The We Animals Archive is a globally accessible resource that holds thousands of images and video of animal industries around the world. We are continually expanding our Archive with work from our network of global contributors, ensuring that animal stories of our time can be told by media, educators, organizations, policy-makers, and influencers who can help amplify their reach. The archive is, and will remain to be, a free resource to anyone helping animals.
Through our work we aim to build bridges between social movements, mentor the next generation of advocate media makers, and inspire solutions that will result in a kinder and healthier world for all.
For more information on how We Animals Media plans to expand its impact in the years ahead, please explore the We Animals Media 2020-2021 Strategic Plan.
McArthur’s interaction with the monkey and the humans laughing at him planted the seed for her career in photojournalism. Since then, she’s travelled to over fifty countries, documenting animals trapped in the human world: animals in zoos and on factory farms, at animal fairs and in puppy mills, in sanctuaries and circuses; as well as images of the people who stand up for animals.
In 2003, McArthur officially launched the We Animals project. The images and stories of animals that our society tries so hard to keep in the dark have inspired countless others not just to look at these animals, but to truly see them.
In 2013, McArthur was the subject of Liz Marshall’s award-winning documentary, The Ghosts in Our Machine, and in 2014 published her first book, entitled We Animals.
In 2016, McArthur teamed up with Brock University Professor Keri Cronin to launch the Unbound Project, a documentary project recognizing and celebrating women working at the forefront of animal advocacy. Unbound has since come under the We Animals umbrella and continues to tell the stories of women changing the world for animals.
Also in 2016, We Animals became a completely donor-based project, growing into a small organization with the addition of our first staff members. We’re excited to continue on our journey with a growing team and larger, focused projects.
In 2017, McArthur’s second book, Captive, was published. The team launched the We Animals Archive, which allows free use of thousands of images for anyone fighting for animals.
In 2019, We Animals relaunched as We Animals Media (WAM): a media agency focused on the stories of animals trapped in the human world.
Founder and Executive Director
Jo-Anne is an award-winning photojournalist, sought-after speaker, and the founder of We Animals Media. She has been documenting the plight of animals on all seven continents for almost two decades. She is the author of three books, We Animals (2014), Captive (2017), and HIDDEN: Animals in the Anthropocene (2020) and was the subject of Canadian filmmaker Liz Marshall’s acclaimed documentary, The Ghosts in Our Machine. Jo-Anne is based in Toronto, Canada and travels many months each year to document and share the stories of animals worldwide.
Fundraising and Development Manager
Victoria de Martigny
Photo Editor, Archivist, Designer
Vanessa has been a photographer, photo editor and designer for over sixteen years, working closely with Jo-Anne since 2006. Vanessa’s work with We Animals began with implementation of the We Animals Archive but has branched out to include photography, image and video editing, project management, print and web design. Vanessa lives in Coldstream BC, Canada.
Filmmaker and Multimedia Producer
Director of Communications
Director of Operations
Kale has worked in the social sector for nearly a decade in project management, and program development and evaluation. Outside of her professional roles, Kale has produced multiple media arts projects. She holds a master’s degree in Philosophy from University College Dublin, and a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Food from Ryerson University.
Social Media Manager
Our Board of Directors
Lisa Kramer is a behavioural economist and professor of finance at the University of Toronto. Her research, which has been published in leading scholarly journals, spans a wide range of topics including the role of human nature in shaping consumer decisions and the harms that arise from using non-human animals in medical research. Her work has been extensively profiled by the Canadian and international press, and she has written op-eds and columns for outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, and The Globe and Mail. In her spare time she enjoys photographing animals, both human and non-human, in their natural habitats.
With a background in journalism and history, Kelly’s career in communications and community engagement is rooted in activism. Her short time as a meat packer in the 1990s inspired Kelly’s community focus to burst wide open to include animal justice and labour rights. A chance meeting with Jo-Anne McArthur a decade later made a diehard supporter of Kelly and her connection to We Animals has remained a constant ever since. Kelly is a graduate of Carleton University, works as a community engagement manager at Metrolinx, and lives in Toronto with her partner and their three dogs.
Corinne is a writer based in the U.S. As a journalist, she reported for The Merced (Calif.) Sun-Star, The Virginian-Pilot, and The Washington Post, mostly covering the military. She also writes for non-profits. A native of California, she has worked in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
Photojournalist and Filmmaker
Aaron is an environmental photojournalist, filmmaker and TV presenter, specializing in human-animal conflict. He has hosted films across a number of networks and aims to make conservation accessible to all through entertaining and educational content. Aaron is founder and lead investigator at Raise the Red Flag, a global campaign to end cruelty in the Wildlife Tourism industry. His articles and images regularly appear in the international press and have won numerous awards, including the coveted Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.
JK. Hafthorsson (pseudonym) is an economist based in Toronto, Ontario.
“I’m a passionate documentary and narrative film maker with a focus on issues of ethics. I recently received a BAFTA win for my documentary 73 Cows which was a no budget short film. It’s hugely important to me that I work on the right kind of project. Ultimately, films have a huge impact on the world, and the idea that through film I myself could make an impact is the reason I make films.”
Anna is an animal advocate and writer from Sydney, Australia. She worked in social justice and community development programs in Australia, Mexico and Tanzania, before turning her focus to animal rights issues. Through her writing, she hopes to empower others to engage in kinder, more thoughtful relationships with other people, other animals, and the Earth. She is currently travelling around Australia in a van, teaching yoga and writing poetry.
Mia MacDonald is Executive Director of Brighter Green, a public policy action tank that works to raise awareness of and encourage policy action on issues that span the environment, animals, and sustainability.
Selene Magnolia is an Italian freelance photojournalist and investigator. With a background in grassroots activism, her work spans issues relating to social justice, anthropology, human rights, feminism, animals, the environment and food production.
Reid is a Canadian journalist and animal advocate. She covers and opines on animal rights and welfare, vegan culture and plant based foods topics for major media across North America, including The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, New York Daily News, Maclean’s Magazine, CBC, Tenderly Magazine and others. She is a mom to two senior chihuahuas and one small human named Clover Lee.
Photographer, Filmmaker and Activist
Chris is a self-taught photographer and filmmaker based in the UK and Europe. Originally working with organizations like the BBC, the National Trust and Swim England, Chris is now focused on animal protection and veganism, producing short documentaries, undercover investigations and promotional films to help bring about a kinder world. His work has appeared internationally, in more than thirty magazines, and has been exhibited at the BFI in London.
Jenny is a China-based researcher and visual storyteller who has been working on farm animal awareness since 2016. Jenny focuses on telling local stories about the plant-based culture and social issues in China. Through her work, she hopes to build a bridge of understanding between the East to the West. Originally from Sydney, Jenny majored in International Relations and completed her Masters in Beijing.
Sayara is a Montreal-based animal advocate and writer. She has worked on social justice issues for a decade and previously worked as the farm animals campaign manager with Humane Society International/Canada. Originally from Australia, Sayara holds a Master of Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Sydney.