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We Animals Media partners with NGOs, journalists, policy-makers, educators and individuals to tell the stories of animals in the human environment — those used for food, fashion, entertainment, work, religion, and experimentation. Our network of photographers and filmmakers are available for assignments worldwide. Learn more about how to work with us here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

HIDDEN: Animals in the Anthropocene

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We Animals Media’s first publication, HIDDEN: Animals in the Anthropocene (2020) is an unflinching book of photography documenting our relationship with non-human animals in the 21st century, as depicted through the lenses of 40 award-winning photojournalists.

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Fish Aggregating Devices in The Mediterranean

Fish Aggregating Devices in The Mediterranean

We Animals Media recently collaborated with photojournalist Stefano Belacchi to document the fishing industry in the Mediterranean Sea.

Farmed to Death

Farmed to Death

We Animals Media founder, Jo-Anne McArthur recently sat down with investigative journalist Andrew Wasley to discuss their shared experiences of documenting factory farming systems worldwide.

Inside the Industrial Turkey Machine

Inside the Industrial Turkey Machine

In 2019, Canadians ate 6.3 million whole turkeys. We also know that Canadians waste an astounding 40% of our food.

The Cost of Efficiency

The Cost of Efficiency

When we devalue the experiences of animals, anything we do to them becomes justified so long as it brings value to us.

Mediterranean Aquaculture & Fishing

Mediterranean Aquaculture & Fishing

This series of photographs was taken by animal photojournalist Selene Magnolia to document the shocking reality for the fish who are trapped in present-day aquaculture conditions in and around the Mediterranean Sea.

Monbiot: Our Dying Coastlines

Monbiot: Our Dying Coastlines

BAFTA-winning filmmaker and We Animals Media contributor Alex Lockwood sat down with British journalist and activist George Monbiot for a poignant conversation on the ecological reality of our dying coastlines.

System Shutdowns and The Failures of Factory Farming

System Shutdowns and The Failures of Factory Farming

The number of animals that have and will continue to be culled in the wake of Covid-19 represent a mere fraction of those who are killed for our consumption every single day. Their deaths, now newsworthy, reveal the failings of a system destined to repeat itself.

Eggs: The Unseen Story

Eggs: The Unseen Story

Organic. Cage-free. Free-range. Perhaps no animal industry has stamped itself with more distinguishing labels than eggs.

Regan Russell: Rest in Power

Regan Russell: Rest in Power

Regan Russell had been dedicated to animal rights since 1979 and was a long time activist with the Animal Save Movement. On Friday, June 19, she was run down and killed by a transport truck carrying pigs to slaughter at Fearmans Pork in Burlington, Ontario, Canada.

5,000 Foxes: The Transaction of a Mercy Release Rescue

5,000 Foxes: The Transaction of a Mercy Release Rescue

We joined volunteers from a Buddhist animal sanctuary to document the ‘mercy release’ of over 5,000 foxes and raccoon dogs from a farm in Changli, China.

The Humans Are Back

The Humans Are Back

While we have been hunkering down hiding from the virus, other animals have had their land back. Noticeably less cautious, they are exploring terrain that has long been the realm of humans and their deadly machines. But no one has told them that the COVID-19 travel restrictions are lifting. No one has warned them that humans are coming back.

Interview with Photographer Selene Magnolia

Interview with Photographer Selene Magnolia

Selene Magnolia is an Italian freelance photojournalist and investigator who uses her work as a political tool to spread awareness and to promote change. She is also one of the contributing photographers to our forthcoming book, HIDDEN: Animals in the Anthropocene.

The rise of caged duck farming in Taiwan

The rise of caged duck farming in Taiwan

It is a special kind of torture to cage a duck. In 2019, We Animals Media joined the Environment and Animal Society of Taiwan (EAST) to investigate and document animal industries around the country, including one disturbing new agricultural trend: caged duck farming.

Announcing HIDDEN: Animals in the Anthropocene

Announcing HIDDEN: Animals in the Anthropocene

We are thrilled to announce the launch of our Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for our forthcoming book, HIDDEN: Animals in the Anthropocene. HIDDEN is an unflinching book of photography about our conflict with non-human animals around the globe, as depicted through the lenses of thirty award-winning photojournalists.

Monbiot: A We Animals Media Short Film by Alex Lockwood

Monbiot: A We Animals Media Short Film by Alex Lockwood

We Animals Media worked with George Monbiot and BAFTA award-winning filmmaker Alex Lockwood to create a short film on our mutual goals of raising awareness for animal advocacy and our current climate crisis.

Seeing the Animals . . . and Ourselves

Seeing the Animals . . . and Ourselves

As we experience the fear and dislocation COVID-19 is spreading, we wonder: could this terrible reality allow us, in time, to rethink the terms of our relationship with the natural world?

The Sounds of A Slaughterhouse

The Sounds of A Slaughterhouse

The sound of a pig at a slaughterhouse is somewhere between a scream and a roar. Whirring industrial fans, beeping machinery, and shouting workers add to the hellish chaos.

An Inside Look at Asian Wet Markets

An Inside Look at Asian Wet Markets

In recent months following the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19), the world has been introduced to “wet markets”. They are places common across Asia for all things perishable, such as fruits, vegetables, and – most notably – animals, dead or alive.

Fighting the Odds: Big-hearted helpers maintain hope in Australia

Fighting the Odds: Big-hearted helpers maintain hope in Australia

A billion animals is not a billion animals. A billion animals is one individual, and then another, and then another, and again another. In fire-ravaged Australia these last several months, they are the kangaroo succumbing to billowing flames and smoke.

We Animals Media Welcomes Filmmaker Chris Shoebridge

We Animals Media Welcomes Filmmaker Chris Shoebridge

Since joining We Animals Media, Chris has been an integral part of numerous photo and film projects, and we look forward to sharing more of his documentary work on our platform.

Behind the Smoke Screen: The Hidden Victims of the Australian Bushfires

Behind the Smoke Screen: The Hidden Victims of the Australian Bushfires

In the media coverage of the Australian bushfires, which have so far burned 10 million hectares of land, few headlines have mentioned the suffering and deaths of cows, sheep and other farmed animals.

Disaster Response: How Australia Is Failing Its Wildlife

Disaster Response: How Australia Is Failing Its Wildlife

This summer, Australia’s unprecedented bushfires have given rise to seemingly unprecedented goodwill. There is no shortage of experts or funding, so where are we falling short?

Interview with Photographer Timo Stammberger

Interview with Photographer Timo Stammberger

Timo Stammberger is a professional documentary photographer who hopes to raise awareness for those whose voices go unheard.

Live export: The Longest Journey

Live export: The Longest Journey

We Animals Media's Australian correspondent Anna Mackiewicz tracks live export from her homeland to the Middle East, and across borders worldwide.

Green New Deal: A Just Transition for Animals

Green New Deal: A Just Transition for Animals

The kind of bold and substantial social changes needed to deal with the climate crisis is an opening to create a more just world. That justice can, and should, extend to animals.

2019 Our Year In Review

2019 Our Year In Review

2019 was an exciting year of growth for We Animals Media, and we look forward to sharing even more of our important documentary work on behalf of animals in the year ahead.

Rebellion: The Need to be Heard

Rebellion: The Need to be Heard

In October 2019, tens of thousands of people took part in Extinction Rebellion and Animal Rebellion protests, which has now sparked a continuing global movement. Jo photographed the London demonstrations.

Interview with Photographer Sammantha Fisher

Interview with Photographer Sammantha Fisher

Sammantha Fisher is a self-taught, internationally published photographer, who uses her images to capture and communicate the emotional lives and vibrant personalities of animals. We chatted with her about effective activism, and the immense highs and lows of her work.

The Current State of Cetacean Captivity

The Current State of Cetacean Captivity

For the estimated 2,000 to 3,000 whales and dolphins currently held in captivity around the world, life is bleak, boring and unnaturally short. These highly intelligent and social beings are bred, trained, sold and shipped like commodities, and suffer from physical and psychological ailments.

The Pigs of God: Force-fed then slaughtered for spectacle

The Pigs of God: Force-fed then slaughtered for spectacle

Also known as ‘divine pigs’ or ‘god pigs’, these animals are reared to extraordinary weights and then sacrificed as part of annual festivities at a minority of temples across Taiwan.

Censored Landscapes

Censored Landscapes

CENSORED LANDSCAPES, a project by artist Isabella La Rocca González, consists of large scale photographic landscapes that include sites of animal agriculture.

Wall of Shame is Selected by Jury as “Highly Commended”

Wall of Shame is Selected by Jury as “Highly Commended”

Jo-Anne’s image “The wall of shame” is selected by the Jury as a Highly Commended in this year’s  Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

Nations of Their Own: A We Animals Media Feature Film by Kelly Guerin

Nations of Their Own: A We Animals Media Feature Film by Kelly Guerin

A We Animals Media feature film by Kelly Guerin In the Occupied Palestinian Territories, there exists a small number of people who have chosen to devote their lives to animals, each struggling against an overwhelming political and cultural climate which begs them to abandon their work and focus instead on the more pressing issue of their own human liberation.

Interview with Amy Jones and Paul Healey of Moving Animals

Interview with Amy Jones and Paul Healey of Moving Animals

Amy Jones and Paul Healey are the dynamic photographers and activists behind Moving Animals. We Animals Media caught up with them recently about their international investigative work for animals, and how they set out on - and sustain - this rewarding and difficult journey.

Step into the World of Animal Photojournalism

Step into the World of Animal Photojournalism

In her first online photography masterclass, Jo-Anne shows us in seven lessons how to do what she does; from crafting stories and choosing gear, to approaching investigations safely and dealing with the trauma of working up close to suffering. 

Joaquin Phoenix Shows His Solidarity with Toronto’s Be Fair Be Vegan Campaign

Joaquin Phoenix Shows His Solidarity with Toronto’s Be Fair Be Vegan Campaign

Joaquin Phoenix stopped by Toronto's St. George subway station to show his support for the #BeFairBeVeganToronto campaign.

We Animals Media Welcomes Filmmaker Alex Lockwood

We Animals Media Welcomes Filmmaker Alex Lockwood

We Animals Media welcomes BAFTA-winning filmmaker Alex Lockwood of Lockwood Film.

Prolonging Death: The Practice of Fish Tethering in Asia

Prolonging Death: The Practice of Fish Tethering in Asia

In spite of what we now know about animal sentience, our priorities continue to lie in finding ways to maximize profit at their expense.

A Critical Time for Animal Stories: Welcome to We Animals Media

A Critical Time for Animal Stories: Welcome to We Animals Media

With the number of animals inside factory farms growing, wild animal populations declining, and the world facing a climate crisis, now is the time to broaden our scope and create a collective for change.

An Untold Story of Dairy Production

An Untold Story of Dairy Production

For the past fifteen years, my work as an animal photojournalist has taken me through the world of dairy production, far beyond the marketing campaigns, and taught me an entirely different story about milk. 

We Animals Media: An Expose on Animal Clubbing at Thai Slaughterhouses

We Animals Media: An Expose on Animal Clubbing at Thai Slaughterhouses

We are disconnected from what we eat and who we eat, and from the extent of suffering that billions of animals are subjected to.

Interview with Undercover Investigator and Photographer Kristo Muurimaa

Interview with Undercover Investigator and Photographer Kristo Muurimaa

Kristo Muurimaa has worked in the animal rights movement for over 20 years, and been an undercover investigator for 13.

A Note From The Field. Pig Slaughterhouse, Thailand.

A Note From The Field. Pig Slaughterhouse, Thailand.

"I disengaged from my self in order to focus wholly on what was happening all around me. I focused on my breathing, steadied my hand, and clicked. And now you see."

Inside Dakshinkali Temple

Inside Dakshinkali Temple

Twice a week the Hindu temple Dakshinkali, located outside of Kathmandu in Nepal, is opened to people wishing to make offerings to the goddess Kali, which often takes the form of animal sacrifice.

Interview with photographer and author Isa Leshko

Interview with photographer and author Isa Leshko

Isa Leshko is an American photographer and writer whose first book, ‘Allowed to Grow Old’ was published in April 2019.

Interview with photojournalist Joan de la Malla

Interview with photojournalist Joan de la Malla

Joan de la Malla (Barcelona, 1982) is an award-winning freelance photographer, known for his work documenting conservation and animal welfare issues.

Why We Do This Work

Why We Do This Work

As we know, it's a never-ending quest to touch people with our work, to make them feel passionate and motivated. We introduce our audiences to protagonists. To everyday heroes. To survivors. To caring. To storytelling. To tragedies. The key is making people feel passionate. Make them fall in love.

Interview with Undercover Investigator and Author Rich Hardy

Interview with Undercover Investigator and Author Rich Hardy

Rich Hardy has been an undercover investigator and ‘visual evidence gatherer’ in the animal protection movement for 20 years. His upcoming book, ‘Not As Nature Intended’, follows his journey, telling the stories of the animals he’s met, and the people behind their suffering.

A Fish Story

A Fish Story

Over the last 60 years, global fish production has more than doubled, with half of that total coming from intensive fish farms. This will continue to rise as demand grows worldwide.

Soft-shelled Turtle, Asia, 2019

Soft-shelled Turtle, Asia, 2019

"I was overwhelmed by the suffering of millions at the fish market that night. I stood dumbly and filmed for hours but every fiber of my being was screaming for mercy - theirs and mine."

Hen at an Industrial Egg Farm. Taiwan, 2019.

Hen at an Industrial Egg Farm. Taiwan, 2019.

"She caught my eye as I walked past the endless rows of cages at this commercial egg farm in Taiwan. It was unclear how she had escaped but almost a certainty that it would not last for long."

Dairy Farm. Taiwan, 2019.

Dairy Farm. Taiwan, 2019.

"In documenting animal industries, I’ve come to learn that the details may change but the essentials never do."

Sanctuary

Sanctuary

Animal sanctuaries play an important role, not only in rescuing and rehabilitating individual animals, but also in offering us a precious opportunity to connect with the animals for who they really are – to hear their stories, and to learn about their unique and charming characters.

2018 Year In Review

2018 Year In Review

2018 marked the 20th anniversary of the first We Animals photo and a year of tremendous achievement in the world of animal photojournalism.

The Grim Truth about Animal Exports

The Grim Truth about Animal Exports

Hundreds of thousands of live animals are transported each year on ships from Australia and Europe to the Middle East.

We Animals Media hits the ground to document the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.

We Animals Media hits the ground to document the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.

What could we learn from this tragedy if we focused, instead, on the millions of animals that had been excluded from the death toll and the massive farming systems that had kept them there? That was the question we came to ask.

Interview with Tras Los Muros Photographer Aitor Garmendia

Interview with Tras Los Muros Photographer Aitor Garmendia

Aitor Garmendia is the award-winning photographer behind Tras Los Muros (Behind the Walls). He describes the project as "A photography project for animal liberation." We spoke to him about his work and the power of a single image.

Dead Calf On A Beach, Israel, 2018.

Dead Calf On A Beach, Israel, 2018.

As we walked back to the car, I used my LitePanel to light the way in the dark, so as to avoid stepping on little crabs, washed up jellyfish, garbage, plastics, and broken glass. We walked in silence, navigating the trash and thinking about the washed-up calf, a symbol of all that's wrong with the live shipping industry.

Interview with photojournalist Aaron Gekoski

Interview with photojournalist Aaron Gekoski

Aaron 'Bertie" Gekoski is an environmental photojournalist, television presenter, and film-maker. He recently wan the 2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year photojournalist category. We spoke to him about his work, what motivates him, and his plans for the future.

Broiler Chickens with Animal Equality, Mexico 2018

Broiler Chickens with Animal Equality, Mexico 2018

All around the world, birds raised for meat are treated as units of production. Young birds die from injury, they are crushed in machinery and in transport, their bodies – manipulated to grow at unnaturally fast rates – fail them when they are just weeks old. Every part of their lives is mechanized, a step on a production line.

Interview with photographer Andrew Skowron

Interview with photographer Andrew Skowron

We sat down with Polish animal rights photographer Andrew Skowron to hear more about how he captures such startling images of animals trapped in factory farming.

A Note From Jo

A Note From Jo

I've seen complete indifference and heartrending compassion, misguided ignorance and deliberate torture. I've found myself in a world of bars and metal and stench and despair, and a world of space and earth and fresh air and hope.

Interview With Photographer and Filmmaker Jan van IJken

Interview With Photographer and Filmmaker Jan van IJken

Even if you haven’t heard the name Jan van IJken, you may recognize some of his images of animals, which have gone viral on social media.

Interview With Documentary Photographer Patrick Brown

Interview With Documentary Photographer Patrick Brown

Bangkok-based Australian photographer Patrick Brown has dedicated his career to covering social issues that are often forgotten by the mainstream media today.

Interview With Fine Art Animal Photographer Tamara Kenneally

Interview With Fine Art Animal Photographer Tamara Kenneally

Tamara Kenneally is a Melbourne, Australia-based photographer who has been photographing animals for more than 20 years and has an enormous portfolio to show for it.