“This is the story no one wants,” says Toronto-based photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur. These are the words that begin her latest project, a collaboration with filmmaker and editor Kelly Guerin that looks to make accessible some of the more horrific, disturbing images of animal cruelty McArthur has encountered around the world.
In 2011, McArthur visited a slaughterhouse in Tanzania and bore witness to terrible, tragic fates. Her experiences traveling to capture photos of the deplorable conditions animals are kept in and the ways in which they are treated, be it for food, clothing, or scientific testing, was realized in the 2013 documentary by Liz Marshall, The Ghosts in Our Machine.
That feature, this short titled The Slaughterhouse, and her book We Animals, look to simply and powerfully make a connection between the viewer and the animal. McArthur tries to avoid presenting the sentiment that all humans are bad, or…
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