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We Animals Book Project
Photojournalist & animal advocate, Jo-Anne McArthur, who is also the central human subject in Liz Marshall’s documentary about animals, “The Ghosts in Our Machine” (which I blogged about here). Is launching a book project & needs our help!
About the project:
Ten years ago I created a project called “We Animals.” What started as a small photo essay about our uses & abuses of animals has grown into an internationally renowned archive. From whale-poaching in the Antarctic to sheep farming in Australia, from zoos in North America to macaque farms in Southeast Asia, the project has grown to cover a lot of ground.
My goals have always been to educate people about our treatment of animals. To reduce their suffering. To widen our circle of compassion to include non-human animals. To make animal industries visible, & accountable.
One more way that We Animals can do this is through this book project. We are trying to broaden our horizon & diversify our audience. By supporting this book project, you’ll be supporting these goals as well.
We need to raise $32.5k to make this project a reality, & we’re offering many ways in which you can invest in this project. Have a look & thanks so much for taking part!
Please donate if you can, & if you can’t afford a donation, please spread the word! Let’s help Jo-Anne bring this project to light, so we can spread the message of compassion far & wide.
To learn more about the project & become a backer click here.
The Ghosts in our Machine
Please watch! This looks beautifully filmed, & incredibly powerful, yet painfully poignant. No graphic imagery here. Just the truth. Can’t wait to see this film & what kind of impact it will make.
About THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE:
Through the heart & photographic lens of international animal rights photographer Jo-Anne McArthur, we become intimately familiar with a cast of non-human animals. The film follows Jo-Anne over the course of a year as she photographs several animal stories in parts of Canada, the U.S. & in Europe. Each story represents a different animal industry: Food; Fashion; Entertainment & Research.
“The connection that I have to animals while I’m photographing them is one of empathy. There is a huge mistreatment & inequality between human and non-human animals, & that’s always in the forefront of my mind.” – Jo-Anne McArthur
THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE illuminates the lives of individual animals living within & rescued from the machine of our modern world, & shines a light on the complex issue of animal rights, within the context of our voracious consumer-driven world.
A diverse cast of international voices reflect on the moral question posed: Are non-human animals property to be owned & used, or are they sentient beings deserving of rights?
The Ghosts in Our Machine theatrical trailer came out last week. Give it a look. It’s not terribly graphic, just sad. I think it’s going to be a great movie. Looks like very powerful stuff. Do you think it’ll change anything? I mean we’ve seen movies change people—the response to Forks Over Knives has been incredible. I hope this gets a response like that!
Follow the film’s FB page for updates on the release and all of that.