Lawrence Pope is back in the studio talking about flying foxes. As the president of the Friends of Bats & Bushcare group, Lawrence is one of Australia's foremost advocates of this magnificent creature. At the time of this interview, he's also caring for two orphaned flying fox pups.
We're joined by animal advocates Meghan and Harley who discuss changes in the movement over the decades, the importance of centering animals in the animal liberation movement and the place of animals in the environmental movement.
We speak with Melbourne-based animal rights activist Kelly Gamble about the rise of direct action in 2019, the emotional toll of standing up against large-scale institutions, and the future of activism.
On this show, we introduce our newest team member, Madison Griffiths, who discusses growing opposition to the Melbourne Cup horse race, the common association between eating meat and masculinity, and the new Netflix documentary The Game Changers that challenges this connection by looking into athletes eating a plant-based diet.
We speak with Elio Celotto, Campaign Director with the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses (CPR), about the dark secret of the Australian horse racing industry, as recently revealed by the ABC's 7.30 Report. Elio talks about the thousands of prize-winning racehorses that meet cruel brutal deaths in abattoirs each year, to be sold as pet meat or to be exported for human consumption.
We also debut the new music track "You Bet, They Die", written specifically for the CPR campaign.
We discuss recent news in the world of animal activism and veganism, including a chat about the documentary 'The Game Changers', footage showing the horrors of the horse racing industry, and animal testing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 www.3cr.org.au Also come along to our fundraising trivia afternoon at Euro Kitchen in Fitzroy on June 30. Details & tickets available here: https://www.facebook.com/events/358864941649338/
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: https://www.facebook.com/events/595721977502901/
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.
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.
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].
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.
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.
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.
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: https://archive.org/details/BedeCarmody
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.
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: https://www.veganaustralia.org.au/
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.
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.
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.
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.