We Animals is an ambitious project which documents, through photography, animals in the human environment. Humans are as much animal as the sentient beings we use for food, clothing, research, experimentation, work, entertainment, slavery and companionship. With this as its premise, We Animals aims to break down the barriers that humans have built which allow us to treat non-human animals as objects and not as beings with moral significance. The objective is to photograph our interactions with animals in such a way that the viewer finds new significance in these ordinary, often unnoticed situations of use, abuse and sharing of spaces.
Since the conception of the project, stories and photographs for We Animals have been shot in over 40 countries and the photos have contributed to almost 100 worldwide campaigns to end the suffering of animals.
The We Animals project was created by award-winning photojournalist, author and educator Jo-Anne McArthur, who has been documenting the plight of animals on all seven continents for over a decade. We Animals has become an internationally celebrated archive, and over one hundred animal organizations have benefited from her photography, many of which continue to work closely with Jo-Anne on stories, investigations, campaigns and humane education.
Her work has been featured in many books and publications such as National Geographic, Elle Canada, Canadian Geographic, DAYS Japan, Helsingin Sanomat, Photolife, PDN Online, the Huffington Post, Earth Island Journal, Point of View, Alternatives Journal and Canadian Dimension.
Jo-Anne is the subject of Canadian film maker Liz Marshall's acclaimed documentary The Ghosts In Our Machine (www.theghostsinourmachine.com) and her first book, also entitled We Animals, was published by Lantern Books in 2013.
Recent awards and accolades include the Institute for Critical Animal Studies Media Award; More Magazine's Fierce List; 2013 Toronto Compassion for Animals Award; one of CBC's Top 50 Champions of Change; Farm Sanctuary's 2010 "Friend of Farm Animals" award; HuffPost WOMEN's "Top 10 Women trying to change the world", and one of 20 activists featured in the book The Next Eco Warrior.
Jo-Anne hails from Toronto, Canada... and loves spending a bit of down time there, when she can!
The We Animals Team
Anna Pippus is an animal rights lawyer and strategist specializing in farmed animal law, policy, and advocacy, and the animal rights movement more broadly. She currently serves as director of farmed animal advocacy with Animal Justice, Canada's leading animal law organization. Anna is a mother of two. Learn more at www.annapippus.info
Kelly Guerin is a documentary filmmaker for animal rights based out of Denver, Colorado. In 2014, she graduated with Latin honorific degrees from the University of Colorado for her research on Western cultural rejections of vegan philosophy. She works independently and alongside non-profits to create films exploring humanity’s relationship with non-human animals.
Communications and Development Manager
Sayara Thurston is a Montreal-based animal advocate and writer. Before joining the We Animals team, she worked as a campaign manager with Humane Society International/Canada, where she spearheaded outreach efforts to improve animal welfare in corporate supply chains and worked with all levels of government to improve farm animal protection policies.
Álvaro Ramos is a web developer and graphic designer born in A Coruña (Spain) but residing in Toronto since 2005. He is an animal lover and feels profoundly proud to be helping Jo-Anne with this and more projects in defense of animal rights. Visit his portfolio at octopix.ca