More Equal Than Others

How humans interact with animals.


Dutch photographer Jan van Ijken spent the past several years watching humans interact with animals in a range of settings—from research labs and factory farms to exotic bird shows. The result is a series of remarkable images documenting the shifting and ambivalent ways we value other creatures.

Inoculating piglets against lung disease.

Inoculating piglets against lung disease.
 
Piglets chewing on chains

To keep them from biting each other, pigs are given chains to chew.
 

A 9-year-old sow at “Hog Heaven,” a project that connects people with pigs.
 

Amsterdam police officers cuddle cows as part of a stress therapy workshop.

Cattle waiting for slaughter.

Cattle waiting for slaughter.
 
Breeder rabbits in transport.

Breeder rabbits in transport.
 
Injecting rabbits with vaccines in a research lab.

Injecting rabbits with vaccines in a research lab.
 
Artificially inseminating a rabbit. A breeding farm can produce 100,000 rabbits a year.

Artificially inseminating a rabbit. A breeding farm can produce 100,000 rabbits a year.
 

Judging rabbits at the Netherlands Association of Rabbit, Guinea Pig, and Rodent Enthusiasts show.
 
Inspecting rabbits.

Inspecting rabbits.
 
Poultry plant workers examine chicks for defects.

Poultry plant workers examine chicks for defects. (This one passed.)
 
18,000 turkey chicks are housed in a shed.

18,000 turkey chicks are housed in this shed.
 
Two chicks with clipped beaks.

Chicks’ beaks are clipped to prevent them from pecking at each other.
 
Collecting chickens.

Collecting chickens.
 
Chicks getting beaks removed with infrared beam.

Considered more humane than singeing, chicks’ beaks are removed with an infrared beam.
 
Newly hatched ducklings on a conveyor belt.

Newly hatched ducklings on a conveyor belt. This plant handles 35,000 ducklings a day.
 
Operating on a cat.

Operating on a cat.
 
Drawing blood from a macaque monkey in a vaccine lab.

Drawing blood from a macaque monkey in a vaccine lab.
 
A sick child gets a visit from a guinea pig.

A sick child gets a visit from a guinea pig.
 
11,000 pedigreed birds are displayed at this annual show.

11,000 pedigreed birds are displayed at this annual show.
 
Attending to a rescued seal.

Attending to a rescued seal.
 
Rescued seals are released into the ocean.

Rescued seals are released into the ocean.
 
Grooming a prize Brahma chicken for competition.

Grooming a prize Brahma chicken for competition.
 

Over 120,000 homing pigeons are released to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Netherlands Homing Pigeon Keepers Association.

 

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SIX TRUTHS

Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

And if you think journalism like Mother Jones'—that calls it like it is, that will never acquiesce to power, that looks where others don't—can help guide us through this historic, high-stakes moment, and you're able to right now, please help us reach our $350,000 goal by October 31 with a donation today. It's all hands on deck for democracy.

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