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We Animals

Jo-Anne McArthur

"My goals have always been to educate people about our treatment of animals. To reduce their suffering. To widen our circle of compassion to include non-human animals. To make animal industries visible, and accountable."—Jo-Anne McArthur

Drawn from a thousand photos taken over fifteen years, We Animals illustrates and investigates animals in the human environment: whether they're being used for food, fashion and entertainment, or research, or are being rescued to spend their remaining years in sanctuaries. Award-winning photojournalist and animal advocate Jo-Anne McArthur provides a valuable lesson about our treatment of animals, makes animal industries visible and accountable, and widens our circle of compassion to include all sentient beings.



"Powerfully disturbing. These images take us to dark and hidden places visited by only a few determined and courageous individuals like Jo-Anne McArthur. They reveal the secret practices that many people will not want to know about. For the animals' sake, I beg that you will not only look but feel. For if we truly understand their suffering then, surely, we shall no longer condone it. And the heart-warming images at the end of the book show us the road to compassion."—Dr. Jane Goodall, primatologist and author, Reason for Hope

"To look at Jo-Anne McArthur's gorgeous, heart-breaking photographs is to be reminded of the dignity and worthiness of all living creatures, and to be awakened to the vast, redemptive power of empathy."—Barbara Gowdy, author, The White Bone

"This is a work of grace, direct from the soul. This groundbreaking book emanates integrity, hard work and a cosmos of empathy. May there be a tectonic shift of consciousness in our lifetime. For the Ghosts."—Liz Marshall, filmmaker, The Ghosts in Our Machine



208 pp.  
10" x 8 1/2"

Lantern Books

Hardcover
$40.00

Published:  December 2013

9781590564264




The We Animals project was created by award-winning photojournalist, author and activist Jo-Anne McArthur, who has been documenting the plight of animals on all seven continents for over ten years. Her documentary project, We Animals, is internationally celebrated and over one hundred animal organizations, among them Igualdad Animal, Sea Shepherd and the Jane Goodall Institute, have benefited from her photography. Many organizations continue to work closely with Jo-Anne on campaigns and investigations.

Recent awards and accolades include the 2013 Compassion for Animals Award; the 2011 Canadian Empathy Award (art category); one of CBC's Top 50 Champions of Change; Farm Sanctuary’s 2010 "Friend of Farm Animals" award; HuffPost WOMEN's "Top 10 Women trying to change the world", and one of 20 activists featured in the book The Next Eco Warrior.

Jo-Anne is the subject of Canadian film maker Liz Marshall's celebrated documentary The Ghosts In Our Machine and her first book, also entitled We Animals, was published by Lantern Books in 2013. Her work has been featured in publications such as Elle Canada, National Geographic Traveler, Photo District News, Photolife, Sotokoto, Point of View, Alternatives Journal and Canadian Dimension.

Jo-Anne hails from Toronto, Canada. See all books by Jo-Anne McArthur



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