When you think of the visuals you’ve seen from conventional farms or slaughterhouses, there’s a good chance an animal rights organization like PETA is behind them. Usually they’re grainy. With laws like the so-called Ag-Gag bills passed in 10 states as well as 2006’s Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, it’s easy to presume any footage was taken without the owner’s permission. The graphics you’ve seen were probably meant to shock you.
Photographer Jo-Anne McArthur is trying to change all that.