposium in LA. So grateful to be here. #animals #aldf #lawsymposium #animalsmatter #law

Want to get your weekend off to a good start? We promise that these thirty seconds of cow-cuddling joy will do the trick. đź’•

Always such a tangible reminder of why we do what we do, seeing all of their faces looking out at us. Thank you for making this powerful collage, @vancouvermtcas.
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Reason #1 for #whywemarch; every single one of these beautiful, innocent, sentient, intelligent, curious, lovely beings. All with the capacity to feel love, pain, happiness, fear, loneliness, and sadness. All are individuals and deserve respect and autonomy over their own bodies. All billions and billions and billions and billions of them. Every. Single. One.
All photographs @weanimals
#marchwithus#marchtocloseallslaughterhouses#vmtcas2017 #vancouvermtcas#vancouver #loveallbeings #individuals#someonesnotsomethings#friendsnotfood#chooseempathyoverapathy#choosecompassionovercruelty#animalrights #animalcruelty#animalliberation #humanliberation#shutthemdown

Can't help but post one more photo of the vegan eggs at @dougmcnish 's Public Kitchen in Toronto, 561 Marlee Ave. They break like a sunny side up egg. They are made of nutritional yeast, black salt and just one or two other ingredients. The trick is how it's whipped and then gently, perfectly boiled to form a skin. The "egg white" is seared silken tofu.
#vegan #noreally #delicious #veganeggs #dougmcnishspublickitchen #dougmcnish #plantbased #brunch #plantpowered #Toronto #veganrestaurant

VEGAN EGGS FOR BREAKFAST. I've never seen or tasted anything like it. IT'S DELICIOUS! Chef @dougmcnish is a master. #vegan #veganegg #publickitchen #dougspublickitchen #nom om #eggsbenedict #veganeggsbenedict #sunnysideup

As activists, we know that animal use industries disproportionately exploit the bodies of female animals, forcing them to go through cycle after cycle of pregnancy, birth, sometimes a brief period of nursing their young, then separation so that their babies can be raised for meat, fur, or sold as pets, or, in the case of the dairy industry, simply so that the mothers' milk can be collected for human consumption.
We know this. What we know now more than ever, however, is how little this is known among non-activists, and how strong a message it is. The grief mothers feel at having their babies taken from them resonates with people not familiar with animal issues. To help people make the connection, keep telling the stories of the mothers who lose their babies to these industries. People are learning, they're listening. By sharing the grief of the mothers who have already suffered this loss, we can help stop future generations of animals from feeling this pain.

Photo: Family-run dairy farm, shortly before this calf was taken from her mother. Spain, 2010.

Jo-Anne McArthur/We Animals

Roasted tofu pasta vegetable chili beans salad hummus babaganouj Brown rice spaghetti squash cauliflower sandwich gnocchi cashew cream tahini sauce leftovers. What do vegans eat? Stuff like this.
#vegan #whatveganseat #plantbased #plantpowered #delicious #nom #leftovers #notstarving #butwheredoyougetyourprotein

Montreal is planning a rodeo as part of its 375th-anniversary celebrations. Montreal has no history of holding rodeos and these events are known to cause extreme animal suffering, injuries, and even deaths. The @spcamontreal, supported by many other groups and activists, are campaigning for the rodeo to be cancelled.

To read Jo's guest blog in support of the SPCA's campaign, go to spcablog.com

Photo: Calgary, Canada, 2008

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