The Animal Defense Partnership



 Phil Moore/AFP/Getty Images  Patrick Karabaranga, a Virunga National Park ranger in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, sits with an orphaned mountain gorilla on July 17, 2012 in the park's gorilla sanctuary. 

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Patrick Karabaranga, a Virunga National Park ranger in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, sits with an orphaned mountain gorilla on July 17, 2012 in the park's gorilla sanctuary. 

We Animals Gallery

The photographs in this gallery were taken by, and are used with permission of,  Jo-Anne McArthur, an award-winning photojournalist, author, and educator (and ADP friend!), who has been documenting the plight of animals on all seven continents for over a decade.


These and many more images appear on the We Animals site, which documents, through Jo-Anne's extraordinary photography, animals in the human environment. As Jo-Anne elegantly explains it:

"Humans are as much animal as the sentient beings we use for food, clothing, research, experimentation, work, entertainment, slavery and companionship. With this as its premise, We Animals aims to break down the barriers that humans have built which allow us to treat non-human animals as objects and not as beings with moral significance. The objective is to photograph our interactions with animals in such a way that the viewer finds new significance in these ordinary, often unnoticed situations of use, abuse and sharing of spaces.


    Heartbreaking Video of Captive Elephant Holding Her Trunk for Comfort Reminds Us Why Circuses Must Be Shut Down

    Watching Pig Rush to Save Friend On Slaughter Block Will Change How You See These Animals Completely 

    Why Can't We Protect Elephants Where elephants go, unfortunately, hell seems to follow.

    Watch What Happens When Pedestrians are Offered $1 to Watch Video  Pedestrians lined up in NYC’s Union Square to watch a four minute video in exchange for $1, but many were so profoundly affected by what they saw that they declined to take their reward and instead engaged with the advocates on hand about transitioning to a vegan diet.

    Ted Talk: Dr. Melanie Joy.  Toward Rational, Authentic Food Choices.  

    Saddest Slaughterhouse Footage Ever Shows No Blood Or Slaughter   No blood or gore, but soul-crushingly grim.  

    Shirley and Jenny: Two Elephants Reunited After More Than 20 Years

    This Grieving Cow Visits Same Spot Every Day and Waits For, Blocks And Follows The Very Bus That Took Her Calf's Life Fours Years Earlier

    I Am A Ranger looks at amazing rangers who are working to help save our wildlife, their stories and why they are committed to protecting these animals.

    Baby Elephant Reunited With Mother After Being Separated by the Tourism Industry for 3 Years.

    360° Orangutan School | National Geographic takes you inside the International Animal Rescue sanctuary in the forests of Borneo to see what it takes to teach a baby orangutan to be an orangutan.


    "The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men." - Leonardo Da Vinci

    "Every animal used in every experiment in every laboratory has its own life story. It has felt strong emotions, love and hatred and been devoted to others of its own kind. It is a subject, and is therefore violated by being treated as an object. Have we the right to tear this being away from its fellows and all that gives its life meaning and put it in a sterile, hostile, aseptic environment to be tortured, maimed and ultimately destroyed in the name of anything, far less the service of our species? Or lacking the right, do we have only the power?”- Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

    "One day the absurdity of the almost universal human belief in the slavery of other animals will be palpable. We shall then have discovered our souls and become worthier of sharing this planet with them." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

    "If animals could speak, mankind would weep.'" - Anthony Douglas

    The question is not, 'Can they reason?' nor, 'Can they talk?' but rather, 'Can they suffer?" - Jeremy Bentham

    "If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals."- Albert Einstein

    "The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.” - Charles Darwin

    “The keeper of the Indian elephants positively asserts that he has several times seen tears rolling down the face of the old female, when distressed by the removal of the young ones.”- Charles Darwin

    "Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace." - Albert Schweitzer

    "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." - Mohandas K. Gandhi

    "If only we can overcome cruelty, to human and animal, with love and compassion we shall stand at the threshold of a new era in human moral and spiritual evolution - and realize, at last, our most unique quality: humanity." - Jane Goodall

    "There is no research more valuable than our own integrity and ethical coherence, and our treatment of animals is a direct reflection of our value toward life and one another." - Professor John P. Gluck 


    Things I Wish I Had Known When My Dog Died  Jen A. Miller, The New York Times, March 23, 2017.

    Poached Why international conservation efforts are failing to protect wildlife. Paul Goldstein, Wanderlust Travel Magazine, March 13, 2017

    Dr. Dave Cooper at the Frontline of Rhino Poaching  A vet talks about the effects on him and others of attending on a daily basis to rhinos being slaughtered and mutilated. Farmer's Weekly, February 14, 2017

    Ivory is Not Beautiful, It’s Barbaric   Nicky Campbell, The Guardian, February 9, 2017

    I Saw a Gorilla Shot and Killed Before My Eyes: A Primatologist’s Plea to Save Great Apes   Shelly Masi, The Conversation, February 2, 2017

    Most Primate Species Threatened With Extinction, Scientists Find   Carl Zimmer, The New York Times, January 18, 2017

    Killing Animals at the Zoo  Ian Parker, The New Yorker, January 10, 2017

    Unthinkable Today, Obvious Tomorrow   The Moral Case for the Abolition of Cruelty to Animals. Matthew Scully, National Review, December 19, 2016

    Poaching’s Bloody Human Toll   Being a wildlife ranger can be extremely hazardous to your health.  Joe Walston, The New York Times, December 5, 2016

    How Big Banks Are Putting Rain Forests in Peril   “The problem is that every time an area is destroyed and orangutans are under real threat, we have to look for areas to release them, and that’s challenging,” she said. “We’re running out of places where we can release these orangutans."  Hiroko Tabuchi The New York Times, December 3, 2016

    Argentine Judge Declares Chimp Has Rights And Must Be Freed From Zoo In an historic ruling this week, Argentine Judge María Alejandra Mauricio declared that Cecilia, a chimp, isn't a thing, but rather a being who is "subject to nonhuman rights."  Stephen Messenger, November 4, 2016

    Peter Singer Quotes (author of Animal Liberation)  Peter Singer authored Animal Liberation, which is widely recognized as a formative influence on the animal liberation movement.  

    A Forgotten Step in Saving African Wildlife: Protecting the Rangers   Rachel Nuwer The New York Times, November 28, 2016

    Second Thoughts of an Animal Researcher   John P. Gluck, The New York Times, September 2, 2016

    Close to the Bone:  The Fight Over Transparency In the Meat Market   Ted Genoways, The New York Times, October 5, 2016