“ANOTHER WORLD IS NOT ONLY POSSIBLE, SHE IS ON HER WAY. ON A QUIET DAY, I CAN HEAR HER BREATHING.” — ARUNDHATI ROY
ABOUT THE PROJECT
Women On The Frontlines Of Animal Advocacy
The Unbound Project celebrates contemporary and historic women at the forefront of animal advocacy worldwide. We invite you to join us on our journey as we get to know these incredible women and hear about their challenges, the dangers they’ve faced, their triumphs, their sacrifices, their joys, and the solutions they are finding for animals.
Animal advocacy is continually evolving, growing, and challenging the status quo. Unbound has told the stories of women from past eras whose efforts for animals are largely forgotten today and chronicles the history that is being made right now. This is, in many ways, a living archive. Women’s achievements in social movements have consistently been erased or downplayed – Unbound celebrates and meticulously documents the women doing this work to ensure that the contribution of women to the animal protection movement is not lost.
Unbound inspires our audiences to make the world a kinder, gentler place for all species. Far too often people believe that they do not have enough time, money, or expertise to get involved in animal advocacy. Many of us also misunderstand what it means to be an “activist.” Unbound aims to challenge those notions and to demonstrate through these influential and pioneering people how we all can make a difference for the animals with whom we share this planet.
Unbound is a project of We Animals Media, co-founded by award-winning photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur (founder of We Animals Media) and Dr. Keri Cronin (Department of Visual Arts, Brock University).
We especially welcome nominations highlighting the work of women of colour (BIPOC), LGBTQ2+ women, and women with disabilities.
Co-founder / Photographer
“I’ve dreamt of doing a project about women in animal advocacy for quite a few years. The list of inspiring women has been taped to my wall, with names added monthly. A big part of the reason I’m an activist is that I had women to look up to. I saw Jane Goodall living this extraordinary life, creating change, and I thought ‘I want to do that, too.’ The Unbound Project is my gift to the world, and to the ever-growing animal rights movement. May it inspire many, and uplift and celebrate the work of all the women in the project. Ultimately, the goal is to move people to be change-makers for animals, too.”
Jo-Anne is an award-winning photojournalist and the founder of We Animals. She has been documenting the plight of animals on all seven continents for over a decade. She is the author of two books, We Animals (2014), and Captive (2017) and was the subject of Canadian filmmaker Liz Marshall’s acclaimed documentary, The Ghosts in Our Machine. Jo-Anne is based in Toronto, Canada and travels six to eight months a year to document the stories of animals around the world.
Torrance McCartney has been an advocate for animal rights and vegan philosophy since childhood. Having dedicated much of her life to animal welfare, Torrance has volunteered countless hours to animal fostering/caregiving, animal sanctuaries and advocacy organizations worldwide. She brings over five years of experience in large-scale project coordination, a passion for inspired teamwork and a commitment to creating a world where respect and freedom are the birthrights of all sentient beings.
Co-founder / Writer
“As someone interested in both activism and history, I am absolutely fascinated by the number of women who have worked so hard to make the world a better place for animals. Many people are surprised to learn that animal advocacy has such a long and rich history, and I am excited to share the stories of the many women who stood up and demanded change, each in their own way. In some cases, these women were fighting for animals even before they had the right to vote!”
Dr. Keri Cronin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Visual Arts at Brock University (St. Catharines, Canada). She is also a Faculty Affiliate in Brock’s Social Justice & Equity Studies graduate program and a founding member of the Social Justice Research Institute at Brock. She is the author of Art for Animals: Visual Culture and Animal Advocacy, 1870-1914 (Penn State University Press, 2018) and the co-editor (with Kirsty Robertson) of Imagining Resistance: Visual Culture and Activism in Canada (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2011).
Carol J Adams
Advisory Panel Member
Carol J. Adams is a feminist scholar and activist whose written work explores the cultural construction of overlapping and interconnected oppressions, as well as the ethics of care. Adams’s first book, The Sexual Politics of Meat, celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2020. A new and updated The Pornography of Meat (originally published in 2004), appeared in the fall of 2020. The visual accompaniment and sequel to The Sexual Politics of Meat, it includes 340 images sent from around the world by Adams’s readers, whom she calls “grassroots sociologists.” She is also the author of Burger, in Bloomsbury’s Object Lessons Series, and co-author with Virginia Messina of Protest Kitchen: Fight Injustice, Save the Planet, and Fuel Your Resistance One Meal at a Time, and of many other books. Her articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Ms. Magazine, The Christian Century, Tikkun, and Truthdig, among others. She is working on a memoir of her mother based on her essay from the New York Times, “Finding Myself in My Mother’s Calendars.”
Advisory Panel Member
Marbella is a biologist and animal activist in Mexico, with experience in undercover investigations and corporate campaigns, she has been working for farmed animals non-profits in Mexico for more than 5 years, she has been in communication and constant collaboration with activists from various countries of the Global South, Europe and the United States. She currently works for The Humane League.
Advisory Panel Member
Sofia’s experience in animal advocacy spans several years. Most recently, she served as Head of US Development at Anima International. Previously, she held multiple roles at Animal Charity Evaluators. She also worked as research assistant and content editor for Jeff Sebo and Christopher Schlottmann’s book Food, Animals, and the Environment: An Ethical Approach. Currently, Sofia is Senior Editor at the Reducetarian Foundation and Food Coach at Lighter, a plant-based nutrition software company. In her free time, Sofia contributes to projects related to building and improving the infrastructure of the effective animal advocacy movement, both in the US and in Africa.
Sofia holds a BA in Animal and Environmental Studies from NYU and pursued an MPA in Nonprofit Management at Baruch College’s Marxe School of Public and International Affairs. She enjoys watching bugs and studying Swahili.
Advisory Panel Member
Christopher “Soul” Eubanks is a climate, human and animal rights activist that was raised in Atlanta, GA and has dedicated himself to doing advocacy work that combats all forms of injustice. After learning the horrors of animal exploitation Christopher became vegan, began doing community organizing and has helped co-organize Atlanta’s first ever animal rights march. Christopher plans to use education, public speaking and creativity as tools to advocate for the climate, a vegan lifestyle and the end of all forms of injustice.
Pei F. Su
Advisory Panel Member
Pei F. Su is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of ACTAsia. Pei has been working for the compassionate movement for almost 30 years. Established in 2006, ACTAsia works to bring about a sustainable and compassionate world. By educating children, consumers and professionals, ACTAsia promotes kindness and compassion for people, animals and the environment among Asian societies. ACTAsia’s Caring for Life children’s education, an award winning programme, is focused on educating younger generations to a deeper level of understanding of the interdependence of all living beings. It is the world’s first comprehensive humane education curriculum & lesson plans for primary school children aged 6-12 years. Since its inception, the organization has taught more than 100,000 students and trained over 3,000 educators.
Prior to that, Pei worked for the World Animal Protection (WAP) where she was Asia Project Manager and Member Society Director. In 2005, she initiated and co-organised a four-week capacity building resident course in Italy for young leaders in animal welfare worldwide. Both Pei and ACTAsia have won numerous awards in China and internationally.
Stien van der Ploeg
Advisory Panel Member
Stien was born, raised, and learned to love nonhuman animals in the Netherlands. She studied media and culture. Currently, she is based in Chicago in the US but also lived in Krakow, Poland for a while. After 15+ years of supporting various causes, she now leverages her management and development experience to help make our world more hospitable to all. She offers pro bono consulting to organizations involved in effective animal advocacy and coaching to people underrepresented in animal protection leadership. When solving pressing issues, she equally enjoys messing around in spreadsheets and having productive conversations to find solutions. Stien serves as an officer on the boards of Wild Animal Initiative and Encompass Movement. Her ideal day is spent walking in unfamiliar places, followed by eating something spicy, with cake for dessert.
Copywriting & Research Volunteer
Antonio is a Brazilian-born journalist, writer and animal rights activist. Currently based in Brazil, he lived in London for 13 years, where he took an MA in Film Studies at the University of Westminster, and worked for various publications, including Gay Times and Time Out London. These days, he works as a teacher, freelance digital content producer, curator and translator.
Website Developer Volunteer
Cindi is a vegan animal rights advocate with a special place in her heart for farmed animals and sea dwellers, as well as for rescue dogs with very special needs. She is a writer and web consultant for nonprofits and small businesses. Her current passion project involves writing for the animals. She lives in the U.S. on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean where you might find her doing a beach clean-up with her sister and their “Pack.”
Social Media Volunteer
Helen is a vegan and animal advocate living in the UK. She works as a marketer and writer, and uses these skills to support her passion for making the world a kinder, fairer and more peaceful place for all beings. Helen works with dog and cat rehoming charities in the UK and Bulgaria, gives talks at schools about our relationships with animals and is a keen street activist.
How Can You Help?
Supporting the Unbound Project helps us document and celebrate the women making history on the front lines of animal activism.
This project has been made possible by the generous support of the following sponsors and affiliates.
We are grateful for their support.
Anna Mackiewicz is an animal advocate and writer based in Sydney, Australia. She worked in social justice and community development programs both in Australia, Mexico and Tanzania, before turning her focus to animal rights issues. She continues to work on community projects related to food justice and veganism, hoping to empower others to build kinder, more sustainable relationships with the Earth. She also teaches yoga, writes poetry, and is an enthusiastic foster mum to the cutest dogs.
Jessica Scott-Reid is a Canadian journalist and animal advocate. She covers and opines on animal rights and welfare, vegan culture, and plant-based foods topics for major media across North America, including The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, New York Daily News, Maclean’s Magazine, CBC, Tenderly Magazine, and others. She is a mom to two senior chihuahuas and one small human named Clover Lee.
Photographer and Filmmaker
Chris Shoebridge is a self-taught photographer and filmmaker based in the UK and Europe. Originally working with organizations like the BBC, the National Trust, and Swim England, Chris is now focused on animal protection and veganism, producing short documentaries, undercover investigations, and promotional films to help bring about a kinder world. His work has appeared internationally, in more than thirty magazines, and has been exhibited at the BFI in London.
Photographer and Filmmaker
Kelly Guerin is a documentary filmmaker for animal rights based out of Denver, Colorado. In 2014, she graduated with Latin honorific degrees from the University of Colorado for her research on Western cultural rejections of vegan philosophy. She works independently and alongside non-profits to create films exploring humanity’s relationship with non-human animals.
Corinne Benedict is a writer based in Virginia. As a journalist, she reported for The Merced (Calif.) Sun-Star, The Virginian-Pilot, and The Washington Post, mostly covering the military. A native of California, she has worked in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.
Sayara Thurston is a Montreal-based animal advocate and writer. Before joining the Unbound and We Animals teams, she worked as the farm animals campaign manager with Humane Society International/Canada. Her articles on farm animal protection have been published in The Toronto Star, The Montreal Gazette, The Hill Times, The Vancouver Observer, The Huffington Post, and more. Originally from Australia, Sayara holds a Master of Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Sydney.