Jo-Anne McArthur

Photographer Jo-Anne McArthur and filmmaker Karol Orzechowski went undercover in Southeast Asia to find out. They documented the lives of wild-caught and captive-bred macaques at farms across Laos for the film Maximum Tolerated Dose. The photos and video were also used in a campaign by the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) and were presented at the Geneva CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) Conference in 2012, proof that the animals were kept in squalid conditions and that animal protection laws needed to be upheld and increased.
Shortly after this investigation was brought to public attention, the farm where this monkey was kept closed down. This macaque was one among hundreds who lived—barely lived—in filthy, cramped conditions.

Jo-Anne McArthur is an award-winning photojournalist who has been documenting the plight of animals for over ten years on all seven continents. Her documentary project, We Animals, is internationally celebrated and over seventy animal organizations, including Sea Shepherd and the Jane Goodall Institute, have benefited by using images from this project. Many organizations have also worked with her closely on campaigns and investigations. Recent awards include: 2011 Canadian Empathy Award; one of CBC’s Top 50 Champions of Change; Farm Sanctuary’s 2010 “Friend of Farm Animals” award; Huffington Post Women’s “Top 10 Women trying to change the world”; and one of 20 activists featured in the book The Next Eco Warrior.
Jo-Anne is being featured in the upcoming film by Canadian film maker Liz Marshall The Ghosts In Our Machine.