The photojournalist, activist and author Jo-Anne McArthur has, through her photography project, We Animals, fought for animal rights for over a decade. In Finland, the organisations Oikeutta eläimille (‘Justice for Animals’) and Animalia have taken part in the same fight both according to their own principles.
Organisations defending animal rights have, with their photographs, tried to bring the violence experienced by farmed animals and laboratory animals to people’s consciousness. It is not easy to make a stir with images that are difficult to watch. When we feel that our lifestyle choices, values or beliefs are being criticised, the initial response is to take a defensive stance.
Animals cannot speak on their own behalf. Photography seeks to give voice to objectified animals.