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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’.

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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”.

The Time magazine cover we discuss on the episode.

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On this episode, which happens to fall on International Podcast Day, we show how up-to-date we are with current events by discussing writer bell hooks calling Beyonce a terrorist (like 10 years ago). We also discuss an analysis of this by Hillary Crosley Coker and the website Beyonce set up What is Pretty?. These debates between different waves of feminism are relevant in light of our ongoing discussions about sex work. You can hear more from bell hooks on the podcast Politically Reactive, which we highly recommend!

The episode also features a talk from Jess Ison challenging the idea that wearing high heels is capitulating to the patriarchy. This talk is from the Femme panel discussion from the most recent Institute for Critical Animal Studies (Oceania) conference. If you’d like to hear more from Jess, she has been on our podcast a bunch of times plus also listen in to her recent talk ‘Prisons, animal abuse registries, and animal liberation: A critique of punitive measures’.

Jess speaking on the femme panel.

Finally, there’s also a discussion on the show ‘War on Waste’ and Katie’s message to local coffee shops, inspired by the #BYOCoffeeCup campaign from this show. If you’re in Australia, you can watch this show on iView, if you’re anywhere else, you can see parts of it on Youtube.

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Clips:

Bad Cop, Bad CopAmputations’, Lowkey ft. Crazy Haze & Mai Khalil ‘Terrorist’, Billy BraggKing Tide and the Sunny Day Flood’, Jess Ison from the Femme panel discussion, Beyonce ‘Pretty Hurts’ – film clip and clip with lyrics, The IT Crowd ‘Series 1, Episode 2’ – Jen’s new shoes.

Our friendly neighbourhood brothel.

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On this episode we discuss Nick’s trip to our friendly neighbourhood brothel and reflect on our evolving views on sex work generally.

For more on sex work, you can listen to our previous episodes on the topic here (we’d particular recommend our interview with Jane Green and Cameron Cox, who are both sex workers). We also recommend the show You Can’t Ask That: Sex Workers and the article ‘Let’s not abolish sex work. Let’s abolish all work’.

Nick recently attended the ‘Development for Species: Animals in society, animals as society’ conference. You can listen to Nick’s talk from this conference: ‘Intersectionality, Integrationist Social Change and PETA’s Animal Advocacy’ – audio, PowerPoint.

On the episode we also read some of an article from the Chaser Quarterly on male feminists.

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Clips:

M.I.A.Bad Girls’ – inspired by Manal al-Sharif; Bad Cop, Bad CopI’m Done’; Silicon Valley ‘Series 4, Episode 7’ – ‘Erlich Bachman Mansplaining’.

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This episode features the panel discussion ‘Anarchist Perspectives on Rojava, Kurdistan’. The speakers are:

  • Alasdair Hynd, a PhD student of revolutionary movements in the Middle East, specialising in the Arab Spring and the Kurdish struggle.
  • Zerebar Karimi, a Kurdish-Australian trade union organiser based in Adelaide, local and overseas agitator for a stateless society in Rojava.
  • David K (facilitating), Melbourne-based anarchist, author of ‘Anarchism in Istanbul’ and ‘Yabanci Capulling – an Australian anarchist in Gezi Riots’.

The first part of this discussion was played last episode #182. You can also hear more about the Rojava Revolution on our 72nd episode. Crimethinc podcast also covered this on episodes 36 and 39.

Also covered on the episode is: some listener feedback on Men’s Referral Service and addressing violence against women, which we covered on episode 161.

TV show recommendation: The Handmaid’s Tale.

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Clips:

Pussy Riot ‘Straight Outta Vagina’; PropagandhiLess Talk, More Rock’ – if anyone is interested, I recommend this article about this album from noisey.vice.com: 20 Years Ago, Propagandhi Antagonized the Punk Scene with ‘Less Talk, More Rock’; Panel discussion ‘Anarchist Perspectives on Rojava, Kurdistan’; Garfunkel and OatesThe Loophole’.