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In this week’s show we check the pulse of the vegan community in Melbourne by speaking to people at the Spring Vegan Festival that was held at the old meat market. We discuss the challenges facing animals, what is inspiring about the vegan movement and where people find hope.

Pam Ahern is the Founder and Director of farmed animal sanctuary Edgar's Mission (Victoria, Australia). 

In March this year, Darebin Council in Melbourne, Victoria, announced the next pound contractor will manage a 'no kill' shelter facility for companion animals. Our guest is a major driver of that momentous change - Kathleen Chapman from Save Darebin Pets.

The Maneki Neko Cat Lounge info: http://www.neko.org.au/neko-hq/

This is a presentation delivered by American animal activist Gary Yourofsky, at a New York college in 2014 (with its short video section edited out). He's converted countless people to veganism with his powerful & damning argument. This presentation is just one of around 3000 that he's delivered at schools & universities across the USA & Israel.  Gary also performs his spoken word piece I Will Not Stand By.  

www.adaptt.org

 

In this week’s show, we talk with Dr Mel Taylor about protecting our animals in emergency situations and look at some new research that shows a plant-based food system would be much better for our environment.

For more on what Dr Mel Taylor was talking about, please see: http://theconversation.com/seven-ways-to-protect-your-pets-in-an-emergency-83484

There are some animal advocates that transform your thinking and how you approach your activism. Psychologist Melanie Joy and Animal Asia founder Jill Robinson come to mind. Well, add Sandra Higgins to the list. Sandra has a clarity of purpose that will inspire and challenge you.

Sandra is the Founder and Director of Eden Farmed Animal Sanctuary and the creator of the world's largest vegan advertising campaign - 'Go Vegan World'. As a psychologist, Sandra is the Director of The Compassion Foundation of Ireland.

Amanda Leeper talks about the cruel realities behind the chick hatching programs commonly run by Australian primary schools, kindergartens and child-care centres.  At face value, these programs seem to be a cute cuddly experience for all involved but the reality is very different, and the learning outcomes for the children are not necessarily positive.  Having successfully lobbied her local council and primary school to discontinue their hatching programs, Amanda is well-qualified to share her experiences and tips on how to speak out on behalf of these most vulnerable.

Throwing the baby out with the bathwater?  It appears current feverish land clearing, mostly for pastoral animal agriculture, makes a mockery of efforts & money to protect threatened species, biodiversity & climate change mitigation.

Sandra Higgin's presentation at the 2017 Irish Vegan Festival -  What Other Animals Need From Us.

We hear from CEO Nick Spencer and Marketing Officer Phalkun Chan of Ibis Rice, in Phnom Penh. This project of the Wildlife Conservation Society protects some of Cambodia's most endangered wildlife species, particularly the iconic giant ibis, by collaborating with local rice farmers for a win-win outcome.

Ibis Rice www.ibisrice.com 


WORLD DAY FOR THE END FOR SPECIESISM

Nearly 50 years on from when British psychologist Richard Ryder coined the term 'speciesism', we now have a World Day for the End of Speciesism.

It's a day to call for an end to discrimination against another purely on the basis of their species.

We are savouring some sweet victories! We chat with Chris Delforce from Aussie Farms whose 'ag gag' charges, as well as those of Dori Kiss, were dismissed. We also chat with Andy Meddick about the recent successful campaign that resulted in a refusal to permit a new greyhound breeding & training facility . 

Photo credit: the beloved Sputnik Meddick, courtesy of the Meddick family.

For more info on 'ag gag' laws: https://www.voiceless.org.au/the-issues/ag-gag

Be inspired by the selflessness of lamb foster carers Emma Sullivan of Animal Liberation Victoria & Luke Westmoreland of Victorian Lamb Rescue, and get angry about the enormous yet largely unknown death toll of the Australian sheep industry.
 

2017 ICAS OCEANIA CONFERENCE - Forging Alliances and Intersections 
Dr Yamini Narayanan on Cow Protectionism And Indian Animal Advocacy

Audio provided by Progressive Podcast Australia 
https://progressivepodcastaustralia.com/

Dr Yamini Narayanan is an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) Senior Fellow at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation.

Fact: In Victoria, old growth native forests, home to many threatened species, are still being cut down for low grade cheap paper products. Volunteer citizen scientists are on the front line of defence saving hundreds of hectares of forest. We speak with Ed Hill from GECO, Goongerah Environment Centre, East Gippsland.
"The fact that citizen surveys are repeatedly finding threatened species in forests that have not been appropriately surveyed raises questions about the functionality of the regulatory system."

Roy Taylor interviews Justin Kerswell of Viva!. Viva! has been supporting Australian activist groups by campaigning against the sale of kangaroo meat in the UK for over 20 years.

Viva's campaign against kangaroo meat began in 1994 and had notable success with UK supermarket Tesco cancelling the sale of kangaroo meat. However the kangaroo killing industry, has not rested, and they continuesto promote their products across the world, both in supermarkets and in clothing. In 2006, Viva!'s ongoing campaign saw David Beckham refuse to wear kangaroo leather boots, now wearing cruelty-free synthetics.

Recent good news came with Morissons and Tesco removing kagaroo from their shelves, however the campaign continues, with Iceland and Lidl current campaign targets.

Please help protect Australian wildlife, for more information:

https://www.savethekangaroo.com/

https://www.viva.org.uk/

Every year, hundreds of brumbies lose their freedom & are transported for slaughter. We discuss this & find out what is going on with the wild horse draft management plan for Kosciuszco National Park with Peter Cochran of Snowy River Mountain Bush Users Group & Mae Lee Sun from Wild Horse Journal.

Photo of Trooper, a 'lucky' brumby that escaped slaughter.

Via Voiceless, the Animal Protection Institute
Few Australians are aware of the real economic forces behind the production of meat, fish, eggs, and dairy.

Animal food producers rely on government subsidies, artificially low prices, and influence over legislation and regulation to provide the cheap meat, eggs and dairy to which consumers have become accustomed.

We chat with Ren Hurst, founder of New World Sanctuary. Ren gives us a lot to think about when it comes to our relationship with horses and how training can shut down a healthy conversation between human and horse, and, well, many other sentient beings!

Photo credit: Brandy Setzer Photography

We speak to Sally Hunter, an animal and human rights activist who works to end the oppression of all individuals. Sally describes the connections between the animal and human rights movements, what they do well and what they can learn from each other. 

For more information about the Declaration for Animal Rights, as discussed in the show, please see: http://declarationofar.org/textSign.php 

Lorinda (founder and president, pictured) and Natalie (committee member) explain why palm oil has become so popular in food manufacturing and its consequences for orangutans and other forest species of Indonesia and Malaysia.  They also describe how Palm Oil Investigations has become a force to be reckoned with and how governments prefer consumers to remain ignorant of the ingredients and impacts of their purchases.  

Palm Oil Investigations http://www.palmoilinvestigations.org/

On this episode, we hear a talk by Dr Nick Pendergrast called Cowspiracies about Meat Eating Environmentalists: A Critical Examination of the Environmental Vegan Movement, delivered at the 2016 Institute for Critical Animal Studies Oceania Conference in Canberra, and we remember non-human mothers by reading out some stories and messages from listeners.

We chat with Sydney Fox Rescue about 1080 poison which is used to kill foxes and in its usage kills many other 'unwanted' and 'wanted' species.  Andy Meddick from AJP also joins us  to shed light on this very dark & cruel poison.

For info on the July school holiday event: https://www.facebook.com/events/170644623461223/

Please sign the petitions!

Welcome back, Anita!

Anita Krajnc returns to Freedom of Species to discuss how Toronto Pig Save has inspired an animal save movement; pig, chicken, cow, sheep and soon-to-be fish save groups are bearing witness to animal suffering and changing hearts and minds all over the world. We also hear about the #pigtrial that is proving #compassionisnotacrime in the Canadian courts and garnering global media attention.

It's great to have Anita back on the show!

Adelaide dive instructor Kate Wilkins was so sick of seeing rubbish while diving, she decided to do something about it.

We also have an update on Jumps Racing from Adelaide over the Easter Weekend.

https://www.facebook.com/SeaJanitor/

If you missed the National Day of Action for Greyhounds on April 9th, fret not. We recorded the following speakers at the Melbourne rally: Dr Eleonora Gullone, Brian Murray, Dr Helen Jeges, Kim Oxley, Dr Sonja Kassenboehmer and Jennifer Davis. We also chatted a bit further with Dr Helen Jeges about the Victorian Government's promotion of greyhound racing to children.

https://coalitionprotectgreyhounds.wordpress.com/

We speak with Philip Sutton, a climate campaigner and long time environmentalist. In 2008, Philip co-authored the book ‘Climate Code Red: The Case for Emergency Action’. Since the release of the book, Philip has continued to work on strategies and actions for achieving a safe climate. We chat with Philip about what a safe climate is and why climate change IS an animal issue.

We get an update from Damien, the Australian founder & CEO of the International Anti-Poaching Foundation.  The IAPF primarily exists to protect rhinos and elephants from the ruthless organised crime syndicates that deal in rhino horn and elephant tusks.  He explains what's developed in southern Africa since he was here in the 3CR studio in May last year.  This includes the recent vicious attacks on two IAPF rangers in Mozambique, IAPF's new accredited training program for anti-poaching rangers, and South Africa's plans to legalise the trade in rhino horn.

A panel discussion from the 2016 Institute for Critical Animal Studies Oceania Conference, held in Canberra (Australia).

Panelists: Three Australian activist scholars - Jess Ison, Nick Pendergrast and Lara Drew. 

The panelists reflect on their experiences of anarchism and animal liberation; a critical dialogue into the causes of speciesism whilst taking a broader view of social justice and the nature of oppression. 

Meg Good from 'Voiceless - The Animal Protection Society' discusses Australian animal law and how it is used to persecute and protect non-human animals. Meg combines a passion for animal, environmental and social justice with a deep knowledge of law and skills in education to work for the development of animal law in Australia and the protection of non-human animals.

We're joined in the studio by two highly-experienced environmental communicators, Angela Rutter of the Australian Conservation Foundation and Doug Gimesy of communication consultancy The Framing Effect. They share their wealth of knowledge on how to most effectively deliver your message to engage audiences and, further, how to motivate them to act.  

For many people who consume animal flesh, slaughterhouses act as a black box where animals enter and “meat” emerges.

This week, we're joined by Dilan, one of the organisers of the March To Close All Slaughterhouses event that will be happening on the 11th March in Melbourne.

Listen to hear about what the March To Close All Slaughterhouses is attempting to do, what it symbolises, and how you can get involved.

Image credit: Northcote artist Colleen Burke http://www.colleenburke.net.au/ 


Building lush golfing greens in corella country may not have been the brightest of ideas but when the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning approved a permit to kill the native birds to stop them feeding on the fairways it's not surprising that the community was outraged.

Members from Deakin University Vegan Society, Monash Vegan Society, and University of Melbourne Animal Protection Society joined us in the studio to discuss all things veganism and animal protection at University campuses. Universities have a large audience of young people ready to connect with the animal movement. We'll learn how these three groups are making those connections and how well it's working.

*Image of a vegan bbq at Deakin University

Founders of Melbourne Chicken Save, Melbourne Cow Save, Melbourne Pig Save & the newest Melbourne Sheep Save join us in the studio to talk about their place in the growing worldwide Save Movement for farmed animals.  They explain what the principle of "bearing witness" means in practice, the purposes of their rallies and slaughterhouse vigils, and what each group is up to.  

The Save Movement  https://www.facebook.com/savemovement/

Conservation & wildlife photographer Doug Gimesy, Finalist for the 2016 Wildlife Photograph of the Year awards for the image, "Caring for Joey" joins us in the studio today. The awards exhibit, including his work, is on until May 15th In Geelong.  Please sign his "Fast Roads, Slow Deaths" petition to change the speed limit on Kangaroo Island to reduce wildlife trauma and deaths.

On our first show back from the summer break, we speak with Kristin Leigh of Animal Liberation Victoria about a series of vigils they have been holding at Melbourne slaughterhouses. Kristin tells us about why ALV has been doing this activism, what they have witnessed and what happened when dozens of police showed up to one of their recent peaceful vigils. 


Animal Liberation Victoria https://www.alv.org.au/ 

For many, the goodwill of sharing a meal at Christmas often camouflages the animal cruelty when it comes to pigs in the food production system. For activists, there is much opportunity to speak up for these individuals this festive season.

Josh Agland - Where time is money and compassion is a cost. Ex-industry insider who worked in an abattoir for 3 years explored the realities of a modern slaughterhouse, and the effect they have on animals, workers and the surrounding community.

Our guest is Lawrence Pope  -  a successful campaigner for bats (he stopped a massive culling of flying foxes in Melbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens years ago), cats, dogs in relation to traps, horses (in particular jumps racing) & author of "The Teeth of Beasts" & "Some Touch of Pity " which give rare and transparent insights into these journeys of activism & campaigning in all their