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Mission

We Animals Media (WAM) brings visibility to hidden animals through compelling photo and videojournalism. As the world’s leading animal photojournalism agency, it is our mission to document the stories of animals in the human environment — those used for food, fashion, entertainment, and experimentation — and to connect those stories to the individuals and organizations who can amplify their reach.

Our growing network of award-winning photographers and videographers extends throughout the world, capturing images from a broad and diverse spectrum of animal industries. Together, we have created the world’s most comprehensive collection of animal photojournalism. This globally accessible resource is made available for free to anyone working to inspire compassion, conversation and change.

For more information on how We Animals Media plans to expand its impact in the years ahead, please explore the We Animals Media 2022-2023 Strategic Plan.

History

In 1998, while backpacking through Ecuador, Jo-Anne McArthur passed a house where a monkey was tied to a windowsill by a short chain. The monkey was small enough to be able to move back and forth between the security bars on the window and had been trained to pick the pockets of passersby, and drop the loot inside the house. Tourists would stop to take photos while the monkey reached inside people’s pockets. Everyone present seemed to find this hilarious except for McArthur, who thought it was humiliating and belittling for the monkey and the humans around him. Surely there could be ways to relate to animals that were more honest, less exploitative and more informative than this.

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 has evolved to stock.weanimalsmedia.org and continues to offer thousands of visuals for free to anyone working to inspire compassion, conversation, and change.

In 2019, We Animals relaunched as We Animals Media (WAM): a media agency focused on the stories of animals trapped in the human world.

Our Team

Jo-Anne McArthur

Jo-Anne McArthur

Founder, President, and Board Member

Jo-Anne is an award-winning photojournalist, sought-after speaker, photo editor, and the founder of We Animals Media. She has visited over sixty countries to document our complex relationship with animals. She is the author of three books: We Animals (2014), Captive (2017), and HIDDEN: Animals in the Anthropocene (2020), and is the subject of Canadian filmmaker Liz Marshall’s acclaimed Canadian documentary, The Ghosts in Our Machine. Jo-Anne’s photographs have received accolades from Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Nature Photographer of the Year, Big Picture, AEFONA, Picture of the Year International, the Global Peace Award, and others. In 2020, Jo-Anne was thrilled to be a member of the jury for World Press Photo. She hails from Toronto, Canada.

Kale Ridsdale

Kale Ridsdale

Managing Director

As Managing Director of We Animals Media, Kale provides leadership for the implementation of WAM’s strategic activities and oversees the organization’s people operations. Kale joined WAM in spring of 2019 as Director of Operations and has led the organization in its growth from grassroots to an expanding international nonprofit photojournalism agency. Prior to joining WAM Kale worked in the social sector for nearly a decade in project management, and program design and evaluation before reorienting her career towards the problem of factory farming and animal suffering.  Kale holds a master’s degree in Philosophy from University College Dublin and a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Food from Ryerson University. Kale is based in Toronto, Canada.

Warren Bowen

Warren Bowen

Communications Director

When he was nine, Warren saw grainy investigative footage of an industrial pig farm for the first time. The next day he was vegetarian. Over the last fifteen years, Warren has supported animal liberation through various projects and strategies, and as a published writer and seasoned educator, he brings clear and persuasive communication to We Animals Media. He could not be happier to work alongside such a talented team and knows firsthand the power one video has to change someone’s life forever.
Victoria de Martigny

Victoria de Martigny

Digital Asset Manager and Fieldwork Coordinator

Victoria is a photographer, business consultant, active animal rights activist and a part-time cat wrangler to the plethora of rescue cats who share her Montreal home with her and her husband. She brings more than a decade of experience leading large multi-national corporations through start-up, accelerated growth, acquisition, change and revitalization. Having run her own successful photography business for 12 years, Victoria also possesses an excellent understanding of photography and a proficiency for photographic archiving.  She is passionate about the mission of We Animals and grateful for the opportunity to contribute to this important work that both connects us with our fellow earthlings and inspires lasting change.
Belinda Davis

Belinda Davis

Fundraising Manager

Belinda has been volunteering with animal organizations for 15 years and while her experience is broad, her passion lies with volunteering at farm animal sanctuaries. Belinda has a background in science with a PhD in molecular biology and microbiology, but followed her passion in 2013 and moved to Thailand to work for Soi Dog Foundation, helping stray dogs and cats. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Belinda now lives in Portland, Oregon, and spends her spare time volunteering at Wildwood Farm Sanctuary, fostering cats and traveling, usually with the aim of seeing wildlife. 

Sally Thompson

Sally Thompson

Content Manager

Sally is a UK-based animal advocate with a passion for communication. She studied environmental and physical geography at the University of Worcester and has been involved in activism for ten years now—her work has spanned from grassroots community organizing to online campaigning and content creation. Before joining the We Animals team, Sally worked in marketing and communications at Veganuary and VegFund. A great believer in the power of collaboration, she is hugely thankful to be working alongside such a dedicated team of advocates striving towards a more just and compassionate world for all.
Eva von Jagow

Eva von Jagow

Social Media Manager

Eva is a passionate vegan and animal rights advocate. She holds a degree from McGill University and brings over five years of non-profit and marketing experience to the team. Eva is elated to be a part of the WAM team, as she credits animal photojournalism and investigative journalism for catalyzing her vegan journey many years ago.
Vinyse Barber

Vinyse Barber

Operations Coordinator

Vinyse is passionate about making a difference in the world and inspiring others to turn compassion into action. She has worked in the non-profit sector for over 15 years, has been an active volunteer for the past 30, and holds a master’s degree specializing in non-profit management. When not working at WAM, she and her husband teach people how to grow veggies, enjoy Toronto’s amazing vegan restaurants with friends, and spend time with their senior dog and cat. Vinyse was impacted by animal photojournalism when she watched a video on factory farming a couple of decades ago, and is thrilled to be able to contribute her skills and experience to WAM’s mission of bringing visibility to hidden animals.

Cindy Hughes

Cindy Hughes

Communications and Marketing Associate

Six-year-old Cindy was known as Constable Earthworm because she wouldn’t let the other kids on her street play with bugs because it was “really mean.” Over the years she’s rescued a plethora of quirky creatures large and small. She’s a travel junkie and has spent many winters off-grid on a remote island in Southeast Asia. Cindy’s professional career has spanned both the publishing and non-profit sectors. She’s a sucker for a good story, and if she’s not working you’ll probably find her on a horse, messing around with her camera, lost in a novel, or floating in the ocean.

Torrance McCartney

Torrance McCartney

Coordinator, The Unbound Project

Torrance McCartney has been an advocate for animal rights and vegan philosophy since childhood. Having dedicated much of her life to animal welfare, Torrance has volunteered countless hours to animal fostering/caregiving, animal sanctuaries and advocacy organizations worldwide. She brings over 5 years of experience in large-scale project coordination, a passion for inspired teamwork and a commitment to creating a world where respect and freedom are the birthrights of all sentient beings.
Liisa MacGowan

Liisa MacGowan

Metadata Editor

Liisa has over ten years of experience in keywording and managing controlled vocabularies for stock photography sites and the cultural heritage sector. She has a degree in photography and she studied Art History and Aesthetics at Master’s level. Liisa is originally from Finland (hence the slightly odd spelling of her name!) but is now living in The Highlands of Scotland near Loch Ness, enjoying the wildlife and wilderness of this beautiful part of the world. She is a keen cyclist and has bikepacked through Europe and South America. It was on her last trip that she decided she wanted to do more for the plight of animals worldwide, and found WAM to be the perfect match for her beliefs and background.

Suzanne Goodwin

Suzanne Goodwin

Metadata Editor

Suzanne is an animal advocate and documentary, fine art, and stock photographer on Canada’s west coast who has run her own photography business for over 15 years. In 2017, after reading an article about the dog meat industry and, on the very same day, happening upon a sighting of dairy cows locked in a barn with no access to the outdoors, Suzanne began to question society’s use of animals and our attitudes towards them. After viewing investigative visuals of farmed animals, Suzanne immediately became vegan and also an animal rights activist, eventually becoming a farmed animal rescuer and board member with PEACE Canada. Suzanne is a passionate believer in the power of the visual medium to create positive shifts in society’s norms, and she is thrilled for the opportunity to help further the mission of We Animals Media and work with WAM’s dedicated and talented team.

Sarah Janson

Sarah Janson

Book Coordinator

Sarah is a passionate and devoted advocate for animal rights. She founded her business Little by Little IC, which partners with individuals, as well as animal advocacy focused organizations to manage and support various projects, events, and fundraising initiatives. She is profoundly grateful to be working with the We Animals Media team, helping shed light on the hidden suffering of animals. In her free time, Sarah loves to be in nature with her wife, tiny human and two energetic dogs.
Steve Smith

Steve Smith

Web Developer

Steve has been a technology consultant and web application developer for more than two decades, helping teams of all sizes leverage technology to support their businesses and achieve their goals. A pragmatic technophile, Steve is also an avid science fiction writer, living just outside of Toronto.

Our Contributors

Aaron Gekoski - Philippines

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.

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Adam Oswell - Thailand

Photographer

Adam is an Australian photographer specialising in wildlife trade and protection issues. His work has appeared in a wide range of media including Geographical, TIME Magazine, Science Magazine, The Guardian, Getty Images, Bloomberg, and Asian Geographic and has been exhibited at the Leica Gallery London, f³ – Freiraum für Fotografie Berlin and the Visa pour l’image awards Perpignan.

He has contributed to productions with the BBC, ABC Australia, the Natural Capital Project/NASA, Off the Fence Productions, Icon Films, The World Conservation Union (IUCN), The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), TRAFFIC, WWF International, Humane Society International, the United Nations Development Program and many others. Based in Thailand, he has worked and travelled extensively in Asia for over 20 years.

He is a contributing photographer to the newly released books Photographers Against Wildlife Crime and HIDDEN: Animals in the Anthropocene, and produced the book Black Market: Inside the Endangered Species Trade in Asia, the first publication of its kind to extensively document international wildlife trade.

Adam is a contributor to the WWF-Canon Photo Database. He has documented illegal wildlife trade for over 20 years and has been documenting snow leopard conservation programs in the Altai mountains of western Mongolia since 2015.

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Alex Lockwood - UK

Filmmaker

“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.”

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Amy Jones - UK

Photographer

Amy Jones is the photographer behind Moving Animals. Since 2018, she has worked on the ground across seven different countries to document the plight of animals. Her work has informed and strengthened the campaigns of multiple animal advocacy groups and has featured in over 150 media outlets. She was recently awarded both Best Overall and Winner of the Animal Welfare category for her photo essay “Next in Line” in the International Vegan Film Festival, and a selection of her photographs were published in the seminal book, HIDDEN: Animals in the Anthropocene. She believes in the power of photography to create change and start conversations around how we view and treat animals.

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Ana Palacios - Spain

Photojournalist

Ana Palacios is a journalist and documentary photographer focused on human rights, shining a light on broken systems in collaboration with NGOs such as Manos Unidas, Trampled Rose and UNICEF.

She graduated in Journalism at the University of Navarre in Pamplona, Spain, followed by film and photography studies at the University of California in Los Angeles, where she lived for several years.

Her work has been awarded, exhibited, and published worldwide in National Geographic, The Guardian Weekend Magazine, Al Jazeera, Stern, Der Spiegel, New Internationalist, Daily Mail, Terra Mater, 6 Mois, Days Japan, XL Semanal, Papel, El País, and Tiempo.

She has published three books: Albino, about the plight of the albinos in Tanzania; Art in Movement, about the art as a social change in Uganda; and Slave Children: The Back Door, about the reinsertion of slave children in West Africa. She has directed her first documentary on this last topic.

Ana is a public speaker at universities, photography festivals and educational centers, educating and inspiring others about human rights. She is also a member of national and international photo contest juries.

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Andrew Skowron - Poland

Photographer

Animal photographer Andrew Skowron worked as a photo reporter in media for 14 years, followed by eight years focusing on farm animal photography, starting with a major project on live animal transport. After quitting media work altogether, he decided to dedicate his photography to the fight for animal rights, working for two animal advocacy organisations in Poland, Otwarte Klatki and Anima International. Through his work, Andrew is committed to revealing how animals are treated, the conditions they live in, and how they are transported and ultimately killed for human consumption. Through his images, Andrew tries to “make visible the blurry line between being a living being and a product.” His work has been published by National Geographic Polska, Bored Panda, Publico, Gaia and other international titles, and are used in animal rights campaigns all over the world.

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Angel Giovanni Hoyos - Argentina

Filmmaker

Angel Giovanni Hoyos was born in Bogotá, Colombia in 1992. At the age of 18, he decided to study cinema and emigrated to Buenos Aires. He has worked with directors including Natalia Smirnoff, Cecilia Atán and Julian D’angolillo, and production companies such as Cinecolor, Tronco, 1staveMachine, Tarea Fina and El Perro en La Luna. Angel has Collaborated as both director and editor, and has been part of artistic groups and activists for human rights, such as the artivist collective Articiclo, with which he carried out audiovisual pieces and mapping. His first feature film as a director is MAREA VERDE and he is currently producing his second documentary feature, TERRICIDIO.

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Anipixels.com - India

Photographer

Anipixels is an animal rescuer, bird rehabber and the founder of Anipixels.com. As a long-term vegan advocate living in India, Anipixels is also a self-taught photographer who started taking photographs while touring the country to document rescued street animals. The idea of the Anipixels image database came as a result of scouring the internet in order to make a photographic display about animal exploitation. By 2019, Anipixels had obtained a few thousand images of animals from all over India and Anipixels.com was launched, providing anyone working for animal protection instant access to free high-res photos of everything from street animals to farmed animals and wildlife. Anipixels is proud to have developed a comprehensive database to aid animal protection for all species in India.

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Bridget Laudien - USA

Photographer

Bridget Laudien is a portrait photographer whose work has varied greatly over the course of her career, which spans nearly two decades. She uses long term projects to draw awareness to the aspects of life she is most passionate about. Lifers began in 2009 as an ongoing exploration into the oppressive and paradoxical nature of zoos and aquaria through animal photojournalism. Bridget holds a Bachelor of Arts in photography; her work has been published and internationally exhibited. She currently lives in New Jersey with her husband and rescue dog.

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Chris Shoebridge - UK

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.

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Christian Faesecke - Germany

Photographer

Christian was born in Kiel, Germany in 1979. For over ten years he has been working as a trained orthopedic technician, specialized in prosthetics for amputees. In his photo reports he sheds light on the circumstances surrounding the global production and sale of goods, and shows the working conditions of people who are generally not seen or recognized by the end consumer.

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Deniz Tapkan Cengiz - Turkey

Photographer

Deniz Tapkan Cengiz is a photographer and zoologist living in Istanbul. They have taken photos in more than 60 countries and cities of the world, mainly documenting artwork, art galleries and artist portraits, and received an Honorary Award from the International Photo Awards (2021) for a photograph capturing the pandemic. Vegan since 2014, Deniz also photographs and documents animal lives.

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Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) - Worldwide

Activist Organization

Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) is a global grassroots network of animal rights activists. Their mission is to achieve social and political change for animals in one generation.

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Doug Gimesy - Australia

Conservation and Wildlife Photojournalist

Doug is a professional conservation and wildlife photojournalist who focuses on Australian issues. A Senior Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP), his clients include National Geographic, BBC Wildlife, bioGraphic, Australian Geographic, Audubon, and various newspapers. Initially graduating with a B.Sc in zoology and microbiology, he also holds a Masters of Environment, a Masters of Bioethics, and a Diploma of Education. Photographic achievements include winning the inaugural Wildscreen Panda award (2108) as well as being a finalist several times in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year, the BigPicture Natural World and Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year competitions.

Believing people should focus on the issues they care deeply about and those that are close to home, his recent work has focused on the conservation and animal welfare issues that face the platypus and the Grey-headed Flying-fox. Most recently, Doug has directly facilitated:

i) the banning of platypus-drowning fishing (Opera House) nets in his state of Victoria.

ii) the listing of the platypus as a vulnerable species in his state of Victoria, triggering a number of state protections in addition to raising awareness nationally for their plight.

iii) the banning ( based on animal welfare impacts) of barbed-wire from his local council area

He also he recently launched (with his partner Heather Kiley) a children’s book on Grey-headed Flying-foxes titled ‘Life Upside Down’, to try and build awareness and empathy for this often misunderstood species.

Doug’s current projects include; covering the cruel, illegal reptile trade out of Australia, the impact of bushfires and floods, and an ongoing series of portraits called ‘Wildlife Warriors, Conservation Champions and Animal Advocates’.

His hope is that the images and information he shares will inspire people to stop, think, and treat the world more kindly.

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Dulce Ramírez - Mexico

Photographer

The executive director of Igualdad Animal Mexico since 2012, Dulce Ramirez has been an animal rights activist for over a decade.She has created successful campaigns promoting compassionate plant-based diets to reduce consumption of animal products. Dulce has lobbied federal and state legislation criminalizing animal cruelty, including abolishing animal circuses and bullfighting, as well as initiatives to include farm animals in Mexico’s current animal protection laws. She has led a team of undercover investigators and served as an investigator documenting the abuses and cruelty of industrial animal agriculture in Mexico.

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Elijah Minor - Canada

Photographer

Elijah Minor is a photographer and storyteller focusing on nonhuman animal and social justice issues. As an investigator for various animal protection organizations, Elijah gained extensive experience working with animals. With a background in creative arts, Elijah now dedicates their time to advocacy and documenting nonhuman animal exploitation with the hope of inspiring a greater concern for the least empowered among us. 

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Emily Pickett - Canada

Photographer

Emily’s life-long love for animals has guided her work as an animal advocate and her focus in photography. She strives to use photography as a way to both celebrate the beauty and uniqueness of animals and as a means for raising awareness of the exploitation animals face at the hands of humans. 

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Evan Price - Canada

Photographer

Evan developed a passionate commitment to the reduction of animal suffering while on a five year bicycle journey through Asia and Africa, where the brutality inflicted on animals can be seen in broad daylight. He sought to capture these realities through photography.

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Francesco Ceccarelli - Italy

Videographer

Francesco Ceccarelli is the investigations manager at Essere Animali.

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Francesco Pistilli - Italy

Photographer and Videographer

Francesco Pistilli is an Italian freelance photojournalist and videographer whose work has been published widely in international magazines and newspapers. He is the recipient of the World Press Photo award 2018 for his series, Lives in Limbo. Francesco’s assignments have taken him across Europe, sub-Saharan Africa, Central America, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. He has worked with several NGOs, including Open Society Foundations, Action.org, Emergency (IT) and Greenpeace Philippines. Francesco’s photography has been featured in leading international newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, Politico, Wired, TIME, Elle, Vanity Fair, as well as by the BBC.

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Frank Metivier - Canada

Videographer

Frank is an animal rights activist who dedicates most of his time defending animals. He advocates through various form of activism, and documents through film the powerful reality of animal lives. He loves creating impactful videos to touch people’s hearts about animals issues. Frank lives and travels in the “Vigorous Vegan Vagabond Van” and promotes veganism wherever he goes.

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Gabriela Penela - Chile

Photographer

Gabriela Penela is a Chilean photographer, animal rights activist and founder of the project “El Foco Animal“. In 2010 she started to create a visual record of the conditions animals were forced to live in across various agricultural industries. Since 2015, her work has mainly focused on portraying rescued farm animals who are now permanent residents of “Santuario Igualdad“. Her work exposes what animals are subjected to in the name of industry and provides a glimpse into the unique personalities of the individuals who were rescued from these places. Her goal is to send an encouraging message and to promote empathy while raising awareness about how these sentient beings who want to live in peace are treated as nothing more than commodities.

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Gav Wheatley - Australia

Photographer and Videographer

A photographer and videographer by trade, Gav Wheatley devotes their time to helping animals by documenting their plight to effect change at a legislative level. Through Gav‘s lens, and a unique focus on the eyes of each individual, we see the animal for who they are and a glimpse into their personality, emotion and experience.

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Henry Hopkins - USA

Videographer

Henry Hopkins is Founder and Director of Photography of H2 Video, a full service video production company in the San Franscisco Bay Area. Henry has been a long time vegan and is passionate about educating the public about the reality of our industrialized food system.

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Itsuka Yakumo - Japan

Photographer

Itsuka is a photographer and graphic artist. Areas of activity encompass a broad array of work that goes beyond the boundaries of industries, borders, and media, such as advertising, stage photos, video production, CI, product design, and documentaries. He engages in animal rights activities and is vegan. Itsuka resides in Tokyo with his rescue cat.

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James Gibson - UK

Photographer

James has a strong passion for animals and animal rights and after seeing the work of We Animals Media, knew he wanted to participate. He provides his services for free to animal sanctuaries in a bid to spread awareness of the animal world that is often hidden from us.

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Jo-Anne McArthur - Canada

Animal Photojournalist

HIDDEN creator and co-editor Jo-Anne McArthur is an award-winning photojournalist, who has been documenting the hidden lives of animals for nearly two decades. In that time, she has travelled to over 60 countries to photograph people’s complex and disturbing treatment of animals for her non-profit organization, We Animals Media. Jo-Anne is the recipient of many awards for her photography, including the 2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year People’s Choice Award, from the Natural History Museum, London. An acclaimed speaker, she speaks internationally on the topics of the human-animal relationship, social change, and empathy. Jo-Anne makes her work freely available to anyone advocating for animals via the We Animals Archive. HIDDEN is Jo-Anne’s third book.

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Jonás Amadeo Lucas - Spain

Photographer

Jonás Amadeo Lucas has been helping animals in different fields and areas for more than ten years, conducting rescues and investigations in over 30 countries. He has been an investigative photographer for Animal Equality, PETA, Animal Angels and the Parliament of the European Union, with publication in National Geographic, The Times, and other international media. Jon has an MBA in Business Management and a Masters in International Trade, and founded the first animal sanctuary of Spain: El Hogar ProVegan. He is currently the director of the ProVegan Foundation in Spain, and acts as a consultant for different initiatives around the world.

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Juho Kerola - Finland

Photographer

Born and raised on a dairy farm in Finland, Juho Kerola crossed paths with animal rights activism later in life than many, and found his niche in direct investigations and photojournalism as the most effective tool for change. In Finland, Juho is best known for slaughterhouse investigations and photographs of dairy, poultry and pig farms. Since 2016, his photographs from Finnish fur farms have reached an international audience with publication in many major print and online outlets.

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Julie LP - Canada

Photographer

Julie LP has been campaigning for the rights of non-human animals since 2017. She is anti-speciesist, feminist and interested in the intersectionality of social justice struggles. She has been a dedicated volunteer at a farm animal sanctuary for over four years. She has investigated more than a hundred farms throughout Quebec and she actively denounces this speciesist industry with the aim that it be abolished. She studied cinema, which meant that she developed her critical and artistic sense.

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Julie O'Neil - Canada

Photojournalist

Inspired by the power of photography, Julie O’Neill uses her camera to expose the exploitation of animals around the world. Since receiving a bachelor of photography in 2003, she has documented the endless suffering of animals of all species in a wide variety of circumstances. To counterbalance the pain she has witnessed, she has volunteered with many organisations that rescue animals and work to change people’s hearts and minds. Julie and her family have recently purchased a large piece of forest in Canada, where, for decades, animals were hunted and killed. Now, she says, “this land has been transformed into a place of protection, refuge and peace for animals and humans alike.”

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Justin Mott - Vietnam / USA

Wildlife Photojournalist Justin Mott is an avid animal welfare advocate and in 2018 pivoted the focus of his work to wildlife photojournalism and conservation photography. He is currently working on his long-term global personal project titled Kindred Guardians. The project focuses on documenting people around the world who dedicate their lives to animal conservation and welfare and has been featured in National Geographic, The Washington Post, Paris Match, Smithsonian, Greenpeace, and Leica’s global website. Mott has shot over 100 assignments for the New York Times and resides in Vietnam and covers assignments globally.

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Kelly Guerin - USA

Documentary filmmaker and photographer

Kelly Guerin is a documentary filmmaker and photographer who has been directing, shooting, and editing around the world since 2014. She works independently, as well as in partnership with We Animals Media and other animal protection organizations, to tell stories ranging in topics from factory farming, environmental protection, and the shared path of human and animal rights. Kelly is based in Durham, NC, happy with a small flock of misfit rescue animals.

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Kelsey Hannah - Australia

Photographer

Kelsey Hannah is a self-taught photographer and the person behind the photojournalism project Animals Uncovered, which was established in 2016 when she started taking photos of animals destined for slaughter outside of abattoirs. Since then, Kelsey has worked independently and with grassroots organisations, photographing animals used for food and entertainment within Australia. Many of Kelsey’s images have been used in campaigns and resources by animal advocacy organisations, including Animal Liberation, PETA Australia and the Animal Save Movement. Kelsey hopes to connect the viewer with the animals she photographs and for them “to be seen as the individuals they are, each inherently deserving of freedom.”

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Konrad Lozinski - Poland

Photographer

A Polish animal rights activist and photographer, Konrad Lozinski is a regular contributor to animal rights campaigns by Otwarte Klatki (Anima International), Animal Equality, Vegan Outreach, Animal Justice Project and many more. Whenever possible, he also complements his images with his words, writing about anti-fur campaigns and welfare issues, or interviewing other activists. Konrad’s photography focuses on undercover investigations of animal exploitation on factory farms. Most of these are conducted as part of assignments for animal rights groups, while others are done as independent projects. The key principle of Konrad’s subversive work is the representation of animals as individuals.

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Kristo Muurimaa - Finland

Photographer

Kristo Muurimaa has worked as an animal rights investigator since 2006. While he professes not to know much about framing an image and sometimes struggles to get the exposure right, he’ll “stubbornly wade through snow, swamps and manure to photograph the dark corners of our relationship with animals.” Kristo’s photography gained global attention in 2017 when his images of “monster foxes” on Finnish fur farms were published widely in international titles, including Newsweek, Mail Online and The Mirror. He is also the author of Animal Factories, a photobook on the relationship between humans and non-human animals.

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Lissy Jayne - Australia

Photographer

Lissy Jayne felt a passion for social justice from an early age, pursuing studies in psychology, social work and sociology. Having grown up in the company of native species on a wildlife reserve in South Australia, she developed a special connection with animals and began contributing to investigations into animal exploitation industries. Two years later, Lissy founded Bear Witness Australia to expand her photojournalistic work in the animal advocacy field. She went on to work as assistant director in the exposé-style documentary film, Dominion, released in 2018. Lissy continues to operate Bear Witness Australia, documenting the stories of animals imprisoned on farms, slaughterhouses, hatcheries, rodeos and zoos across Australia. Her aim is to “raise awareness of the spectrum of exploitative situations which arise as a natural consequence of denying animals their inherent moral rights.”

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Louise Jorgensen - Canada

Photographer

An animal rights activist and graphic artist, Louise Jorgensen has worked on advertising and website development projects and donated her skills to the creation of public transit ads, billboards, and websites for animal rights campaigns. After moving to a rural part of Canada, she saw first-hand the reality faced by animals raised for food on farms, sold at auction and sent to slaughterhouses. As a self-taught photographer, Louise focuses on individual animals to help others see them with a new perspective: “as unique persons with a capacity to suffer that is equal to our own.” In 2018, she was nominated for the Lisa Grill Compassion for Animals Award. Louise is a mother to three sons, a guardian of four dogs, and her home is a sanctuary to rescue dogs and small animals liberated from our food system.

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Luis Tato - Kenya

Photojournalist

Luis Tato is a photojournalist based in Nairobi, Kenya. He began his visual education studying different drawing and painting techniques and later received a degree in audiovisual communication. His photography career began while covering Spain’s financial crisis for print media, news agencies and several NGOs. Since then, Luis has been a regular contributor to the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia, while combining his work as a wire photographer covering East Africa for Agence France-Presse. His work has been published in numerous international titles, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Guardian, Financial Times, National Geographic, Der Spiegel, Die Welt, El País and El Mundo. His awards include first place prizes from Pictures of the Year International (POYI) and The Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Award.

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Lukas Vincour - Czech Republic

Photographer

Lukas Vincour is an animal liberation activist and a photographer from the Czech Republic. He is co-founder of the vegan organization Zvirata Nejime (We Don’t Eat Animals) and one of the co-authors and directors of a documentary film about animal abuse in the Czech Republic, Svedectvi (Testimony). Through his work he is trying to draw attention to the suffering of innocent beings.

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Michael Buckley - Canada

Photographer

Michael Buckley is a professional photographer based in Alberta, Canada. His career started as a photojournalist working for newspapers and magazines and now through his photography he attempts to convey the natural world, emotional moments, and the essence of animal lives. The subjects he meets, and gets to know through his line of work, continually humble him.

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Miguel Endara - USA

Filmmaker and Director

Miguel Endara is a director, filmmaker and co-founder of Vidara Films, a film production company dedicated to creating films about veganism and animal rights. Through his work, he hopes to expose truths, challenge norms, and show us realities that will help make the world a better, more humane place.

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Milos Bicanski - Greece

Photographer

Milos Bicanski is a photographer based in Athens, Greece who has focused on news and conflict and, in last decade, environmental photography. Born in Belgrade, Serbia, Milos began his career covering the tumultuous events surrounding the breakup of Yugoslavia for Serbian magazines and newspapers. As a contributor to the European Press Photo Agency in the late 1990s and Getty Images today, his photographs have appeared in all major newspapers around the world. Witnessing the 2007 forest fire destruction on the Peloponnese peninsula in Greece, Milos started shifting his interest toward environmental and animal photojournalism. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including prizes from Days Japan, Humanity Photo Awards hosted by UNESCO and CFPA, and PX3.

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Napat Wesshasartar - Thailand

Photographer and Filmmaker

Napat Wesshasartar is an independent photographer and documentary filmmaker based in Bangkok, Thailand. His works have appeared in Thai and international media such as National Geographic Thailand, BBC Thai News and Norwegian Television. His main focus is on the relationship between people and natural world. Napat is also pursuing his master’s degree in Environemental Social Science.

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Nick Schafer - Canada

Photographer and Filmmaker

Nick Schafer is an award-winning Canadian filmmaker and photographer. In recent years, Nick has applied his media skills as a form of animal advocacy. He has documented and exposed the horrific realities that farmed animals face, putting himself in extremely dangerous situations in order to get the most compelling shots. Nick is one of four activists – now known as the “Excelsior 4” – facing severe criminal charges after exposing animal cruelty at Excelsior Hog Farm in Abbotsford, BC. Nick and his co-defendants are facing years in prison as a result of this work. Ultimately, Nick believes that if the public saw the animal victims, and what is truly happening to them inside farms and slaughterhouses, that most people would no longer support this violent industry.

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Nikki Ritcher - USA

Photographer

Throughout her 20 years experience, Nikki has created a vast photographic portfolio ranging from corporate conferences, portraiture, outdoor lifestyle, and company branding. During COVID-19, Nikki was able to shift her photographic efforts to passion-driven documentary projects focused on conservation and animal advocacy.

Fighting for our planet and our oceans, she volunteers on direct action campaigns with the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society as their on-board photographer. At home in her community, she’s an active search and rescue volunteer where she currently resides in Northern California with her partner and dog.

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Odysseas Chloridis - Greece / Iceland

Photographer

Odysseas is a freelance photographer/photojournalist from Thessaloniki, Greece, covering environmental, social and political issues across Europe. He has studied Contemporary Photography at Stereosis School of Photography, working extensively with analogue and digital mediums, and has worked with organizations across Greece and Turkey for the protection of sea turtles, bears and wolves. He is currently based in Reykjavik, Iceland.

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Patricia Seaton - Canada

Photographer / Videographer

Patricia is a Canadian artist, photographer and videographer who has achieved her BA, BFA and MFA. While focusing on wildlife rescue, Patricia quickly learned that every animal in a rescue is the product of human interference. As habitats continue to dwindle, non-human beings are struggling to survive. Her current work focuses on Government culls: animals living on the edge between survival and slaughter. Patricia wants her work to shine a light on animals being condemned for human problems. In addition, Patricia has turned her camera on to the people who roll up their sleeves and do the hard work of rescue, dedicated individuals who sacrifice it all for their chosen species.

Her images have supported the efforts of The Mad Dog Initiative (Madagascar), Hope for Wildlife, FLAP, Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, and The National Wildlife Centre.

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Paul Hilton - UK / Australia / Hong Kong

Conservation Photojournalist

Paul Hilton is a conservation photojournalist and film-maker based in Hong Kong. His fearlessness and passion have taken him across the globe, following wildlife trade industries from fishing ports in Yemen and the Middle East to the Pacific high seas, as well as documenting deforestation and land clearing for palm oil in Indonesia. His undercover footage of the illegal wildlife trade featured heavily in the 2015 film, Racing Extinction. In partnership with Wild Aid and Manta Trust, Paul set up the Manta Ray of Hope project to document the plight of the great rays and to investigate the use of gill-rakers in traditional Chinese medicine. He is a member of the International League of Conservation Photographers, a contributor to Photographers Against Wildlife Crime™ and recipient of numerous awards, including prizes from World Press Photo and Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

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Roberta Olenick - Canada

Photographer

Roberta Olenick is a wildlife photographer based in Vancouver, British Columbia. By academic training, she is an animal ecologist with a Master’s degree in Zoology. Before she picked up a camera, she worked as a natural history writer and as an environmental activist for Earth Island Institute and Ecojustice Canada. Over the objections of her parents, she became a vegetarian at age nine.

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Roger Kingbird - USA

Photographer & Veterinarian

Roger Kingbird has worked as a veterinarian in the United States for 20 years. He believes that compassion, beneficence and a capacity to value the individual lives of all animals must be the foundation of veterinary medicine. Kingbird provides care and advocacy for vulnerable animals whose plight is hidden from the public’s view. He is currently studying to be a humane educator and writer, and aspires to cultivate greater respect among humans for the innate dignity and sentience of every living being.

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S. Chakrabarti - India

Filmmaker, Photographer and Writer

S. Chakrabarti is a freelance media professional, focussing on stories of wildlife, conservation and communities, based in India. As a filmmaker, photographer and writer, her work has been published and exhibited in both national and international platforms and events. She is a member of Her Wild Vision Initiative and has produced films, photoessays and articles for Vice, Mongabay, WWF-India, Round Glass Sustain and Nature in Focus, among others.

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Sabina Diethelm - Switzerland

Photographer

Sabina Diethelm is a freelance photographer based in Winterthur, Switzerland. She is passionate about creating beautiful and meaningful imagery of people, animals and their stories that go beyond the obvious. Having worked as a freelance journalist since her teens while studying languages and later becoming editor-in-chief of a magazine, she knows the importance of good storytelling and how much images can move us.

Her work has been exhibited at the largest photography exhibition in Switzerland (photoSCHWEIZ) twice and published in several magazines.

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Sabine Grootendorst - Netherlands

Photographer

An important factor in the photography of Sabine Grootendorst is what she calls her honest interest in the topics she documents. “As a child, I was always interested in animals,” she says. “Growing up, these interests also grew up. Themes about animals and nature turned into interests in sustainability, the ecosystem, the human footprint, the future of our food and the future of our planet in general.” A graduate of the Royal Academy of Arts, The Hague, Sabine is passionate about using her images to connect a larger audience to these topics. “These days it is easy to be critical, we all are, and we all should be. It seems harder to find a solution, especially when we seem to be comfortable with only knowing one side of the story. My work is intended to shake this up a bit. When we are open to new perspectives the process of change seems a bit closer.”

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Savaş Onur Şen - Turkey

Photographer

Savaş Onur Şen is a Turkish photographer based in Van, Turkey. He has graduated from Ankara University Faculty of Communication, Department of Journalism. He holds a master’s degree in photography and a Ph.D. in photojournalism. He works at Van Yuzuncu Yil University as an Assistant Professor and freelance photojournalist. Savaş Onur Şen uses photography to tell stories and these days is focused on the stories of animals who live in urban environments.

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Seb Alex - Indonesia

Photographer, Activist and Animal Photojournalism Fellow

Born and raised in Lebanon, Seb Alex moved to Europe in 2011 to pursue his career in Sustainable Architecture. Having worked with the UNHCR’s refugee program for a year, he then took the opportunity to enter the corporate world and work as an international project coordinator for an architecture company in Barcelona. A year after, he decided to leave his corporate life behind and dedicate his time to what speaks to his heart: animal rights advocacy. During the past few years, he has focused on photography again, using his camera to expose what animal agriculture industries try to hide from the public.

He is now working on creating social media content, organizing grassroots activism events, and helping run the world’s first animal rights and vegan support center, the Lebanese Vegans Social Hub in Beirut. Seb has launched his free e-book When Animal Rights & Logic Meet in 20 languages and is the host of the Principles of Change Podcast. He is the first We Animals Media Animal Photojournalism Fellow.

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Selene Magnolia - Germany

Photojournalist

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.

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Stefano Belacchi - Italy

Photographer

Stefano Belacchi was 20 and a politically active student when he started taking part in animal rights campaigns in Italy. After a few years of local campaigns against fur, vivisection and other actions, he co-founded the animal rights group, Essere Animali (Being Animals). Stefano has been working with them for several years, participating as a photographer in their investigations. In recent years, he has also worked with Animal Equality on investigations into chicken farms in Italy, and with Aussie Farms on the documentary film about animal exploitation in Australia, Dominion,. In 2017, with the philosopher Benedetta Piazzesi, Stefano published Un Incontro Mancato (A Missed Meeting), an essay about animal rights photo-reporting. Stefano also works as a hiking guide in the forests and mountains of central and northern Italy. In his spare time, he enjoys rock climbing around Italy.

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Suzanne Goodwin - Canada

Photographer

Suzanne is a freelance photographer, artist, and animal rights activist based on Canada’s West Coast. She has worked in a variety of photographic genres, from live music to creating conceptual fine art, but has always been inspired by the power of documentary imagery. After viewing undercover investigative footage from a slaughterhouse, she felt compelled to use her photography skills to advocate for animals. In documenting and sharing the obscured truths of animal lives, Suzanne has photographed animals used for entertainment and sport, animals in transport, and those exploited and hidden away in the animal industry supply chains. She participates in animal advocacy events and volunteers and documents the rescue and re-homing of surrendered farmed animals with PEACE Canada.

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Thomas Machowicz - USA

Photographer

Thomas Machowicz is an American documentary photographer whose work focuses on social issues and animal conservation.

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Timo Stammberger - Germany

Documentary Photographer

Documentary photographer Timo Stammberger grew up in Hamburg and Frankfurt/Main, then studied photography at the Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie, Berlin, where he now lives. Through his work, Timo focuses on contemporary social issues, striving to make visible the discrimination faced by humans and non-human animals. His striking projects focusing on industrial farming include The Lives of Others, Habitat, Tools, and Duck for Christmas. Timo’s work has been published in European print and online media, including Metropolis Magazine, Spiegel Online, Fluter, Greenpeace Magazine, Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin, Surprise Magazine and der Freitag. His photographic clients also include the International Rescue Committee and Berliner Stadtmission.

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Tom Woollard - UK

Photographer & Masterclass Alumni

Tom Woollard is a freelance photographer based in Yorkshire, UK. Having traveled to many countries as a commercial, editorial & documentary photographer, since becoming vegan and diving into grassroots activism he is now putting the teachings of the We Animals Masterclass into action; using the medium of photography as a contribution to the animal justice & liberation movement as well as issues of social change.

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Vanessa Li - Hong Kong

Photographer

Vanessa Li is a storytelling photographer from Hong Kong. After graduating from university in 2018, she started capturing 100 individuals working different street jobs across Hong Kong as her first street photography project, “Hong Kong: 100 people, 100 street jobs.” Apart from documentary photography, she is also passionate about human rights stories.

Best described as approachable and tenacious, Vanessa’s ability to cross language barriers and her curiosity about new cultures further drive her to travel solo, befriend locals, and capture stories through intimate portraits.

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Victoria de Martigny - Canada

Photographer

Victoria de Martigny is a Canadian freelance photographer and animal rights activist based in Montreal. Her photography is aimed at inspiring people to become more active in their efforts to help animals and to expose the reality that animals are subjected to in animal exploitation industries. She is a member of the Animal Protection Party of Canada, North America’s first political party dedicated solely to the protection of all animals and the environment.

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Ziad Elkawlak - USA

Cinematographer

Ziad Elkawlak is a cinematographer in Portland, OR who collaborates regularly with Bridge City Media.

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Our Board of Directors

Lisa Kramer

Lisa Kramer

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.
Kelly Thornton

Kelly Thornton

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.
Ziya Tong

Ziya Tong

Award-winning broadcaster Ziya Tong anchored Daily Planet, Discovery Channel’s flagship science program, until its final season in 2018. Tong also hosted the CBC’s Emmy-nominated series ZeD, PBS’s national prime-time series, Wired Science, and worked as a correspondent for NOVA scienceNOW alongside Neil deGrasse Tyson on PBS. In the spring of 2019, she participated in CBC’s annual “battle of the books”. After a national four-day debate, she won Canada Reads. Tong’s first book, The Reality Bubble, was shortlisted for the RBC Charles Taylor prize. Tong received her Masters degree in communications from McGIll University and graduated with Dean’s Honors. She serves as a trustee at WWF International, and served as the Vice Chair of the World Wildlife Fund Canada.
Jo-Anne McArthur

Jo-Anne McArthur

Jo-Anne is the Founder and President of We Animals Media.
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