Posts Tagged ‘animals’

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

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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’.

Nick with Samara Grumberg and James Aspey, the other two speakers from the event: The Food We Eat: Its Impacts on Environments and Bodies.

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This episode covers the event The Food We Eat: Its Impacts on Environments and Bodies in Townsville, Australia. We play Nick’s talk The Food We Eat and its Impact on the Environment from this event – you can view the PowerPoint for this talk here and it is also embedded below. Be sure to also listen to Samara Grumberg’s talk on the food we eat and its impact on human health and James Aspey’s talk on the impact on animals.

You can view photos from this event and Nick’s trip to Townsville generally here.

There’s also an interview with Daniel from MariDan’s Menagerie animal sanctuary. You can see some of Nick’s photos from this sanctuary visit here.

Daniel hanging out with a buddy at MariDan’s Menagerie animal sanctuary.

Other stuff covered throughout the episode is: Craig Reucassel’s new ABC show The War on Waste; the documentary Cowspiracy; a reminder about the Institute for Critical Animal Studies (Oceania) conference; Nick’s PhD thesis ‘A sociological examination of the contemporary animal advocacy movement: Organisations, rationality and veganism’ is available online here for anyone/no one to read; and intersectional feminism in the mobile game ‘Choices’!

Intersectional feminism is so hot right now! This is from the mobile game ‘Choices’.

Book recommendation:

Vegan Athletes: Expert Tips from Vegan Athletes, Fitness Fanatics & Exercise Enthusiasts by Leigh-Chantelle (featuring Nick and many other vegan athletes).

Nick (in the ice-hockey jersey) with other vegan athletes featured in the book.

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Clips:

Myq Kaplan ‘Ducks and Vegetarianism’ from the album ‘Vegan Mind Meld’, Jeff RosenstockJune 21st’, Nick’s talk The Food We Eat and its Impact on the Environment from this event – you can view the PowerPoint for this talk here, Akala ‘Fire in the Booth – part 1’, Interview with Daniel from MariDan’s Menagerie animal sanctuary, The Broadways ‘Restless’.

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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’.

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Our picture of the #LetThemStay banner drop at the Melbourne Arts Centre.

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On this episode we give some updates on the #LetThemStay campaign, which calls for refugees to remain in Australia rather than being forced into offshore detention. We mainly focus on a recent #LetThemStay banner drop at the Melbourne Art Centre. We play an interview with Gaye Demanuele on this action (embedded below) and Coggo from the Melbourne Street Medics (also embedded below) discusses this action, as well as how the Brisbane health care workers refusing to release babies back to the harm of offshore detention are upholding their duty of care.

Also covered throughout the episode is: the statement from the two activists who did the banner drop, defending the effectiveness of the action despite critiques and shitty media coverage, extending the compassion for children to highlight the problems of ALL mandatory detention and offshore processing, similarly extending concern for a dolphin killed for selfies to more widespread animal abuse, the successful campaign to send child abuse survivors to confront Cardinal Pell and we encourage people to like/follow WACA (Whistleblowers, Activists and Citizens Alliance) on Facebook and Twitter.

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Clips:

Missy HigginsOh Canada’, Interview with Gaye Demanuele, Interview with Coggo from the Melbourne Street Medics, Tim MinchinCome Home (Cardinal Pell)’.

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*Quote from our interview with Gaye Demanuele.

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This episode features Nick’s talk ‘The Emotional Lives of Animals – Adrenalin Junkie Orangutans and Individualist Sheep’. This talk is embedded below and you can also listen to the full talk as well as the Q and A afterwards here. You can view the PowerPoint presentation for this talk here (it is also embedded below). This presentation features visuals and links to all of the sources referred to throughout the talk.

Videos from the talk:

We also discuss how central veganism should be to the animal advocacy movement (in reaction to the Q and A following the talk played on this episode), mention Nick’s article on vegan dogs and encourage people to support Vine Sanctuary – check out Jess’s interview with pattrice jones from Vine Sanctuary for more about this sanctuary.

Book Recommendation:

Unlikely Loves by Jennifer S. Holland.

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Clips:

The Smith Street BandWhen I Was a Boy I thought I was a Fish’, LowkeyTell Me Why’, Nick’s talk ‘The Emotional Lives of Animals – Adrenalin Junkie Orangutans and Individualist Sheep’ – PowerPoint for the talk and full version with Q and A, Western AddictionAnimals and Children’.

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