In this hour-long video, photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur takes us on a journey of her work which involves travel to amazing places and truly unique experiences with individual animals that she meets along the way. Her images leave an indelible impression on her viewers, capturing the experience of the animal in an attempt to transcend the conventional human prejudice that has for so long clouded our view of the animal’s true nature.
Through the photojournalist’s lens we witness our uses, abuses, and sharing of spaces with animals around the globe. For over ten years Jo-Anne McArthur has collected both heart-warming and heart-wrenching stories about our relationships with non-human animals. Her goal is to educate and change the hearts and minds of people about how we treat animals. Her photographs are at once beautiful and shocking and serve as a call to action for all humans to widen our circle of compassion.
Jo-Anne McArthur is an award-winning photojournalist who has been documenting the plight of animals for over ten years on all seven continents. Her documentary project, We Animals, is internationally celebrated and over eighty animal organizations, including Sea Shepherd and the Jane Goodall Institute, have benefited from the use of images from this project. Many organizations have also worked with her closely on campaigns and investigations. Recent awards include: 2011 Canadian Empathy Award; one of CBC’s Top 50 Champions of Change; Farm Sanctuary’s 2010 “Friend of Farm Animals” award; Lemondrop’s “Top 10 Women Trying to Change the World”; one of 20 activists featured in the book “The Next Eco Warrior”; and the “Shining World Compassion Award” by Supreme Master Ching Hai.
In 2013, McArthur’s work and story were the subject of the award-winning, must-see feature-length documentary, The Ghosts In Our Machine.
Videography and editing by William Harris, M.D. on May 8, 2012 at Ala Wai Golf Course Clubhouse, Honolulu, Hawaii. Sponsored by: Vegetarian Society of Hawaii http://www.vsh.org