"In documenting animal industries, I’ve come to learn that the details may change but the essentials never do."
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.
Hundreds of thousands of live animals are transported each year on ships from Australia and Europe to the Middle East.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.