Humane Educator's Toolbox: Artist Uses Photography to Connect People and Animals

We know that images are incredibly powerful. Photographer Jo-Anne McArthur is using the power of visual media to document how we treat and interact with animals in the "human environment" in order to "break down the barriers that humans have built which allow us to treat non-human animals as objects and not as sentient beings."

McArthur has been photographing our interactions with animals since 1998. Her website offers a collection of her We Animals project work, divided into categories such as "companions," "food animals," "good intentions," "research and vivisection," "rescues," "sanctuary," and so on. McArthur's blog uses some of the photos she's taken and puts them in context, outlining different issues related to animal exploitation, cruelty and oppression, or highlighting the work of organizations and people working for a more compassionate world.

These images are powerful, compelling, heartbreaking, and inspiring and serve as an excellent tool in discussing, exploring and contemplating our relationship with animals...and the kind of world we want.

~ Marsha

Image courtesy of Farm Sanctuary via Creative Commons.


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