HIDDEN: Glimpsing the Unthinkable - Jo-Anne McArthur
Animal Rights/Vegan Activist Strategies Article from All-Creatures.org

FROM SARX: For All God's Creatures
June 2021

Jo-Anne McArthur, award-winning photojournalist, author and the founder of We Animals Media is interviewed on her new book HIDDEN: Animals in the Anthropocene, an unflinching book of photography documenting our relationship with non-human animals in the 21st century.

caged Mink
Caged Mink

The animals we use most in our daily lives are hidden. They’re hidden away in factory farms, fur farms, and in labs that use them in research and testing. They are also hidden euphemistically; we don’t say we’re eating a calf, for example. We say we’re eating veal. And in animal research, an animal is “sac’ed” when they are finished being used. Being killed is called being “sacrificed.” These words sound much more noble. They create space between “human” and “animal,” “us” and “them,” “subject” and “object.”

We are always hiding animals from ourselves. We build walls and euphemisms to cover any discomfort we might have. If we were to face the animals we keep in crates and cages, and spend some time examining their lives there, and why they are there, we may not be able to enjoy ham or foie gras...



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