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We Animals Achievements

We achieve nothing alone. Our work is used by organizations, individuals, educators, media outlets from around the world in support of their initiatives to make the world better for animals. The impact of an image is notoriously difficult to measure, but our hope remains that each of our images has the power to shape conversations and will further political, economic, and moral progress in the hands of those who use them. Below are highlights of only some of the victories our work has helped make possible.

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Number of countries where our images have been used

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Number of times our images have appeared in media since 2017

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Number of organizations that have benefited from our work
Memorializing animals in the anthropocene in our first self-published book

In November 2020, We Animals Media released a first-of-its-kind book of animal photojournalism, HIDDEN: Animals in the Anthropocene. The book launched a fundraising campaign in April 2020 and was fully funded in just over 72 hours. It has since won Photography Book of the Year and Outstanding Book of the Year—Most Likely to Save the Planet.

Wet markets and COVID-19
In 2020, our team was able to distribute hundreds of wet market images and clips to organizations educating audiences on the links between animal agriculture and zoological diseases during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, including the UN Environment Programme’s short video on the Coronavirus.
The animals affected by the Australian bushfires
Founder Jo-Anne McArthur worked with Animals Australia in early 2020 to document the effect of the Australian bushfires on wild and farmed animals. Our team was able to distribute these images to several organisations to assist their campaigns, coverage, and relief efforts.
Be Fair Be Vegan campaign
We Animals Media images have been used by Be Fair Be Vegan campaigns, covering the walls of city subway stations with their message in cities across Canada and the US.
Towards an end to fish binding in Taiwan
We Animals Media collaborated with the Environment & Animal Society of Taiwan (EAST) in 2018 to document the practice of fish binding. EAST’s campaign reached more than one million people, and initiated meetings at multiple levels of government to address the issue of aquatic animal welfare. As a result, the Marine Bureau of the Kaohsiung City Government is issuing guidance to encourage vendors to end the practice.
Pig clubbing and the closure of slaughterhouses in Thailand and Cambodia
In collaboration with local advocacy groups, We Animals Media published a story in The Guardian about the slaughter of pigs in Thailand and Cambodia that has reached and engaged with audiences worldwide. In direct response to this story, Thailand’s Department of Livestock Development has stated that it is taking action to apply stricter enforcement in slaughterhouses countrywide, a new organization, CATALYST, was born to work on slaughter issues in Thailand, and The Thai Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals informed advocates on the ground that at least three illegal slaughterhouses have been shut down since the release of the story.
Changes to laying duck farms in Taiwan

We Animals Media collaborated with EAST in 2018 to document caged laying duck farms in Taiwan. Following EAST’s campaign, a motion was put forward in the Legislative Yuan calling on the Council of Agriculture to draft guidelines for the humane farming of ducks. The Council agreed to consider a ban on new construction of caged duck farms and revealed a five year phase-out plan. EAST are currently negotiating with the Council and working with legislators to ensure this happens.

Making fur history

We Animals Media’s images created the foundation for the Montreal SPCA and The Fur-Bearers largest anti-fur campaign, www.makefurhistory.com. The campaign was featured in 230 LUSH stores across North America and several stores in the UK and Hong Kong. Make Fur History resulted in widespread media attention and policy change in British Columbia, Canada. The campaign has now been picked up by other organizations and the hashtag #makefurhistory is regularly used throughout the year.

Criminal charges at Canadian mink farm
In 2017 We Animals Media images helped lead to the Montreal SPCA’s criminal charges against a fur farmer in Quebec, Canada, for three counts of animal cruelty and neglect. This was the first known animal abuse conviction for fur farming in Canada.
Suspension of macaques trade in Laos
In 2014 We Animals Media (then ‘We Animals’) partnered with the documentary film Maximum Tolerated Dose and Cruelty Free International (then ‘BUAV’) to cover monkey breeding facilities in South East Asia. WAM’s work was used by BUAV with the Species Survival Network at the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species in Geneva, Switzerland, resulting in the suspension of trade of long-tailed macaques in Laos. To this day, there continues to be no official trade in long-tailed macaques out of Laos.

 

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Our animal photojournalism is also gaining recognition from numerous prestigious competitions and platforms within the video and photojournalism world. Below are some of the awards We Animals Media’s visuals have received to date.

Ron, rescued from a life of invasive research (USA, 2011)
Photographer: Jo-Anne McArthur

Ron, a chimpanzee rescued from invasive research, in his nest of blankets at Save the Chimps. USA, 2011. Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals Media
The Spanish Association of Nature Photographers (AEFONA) | Man & Nature Category (2021)

A sow and a piglet in a sow stall (Italy, 2015)
Photographer: Jo-Anne McArthur

Ron, a chimpanzee rescued from invasive research, in his nest of blankets at Save the Chimps. USA, 2011. Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals Media
The Earth Project | COP 26 Gallery 3 - 1st Place (2021)

Animals transported for slaughter (Turkey, 2018)
Photographer: Jo-Anne McArthur

Ron, a chimpanzee rescued from invasive research, in his nest of blankets at Save the Chimps. USA, 2011. Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals Media
The Earth Project | COP 26 Gallery 2 - Joint 3rd Place (2021)

Moving Animals
Filmmaker: Miguel Endara

Ron, a chimpanzee rescued from invasive research, in his nest of blankets at Save the Chimps. USA, 2011. Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals Media
The Spanish Association of Nature Photographers (AEFONA) | Man & Nature Category (2021)

Invisible (2020)
Filmmaker: Chris Shoebridge

Invisible
Vegan Film Festival | Best Animal Short (2021)

HIDDEN: Animals in the Anthropocene (2020)

HIDDEN: Animals in the Anthropocene (We Animals Media, 2020)
Independent Publisher Book Awards | Gold Medallist – “Outstanding Book of the Year – Most Likely To Save The Planet” (2021)
Pictures of the Year International | Photography Book of the Year (2020)

Hope in a Burned Plantation (Australia, 2020)
Photographer: Jo-Anne McArthur

An Eastern grey kangaroo and her joey who survived the forest fires in Mallacoota. Australia, 2020. Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals Media
The Earth Project | COP 26 Gallery 1 - 3rd Place (2021)
 Nature Photographer Of The Year | Man & Nature category (2020)
 BigPicture Competition | Grand Prize Winner (2021)

Monbiot: Arresting the Truth (2020)
Filmmaker: Alex Lockwood

Monbiot: Arresting The Truth
 International Vegan Film Festival | Best Environmental Protection Film (2020)

The Wall of Shame (USA, 2015)
Photographer: Jo-Anne McArthur

Bloodied hand prints and signatures. USA, 2015. Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals Media
 Wildlife Photographer of the Year | Highly Commended – Photojournalism category (2019)

Live Transport Photo Essay
Photographer: Jo-Anne McArthur

Bearing witness at an Animal Save Movement vigil. Canada, 2013. Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals Media
International Vegan Film Festival | Photo Essay Contest - Overall Runner Up (2019)

Gold Doesn’t Rust (2019)
Filmmaker: Kelly Guerin

Gold Standard Turned To Rust
Ottawa Vegan Film Festival | Best Film – Lifestyle (2019)

Raabia Hawa and Puppy (Kenya, 2016)
Photographer: Jo-Anne McArthur

Raabia Hawa and Puppy, her rescued cat. Kenya, 2016. Jo-Anne McArthur / #unboundproject / We Animals Media
 Festival Della Fotografia Etica | Single Shot Award – Special Mention (2019)

Promises (2017)
Filmmaker: Jan Sorgenfrei

Promises
 Ottawa Vegan Film Festival | Best Film – Animal Advocacy (2018)

Pikin and Appolinaire (Cameroon, 2009)
Photographer: Jo-Anne McArthur

Pikin and Appolinaire. Pikin was being transported from the vet clinic to the new gorilla enclosure, but woke up early from the sedation. Cameroon, 2009. Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals Media
 Alfred Fried Photography Award | Special Award of the Jury for the best single picture entry (2018)
Wildlife Photographer of the Year | People’s Choice Award (2017)
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