Posts Tagged ‘animal advocacy’

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!

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Nick is joined by environmental activist Mark Allen from the 3CR radio show City Limits. We discuss some tensions between animal rights, which values individual animals, and conservation, which values ecosystems and environments as a whole. More specifically, we discuss whether possums should be released from captivity into the wild if they almost certainly won’t survive; Oscar Horta’s hypothetical ‘The fox, the rabbit and the vegan food rations’; and Sydney Fox Rescue. There is also a return of the segment ‘When Karl Pilkington Makes Sense’ – this time on interfering in nature to help individual animals.

The episode also features Nick’s talk ‘Cowspiracies about Meat Eating Environmentalists, A Critical Examination of the Environmental Vegan Movement’. You can view the PowerPoint for this talk here and it is also embedded below. This talk was recorded at the most recent Institute for Critical Animal Studies (ICAS) conference – you can find links to all of the talks from this conference in the show notes of episode 152.

Also covered throughout the episode is: the importance of taking the climate emergency seriously; you know things are bad when the Doomsday Vault is being compromised by climate change; and Doomsday Prep for the Super-Rich – covered on Cracked podcast and by The New Yorker.

We finish the episode by touching on the importance of the animal advocacy movement acknowledging and addressing the ongoing discrimination people face.

A common message in the animal advocacy movement – ignoring the fact that people continue to face racism, sexism and homophobia!

Book Recommendation:

Impact of Meat Consumption on Health and Environmental Sustainability edited by Talia Raphaely and Dora Marinova. Nick has a chapter in this book called ‘Environmental Concerns and the Mainstreaming of Veganism’. For more information about the book and some photos from the launch, see here.

Nick at the launch of this book.

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Clips:

Shock OctopusSafe Room’; Ricky Gervais podcastRicky Gervais, Steve Merchant and Karl Pilkington Bonus Podcast; Nick’s talk ‘Cowspiracies about Meat Eating Environmentalists, A Critical Examination of the Environmental Vegan Movement’; Petrol GirlsHarpy’.

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On this episode we have some back-up from scholarly sources, as well as from Adam Cardilini, who is a scientist, animal advocate and co-host of Vegansci podcast. He discusses some listener feedback on episode 156, covering topics such as new animal-free alternatives, capitalism, effective animal activism, the methodology of the former vegetarian and vegan study by Faunalytics, veganism and B12, using a Fox News level of objectivity and finding the magical vegan dumpling.

We also have a brief discussion about the Invasion Day rally in Melbourne. You can listen to our audio recordings of all of the talks from that event here.

In the second half of the episode we ask Adam some further questions about his talk ‘Diversity in animal activism: Preparing for impact opportunities for the next 10 years’, which we played on episode 156. These questions are on issues such as lab-grown meat, GMOs, technology and the vegan movement. You can listen to the Q and A after Adam’s talk here.

Katie and Nick finish up the episode with a discussion on mental health medication, animal testing and veganism. For more on this topic, check out Katie’s ICAS talk (which we played on episode 131) and for more on mental health medication generally, listen in to our 92nd episode.

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Clips:

Adam Ruins Everything ‘Adam Ruins Forensic Science’ – short version, full version, Rise AgainstThe First Drop’, Camp CopeStove Lighter’.

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Adam Cardilini giving his talk ‘Diversity in Animal Activism’, which is featured on this episode. Photo by Jyoti Dambiec.

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This episode features Adam Cardilini’s talk ‘Diversity in animal activism: Preparing for impact opportunities for the next 10 years’. This talk was recorded at the 2016 ICAS Oceania conference – see the show notes for episode 152 for links to the audio of all of the talks from this conference. You can view the PowerPoint presentation for Adam’s talk here and it is also embedded below.

Nick and Adam also discuss effective animal activism and question whether the evidence actually suggests animal advocates should avoid promoting veganism. In this discussion we cover Faunalytics recommendations for activism based on their study on former vegetarians and vegans. We point to other research suggesting that people who became vegetarian for ethical reasons and specifically for animal rights reasons were more likely to stay vegetarian than those who made the decision based on other reasons, such as concern for their health. We also mention the study ‘A Pound of Flesh’ and give a “public health announcement” regarding the importance of B12 for vegans.

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Clips:

Chumbawamba ‘Be With You’ – from the album ‘A Singsong and a Scrap’, Adam Cardilini’s talk ‘Diversity in animal activism: Preparing for impact opportunities for the next 10 years’, Citizen FishFlesh and Blood’.

You can listen to a short (8 minute) version of this episode, which features Nick and Adam’s discussion on effective activism and veganism, here: Is Vegan Activism Actually Ineffective? You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

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Lara Drew (left), Jess Ison (centre) and Nick Pendergrast (right). Photo thanks to Leigh-Chantelle: http://www.leigh-chantelle.com/

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This episode features part two and three of a panel discussion on anarchism and animal liberation, featuring Jess Ison, Lara Drew and Nick. You can hear part one of this talk on episode 152 – this episode also has links to all of the talks from the 2016 Institute for Critical Animal Studies conference, where this panel was recorded.

During the panel, Nick discusses the book Free Women Of Spain: Anarchism And The Struggle For The Emancipation Of Women and his article with Dr Theresa Petray on Indigenous and animal activism – you can listen to a talk on this here: Experimental Utopias and Social Change – Examples from Australian Non-Hegemonic Activism.

The episode also includes a little bit of Dinesh Wadiwel’s talk from the Queer Animalities panel discussion, also featuring Jess Ison and Javed.

At the end of the episode there is a brief discussion on the importance of prioritising women’s voices, which can lead to accusations of reverse “sexism”.

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Clips:

Frenzal RhombGuns Don’t Kill Ducklings (Ducklings Kill Ducklings)’; Part 2 of Panel discussion on anarchism and animal liberation, featuring Jess Ison, Lara Drew and Nick: Why does Anarchism and Animal Liberation need to be considered?; Dinesh Wadiwel’s talk from the Queer Animalities panel discussion; Part 3 of Panel discussion on anarchism and animal liberation, featuring Jess Ison, Lara Drew and Nick: What does Animal Liberation and Anarchism look like in practice?; Daryl Hall & John OatesManeater’.

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Photo thanks to Leigh-Chantelle: http://www.leigh-chantelle.com/

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Nick is joined by Adam Cardilini to give a recap of the 2016 Institute for Critical Animal Studies (Oceania) conference. We play some of the panel discussion on anarchism and animal liberation from the conference, featuring Jess Ison, Lara Drew and Nick. 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).

Also covered on the episode is: the activism we did as part of the conference, Living Green Festival, The Beet Retreat, Dr Sy Woon and Sentient: The Veterinary Institute for Animal Ethics, and the book Anarchism and Animal Liberation: Essays on Complementary Elements of Total Liberation which Lara mentioned during the panel (it has a chapter she co-wrote).

You can view photos from the conference by Jyoti Dambiec and photos and tweets from @veganarchyy – contact us at progressivepodcast@gmail.com if you have photos you’d like us to link to. 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 108 of our podcast.

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Clips:

Camp CopeWest Side Story’; Jess Ison, Nick Pendergrast and Lara Drew ‘Anarchism and Animal Liberation‘; Gilmore Girls ‘A Year in the Life’ – episode 2; PropagandhiA People’s History of the World’.

You can listen to a short (10 minute) version of this episode, which features a shortened version of Nick and Adam’s conference recap: Reap of ICAS Oceania 2016, Featuring Adam Cardilini. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

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

Adam Cardilini: Diversity in animal activism: Preparing for impact opportunities for the next 10 years – played on episode 156.

Adam Cardilini, Emma Hurst and Kirstin Leiminger: Animal Activism Q And A.

Alex Vince: Challenging The Pest Epithet.

Bede Carmody: Sustainable activism: How to avoid becoming burnt out as an activist.

Carol Drew: Mind over Matter.

Cassie Giudice: Transgender Awareness And The Law – played on episode 170.

Colin Salter: Normativity, Intersectionality & States Of Exception – played on episode 174.

Eliza Littleton: The Inhumane Economy: How capitalism hinders real transformation in the lives of animals.

Eliza Waters: “Live The Good Life”: Discourses of development and modernisation and the export of Australian meat to Asia and the Middle East.

Emma Hurst: Why would somebody continue to eat animals once they become aware of the cruelty?

Emma Wannell: The ideology of efficiency and the human-nature relationship: Exploring the implications of the pursuit of efficiency in the animal agriculture industry.

Jackson Walkden-Brown: Power, Knowledge and Welfare in Australian Intensive Farm Animal Production.

Jess Ison: Skeleton And Cow: The Body Constructed As Diseased.

Jess Ison, Nick Pendergrast and Lara Drew: Anarchism and Animal Liberation – played on this episode #152 and episode 153.

Kirsten Leiminger: Bridging the gap: From theory to practice in abolitionism.

Leigh-Chantelle: Ethics Beyond the Plate – video, audio.

Mike Rosalky: Animals and Law—An Overview.

Nick Pendergrast: Cowspiracies about Meat Eating Environmentalists: A Critical Examination of the Environmental Vegan Movement – PowerPoint, audio – played on episode 172.

Nicole Godwin: Animals and Art.

Richard Iveson: In the Belly of the Beast. On the Force-Feeding of Servitude in Plato’s Republic.

Shan Crosbie: Animals and art: understanding the exploitation of animals through art history.

Stuart White: Eating the earth: Food, diet and sustainability.

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

Tamasin Ramsay: Brahma Kumaris And Veganism.

Teja Brooks: In The Prison House Of Reason: From Pain Management To Total Liberation.

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On this episode we’re joined by Kadri Aavik, a sociologist, as well as a feminist and animal liberation activist. She discusses her article ‘Challenging Sexism while Supporting Speciesism: The Views of Estonian Feminist on Animal Liberation and Its Links to Feminism’, which she co-wrote with Dagmar Kase and published in the Journal for Critical Animal Studies (pages 92-107). For more on Critical Animal Studies, check out our 108th episode, which has links to all of the talks from the 2015 Critical Animal Studies Oceania conference.

Throughout the discussion we touch on links between sexism and animal exploitation – including mentioning the work of Carol Adams. Jess Ison’s talk on Animals Australia’s ‘No Way To Treat a Lady’ campaign includes an analysis of the contribution Adams has made to this field (embedded below).

Also covered throughout the episode is: the importance of animal advocates providing people with practical advice on living vegan (such as our website veganperth.org.au), the Australian government has recognised that the vegan diet is a viable option for all Australians – though the Estonian government doesn’t feel the same way, and we have a further discussion on the issue of population.

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Clips:

LazertitsVBM’, War on WomenPro-Life?’, PunchFeminists Don’t Have a Cow’.

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*Title taken from the Punch song ‘Feminists Don’t Have a Cow’.