A global media agency dedicated to making visible the lives of animals trapped in the human world has launched. Through compelling photography, journalism, and filmmaking, We Animals Media illuminates the lives of animals used for food, fashion, entertainment, work, religion, and experimentation, and seeks to give their lives and stories a place in the public conscience.
At its heart is the We Animals Media Archive – a treasure trove of 12,000 photos and films that is made available to media, academics and animal campaigners.
Alongside this resource, We Animals Media can also offer journalistic collaborations and experts in various human-animal interaction issues, as well as exciting new talent in film, photography and storytelling.
We Animals Media has been created by award-winning photographer Jo-Anne McArthur. She has spent more than 15 years travelling the world with her camera.
McArthur's journey – undertaken for her powerful We Animals photographic project, and from which the media agency developed – has been at times harrowing. She has documented: the bloody rattlesnake roundup in Sweetwater, Texas; the fear and misery of foxes and racoons inside European fur farms; wild animals caught in snares in Uganda's forests, and the Deepwater Horizon spill. She has photographed inside factory farms, slaughterhouses and animal testing facilities, and documented the lives of animals across Africa, North America, Asia and beyond. One of We Animals multimedia projects is Unbound – which celebrates women at the forefront of animal advocacy worldwide.
In 2017, McArthur won Wildlife Photographer of the Year (People's Choice) and a film was made about her work (The Ghosts in our Machine). Yet she recognised there was only so much one woman with a camera could do. This evolution of We Animals is the next phase of a mission to tell animals' stories through an empathic lens and build momentum for change.
"With the launch of We Animals Media comes a new collaboration,” says McArthur. “Together with talented and celebrated journalists, filmmakers and photographers, we will continue to tell animals' stories and build stronger bridges between social movements.”
We Animals Media has already attracted talent from around the world. Among its contributors are:
- Jonathan Balcombe, ethologist and author (USA)
- Corinne Benedict, international journalist, 2012 Pulitzer Prize finalist (USA)
- Miguel Endara, artist and filmmaker (USA)
- Aaron Gekoski – award-winning environmental photojournalist and filmmaker (global)
- Alexander Lockwood, director of BAFTA-winning film 73 Cows (UK)
- Jessica Scott-Reid, widely published journalist (Canada)
- Christopher Shoebridge, ethical photographer and filmmaker (UK)
We Animals Media is keen to hear from other contributors.
You can learn more at WeAnimalsMedia.org. Please note this website contains graphic images.