We Animals is creating photos of animals who need our help.
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Hi and welcome to my Patreon page! I'm Jo-Anne McArthur and I'm the photojournalist behind the We Animals project. 

This project started almost two decades ago when I happened to witness a chained monkey performing tricks for tourists. While people took photos because they thought it was funny and cute, I took photos because I thought it was wrong, and I wanted the world to know. It crystalized for me then, that I saw the world differently than most, and that my views on animal use and abuse needed to be shared. I could use my photography skills to tell the stories of the animals we share our world with--stories that were so rarely being told. Now, dozens of countries and hundreds of investigations later, the We Animals archive exposes both the beauty and the brutality of other animals in our human environment.

I have always allowed my images to be used free of charge because, above all, I want the stories of animals to be told. My photos have been used by brilliant advocates from all over the world and by organizations big and small. My work has been featured in exhibits, magazines, newspapers, books, blogs, videos, and the award-winning documentary The Ghosts in Our Machine. In 2014 I released my own book, which Jane Goodall complimented (I think?) as "powerfully disturbing." My forthcoming book, Unbound, which I'm thrilled to be working on with my co-author Professor Keri Cronin, is a global look at women on the front lines of animal advocacy.

I want my images to continue to be used freely and as far and wide as possible, which is why I'm asking for your help. With a stable funding base, not only can I stop taking commercial gigs to finance We Animals, but I can people to help get my images before an even wider audience (I'm so busy taking photos, editing, writing and planning that I barely find the time to actually share these stories!)

My goal is a stable funding base of $10,000 per month. With this, I can:
  • Pay for investigations and other animal-related travel, including planes, trains and automobiles (I'm on the road AT LEAST six months a year), accommodations, food, photography and filming equipment, repairs, hard drives, insurance, and so forth.
  • Manage and keep adding to weanimalsarchive.org, a free resource of thousands of high-resolution images of animals that have already been used in hundreds of campaigns around the world.
  • Take on longer term projects that allow me and the We Animals team to shine a spotlight on individual industries with books and social media projects. In 2017, I'm releasing my second book, Captive, and running a companion social media project, A Year of Captivity.
  • Hire people to help me with web development, social media, shooting, videography, project management, organizational growth, newsletters and other communications; and scheduling the We Animals Humane Education Programs and a growing number of speaking events.

Thank you so much for reading, thank you for your support thus far, and thank you for becoming a patron of We Animals! Together, I'm optimistic we will create a more compassionate world for all.


The images you see in the video above were shot for, and with, the following films and organizations: The Ghosts in Our Machine, Maximum Tolerated Dose, Farm Sanctuary, Essere Animali, Animal Equality, Animal Liberation Victoria, the Jane Goodall Institute, Djurrattsalliansen and Oikeutta Elaimille.
Rewards
$5 MEMBERSHIP TIER
$5 or more per month 107 patrons
I'm so grateful for your support of We Animals! Thank you for believing in me. You'll have access to a periodic patron-only update about what I'm up to and we'll send you an occasional snail-mail card featuring an exclusive We Animals image to say thank you!
$10 MEMBERSHIP TIER
$10 or more per month 100 patrons
You are giving up roughly 2 1/2 visits to Starbucks for We Animals each month. Though I hope you can give this support and have your coffee too! I'm so grateful for your support. Thank you for believing in me and the We Animals project. You'll have access to a periodic patron-only update about what I'm up to and we'll send you an occasional snail-mail card featuring an exclusive We Animals image to say thank you!
$20 MEMBERSHIP TIER
$20 or more per month 58 patrons
Thank you so very much. I promise you that your $20 per month is wisely invested. I'm so grateful for your support of We Animals. Thank you for believing in my work! You'll have access to a periodic patron-only update about what I'm up to and we'll send you an occasional snail-mail card featuring an exclusive We Animals image to say thank you!
$50 MEMBERSHIP TIER
$50 or more per month 15 patrons
You are crazy generous. Wow! I appreciate your support of animals, of We Animals, and of me! You'll have access to a periodic patron-only update about what I'm up to and we'll send you an occasional snail-mail card featuring an exclusive We Animals image to say thank you!
$100 MEMBERSHIP TIER
$100 or more per month 9 patrons
Um... I'm a bit speechless here. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Let's skype so that I can thank you in person. You'll also have access to a periodic patron-only update about what I'm up to. Please let me know if you'd like to receive a signed copy of the We Animals book.
$500 MEMBERSHIP TIER
$500 or more per month 0 patrons
What is even going on right now? Are you really doing this? I hope you are! Speechlessness and gratitude. Let's skype ASAP. Expect some small tokens of my appreciation in the mail soon. Thank you. You are making SO MUCH happen with this monthly donation. You'll also have access to a periodic patron-only update about what I'm up to.
Goals
$3,939 of $10,000 per month

  • Pay for investigations and other animal-related travel, including planes, trains and automobiles (I'm on the road AT LEAST six months a year), accommodations, food, photography and filming equipment, repairs, hard drives, insurance, and so forth.
  • Manage and keep adding to weanimalsarchive.org, a free resource of thousands of high-resolution images of animals that have already been used in hundreds of campaigns around the world.
  • Take on longer term projects that allow me and the We Animals team to shine a spotlight on individual industries with books and social media projects. In 2017, I'm releasing my second book, Captive, and running a companion social media project, A Year of Captivity.
  • Hire people to help me with web development, social media, shooting, videography, project management, organizational growth, newsletters and other communications; and scheduling the We Animals Humane Education Programs and a growing number of speaking events.
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Hi and welcome to my Patreon page! I'm Jo-Anne McArthur and I'm the photojournalist behind the We Animals project. 

This project started almost two decades ago when I happened to witness a chained monkey performing tricks for tourists. While people took photos because they thought it was funny and cute, I took photos because I thought it was wrong, and I wanted the world to know. It crystalized for me then, that I saw the world differently than most, and that my views on animal use and abuse needed to be shared. I could use my photography skills to tell the stories of the animals we share our world with--stories that were so rarely being told. Now, dozens of countries and hundreds of investigations later, the We Animals archive exposes both the beauty and the brutality of other animals in our human environment.

I have always allowed my images to be used free of charge because, above all, I want the stories of animals to be told. My photos have been used by brilliant advocates from all over the world and by organizations big and small. My work has been featured in exhibits, magazines, newspapers, books, blogs, videos, and the award-winning documentary The Ghosts in Our Machine. In 2014 I released my own book, which Jane Goodall complimented (I think?) as "powerfully disturbing." My forthcoming book, Unbound, which I'm thrilled to be working on with my co-author Professor Keri Cronin, is a global look at women on the front lines of animal advocacy.

I want my images to continue to be used freely and as far and wide as possible, which is why I'm asking for your help. With a stable funding base, not only can I stop taking commercial gigs to finance We Animals, but I can people to help get my images before an even wider audience (I'm so busy taking photos, editing, writing and planning that I barely find the time to actually share these stories!)

My goal is a stable funding base of $10,000 per month. With this, I can:
  • Pay for investigations and other animal-related travel, including planes, trains and automobiles (I'm on the road AT LEAST six months a year), accommodations, food, photography and filming equipment, repairs, hard drives, insurance, and so forth.
  • Manage and keep adding to weanimalsarchive.org, a free resource of thousands of high-resolution images of animals that have already been used in hundreds of campaigns around the world.
  • Take on longer term projects that allow me and the We Animals team to shine a spotlight on individual industries with books and social media projects. In 2017, I'm releasing my second book, Captive, and running a companion social media project, A Year of Captivity.
  • Hire people to help me with web development, social media, shooting, videography, project management, organizational growth, newsletters and other communications; and scheduling the We Animals Humane Education Programs and a growing number of speaking events.

Thank you so much for reading, thank you for your support thus far, and thank you for becoming a patron of We Animals! Together, I'm optimistic we will create a more compassionate world for all.


The images you see in the video above were shot for, and with, the following films and organizations: The Ghosts in Our Machine, Maximum Tolerated Dose, Farm Sanctuary, Essere Animali, Animal Equality, Animal Liberation Victoria, the Jane Goodall Institute, Djurrattsalliansen and Oikeutta Elaimille.

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Rewards
$5 MEMBERSHIP TIER
$5 or more per month 107 patrons
I'm so grateful for your support of We Animals! Thank you for believing in me. You'll have access to a periodic patron-only update about what I'm up to and we'll send you an occasional snail-mail card featuring an exclusive We Animals image to say thank you!
$10 MEMBERSHIP TIER
$10 or more per month 100 patrons
You are giving up roughly 2 1/2 visits to Starbucks for We Animals each month. Though I hope you can give this support and have your coffee too! I'm so grateful for your support. Thank you for believing in me and the We Animals project. You'll have access to a periodic patron-only update about what I'm up to and we'll send you an occasional snail-mail card featuring an exclusive We Animals image to say thank you!
$20 MEMBERSHIP TIER
$20 or more per month 58 patrons
Thank you so very much. I promise you that your $20 per month is wisely invested. I'm so grateful for your support of We Animals. Thank you for believing in my work! You'll have access to a periodic patron-only update about what I'm up to and we'll send you an occasional snail-mail card featuring an exclusive We Animals image to say thank you!
$50 MEMBERSHIP TIER
$50 or more per month 15 patrons
You are crazy generous. Wow! I appreciate your support of animals, of We Animals, and of me! You'll have access to a periodic patron-only update about what I'm up to and we'll send you an occasional snail-mail card featuring an exclusive We Animals image to say thank you!
$100 MEMBERSHIP TIER
$100 or more per month 9 patrons
Um... I'm a bit speechless here. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Let's skype so that I can thank you in person. You'll also have access to a periodic patron-only update about what I'm up to. Please let me know if you'd like to receive a signed copy of the We Animals book.
$500 MEMBERSHIP TIER
$500 or more per month 0 patrons
What is even going on right now? Are you really doing this? I hope you are! Speechlessness and gratitude. Let's skype ASAP. Expect some small tokens of my appreciation in the mail soon. Thank you. You are making SO MUCH happen with this monthly donation. You'll also have access to a periodic patron-only update about what I'm up to.