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Android photo from our car as the light faded and we waited to enter a mink farm after dark. The Canada geese flew over the soggy spring fields by the thousands.

Image and text by Jo-Anne McArthur.

“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.”

“In the course of more than two decades as a photojournalist, I’ve met hundreds of thousands of animals. Some were only in passing and others I’ve gotten to know over many years.
 
I’ve encountered animals who have endured unimaginable suffering, and others fortunate enough to be cared for by loving and dedicated human companions.
 
I’ve been into the heart of industrial farming facilities and medical testing labs that have been constructed to wring as much profit, for as little expenditure from the animals whose lives begin and end there.
 
But I’ve also found refuge with people and organizations who bring devotion, affection and resources to nurture and heal those who were broken and discarded.
 
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.” – Jo
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