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Nick is joined by Luc Brien, former host of Team Earthling (or “Tearthling”) animal rights podcast, to give a recap of the 2017 Institute for Critical Animal Studies (ICAS) Oceania conference. The episode features a talk from this conference, Esther Alloun: Intersectionality And Its Discontents: Animal Politics In Palestine-Israel. You can listen to the Q and A from this talk here. You can listen to all of the talks from this conference here and each talk is also listed individually below (at the bottom of the show notes for this episode). Thanks to VeganSci for helping out with these recordings!

Also discussed on this episode is activism against horse-drawn carriages in Melbourne as part of the conference. For photos, tweets, posts etc from the conference, check out #ICASOceania2017 on Twitter and Facebook. In order to be notified about future conferences, like/follow ICAS Oceania on Facebook and Twitter and subscribe for email updates from ICAS Oceania. You can also listen to a recap of last year’s ICAS Oceania conference, as well as see links to all of the talks from this conference, on episode 152 of our podcast.

If you’re in Melbourne, come along to the Melbourne Anarchist Bookfair! We’ll have an ICAS stall there all day (10am-6pm, 12th August, Brunswick Town Hall) and Nick will be speaking about anarchy and animals with Jess Ison at 5pm: Facebook event page.

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Clips:

ChumpedUnion Square’, Esther Alloun: Intersectionality And Its Discontents: Animal Politics In Palestine-Israel, 10 Foot PollRachel Corrie’.

Talks from the conference (alphabetised by the speaker’s first name):

Adam Cardilini: Establishing a multidisciplinary vegan research agenda to accelerate animal liberation.

Anarchist Black Cross Melbourne: The Importance of Writing to Political Prisoners.

Belinda Bos: What Does Health At Every Size Mean For Vegan Activism?

Dan Kidby: Speciesist to the Core: Legal Rights and Rationality.

Esther Alloun: Intersectionality And Its Discontents: Animal Politics In Palestine-Israel – played on this episode.

Esther Alloun and Guy Scotton: Q and A.

Guy Scotton: Species, Contract And Domination.

Jess, Nick, Naty and Cee: Femme Panel – Jess’s part is played on episode 185.

Katie Batty: How human overpopulation impacts other animals and what you can do about it – audio, PowerPoint.

Kirsten Leiminger: Mind Your Own Body Business.

Lara Drew: Radical Adult Learning From Below: The Learning Processes of Direct Action Animal Activists.

Luc Brien: Who’s Fake News? You’re Fake News! Media and Information Literacy in Activist Spaces – Luc discusses this topic on episodes 180 and 181.

Nick Pendergrast: ‘They’re calling me a terrorist’ (but they probably shouldn’t): The Social Construction of “Eco-Terrorism” – audio, PowerPoint – played on episode 186.

Nick Pendergrast, Lara Drew and Jess Ison: Veganism, Colonialism and Single Issue Campaigns – you can see Nick’s “pretty” drawing referred to during this workshop here.

Sy Woon: Speciesism – and Inherent Barriers to Ethical Changes and Animal Advocacy – in the Veterinary Industry.

Tara Ward: Licence to kill: how Australia’s new wildlife laws threaten animals and democracy.

Yamini Narayanan: Cow Protectionism And Indian Animal Advocacy, The Fracturing And Fusing Of Social Movements.

*If any of the speakers would like any changes to the way you or your talk is described, or would like any edits to the audio of your talk, or would like to send us your PowerPoint so we can link to it, please contact us.

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The episode features Bede Carmody’s talk ‘Sustainable Activism: How to avoid becoming burnt out as an activist’. You can hear part one of this talk, covering what activist burnout is and why it is an important issue to address, on episode 177. The parts of the talk we play on this episode are on signs of activist burnout and tips for avoiding activist burnout. Bede works full-time for Amnesty International AND also runs A Poultry Place animal sanctuary!

Here are some additional sources on activist burnout that Bede recommends: flyer on sustainable activism and avoiding burnout by Activist Trauma Support, a 5 Minute Mindful Breathing Exercise (you can also hear Katie discussing mindfulness on episode 92), plantothrive.net.au (which features an article by Bede), lifelongactivist.com, compassionfatigue.org and rockwoodleadership.org.

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The episode also features some listener feedback on our article on the Animal Justice Party, the Advertising Standards Authority finds that humane milk is a myth and further discussion on the topic of wild animal suffering, which we covered on episode 172. If you’re interested in hearing more on this topic, we recommend Alex Vince’s talk ‘Challenging the Pest Epithet’, from the 2016 Institute for Critical Animal Studies (ICAS) Oceania conference. Bede’s talk is also from this conference – you can find links to listen to all of the talks from this conference in the show notes for our 152nd episode. We’ve also recently both attended and spoken at the 2017 ICAS conference – we’ll do a recap of that conference next episode and you can also hear the talks we’ve uploaded from this conference here.

TV show recommendation: You’re the Worst.

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Clips:

The Smith Street Band ft Laura Stevenson & Tim Rogers ‘Run into the World’, Bede Carmody’s talk ‘Sustainable Activism: How to avoid becoming burnt out as an activist’, AkalaTime to Relax’.

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Nick is joined by Ruth, a psychologist, activist and host of the Creating Space Project podcast. We discuss some listener feedback on staying healthy in a sick society, avoiding being a “shooting star” as an activist, Ruth’s environmental activism with Save Ashfield Park – against the West Connex highway development, activism as a privilege and mental health as a political issue. You can hear Katie’s interview on the Creating Space Project, covering her personal experiences with abortion, divisive issues, justice and compassion.

The episode also features part of Bede Carmody’s talk ‘Sustainable Activism: How to avoid becoming burnt out as an activist’. Bede works full-time for Amnesty International AND also runs A Poultry Place animal sanctuary! This part of the talk focuses on defining activist burnout and why it is important, a broad definition of activism, links between activism and mental health issues, the book Aftershock – Confronting Trauma in a Violent World: A Guide for Activists and Their Allies by pattrice jones and we really encourage listeners to check in with how they’re going by completing the activist burnout questionnaire Bede mentioned during his talk. We played the rest of this talk on our following episode #178.

Bede Carmody at his animal sanctuary A Poultry Place.

This talk is from the 2016 Institute for Critical Animal Studies (ICAS) Oceania conference. You can find links to listen to all of the talks from this conference in the show notes for our 152nd episode. Also a reminder about the 2017 ICAS Oceania conference – the schedule is now up online! You can also hear Nick discussing this conference and ICAS generally on the show Freedom of Species on 3CR radio (9 July episode).

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Clips:

The Smith Street BandShine’, The Dead Milkmen ‘Meaningless Upbeat Happy Song’, Discussion with Ruth from the Creating Space Project podcast, Bede Carmody’s talk ‘Sustainable Activism: How to avoid becoming burnt out as an activist’, Ruth from the Creating Space Project with B Munday ‘Collateral Damage’.

 

Jack, whose art and music is featured on this episode, at the punk show we saw in Leeds. Follow Jack on Twitter @infogrrrrl

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This episode covers our trip to Leeds, which included visiting an art show, doing an interview with advocates for homeless people, going to a punk show and seeing the LGBT History Month exhibit at Leeds City Museum. You can see some of our photos from Leeds and the rest of our UK trip here.

Katie at Leeds City Museum.

Jack discusses their art piece (below – content warning for mental health issues), zines, mental development, artistic practice and what is art? Check out Jack’s podcast on relationships: How We Connect!

Jack’s art piece *content warning for mental health issues.

Jack’s art piece continued *content warning for mental health issues. Sorry for the blurry pic!

There’s an interview with Haydn Pat from Leeds Homeless Partnership and Leeds Tent City on how to address homelessness in Leeds and beyond. This interview was featured on a Facebook video by Christopher Ellis, which has over 14K views!

Naomi discusses her art piece (below) and challenging whether classic feminist texts are actually feminist.

Naomi’s art piece.

We also discuss identity politics and implicit bias – for more on this, take the Harvard Test and watch this show on SBS.

We mention Nandos cashing in on the queer market. For more on animal exploiting fast food corporations making money off the queer movement, check out Jess Ison’s talk: “Do Gay People Even Eat Fast Food?” Queering animal liberation (animalizing queer?) which we played on episode 140.

We spotted this in Leeds.

We finish the episode by discussing Jack’s involvement with Leeds Survivor Support Group, “ideal victims” and male victims of sexual assault. There is a video on this topic but we will add a content warning for discussion of sexual assault and very frequent use of “the r word”: link for video.

Jack has set up this important group.

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Clips:

Cat ApostropheSmall Things’, Jack on their art work, Interview with Haydn Pat from Leeds Homeless Partnership, Naomi discusses her art piece, CamboysNo Timewasters’.

The bands we saw in Leeds – check all of them out on Bandcamp!

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Nick is joined by environmental activist Mark Allen to discuss ethical Superannuation funds such as Cruelty Free Super. While these ethical Super funds are generally significantly better than “standard” Super funds and are worth switching to, we need to look critically into where they invest their money. For example, often there is just “one degree of separation”: while ethical Super funds don’t directly invest in fossil fuels (or animal exploitation as well in the case of Cruelty Free Super), they invest in companies who promote urban sprawl, which leads to harm to the environment and animals.

We also discuss the importance of divesting from unethical companies but the need to do more than just divest. Activists encouraging people to divest need to also push people to do more. On this topic, Sam Graham-Felsen’s article on encouraging supporters to ‘up the level of engagement’ is quite relevant – we discussed this on episode 118.

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Clips:

Ouch My FaceEaten by buildings’, Marianne FaithfullGreen Fields (Last Song)’.

Because Australian tourists are the REAL victims here! There is a strong focus on Australian tourists being “duped” in the campaign against dog meat in Bali.

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This episode covers the Bali dog meat scandal, where Australian tourists have been eating dogs thinking they were eating a different species of animal. To discuss this, Nick is joined by his cousin Emil Raji, who has lived in Bali for most of his life. We give a critical perspective on this scandal and the campaign against it, highlighting the nationalism and racism underlying the outrage behind eating dogs as particularly exceptional or worse than eating other animals.

We play Nick’s talk ‘Rescuing Dogs in a Mercedes-Benz: Animal Advocacy in China’. This talk gives a critical perspective on Western opposition to the dog meat trade. You can view the PowerPoint for this talk here and it is also embedded above. This talk is from the most recent TASA (The Australian Sociological Association) conference. You can listen to other talks from this conference here and you can hear our recap of this conference on episode 151.

We also play Colin Salter’s talk ‘Normativity, Intersectionality and States of Exception’, which argues that animal advocates shouldn’t focus on the relatively small number of animals killed in non-Western counties as exceptional but instead address the far more widespread animal slaughter in Western countries. This talk was recorded at the most recent Institute for Critical Animal Studies (ICAS) Oceania conference. You can hear a recap of this conference on episode 152 and there are links to audio of all of the talks from it in the show notes of that episode. Also a reminder about the upcoming ICAS Oceania conference (14-16 July) and the Development for Species – Animals in society, animals as society conference (18-19 September). They are both in Melbourne.

I spotted this at the vet. On the episode I mentioned that it was the ‘Fuck Off We’re Full’ sticker but it was actually a different racist sticker alongside the Sea Shepherd sticker – same problem though – do animal campaigns feed into racist attitudes?

Other stuff covered on this episode is: the thousands of dogs killed in Australia each year, using the website/app happycow.net to help with vegan eating in Bali and all around the world, nationalism and racism in the campaign against live export – for more on this, check out episode 97 (also featuring Emil) and Nick’s talk ‘Live Animal Export, Humane Slaughter And Media Hegemony’.

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Clips:

Madness on tha Block ‘Ironi’, Nick’s talk ‘Rescuing Dogs in a Mercedes-Benz: Animal Advocacy in China’, Colin Salter’s talk ‘Normativity, Intersectionality and States of Exception’, Ugly Bastard ‘Menuju Pulau Seribu Luka’.

Check out Emil’s photography on Instagram!

Photo: Wasi Daniju

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Nick is joined by Mark Allen to discuss the Grenfell Tower fire. We discuss the benefits of “red tape” and the dangers of poor quality high-rise buildings, including in Australia. Mark also covered this issue of poor quality high-rise on our show back on episode 127.

There is also a return of the segment ‘Angela Davis ALWAYS Makes Sense’, this time on capitalism, activism and creating new arenas of struggle.

We discuss the fire as a powerful example of the devastating impact of economic inequality, drawing on the following academic articles: ‘World-Economic Trends in the Distribution of Income, 1965-1992’; ‘Inequality: Causes and consequences’; and ‘Income Inequality and Social Dysfunction’.

We also cover the success of Jeremy Corbyn’s grassroots campaign, despite very negative mainstream media coverage.

We finish the episode by covering the Finsbury Park terrorist attack and using social media to challenge the selective labelling of terrorism. For more on the selective labelling of terrorism, check out Nick’s article ‘Malcolm Turnbull Benches Team Australia, But Will The Narrative On Terrorism Change?’ and our 112th episode.

A reminder to come along to the Institute for Critical Animal Studies (Oceania) conference in Melbourne from the 14th-16th July! Registration is now open.

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Clips:

Musician Akala: People died in London fire ‘because they were poor’, ChumbawambaUgh! Your Ugly Houses!’, Jonathan PiePapering over Poverty’, Angela Davis – interview 1972 – talking about revolution, Lowkey – ‘This is Criminal’, The JamThe planner’s dream went wrong’.

*The episode title is from the Jonathan Pie video ‘Papering over Poverty’, which is featured on the episode.