Katja & Nick of local volunteer organisation Mange Management talk about the devastating impacts of the mange mite parasite on wombats.  They explain how mange can be identified, how it can be successfully treated by members of the public and landholders with Mange Management's support, and how the government could better respond to this issue that's causing immense suffering to our native wildlife.  

Mange Management

Stop Animal Experimentation

This show features representatives from the new activist group Collectively Free – melbourne who discuss their Animals Against Animal Experiments campaign, Liberated Futures conference and the importance of standing up against all forms of oppression.


Collectively Free – melbourne Facebook page:


Animals Against Animal Experiments campaign:


dont have a cow

On this show we’re joined by activist Meghan Street, host of Green Left Radio on 3CR, who discusses the recent Global Strike For Climate marches and how vegan activists can better connect with environmental and Left movements. Meghan also covers how the desire for constant growth harms the environment and the other animals we share it with.


You can listen to Green Left Radio on 3CR every Friday from 7 to 8:30am plus catch up on shows here:



Martin Stringer is a nature photographer & videographer who has become personally involved in crowd-funded tropical rainforest protection & restoration projects, both in Australia's Daintree and in the Amazon.  He explains these inspiring conservation programs and the huge benefits they're having on wildlife and carbon storage.   


Rainforest Trust

Nikki Viveca

We are joined by Nikki Viveca, a Melbourne-based performer who brings a touch of theatre to stand-up. Nikki has performed solo shows, such as Asexual Healing, was most recently performing in the Comedy Festival improv show Completely Improvised Potter (which is great!), and has won the 2019 Midsumma Poetry Slam.

Bullfighting protest in Colombia

This is a presentation given by Terry Hurtado, an environmental & animal rights activist in Colombia, at the Decolonizing Animals conference in New Zealand in July 2019.  

Paul-Mikhail Catapang Podosky

We’re joined by social philosopher Paul-Mikhail Catapang Podosky who discusses his academic work exploring the way the meat-eating industry uses the term “humane” to avoid the questioning of the killing of animals.


Laila Kassam

In this week's show, we hear a talk by Laila Kassam titled How can we build a powerful mass movement for animal justice.

Laila Kassam is a part of the Animal Think Tank Collective. You can find resources and more about the collective's work on their website. 


Reem Lascelles from EVER Sanctuary is in the studio, talking about the devastating plight of rabbits farmed for meat in Australia and why they are largely invisible in our society.  She describes the appalling conditions that they are subjected to, from birth to slaughter, and the physical and psychological impacts that such conditions have on a highly sensitive, social, and intelligent animal.  Reem also explains the many different degrees of welfare protection that may be applied to this single breed, the New Zealand White, and how she follows a campaign path that incorporates both increm

Melissa Laing

We’re joined by PhD candidate Melissa Laing who discusses her research on social workers standing up for companion animals, in addition to their human clients.


On this show, we’re joined by Mary Merkenich, a member of Socialist Alliance and writer for Green Left Weekly, who discusses links between capitalism and the oppression of animals.


Greater glider

We hear from Sue McKinnon & Peter Roberts, both of the Kinglake Friends of the Forest community group which is going head-to-head with the government-owned logging company VicForests, to save the little-known greater glider from extinction.

Dr Maddie Judge presenting vegan research

We are joined by two researchers who investigate the psychology of veganism. Maddie North is a Deakin University PhD candidate investigating the role of social norms in veganism and the individual’s willingness to reduce meat consumption. Dr Madeline Judge shares their research into the psychological and ideological foundations of veganism and the stereotypes non-vegans use to define vegans.

News link:

Arian Wallach

Conservation is a field of research and practice that works to protect the environment. Despite our efforts in conservation for over a century, we are still whitnessing the significant degradation of landscape through habitat and biodiversity loss. 

Compassionate Conservation is a new movement within conservation that tries to respond to several ethical issues within the field. We speak with Dr Arian Wallach, a key researcher in Compassionate Conservation at the University of Technology Sydney.   

humane milk is a lie

On this show we explore the world of "humane" animal products and the marketing of animal products.


For more on this topic, you can view the resources below:

Factory-farmed hens

We share a presentation given by David Nibert, a sociology professor from Ohio's Wittenberg University, on the animal industrial complex.

This recording was made available by Alternative Radio:



This is our annual Radiothon show!  Freedom of Species needs to raise $1650 to help 3CR Community Radio stay on the air for another year, as a lone radical & independent voice in Australia's corporatised media landscape.  Please consider making a tax-deductible donation at   Also come along to our fundraising trivia afternoon at Euro Kitchen in Fitzroy on June 30.  Details & tickets available here:

Joey & mum

FINALLY, the show that the pet food industry didn't want you to hear.  

Nikki Sutterby, the President of the Australian Society for Kangaroos, explains the horrors of the Victorian Government's Kangaroo Pet Food Trial.  Including how the kangaroo population is being pushed ever closer to extinction, the profit motives, and the inherent cruelties.  Despite it all being explictly known and reported by the government's own agencies, the trial is set to become a permanent program.  


This show features speeches and music from the Climate Emergency XR Snap Rally in Melbourne on May 24th. We play a speech from Violet (pictured) and music from Steven and Mark. For more information on this event, organised by Extinction Rebellion Victoria, you can see the Facebook event page:


You can listen to more of this event here:


Dennis Black

We hear from Dennis Black, a zoologist who's been interested in frogs for much of his working life.  He tells us about some of his favourite frogs, about the very serious trouble that frog populations are in due to the chytrid fungus as well as various other anthropogenic factors, and the greater biodiversity crisis that we're in the midst of. 

We speak to Elodie Comprasse about the importance of communicating science about the environment. We also discuss her work at Wildlife Victoria and what you can do when you come across an injured animal.

Vegans Are Taking Over The World

On this show, we discuss some recent news stories on veganism and animal activism that have been published in light of the Dominion Animal Liberation disruption that involved blocking streets in Melbourne and many other actions around Australia.

The articles that we discuss are:

L - R: Lyn White, Ben Schultz, Pam Ahern & Andy Meddick

On 28th April 2019, more than 1000 people gathered on Melbourne's Parliament House steps to show their support for a live export ban. They were addressed by four inspirational animal rights advocates: Lyn White (Animals Australia), Ben Schultz (Animal Justice Party), Pam Ahern (Edgar's Mission) and Andy Meddick (Animal Justice Party), with Tamasin Ramsay (Animal Justice Party) as the MC [not pictured]. 

A woman (Kristin Leigh) talking to media

On this show we are joined by Kristin Leigh, founder and director of Vegan Rising, a new animal liberation and direct action group in based in Victoria. We talk about the myth of humane farming, happy meat and the method behind the April 8th coordinated disruptions across Australia, which included the Melbourne CBD shutdown. 

On the 6th of April 2019, hundreds of animal advocates gathered in Melbourne for the March To Close All Slaughterhouses. People marched through the streets of Melbourne and around the iconic Queen Victoria Market which has a large ‘Meat and Fish Hall’.

We are sharing three powerful speeches from the march calling for a new world where animals are not used and abused, and where we all live and flourish together.


We hear from Damien Cole, independent candidate for Victoria's Corangamite electorate in the upcoming Federal elections. He's also a Surfrider Foundation Australia ambassador in the Fight For The Bight campaign, battling to save the extraordinary marine ecosystem of the Great Australian Bight from oil drilling.  Damien explains how the near-pristine wilderness off the southern Australian coast is in peril due to our society's addiction to fossil fuels, and how the local anti-drilling campaign is winning nationwide support.  

With the Australian federal election around the corner, we want to help you understand parties' policies on animal issues. 

A man making juice in front of a barrier wall in occupied Palestine

On this show we're joined Dilan Fernando to talk about his recent trip to Palestine and the work of the Palestinian Animal League. He discusses the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land and how this influences and impacts animal activism.  

We listen to the talk, ‘Humane Science Education: Ending the Use of Animals for Dissection’, presented by Nicole Green, Director, Animalearn and Dr. Elisabeth Ormandy - Executive Director, Animals in Science Policy Institute.

HEC summit

We've got a presentation from the recent Humane Education Coalition summit, delivered by Nichola Kriek from SAFE. She talks about how humane education has been successfully introduced into the NZ school curriculum. We've also got four spoken word performances, from Canada, UK, & the US. 


Humane Education Coalition summit



Bede Carmody

This show features some of Bede Carmody’s talk Sustainable Activism: How to avoid becoming burnt out as an activist. You can listen to the full talk at the following link and the description on this site also has links to further resources and to listen to other talks from the conference it was recorded at:

Harley McDonald-Eckersall

On this show, we introduce our newest team member, Harley, and we discuss the animal movement and where she fits within it.

Harley is a part of the group Young Voices for Animals:


We hear from Mark Halliday, a documentary filmmaker from Sydney about his new feature film, Vestige. The film follows some of the last remaining rhinos, protected in South Africa's Kruger National Park from the onslaught of poachers, and the people who risk their lives on a daily basis while trying to protect them.  

Vestige film site

polar bear

We’re joined by Jim Kremar, environmental activist and one of the hosts of the SUWA show on 3CR, who discusses the place of animals in the environmental movement.


You can listen to the SUWA show on 3CR every Friday from 5.30-6.30pm and catch up on episodes here:


Jim also recommends the following groups for those who are interested in getting involved in environmental activism:


Greg McFarlane

On this show we’re joined by Greg McFarlane, the Director of Vegan Australia. He discusses the rise of veganism and the various ways Vegan Australia promote veganism, both on an individual and society-wide level. You can find out more about and support Vegan Australia at:



David is the founder of Melbourne Climate Save, one of the latest groups to join the worldwide Save movement.  David talks about the connection between animal agriculture and climate change, the emergency in the Amazon with the new Brazilian government now endorsing its deforestation, and ponders whether veganism is the silver bullet for the escalating climate crisis.  

Melbourne Climate Save

Maori vegetables

This episode features Jon Pawson on how his veganism fits within Maori culture and decolonisation. Jon is from the Facebook group “Māori and Pasifika Vegans”:

We play two more presentations from the Animal Justice Party summit on 1080 poison that are essential listening to get your head around this baiting issue. Learn about the ins and outs of the Victorian wild dog/dingo 'management' (killing) plans which purposefully 'un'protect the dingo so they can legally be killed in Victoria, as well as more about our Australian 'lion king' dingo.

Christian Freitag

We’re joined by vegan and frequent flyer Christian Freitag who gives tips on travelling as a vegan.  Check out Christian’s Instagram ‘alwaysthen’ for travel photos.

For more information on vegan travel including links to some of the resources we mentioned throughout the show, check out the following article:

go vegan

This show features advice to help people to go vegan and stay vegan. This includes eating out, shopping for vegan products at your local supermarket, veganism beyond diet, and much more!

 This Facebook post contains links to the resources mentioned throughout the show:

Olly Hornung

This show features Olly Hornung’s talk "You Did What?! Creative Tactics and Strategies to Boost Your Campaign".

Madison Griffiths

We’re joined by journalist Madison Griffiths who discusses animal rights as a social justice issue and connections with other issues such as feminism, mental health and media representation of marginalised groups.

Bruce Poon Animal Justice Party President

On the 24th of November 2018 Victorians went to the polls to vote for their next state representatives. An Australian political party dedicated to animals, called the Animal Justice Party, fielded candidates in 43 of the 88 lower house electorates and had candidates running in each of the 8 upper house regions. It is looking very likely that one of the Animal Justice Party candidates will be elected to the upper house.

Live cattle export

Andy of the Animal Justice Party talks about live export, including the recent live cattle export protest in Geelong and the recent incident off Portland.  Caroline of Melbourne Cow Save joins Andy to explain the context of the protest at last week's professional bull riding event in Melbourne.  

Animal Justice Party (Victoria)

Melbourne Cow Save



Picture of Zoei Sutton

We’re joined by PhD candidate Zoei Sutton who discusses her sociological research exploring pets from an animal liberation perspective.


You can follow Zoei on Twitter @zoei_sutton and see the following link to see her academic publications:


Zoei also gives a brief overview of the Sociology and Animals session at the ‘Precarity, Rights and Resistance’ conference by The Australian Sociological Association (TASA).


The Animal Justice Party held a summit discussing 1080 poison and we play three presentations from this informative and alarming evening.  Get the toxicology facts of 1080, the legal ins and outs to help ban this cruel and environmentally destructive poison & listen to the fatal impacts it has on our dingo populations. 

For the entire video of the summit:

For the Love of Wildlife

Hunting is a key threat to wild animal populations around the world. For the Love of Wildlife wants to reduce Australia's impact on the trade of African animals by making it illegal to import and trade their body parts in Australia. We discuss their success in getting an Australian ban on the importation and sale of lion body parts from canned hunting and their work to help elephants and rhinos.


We chat with Graeme Linsell, a Melbourne-based volunteer wildlife rescuer & carer. He talks us through what's involved in this critically important role, some of the basic principles, & how we can get trained so that we too can help save lives.

Wildlife Rescuers Incorporated (northern & north-eastern suburbs of Melbourne)

We discuss language and animals and how by design, language acts as a weapon against animals perpetuating speciesism through demeaning terms like ‘you cow’or by laundering terms that hide cruelty, for example, a 'processing plant' instead of a slaughterhouse. We also have categories of language to label species as belonging or not belonging - for example, native, pest or feral - and a species can switch category depending on our human agenda for the landscape.  Speciesism means the assumption of human superiority leading to the exploitation of animals.

Horse falling during race

We are joined by a local campaigner from the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses, Elio Celotto, to discuss the inherent issues with horse racing and what we can do about it.  In Australia, we are days away from the Melbourne Cup, a 3200 m race where horses are often pushed to physical exhaustion or injury by being forced to race.