2014 Shows

As it's almost Christmas which apparently is the time of peace and goodwill, we're revisiting a show we made & broadcast two years ago on the brutal Australian turkey farming industry.  The show includes interviews with activists from Animal Liberation ACT and Animal Liberation Victoria.  We get an update on the campaign from one of the original interviewees, Bede Carmody, founder of A Poultry Place.  We also hear from Ward Young of the Animal Justice Party about the outcome of the recent Victorian State elections.

Balmy summer evenings and the onset of school holidays will see many people seeking out family entertainment. To some, a trip to the traveling circus could be tempting.

We talk to academic and author, Professor Peta Tait about her book ‘Wild and Dangerous Performances: Animals, Emotions, Circus’

Also, Hans Kriek, the Executive Director of SAFE for Animals, shares with us the long-running and ultimately successful campaign to end exotic animal circus acts in New Zealand.

As 'big ag" tries to stitch up it's $$$ future with global lobbying and sneaky deals, there are groups quietly getting on with the essential job of combatting human hunger whilst saving animals & the environment.
Tune in as we chat with Dawn Moncrief, Founding Director of A Well Fed World whose motto is "Feeding Families/Saving Animals".
We also chat with Dr Nick Rose, food justice activist from the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance about our broken food system. And there's more!!!

Ahead of the Victorian state election, we talk to Bruce Poon, the Victorian Convenor of the Animal Justice Party (AJP).

Bruce discusses why it is important for animals to have a political voice, how the AJP faired in the 2013 federal election and the key issues in the upcoming Victorian state election. 

Tune in to become the political activist the animals need you to be ! 


Doug is back behind the mic to interview Felicity Andersen. Felicity is the Volunteer Coordinator (& oh so much more) at Animal Liberation Victoria. Felicity recently accepted the challenge to be part of the SBS documentary series ‘Living with the Enemy’.

Each episode explored a different topic dividing Australian opinion by asking people to live with others whose lifestyles and beliefs directly contradict their own. The topics included; same-sex marriage, immigration, marijuana… and hunting animals.

It is time to prick those ears up & listen in for the Foxes!
We chat with the Founder of Sydney Fox Rescue, Charlie Jackson-Martin & Dr Arian Wallach from the Charles Darwin Universitys School of Environment about the recent Pest Control Order put out by the NSW Gov't.

We chat with Stormy May, creator of the thought-provoking documentary, "The Path of the Horse" & "Our Horses" projects.

In a former career, Stormy was a successful horse trainer, equestrian judge & competitor for many years in the United States.

After visiting specialist horse trainers back in 2006, Stormy embarked on a journey that has completely changed the way she approaches her relationship with horses and her life has subsequently taken on an inspiring trajectory.

This interview begs the question, "should we be riding horses at all?" Listen up!

For a free viewing of the documentary (or why not pay for a copy & hold a screening whilst supporting the Our Horses projects): http://ourhorses.org/

For further information on the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses events: http://www.horseracingkills.com/events/

For vegan events across Australia: http://www.vegansocietynsw.com/vs/html/events.html

The individual & the organization - highlighting the animal welfare cost of wild animal tourism.

Philippa Wilkinson, a Melbourne-based veterinary nurse, shares the personal story of her passion to educate travelers about the animals caught up in the wild animal tourism industry, including plans to produce an educational documentary to encourage tourists to make compassionate holiday entertainment choices.

Freedom of Species' team member, Kate Elliott, has just completed a radio documentary mentorship. Today we hear her radio feature, 'What's Up, Skip?' that explores what it is like to be an Australian kangaroo – both loved and labelled a pest in your own homeland.

The program examines our relationship with the kangaroo and questions how our attitudes towards this native animal have shaped government policy, industry practices and media representation.

The piece was produced as part of Community Broadcasting Association of Australia’s National Audio Documentary and Features Competition for the Community Radio Network with financial assistance from the Community Broadcasting Foundation. Training and mentoring were provided through the Community Media Training Organisation. 3CR provided technical resources and general support. (as always…big thanks!)

Also on the program, Lawrence Pope shares with us his opinion piece titled ' A Business called Australia'.

This week's show features Kate Fowler, Head of Campaigns for Animal Aid, the UK's largest animal rights group and one of the longest established in the world, having been founded in 1977.

Animal Aid campaigns peacefully against all forms of animal abuse and promote a cruelty-free lifestyle. They investigate and expose animal cruelty, and their undercover investigations and other evidence are often used by the media, bringing these issues to public attention.

Spring is in the air and it is pre-election time -a perfect climate to have a rally where our voices for the animals will be even louder! LOUDER! LOUDER! (oops!-I'll save the chanting for the October 4th Animals Matter to Me rally!)
Tune in as we have insightful chats & check the pre-election temperature for their particular campaigns with the rally organisers- Debra Tranter of Oscar's Law, Laurie Levy from the Coalition Against Duck Shooting & Ward Young from the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses. http://www.animalsmattertome.com/

For more information -

Coalition against Duck Shooting :http://www.duck.org.au/

Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses: http://www.horseracingkills.com/

Oscars Law: http://www.oscarslaw.org/

For more information on the link between domestic violence and animal abuse: http://www.freedomofspecies.org/show/link-coalition-phil-arkow


Ahead of this year’s Animal activists forum in Sydney on the 18th &19th October, we catch up with some of the presenters.

Check out the full program and register now at http://www.activistsforum.com/

Be informed, have fun and meet people who are doing some pretty amazing things!

We chat with:

• David Risstrom - Barrister http://www.davidrisstrom.org/

• Katrina Fox – Journalist, Publisher and Media Coach http://katrinafox.com/

• Shari Elle – Founding Director of The Communication Group and Non- Violent Communication practitioner and trainer http://www.fullyalive.com.au/

September 21st is the International Day of Peace and The Jane Goodall Institute Australia is calling for a truce on the war against dingoes by supporting a National Day of Action for Dingoes which will also mark the launch of the Australian Dingo Coalition.
  We chat with Natalie Houghton, CEO of the Jane Goodall Institute Australia, Dr Julie Funnell, President of the Australian Dingo Coalition & Marie-Louise Sarjeant from the National Day of Action for Dingoes.

On this week's show we talk with Clare Mann. Clare is a vegan psychologist, best-selling author and passionate animal advocate. She helps advocates communicate important issues effectively and reaches diverse audiences with the message of animal social justice. She works directly with clients who are struggling with anxiety and trauma that underpins many people's choice of becoming vegan and helps them communicate their values and live in a non-vegan world. (http://veganpsychologist.com/) She runs regular free webinars for advocates wishing to improve their communication skills (http://skillsforconversationsthatmatter.com/webinar)

We chat with Stephen Manson of the New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society, an organisection which opposes vivisection on the grounds of medical and scientific fraud.

We discuss the history of the society, police infiltration, a recent successful campaign, and what is in store for the future.

Vivisection is inhumane and scientifically flawed. NZAVS is the only organisation in New Zealand fighting solely for the total abolition of vivisection. The ethical objections are obvious; therefore we concentrate on scientific anti-vivisection. That is, due to the physical and other differences between species, no species can be an accurate model for another.

Symbolism of the Rooster includes definitions such as to "show the world your shimmering aspects of personality"
To be born a male chick or indeed a male calf in the dairy industry today is, to say the least, problematic.
Listen in as we pay attention to the fellas!

We chat with Bede Carmody from A Poultry Place Animal Sanctuary, https://www.facebook.com/apoultryplace
Mandy Murkrat from Disposable Heroes Rooster Sanctuary (pictured here with Cookie!) https://www.facebook.com/disposableheroesroosters
& Tara from Manning River Farm Animal Sanctuary. http://www.manningriverfarmanimalsanctuary.com/

For further information regarding Turkey farming: http://www.freedomofspecies.org/show/talkin-turkey-australian-turkey-far...


Marius Kolff, Director of CAS International, a not-for–profit organisation working to end bullfighting and other 'cultural' events that cause animal suffering.

This also includes fiestas ('patronal festivals'), like the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, and many other festivities during which bulls and other animals are maltreated and killed.

CAS International http://www.cas-international.org

“The True Measure of Any Society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members” – Ghandi

Todays guests will shine a light on how we are 'measuring up'....
We speak with Phil Arkow from the Link Coalition about the link between animal abuse & human violence.
We also hear from Judy Johnson OAM from the Pets in Peril Domestic Violence Service, Dr Liz Walker, CEO of Lort Smith Hospital & Michael Beatty from RSPCA Qld.

Many people believe that there is an abundance of kangaroos living just beyond the city sprawl. If this is so, why have large macropods, including the four species targeted by the commercial kangaroo industry, been nominated for listing as threatened species under the NSW Threatened Species Conservation Act?

Curious, indeed.

Tune in to listen to the unraveling of this riddle.

“A feral animal is a feral animal is a feral animal" -Peter Roper, Alpine Shire Council Mayor.
All over the world, Wild Horses that we in Australia label as feral are being reintroduced into landscapes after recognising they are beneficial in maintaining a healthy and  safer environment. No-one is saying these populations don't need management.


-Norm Phelps ,”The Longest Struggle” covering Animal Advocacy from Pythagorus to PETA.

We chat with the pioneering Karen Davis about some issues that are ignited by this industry where our fellow winged species are imprisoned & abused because of human-kinds thoughtless & cruel taste for cheap meat. Karen Davis is President & Founder of the US based non-profit organization United Poultry Concerns, publisher of the well renowned United Poultry Press, author of books including “Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs” & “The Holocaust & the Henmaid’s Tale”.
Karen's campaign work with UPC has been far reaching globally including founding an International Respect for Chickens Day. There is a lot to learn from Karen's story & career- So tune in & check out the UPC website!

"BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE" is an understatement when explaining the reality for our Southern Hairy Nosed Wombats -their populations are rapidly declining due to land mismanagement, cruelty, misunderstanding or downright laziness to change attitudes even if it will save landowners a lot of money to do so!

We chat with the dynamic Brigitte Stevens, founder of The Wombat Awareness Organisation whose work with the Southern Hairy Nosed Wombat & landowners is integral for their survival & making a future for the Wombat, well, simply possible.

Wombat Awareness Organisation http://wombatawareness.com/

Wombat Protection Society http://www.wombatprotection.org.au/

Melbourne Chicken Save https://www.facebook.com/Melbournechickensave

This week we speak with Michael Bayliss, and Federal Member for Wills, Kelvin Thomson MP, about 'Victoria First'.

'Victoria First' is an organisation established to safeguard and enhance Victoria's way of life through halting rapid population growth and over-development.

We will be in particular hearing about the effect of increasing human populations on both human and non-human residents of Victoria.

Victoria First website https://www.facebook.com/01victoria?ref=hl

We chat with the very entertaining Sean Willmore, President of the International Ranger Federation and founding Director of The Thin Green Line.

The Thin Green Line is an Australian not-for-profit organisation that 'Protects Nature’s Protectors'; the rangers on the frontline of conservation across the globe. Over 1000 rangers have been killed in action over the past 10 years.

"Australia was made on the back of a horse" 

Tune in as we chat with Founder & President of Save the Brumbies, Jan Carter, as we discuss why we need to protect our Australian brumbies and do a much better job of managing their populations.



What is done in the dark will be brought to the light - witnessing modern-day intensive livestock agriculture in Australia.

The animal activist organisation, Aussie Farms, shines a light on the reality of intensive farming by posting anonymously-obtained, undercover footage from inside Australian intensive livestock production facilities.

Critical Animal Studies (CAS) is a field of academic inquiry and basis for action. As an activist and scholarly endeavour, CAS is dedicated to challenging, destabilising and overcoming (human and nonhuman) animal and ecological exploitation, oppression, and domination. CAS is grounded in a broad global emancipatory, interdisciplinary and intersectional movement for critical and constructive social change.

The Institute for Critical Animal Studies (ICAS) was founded in 2001 as an interdisciplinary scholarly center in higher education dedicated to establishing and expanding the field of Critical Animal Studies (CAS).

Today's show has two of the presentations from the 2014 ICAS Oceania conference held in Melbourne, Australia. The ICAS Oceania conference provided a space for activists, academics and all concerned with social change to come together.

Class, Race & Veganism — a discussion about the intersections of animal-free practices, privilege, and cultural difference.


How might we understand veganism in light of its place within cultural contexts and class structures. Is veganism elitist? Can veganism be racist? How might we better reconceive animal liberation as in fact related to class and race struggles? These are some questions which this discussion will explore.

Javed de Costa is a philosophy graduate, musician and activist based in Melbourne.

Live Animal Export, Humane Slaughter, and Media Hegemony

Since the airing of graphic footage of cows exported from Australia being slaughtered in Indonesia on the episode of the current affairs program Four Corners titled “A Bloody Business”, debate has raged in Australia over the live export industry. Many different voices have been heard in the media on this issue; however, most voices have promoted the animal welfare frame.
Nick analyses the media and how they represent animals and animal liberation campaigns.

Nick Pendergrast is the Deputy Coordinator of Animal Rights Advocates and co-hosts the intersectional, political podcast Progressive Podcast Australia (www.ProgressivePodcastAustralia.com). He recently completed his PhD in Sociology, which explored the animal advocacy movement, primarily in Australia and the United States, and the range of ideologies, activism, organisations, and key actors that make up this movement. He also teaches Sociology and Anthropology at Curtin University in Perth.

"HELP EVER , HURT NEVER" is the motto for Whispering Acres Horse Starting and Trainings founder, Carlos Tabernaberri.
We chat with Carlos who is one of the trainers redefining the landscape of how we behave with horses, breaking free from the training approach of "breaking a horse in" by sheer grit and determination of the human spirit & punishing equipment over the horse . Their understanding of horses does for some beg the question, should we be riding horses at all?


Stormy Mays documentary, "Path of the Horse" Link: http://ourhorses.org/ ( info on her book is there as well)


Will Potter is an award-winning journalist based in Washington, D.C., whose work focuses on the animal rights and environmental movements, and civil liberties post-9/11.

Will’s work discusses the rise of ag-gag legislation in the United States and he is a leading critic of the ‘Green Scare’, a term used to describe disproportionate and heavy-handed government pressure on the animal and environmental movements, including the reckless use of the word “terrorism”.

His reporting and commentary have appeared in media outlets including The Washington Post, National Public Radio and Rolling Stone. He testified before the US Congress about his reporting as the only witness opposing the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act and he has lectured at more than 100 universities and public forums internationally about his work.

His reporting has led to criminal prosecutions being overturned, and it has both been praised in Congressional reports and monitored by the Counter-Terrorism Unit. His book, Green Is The New Red: An Insider’s Account of a Social Movement Under Siege, was awarded a Kirkus Star for “remarkable merit” and he is currently a TED Fellow.

Will Potter has recently toured Australia as the keynote speaker at the 2014 Voiceless Law Lecture Series titled Ag-gag Laws: The Bid to Silence Animal Advocates.

We talk to Jason Kirkpatrick, activist, film maker and former acquiantance of British Metropolitan police spy Mark Kennedy. Jason is currently filming a documentary 'Spied Upon' which shows his side of the story of those targeted by secret police, while revealing at a human scale today's complex international spying apparatus, a system that has spun out of control. Spied Upon promises to add to the international
debate about spying and undercover policing, just as related court cases and parliamentary debates heat up in the UK and globally.

For further details, see:

Tune in as we pay some attention to the Emu who is more than deserving of it! The Emu is a superstar for our biodiversity & holds much star power & recognition in Australian Aboriginal sacred stories and culture. We talk all things Emu with well renowned Wilcannia NSW artist Badger Bates, Environmentalist Steve Ross about his rescued companion emu named Miss Rissole (!) and we also discover why "oils ain't oils" when it comes to intensive farming of Emus with Lynda Stoner of Animal Liberation NSW.


You know it, I know it … and Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist, Edith Wharton, described it perfectly when she said 'My little dog - a heartbeat at my feet'.

On the program we hear from people who are passionate about the benefits of including animals in our community.

DAWN PERRY talks to us about THE WALKING WOOF CLUB, a Port Phillip Community Group initiative that assists people and their dogs to get a good dose of social interaction each week, boosting the health and well-being of all.

DR LIZ WALKER, CEO of LORT SMITH ANIMAL HOSPITAL, discusses the links between animal-friendly neighbourhoods and healthy, happy societies and the need for strong public policy to ensure we live in animal-inclusive communities. http://www.lortsmith.com/

SARAH DAVISON, urban planner and founder of PLANNING FOR ANIMALS, talks about the importance of considering animals when designing our cities and environments ­http://www.planningforanimals.com.au/

So snuggle up with your companion animals and enjoy!

This weekend we have a pre-ANZAC day show, highlighting some of the victims of war that we never hear about: nonhuman animals. We are joined by Colin Salter and Justin R. Goodman.
Colin is one of the editors of the new book "Animals and war: Confronting the military-animal industrial complex". Justin is a contributor to the book, writing about medical military training in the U.S.

The cover of Animals and War states:

This week we focus on the work of A Rocha, an international Christian environmental organisation.

We interview Reverend Dave Bookless, A Rocha's Director of Theology, Sally Shaw, a friend of A Rocha in Australia, and Avinash Krishnan, who works for A Rocha in Karnataka, India, in the field of asian elephant conservation.

For further details:


You can bet your bottom tax-paying dollar has paid for tonnes of 1080 poisoning of ‘pests’ for the good of .........................Well, that’s the question ......or is it ? When it comes to poisons -1080 is a torturous death even compared to its’ bedfellows in a little bag of horrors we use to ‘manage’ a population. What defines a Pest anyway? Tune in Sunday as we chat with many special guests including Dr Arian Wallach from the Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods, Charles Darwin University, NT and Professor Deborah Bird Rose from Environmental Humanities UNSW .





Australia is a land of drought and flooding rains and increasingly, devastating wild fires. In times of disaster, who should be saved?
Sociologist Dr Leslie Irvine, asks this challenging and confronting question in her book, Filling the Ark: Animal Welfare in Disasters.

In our interview with Dr Irvine she draws on her experience as a Hurricane Katrina disaster response animal welfare volunteer and her academic analysis to explore our obligation to consider animal welfare alongside human welfare in times of crisis.

By using concepts such as the sociological scale and the vulnerability paradigm, Dr Irvine argues that it is not only possible to identify individuals most at risk when disasters strike but offers practical suggestions on how to reduce vulnerability through planning and policy development.

Leslie Irvine is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She received her Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Her research focuses on the role of animals in society. In addition to Filling the Ark: Animal Welfare in Disasters, Dr Irvine has written: If You Tame Me: Understanding Our Connection with Animals, My Dog Always Eats First : Homeless People and their Animals.

Meat Free Week is a national campaign to get you thinking about how much meat you eat and the impact eating too much has on your health, the environment and animals..and it's almost here!

Meat Free Week asks meat eaters (carnists) to pledge to go meat-free for a week. Participants enlist sponsors to support their challenge by donating to a charity. The selected charities represent the issues associated with excessive meat consumption and production: Bowel Cancer Australia, The Australian Conservation Foundation and Voiceless, the animal protection institute.

We catch up with Meat Free Week co-founder, Melissa Dixon, about the hows and whys of Meat Free Week.

And because ANY change is not always easy, we discuss the psychology of change with Nick Cooney. Nick is the author of 'Change of Heart: What psychology can teach us about spreading social change'. Nick is also the founder and director of The Humane League, an animal advocacy organisation based in Philadelphia.

An astonishing 75% of our Predators globally are in decline -and as this recent study confirms - at humankinds own peril!
We are 'shooting ourselves in the foot' so to speak if we don't start giving them a lot more credit than our actions are affording them. Tune in to hear why as we chat with Dr Arian Wallach, part of the Research team who have analysed the threats of effects such as habitat loss, human persecution and reduced prey on the world's largest mammalian carnivores. Among other things you will hear how sea otters are sooo much more than ridiculously cute!

ANIMAL WELFARE & THE ABBOTT GOVERNMENT - Glenys Oogjes (Animals Australia) & Dr Bidda Jones (RSPCA Australia)

Ahead of the 'March in March' rallies to be held across Australia from March 15th to 17th, we take a look at some of the significant and regressive changes the Coalition government has made to animal welfare initiatives.

Dr Bidda Jones, Chief Scientist RSPCA Australia, joins us to discuss the recent announcement from the Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, that Memoranda of Understanding will no longer be required for new overseas live animal export markets.

Glenys Oogjes, Executive Director Animals Australia, will discuss the litany of cuts to animal welfare initiatives. These cuts dramatically affect the ability of animal welfare organisations to provide advice to the government on animal welfare issues.

The cuts include:

* disbanding the Australian Animal Welfare Advisory Committee

* dismantling the Committee's initiative, the Australian Animal Welfare Strategy

* closure of the Department of Agriculture's Animal Welfare Branch

This weekend on Freedom of Species we celebrate Mardi Gras by chatting with activist and advocate pattrice jones. pattrice is the cofounder of VINE Sanctuary (http://vine.bravebirds.org/), an LGBTQ-run farmed animal sanctuary that works from within an ecofeminist understanding of the intersection of oppressions. Her activist work dates back to the 1970s and includes anti-racist education, tenant organizing, and direct action against AIDS as well as work within the feminist, peace, and LGBTQ liberation movements. She has taught college and university courses on the praxis of social change, and her contributions to movement thinking appear in numerous anthologies as well as her book, Aftershock.

This week we talk to Milesh, Susmitha, Arun and Vinay from Vegan Bengaluru (Bangalore, India).

Milesh and Susmitha discuss the vegan community in Bengaluru, Vinay his work in animal rescue and Arun the work of equine welfare organisation Samabhava.

Vegan Bengaluru & VGF:

The equine welfare organisation that Arun is involved with:

Tune in as we chat with Walter Collins, co-founder of BADGAR Wildlife Rescue & host (along with his dog Nugget!) of a new national TV Series called, "Animal Extra!"(and they are just 2 of his projects!).

We also touch base with Fiona Corke from Macedon Ranges Wildlife Network who are very busy looking after  injured and distressed wildlife that require on-going care in the aftermath of the recent fires.

Dr. Will Tuttle is an academic, author, educator, pianist, composer, former Zen monk and vegan of 33 years. The list goes on! He is most well-known for his acclaimed no#1 best-seller ‘The World Peace Diet’. He is currently on a speaking tour of Australia & New Zealand. See the link below for more details.

Dr Tuttle is also a recipient of the Peace Abbey's Courage of Conscience Award, and is the creator of several wellness training programs. His Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, focused on educating intuition and altruism in adults, and he has taught college courses in creativity, humanities, mythology, religion, and philosophy.

Dr Tuttle 's Australia & NZ tour info: http://www.willtuttletour.org.au/