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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.

"It's almost 3am and I'm with activists at the port in Haifa, Israel. Tonight the Croatian ship that arrived is filled with calves with ear tags indicating that the animals are from Hungary. The journey by sea would have been five days. Some look to be 4-8 weeks old, others must be 6 months but it's hard to tell as the trucks carrying them fly past. Tonight we won't get near the ship but I am here for a week to document as much of the live transport industry as I can, at several ports." - Jo
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#banliveexport #banlivetransport

Take a moment to read this beautiful interview with @susiecoston from @farmsanctuary about why she does this important work.

#Repost @markhawthorneauthor (@get_repost)
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I am very grateful to @SusieCoston, Farm Sanctuary’s National Shelter Director, for taking the time to chat with me about her work at @FarmSanctuary, why animal activists should avoid graphic images, the role of sanctuaries in self-care, and more. You can read the interview at https://strikingattheroots.wordpress.com.⠀

Photo of Susie and Nikki by Jo-Anne McArthur/@weanimals

#susiecoston #farmsanctuary #farmsanctuarylife #friendsnotfood #animalactivism

@aaron_bertie_gekoski is an environmental photojournalist, television presenter, and film-maker. He recently won the 2017 @nhm_wpy photojournalist category. We spoke to him about his work, what motivates him, and his plans for the future!
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"This profession enables you to visit some of the most beautiful and inhospitable places on the planet and work on issues that may otherwise go unnoticed. In the process, you see the best, and worst, of humanity. There are few tools as powerful as photography for telling these stories."
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Link to the full interview in our profile.

The pigs on this farm were kept in small enclosures, with limited shelter from the elements and not provided with any enrichment or bedding. This particular pig farm, located outside of Kathmandu, had grown significantly in size over the last five years in order to meet the country's growing demand for meat.
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📷: Young pig. Nepal, 2017.

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Most people have never seen inside a duck meat farm. In a new investigation: Jo-Anne teamed up with @animalliberationorg and other photojournalists to document the lives of ducks in Australia's duck farming industry.
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Watch our Story to see what the investigators uncovered.
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📷: Pekin ducks at an industrial duck farm. Australia, 2017.
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Jo-Anne McArthur/@animalliberationorg

When a chimp dies at Save the Chimps sanctuary, the chimps' friends and family are given a chance to view the body, to help them understand that their friend has died. Then the humans say goodbye. Every chimp who dies is given a key, which symbolizes their release from captivity. The chimp's body is cremated and the ashes scattered on the chimp's home island. Spock, who was about forty when he died and had spent almost half his life undergoing highly invasive medical experimentation at The Coulston Foundation, is survived by three children—Angie, Bart, and Grace—all of whom live at @savethechimps in Florida.
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📷: Flowers and a key in Spock's hand. USA, 2014.

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@unbound_project is celebrating women changing the world for animals through food 😍

Follow their page to find out more!

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In celebration of all the women changing the world for animals through food, the amazing @LaurenToyota from @HotForFood took over our Instagram on Saturday to share why she believes the plant based food movement is changing the world!
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"I went vegan in 2010 and the options in the grocery store for really good tasting substitutes for meat and cheese were slim! Now we’ve come so far and the innovation and technology is incredible. I support this entirely and I’m a really big fan of what companies like Beyond Meat, Gardein etc. are doing. We are in an entirely different place then we were event 5 years ago and I love seeing it grow and become mainstream. Seeing celebrities, and huge billionaires like Bill Gates and Leo DiCaprio get behind this movement because it really affects and influences change. And we’re moving so much faster so who knows where this will be in 3 to 5 more years. I’m confident we’ll see great meatless and dairy and egg-free products at all major restaurant chains, if not entire vegan menus available."

Did you know there are thousands of photos available on the We Animals Archive, free to use for anyone helping animals? Join us in telling their stories at weanimalsarchive.org 💕

"Photographs are proof. That’s why so many of us love the camera. We capture “proof” of what’s happening out there, so that we can all see it, but more to the point, so that we can inspire you to help us change the problems of the world. Where words fail, images speak. The camera really is an incredibly powerful tool for change. Images change the course of history. Without exaggeration, and with humility, we wildlife photographers want to change the course of history for animals. And so we ask you to look, and to care, and to not turn away." - Jo
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Jo recently wrote a piece for @natgeo Traveler China highlighting the important work Photographers Against Wildlife Crime are doing to document the plight of animals across the world at threat from the growing demand for wildlife products. Jo also discusses the work We Animals is contributing towards a global conversation about our relationship with other animals and shares her insights on how photography is an important tool for change; encouraging readers to discover their passion and their skill, and to embrace it to make a difference for others.
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Follow our Instagram story to get inspired!
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#PhotographersAgainstWildlifeCrime #Photojournalism #WildlifePhotography #MakeADifference

In the West we may be shocked by the consumption of dogs and cats in Asia, but rabbits straddle the unsettling divide we've established between a pet and a piece of meat. The same animal is the third most popular companion animal (after cats and dogs) but also a source of meat and fur and used in cosmetics testing.

Just recently, @world_animal_protection and @elephant_haven_europe announced the construction of Europe's first sanctuary for former circus elephants. The sanctuary will be located in France and will provide elephants who have spent their lives' trapped in circuses with a safe place to retire to. Elephants like Luke...
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#Repost @ayearofcaptivity (@save.repost)
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Away from the bright lights, sequins and loud music, the lives of performing elephants look like this. They're often shackled for hours each day and are moved from venue to venue in trucks barely bigger than their own bodies. Many will exhibit "stereotypic behaviours," such as rocking back and forth or moving their head from side to side - all of which indicate boredom, neurosis and depression.
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In the wild, these highly sociable animals are used to travelling in multi-generational families for miles each day, foraging for food, dust-bathing and even swimming.
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"Just out of Luke's reach was a hose. While no one was watching him, apart from me who took photographs from a distance, Luke strained against his shackles to reach the hose with his trunk. Eventually, he grasped it and pulled it towards him, enjoying having something to play with. His owner saw him with the hose and took it away. Luke resumed his swaying back and forth." - Jo
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📷: Luke the elephant. Shriner circus, Canada, 2006.
Jo-Anne McArthur/We Animals
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#banwildanimalsincircuses

"I'd never visited a duck farm until I worked with the activists in Australia.
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Most of us have seen or met habituated ducks in local parks and public places, or we've seen them flying overhead. What I've always liked about ducks is that they're both curious and shy. A little bit nervous. They'll paddle over to you, but not come too close. They are often in pairs. And they are always in or near water.
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When I visit an industrial farm, I know it's going to be awful for the animals, and that my job is to stay calm and document how they live in these buildings. Calm, so that I'm not alarming the animals. As we approached the buildings, the ducks could sense our presence from the inside, and the quacking started. You know how loud one duck is, right? Imagine tens of thousands of ducks, in long sheds, sounding out their alarms. I felt certain that anyone within a few kilometers would be able to hear them. They were so stressed out from being crammed in to these buildings, and having anyone around. We worked quickly and quietly, but these poor ducks had nowhere to go, no escape by air or by water. They were filthy from living on dirt and feces. It struck me how clean wild birds are. We've all seen them preening, and generally always looking shiny and gorgeous. These ducks lived in filth. They had no water to swim or bathe in. No skies to soar in to. Just dark buildings, crammed in together by the thousands.

Scattered amongst the living were the dead and dying. It's always like this at farms that raise birds. Birds who can't reach water, birds who have been trampled. It's sad and desperate. It was really hard being in there, with all that suffering. And as always, it's hard leaving them behind, knowing there's nothing we can feasibly do for those thousands of ducks.
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Maybe, like me, you didn't know ducks were kept like this. It needs to end and luckily there's a way to end it. We can stop eating them. Easy, right? It is. We just need enough of us to step up and say no, that we won't take part in the intensive farming of living beings.

Let's end this." - Jo

Dead pekin duck at a duck farm. Australia, 2017.
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Jo-Anne McArthur/Animal Liberation NSW

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