Drawn from thousands of photos taken over fifteen years, We Animals
illustrates and investigates animals in the human environment: whether they're being used for food, fashion and entertainment, or research, or are being rescued to spend their remaining years in sanctuaries. McArthur provides valuable lessons about our treatment of animals, makes animal industries visible and accountable, and widens our circle of compassion to include all sentient beings. The book includes previously unseen photographs and a final chapter entitled "Notes from the Field", which is a small compilation of journal entries written while doing investigative work both at home and abroad.
- 208-page hard cover book, including over 100 photographs and writing by Jo-Anne McArthur
- 10" x 8 1/2" Hardcover
- Published by Lantern Books
- Edited by Martin Rowe
- Designed by The Goggles
- Published: December 2013
- ISBN 9781590564264
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"If ever there was a document that might cause human beings to reconsider our entire relationship to the animal world this hauntingly beautiful book is it."
"Internationally renowned photographer Jo-Anne McArthur, whose stunning work is highlighted in
the documentary The Ghosts in Our Machine, has done it once again. In We Animals, a riveting and
timely book, Ms. McArthur invites us to reflect on the attitudes and norms of our so-called
exceptional contemporary culture that range from the most reprehensible exploitation and abuse of
other animals to loving them uncompromisingly with all our hearts. We Animals could well be one of the
most important books in the past few years that compels us to ask who we are and who ‘they’ (other animals) are
and to deeply reflect on how we must change our ways to make the world a safer, more peaceful and compassionate
place for all beings."
"We Animals is an incredible photographic insight into the reality of not-so-kind humankind. I have
always maintained that the camera is the most powerful weapon ever invented and, in the hands of
Jo-Anne McArthur, it has been truly devastating in exposing the terrible cruelties carried out in the
name of research, agriculture and amusement."
"A brilliant mixture of astounding photography and classic reportage, We Animals works as an
activist tool—to show us how we can move toward a more compassionate life—and as a
professional photographer’s journey: inspiring students to be bold and to spend their lives doing
work they’re passionate about. A remarkable achievement, this book is going to be around for a
long, long time."
"To look at Jo-Anne McArthur’s gorgeous, heart-breaking photographs is to be reminded of the
dignity and worthiness of all living creatures, and to be awakened to the vast, redemptive power of
"Powerfully disturbing. These images take us to dark and hidden places visited by only a few
determined and courageous individuals like Jo-Anne McArthur. They reveal the secret practices that
many people will not want to know about. For the animals’ sake, I beg that you will not only look
but feel. For if we truly understand their suffering then, surely, we shall no longer condone it. And
the heart-warming images at the end of the book show us the road to compassion."