Jo-Anne McArthur’s New Book Shines a Heartbreaking Spotlight on Invisible Animals

Excerpt

“It was back in 1998 when she visited a roadside zoo with her family and took a photograph of a donkey, an experience she recounts in her book’s stunning introduction.

She observed the donkey’s environment – a barren enclosure wrapped with fencing and held up with wooden beams with a sign to the left that read simply, “Donkey.”

It was at this point that she saw how “nothing was learned” and that “no relationship was furthered or deepened,” that “the entire scenario was an insult to us both.”

Our Compass

Rescued from the bush-meat trade. Appolinaire Mdohoudou and Pikin, Ape Action Africa, Cameroon, 2009 Rescued from the bush-meat trade. Appolinaire Mdohoudou and Pikin, Ape Action Africa, Cameroon, 2009

SourceOne Green Planet

Many of us consider ourselves animal lovers – we love our silly, beautiful household companions and our majestic wild friends we see in the backyard, on TV, or in photographs.

It’s hard not to love these animals as we have gotten to know them in very tender, intimate ways – some share the spot next to us on the couch while others jump off the page or screen and inhabit our imagination, running as free in our minds as they do across the wild savannas, tundra, and forests they call home.

Yet these animals represent only a fraction of those we share our lives with. Many others remain hidden from view — like those confined to crates or cages in fur and factory farming facilities and those who spend their…

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