HIDDEN: Animals in the Anthropocene debuts today.
Award-winning photojournalists Jo-Anne McArthur and Keith Wilson co-edit the book. It documents ‘animals hidden from public view in the food system, entertainment, research, religion, and tradition’.
HIDDEN contains a foreword penned by actor and vegan advocate Joaquin Phoenix . It is a 320-page collectible hardcover featuring 200 images from 40 international photographers.
In a statement sent to Plant Based News, McArthur said the photos ‘prove there is an emergency confronting animals globally’.
She also said the book provides ‘valuable insight into the relevance of animal suffering to human health’.
Wilson added: “The animals we breed, sell and kill for our dinner plate. The animals we break and maim for sport and tradition, share many of the same emotions that we do… Sadness and joy, pain and fear, love and grief.”
‘A searing reminder’
“The photojournalists represented in HIDDEN have entered some of the darkest, most unsettling places in the world,” said Phoenix.
“The images they have captured are a searing reminder of our unpardonable behavior towards animals. [It] will serve as beacons of change for years to come.”
What is Anthropocene?
Hidden’s title uses the term Anthropocene. This defines ‘Earth’s most recent geologic time period as being human-influenced’.
It is based on global evidence that processes such as ‘atmospheric, geologic, hydrologic, and biospheric are now altered by humans’.
You can purchase HIDDEN: Animals in the Anthropocene here