As part of Women’s History Month, the vegan media group We Animals Media has produced a short video titled The Brave Women Telling Animal Stories to highlight the work of women photojournalists documenting the reality of animal exploitation in often very hostile conditions. 

Many of the photos animal rights and vegan organisations use come from the work of these women, who include Alexis Liohn, Alix Livingstone, Amy Jones, Ana Palacios, Anipixels, Balvik C., Bridget Laudien, Carlota Saorsa, Deniz Tapkan Cengiz, Dulce Ramírez, Emily Pickett, Existence, Gabriela Penela, Gav Wheatley, Havva Zorlu, Heidi Baxter, Jo-Anne McArthur, Julie LP, Julie O’Neill, Kelly Guerin, Kelsey Hannah, Laura Lee Cascada, Lissy Jayne, Liv Pugsley, Louise Jorgensen, Malena Blanco, Martina Victoria Zamudio, Molly Condit, Nathalie Merle, Nikki Ritcher, Patricia Seaton, Renata Valdivia, Roberta Olenick, S. Chakrabarti, Sabina Diethelm, Sabine Grootendorst, Sarah Kermalli, Selene Magnolia, Suzanne Goodwin, Vanessa Li, Victoria de Martigny, and Voicot.

We Animals Media said, “As the world’s leading animal photojournalism agency, our mission is to document the stories of animals used for human gain – for food, fashion, entertainment, labour, custom, and experimentation. Historically, women are vastly underrepresented and undervalued in photojournalism, but in the field of animal photojournalism, it’s women who are leading the way. For Women’s History Month, we catch a glimpse into the lives of these activist women who are documenting and fighting against these systems of violence and oppression.”

In the video, we hear one of these women say, “I remember reading stories that, during World War II, there were a lot of women photographing secretly. The enemy did not see them so much as a threat, so they were overlooked. So, maybe it helps that we get underestimated.”

The photos of these photojournalists can be seen on a dedicated webpage

“Originally from Catalonia, but resident in the UK for several decades, Jordi is a vegan zoologist and author, who has been involved in different aspects of animal protection for many years. In addition to scientific research, he has worked mostly as an undercover investigator, animal welfare consultant, and animal protection campaigner. He has been an ethical vegan since 2002, and in 2020 he secured the legal protection of all ethical vegans in Great Britain from discrimination in a landmark employment tribunal case that was discussed all over the world. He is also the author of the book, ‘Ethical Vegan: a personal and political journey to change the world’.