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Poignant Photos of Animals Rescued From Abuse

Diane and Buddy at Catskill Animal Sanctuary © Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals

Running piglets at Farm Sanctuary © Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals

In the summer of 2012, a heavily pregnant pig at a factory farm was beaten with an electric prod and a metal pole because she wouldn’t move from her crate. The sow screamed through the ordeal. When it was caught on audio tape, the SPCA and Farm Sanctuary’s Emergency Rescue Team were able to remove her from the farm. When the pig finally entered the safety of the rescue trailer, she collapsed in exhaustion and was immediately brought to a veterinarian at Cornell. This was the start of her new life.

A Look Behind-the-Scenes in an Animal Rescue Mission

Activist from Animal Equality carries lamb out of factory farm during an open rescue ƒ Jo-Anne McArthur / Animal Equality

Activist protectively cradles hen during open rescue © Jo-Anne McArthur / Animal Equality

Activist carries one of the rescued piglets out of the factory farm © Jo-Anne McArthur / Animal Liberation Victoria

In 2013, photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur accompanied activists from Animal Liberation Victoria as they entered a pig farm in the dead of night. Inside the farm’s “sick bay,” they found about thirty ill and injured animals. Some had a green “X” spray-painted on their backs, meaning they were too ill to be of use to the farm and would be killed soon. That night, the activists picked out three of the doomed piglets and carried them out into the open air.

Shocking Photos Taken Behind-the-Scenes at Puppy Mills

Dogs in their cages at a puppy mill before being rescued. © Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals with the Montreal SPCA

A recently rescued dog receives care. © Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals with the Montreal SPCA

A recently rescued dog receives care. © Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals with the Montreal SPCA

In 2013, photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur was with the SPCA when they seized approximately 100 dogs from a puppy mill in rural Quebec. After a lifetime of living in confinement, about half a dozen pit bull-type were finally led into the open air. Their tails, once firmly tucked between their legs, started to relax. The rescuers spoke softly and offered their hands for the animals to sniff. Little by little, the wagging began.

Revealing the Cruelty of Bear Bile Farming, in Photos

A rescued Malayan sun bear at Free the Bears sanctuary in Cambodia © Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals

A newly rescued Asiatic moon bear. The bear is missing both front paws. © Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals

Photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur will never forget the day she met Miracle the Asiatic moon bear in Vietnam in 2008.

Miracle had lived eight years in a bear bile farm, where the animals are forced to live in small cages and undergo repeated invasive extractions. The bear had just been saved by Animals Asia and brought to their rescue center in Tam Dao, but the signs of her former trauma were plainly visible. The bars on her cage were rusted shut, and the top of her head was covered in calluses, a result of many hours spent rubbing her head against the bars in frustration and despair.

A Rare Look Behind-the-Scenes at Veal and Dairy Farms

A calf looks up, still wet from birth. © Jo-Anne McArthur / Animal Equality

A calf strains his head outside the bars of a crate enclosure while another lies dead next to him. © Jo-Anne McArthur / Animal Equality

In 2010, photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur took a tour of a dairy farm in Spain. She saw farmers pull a calf from her inside her mother, and when the young cow was just 20 minutes old, she saw the young animal placed in a wheelbarrow and separated from her mother. The farmer named the newborn calf Jo-Anne, in the photographer’s honor.

The Suffering of Animals Farmed for Fur, in Photos

Calico fox in a fur farm in Europe © Jo-Anne McArthur / The Ghosts In Our Machine

Injured mink kits with their dead mother at a fur farm © Jo-Anne McArthur / Djurattsalliansen

Photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur usually smells a fur farm before she sees it. Her eyes water; her nose runs. It’s not just the smell of run-off from the feces; as she puts it, “Animals will emit specific scents when they’re afraid.”

The Horrific Truth About Pigs in Factory Farms

A sow looks out between the bars of her gestation crate © Jo-Anne McArthur / Animal Equality

Piglet fetuses in a dumpster © Jo-Anne McArthur / Essere Animali

When photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur documents life inside a factory farm, she doesn’t touch a thing. She usually doesn’t have permission from the owners, and she enters at night with a security team. She has never broken anything, and she leaves the location exactly as she found it. She’s there to tell the truth, and that truth is worth running the risk of trespassing fines, and in some cases, bodily harm.

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