Relentless photojournalist and animal advocate Jo-Anne McArthur shares what she’s learned about fostering positive change while maintaining emotional wellbeing

Photo of the interview subject, Jo-Anne McArthur, smiling widely on a beach, wearing a navy hoodie
Photo of the interview subject, Jo-Anne McArthur, smiling widely on a beach, wearing a navy hoodie
Jo-Anne McArthur. Photo: Lisa Macintosh

Jo-Anne McArthur has devoted much of her life photographing the exploitation of animals, bearing witness on the front lines of suffering. She has spent weeks and months on meat, fur and bear bile farms, at rodeos, animal markets and marine parks, documenting the lives of animals exploited for food, fashion, entertainment and experimentation.

This energy has manifested in a sprawling body of work, from the feature-length documentary The Ghosts in Our Machine to three books: We Animals, Captive, and the forthcoming HIDDEN: Animals in the Anthropocene. Her photography and writing has been featured in publications such as National Geographic, The…


Communities of color are at the center of balance for bringing our species back into harmony with the planet

Illustration of many species of flowers arranged on a white background in the shape of human lungs.
Illustration of many species of flowers arranged on a white background in the shape of human lungs.
Credit: Aum via Rawpixel

Recent events have underscored the fact that we are at a necessary societal crossroads. This is a crucial moment for reshaping our systems to ensure social and environmental justice. Racist policing and incarceration practices, grotesque levels of economic inequality, a massive global health crisis, and rampant environmental degradation—these are all deeply intertwined structural problems, and our existing institutions are failing to solve them.

We cannot afford to “wait to see” if these shifts actually happen; the survival of nearly all species on this planet, including our own, depends on it. We are rapidly moving towards a 2.7°F rise in global…


Here in the aftermath of the US presidential election, the distressing reality of this political moment appears clear to many of us: Our basic rights and democratic ideals have been compromised by a corrupt, borderline fascist regime, which actively promotes ethnic and religious bigotry, environmental neglect, and empowering the wealthy by exacting colossal tolls on the working class. And while it’s an issue often pushed to the bottom of the pile, there is a direct line between the right-wing policies of the current administration and the modern animal agriculture industry.

The nearly $300 billion meat, egg, and dairy industries represent…

Evan Shamoon

Animal person. Word+sound+image generator. Writing has appeared in Rolling Stone, Laika, Wired & many others. giantmecha.com // vimeo.com/giantmecha

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