Breast Cancer – Pink Ribbon Inc.

This documentary covers the topic of Breast Cancer and Pink Ribbons.

Please watch the documentary at the following link!


I am absolutely grateful for people who make these documentaries, it is very important and needs to be seen and hopefully one day we will realize what we are doing to ourselves, the animals and our environment.

Please watch!

We Animals

For today’s blog we catch up with Jo-Anne McArthur, subject of Canadian film maker Liz Marshall’s celebrated documentary “The Ghosts In Our Machine and author of the award-winning animal rights photo book “We Animals.”we_animals_01

VP: Please tell us about how We Animals came to be.

JM: The We Animals project grew from the realization that I could combine my two passions – my love for photography, and my love and concern for animals. As a photographer and writer, I could contribute to the animal rights movement, volunteer and support organizations around the world through my work, and inspire people to make kinder choices. Though I started We Animals around 2000, I really jumped into it after I did my first internship at Farm Sanctuary in 2003. That’s where I also became vegan and I realized that helping animals was truly what I wanted to do with my life.

VP: What was your inspiration for We Animals?

JM: I could pinpoint a few moments, which lead to what is now full time work with the We Animals project. In 1998 I was backpacking in Ecuador when I stopped to watch a macaque monkey tethered by a chain to a windowsill. He could neither fully enter the house, nor leave by the outside. He was trained to pick the pockets of passersby, and tourists were standing around, laughing as he reached, and taking photos. I took my camera out to take photos, but I realized that my reasons were different. They documented because they thought it was cute and funny, and I documented because I thought it was wrong, and wanted to share the image, thus sharing my opinion of what was happening. I felt that what I thought about the situation was important, that people needed to know. This is a theme throughout all my work. Documenting cruelty so that others can see, understand and change.


VP: Can you give us an update on the We Animals project? What has transpired since the book has been published?

JM: The book came out in December 2013 and has received a lot of good press, and is being translated and published in Italian too. However, it remains a niche book – an animal rights photo book; a little coffee table book of horrors, really – so the books are slowly moving into people’s hands (and hearts!), rather than jumping off book store shelves by the millions! I’m travelling a lot with the book and with the film The Ghosts in Our Machine at the moment. The Ghosts film is a Canadian documentary about animals, and animal rights, and I’m the human protagonist of the film. One of the sub-stories of the film is me in the process of writing the We Animals book. The book and film together are a complementary to one another.

I’m also heavily into investigative work again, which means I’m on the road most of the time and working with a great team, documenting harrowing cruelty. As always, I can’t disclose projects until after they go public.

VP: What do you have planned next?

JM: Lots! My investigative work carries me until the end of the year and then I plan on disappearing for at least a month to regain my senses and get some sleep before starting again. But I’ll be doing this work – the We Animals project – for as long as I can; unfortunately there’s a lot of work to do on behalf of animals. The We Animals Humane Education Programs ( are gaining visibility and popularity so I hope to be in classrooms, getting people of all ages inspired about animals, more and more often. There’s another We Animals book in the works, at the beginning stages, really, and I’ll aim for that project to be completed by 2019. In the short and long term, I really look forward to great collaborations with animal rights groups, and individuals, the world over.


The We Animals project was created by award-winning photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur who has been documenting the plight of animals on all seven continents for over ten years. Her documentary project, We Animals, is internationally celebrated and over one hunded animal organizations, among them Igualdad AnimalSea Shepherd and the Jane Goodall Institute, have benefited from her photography. Many organizations continue to work closely with Jo-Anne on campaigns and investigations. Recent awards and accolades include the 2013 Compassion for Animals Award; the 2011 Canadian Empathy Award (art category); one of CBC’s Top 50 Champions of ChangeFarm Sanctuary’s 2010 “Friend of Farm Animals” awardHuffPost WOMEN’s “Top 10 Women trying to change the world”; one of 20 activists featured in the book The Next Eco Warrior; and the “Shining World Compassion Award” by Supreme Master Ching Hai. Jo-Anne is the subject of Canadian film maker Liz Marshall’s celebrated documentary The Ghosts In Our Machine and her first book, also entitled We Animals, was published by Lantern Books in 2013. She hails from Toronto, Canada.



Former Human Trafficker Opens Up About His Crimes To Protect Victims During World Cup

It is easy to forget what goes on in real life, if we are only focused on what’s on TV…..


His method was simple.

He’d find girls or women from out of town, investigate their financial situations and then offer them better lives. Soon enough, he would have easily recruited another female to traffic and profit off of.

This former trafficker, who is remaining anonymous, is revealing his story at this moment because countless lives are at stake. As the World Cup heats up in Brazil, so does the risk of human trafficking.

To help protect potential victims, Operation Blessing International (OBI) has coincided the release of its documentary — “1 Real: The Other Side of the Coin” — with the famed soccer event.

The film, which features stories of victims and perpetrators, is being shown in all 12 World Cup match cities with the hope of educating locals and visitors about the horrifying crimes.

Every year, 40,000 children and adolescents disappear in Brazil and about 15 percent of those cases go unsolved, according OBI.

Experts say that the chances of getting exploited drastically increase during major sporting events.

“When large sporting events come to town, young girls are at heavy risk,” Bill Horan, president of OBI, said in a statement. “Not far from where a FIFA World Cup match will be played, a family member or sex trafficker will sell a young child to a predator for as little as 50 cents, or 1 real, the currency of Brazil.”

But those who buy and sell the victims make a considerable amount of money.

The former trafficker who was interviewed in the documentary said he’d make about $20,000 off each victim.

In addition to showing the film, OBI plans to raise awareness by distributing copies of the documentary, handing out “Hope Bags” to girls in the red light districts and distributing flyers with information on where to seek help.

It’s often the youngest victims who are most vulnerable.

“These girls come from extreme poverty,” Antonia Lima Sousa, state prosecutor, told CNN of the underage prostitutes, “a culture of social exclusion and a tradition of profound disrespect for women.”