Patty Mark with James Aspey and other animal activists.

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This episode features Patty Mark from Animal Liberation Victoria on the 5 Day Fast and Justice Camp happening outside Diamond Valley Pork in Melbourne right now.

There’s also a talk from veterinarian Dr Sy Woon from Sentient on ‘Speciesism – and Inherent Barriers to Ethical Changes and Animal Advocacy – in the Veterinary Industry’. This talk is from the 2016 Institute for Critical Animal Studies (Oceania) conference. See the notes from episode 152 for links to all of the talks from this conference, you can also see episode 179 for the same for the 2017 conference.

Sy Woon.

Also mentioned throughout the episode is: the importance of activist media (check out the radio show Indymedia – whole episodes, individual interviews – for another example of this kind of media), anarchism and animal liberation (for more on this, you can listen to the panel discussion on this topic featuring Nick and others here or on episodes 152 and 153), and the Animal Activists Forum (which we discussed on episodes 187 and 188).

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Clips:

Local Resident FailureThe Funeral’, Patty Mark on the 5 Day Fast and Justice Camp, Dr Sy WoonSpeciesism – and Inherent Barriers to Ethical Changes and Animal Advocacy – in the Veterinary Industry’, AbolicionSave Me’.

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On this episode we give our take on the #metoo campaign and get onto a number of other related issues, such as gender and domestic violence.

We also discuss some solutions to the issues highlighted by the #metoo campaign, including bringing in Marxist perspectives from Alyx Gorman and Helen Razer from the event ‘On Your Marx’.

Other stuff covered on the episode is ‘Harry Potter fan gets blocked by J.K. Rowling after asking Johnny Depp question‘ and the wage penalty for motherhood but the opposite for fathers.

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Clips:

War on WomenBroken Record’, Michigan Democrat says vote for her because she has no penis, #MeToo: What’s next? – The Feed, KeshaPraying’.

The yes announcement in Sydney. Pic from perthnow.com.au

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On this episode we discuss the Australian public voting yes to same-sex marriage in the recent postal vote. We play a talk from the yes announcement event in Melbourne, by someone from the union movement. You can listen to our recording of more of the talks from this event here.

We also analyse the high no vote in Western Sydney, drawing on a Facebook post from Carrie Hou.

We also discuss some critiques of the yes campaign and of same-sex marriage in general from within the queer movement. For more on this, check out the articles ‘Marriage equality: yes, it’s about gender’ by Amy Thomas and Hannah McCann and ‘Queers against gay marriage: What to do in this postal vote?’ by Jess Ison. We also did a whole episode (#55) on this topic featuring Jess Ison and returned to this topic with Jess at the end of episode 135.

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We’re not sure if Australia should get too much credit for being a country where only about 6 in 10 people are not blatantly homophobic! Image from 9news.com.au

Clips:

Pop BlastSydney, Australia Reacts To Gay Marriage “YES” Ruling’, Talk from the yes announcement event in Melbourne by someone from the union movement, The FeedQuick History of Same sex marriage’, Myq Kaplan ‘Tolerance and Vampires’ – from the album ‘Vegan Mind Meld’, OnsindHeterosexuality is a social construct’.

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This episode features a talk from clinical neuropsychologist Dr Ash Nayate on why ignoring concern for other animals harms people’s mental health. Thanks to Kate from Freedom of Species for this recording – you can listen to Katie and others on Freedom of Species discussing their veganism and the vegan movement at the Spring Vegan Festival at the Meat Market.

Dr Ash’s talk was recorded at the Melbourne March for the End of Speciesism. You can listen to audio of this entire event here and you can also watch videos of the individual speakers: Belinda Morris, Pam Ahern and Lizzie.

We also discuss direct action during the Melbourne Cup for refugees and animals, plus a blockade of Border Force. Keep up with WACA on Facebook and Twitter for more updates on actions like this.

We also discuss World Vegan Day Melbourne, Rally for Regal Monarch (a horse who was killed during The Melbourne Cup horse race), intersectionality and animal advocacy (drawing on Maneesha Deckha’s article ‘Disturbing Images: Peta and the Feminist Ethics of Animal Advocacy’ – see page 49 specifically), Nick’s short-lived fishing career and Katie confronting some dickheads.

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Clips:

Song from the Melbourne March to End Speciesism, Talk from clinical neuropsychologist Dr Ash Nayate: video of the talk, Arj BarkerMelbourne Cup’, AbolicionWilhem’s Horse’.

Katie giving her talk at the Animal Activists Forum. Pic thanks to activistsforum.com

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This episode features a recap of the Animal Activists Forum, featuring animal activists Brian and Kate. We also play part of Katie’s talk ‘Working Together to Challenge Hierarchies and Discrimination in the Animal Advocacy Movement’ from this forum, focusing on avoiding in-fighting in social movements. You can listen to other talks from this conference here and heaps more talks from the forum will be available on the Animal Activists Forum website here soon. You can also hear a talk from the forum and more discussion about it on our last episode #187.

Some of the talks we specifically mention are:

  • Veganism in Intersectionality and the Science of Social Change by Svetlana Colbert: audio, PowerPoint.
  • Vegan Companion Animal Diets by Veterinarian Professor Andrew Knight. This talk will be available through the Animal Activists Forum website listed above soon but in the meantime, check out: his site on vegan dogs and cats info; an academic article and shorter, opinion article by Andrew on this topic are available here; and we also interviewed Andrew on vegan dogs and cats back on episode 26.
  • Skills to become a more powerful voice for animals by psychologist Clare Mann. This talk will be available through the Animal Activists Forum website listed above soon but in the meantime, check out her sites vegan-voices.com and veganpsychologist.com.

The episode also features a discussion on meditation, mindfulness and psychology, as well as a recap of the Vegan Spring Festival, where vegans took over the meat market.

Katie at the Spring Vegan Festival at the Meat Market. Great event creating our new vegan world in the shell of the old.

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Clips:

AboliciónBorneo’, Scott Pilgrim, Recap of the Animal Activists Forum featuring animal activists Brian and Kate, Katie’s talk ‘Working Together to Challenge Hierarchies and Discrimination in the Animal Advocacy Movement’ (presented with Dr Lara Drew), Lindsay McDougall covering ‘Human(e) Meat (The Flensing Of Sandor Katz)’ by Propagandhi: video of the song from the Vegan Spring Festival, thanks to Approaching Critical.

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This episode features Olly Hornung’s talk: ‘You did what?! Creative tactics and strategies to boost your campaign’. Olly is part of the Evolens Collective and the talk is based on information from Beautiful Trouble. We touched on the importance of creative activism and viewing protest marches as just one of many possible tactics way back on episodes 27, 29 and 30.

This talk was recorded at the Animal Activists Forum. You can listen to some of the other talks from this forum below:

Also covered throughout the episode is: Sad Grrrls Festival, Spring Vegan Festival, #disrupt2017, 5 Day Slaughterhouse Fast and Justice Camp and pigtruth.com.

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Clips:

Antonia and the Lazy SusansI don’t like you’, Olly Hornung’s talk: ‘You did what?! Creative tactics and strategies to boost your campaign’, Garfunkel and OatesSave the Rich’.

Nick refers to this book in his talk that is featured on this episode.

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This episode features Nicks’ talk: ‘They’re calling me a terrorist’ (but they probably shouldn’t): The Social Construction of “Eco-Terrorism”. You can view the PowerPoint presentation for this talk here and it is also embedded below. This talk is from the most recent Institute for Critical Animal Studies (Oceania) conference – see the show notes for episode 179 for links to listen to all of the talks from this conference. Thanks to Adam from VeganSci for helping out with the recordings this year!

We start off the episode by discussing civil liberties concerns about new counter-terrorism laws in Australia. Also covered throughout the episode is: the SBS show ‘Sex, War, Robots’; join us at the Animal Activists Forum; and updates on episode 173, which covered the Grenfell Tower fire, economic inequality under neoliberalism and the labelling of terrorism.

For more information on the topic of “eco-terrorism”, see the links in Nick’s PowerPoint above and we also recommend our interview with Will Potter from episode 98.

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Clips:

Jamaica Plain ‘I Wish I Knew’, Nicks’ talk: ‘They’re calling me a terrorist’ (but they probably shouldn’t): The Social Construction of “Eco-Terrorism”, LowkeyTerrorist’, If A Tree Falls documentary, Lowkey ft. Mai Khalil ‘Ghosts of Grenfell’.

*This quote is from US Senator David Hinkins who said new laws were needed to stop “terrorists” such as “the vegetarian people” who “are trying to kill the animal industry”.