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Animals in the Anthropocene: In Conversation with Jo-Anne McArthur
February 23, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Join award-winning photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur as she discusses her newly published book, HIDDEN: Animals in the Anthropocene.
Population Balance, Fair Start Movement, and the Institute for Humane Education proudly present Animals in the Anthropocene: In Conversation with Jo-Anne McArthur.
In this special discussion and Q&A event moderated by humane educator Nandita Bajaj, award-winning photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur will discuss her newly published book, HIDDEN: Animals in the Anthropocene, an unflinching book of photography documenting our relationship with non-human animals in the 21st century.
McArthur will shine a light on the invisible animals in our lives: those with whom we have a close relationship and yet fail to see. They are the animals we eat and the animals we wear. They are the animals used in research and for entertainment, as well as the animals we sacrifice in the name of tradition and religion.
The Anthropocene is the proposed name for the current geological epoch. In this era, human activity is the dominant influence on climate, the environment, and all life on earth. As we enter a new decade, an estimated 80 billion land animals continue to be used and consumed by humans each year. The majority of these animals are raised and killed within industrial agricultural systems. Fish and other marine life are measured by tonnes.
HIDDEN adopts an unashamedly pro-animal perspective, yet also understands the important role community leaders, educators, policy makers and activists play in determining a future relationship with animals based upon a compassionate and humane co-existence.
Jo-Anne has been documenting animal stories in over sixty countries for almost two decades. Her latest book, HIDDEN: Animals in the Anthropocene, was awarded “Photography Book of the Year” by Pictures of the Year International. Jo-Anne’s work has been published in The Guardian, The Washington Post, National Geographic, Canadian Geographic, Smithsonian Magazine, Feature Shoot, and many others. In 2019 she founded We Animals Media, the world’s leading animal photojournalism agency whose mission is to document the stories of animals in the human environment — those used for food, fashion, entertainment, and experimentation — and to connect those stories to the individuals and organizations who can amplify their reach.