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.
This show features the talkVeganwashing Israel’s Dirty Laundry? Animal Politics and Nationalism in Palestine-Israel by scholar-activist Esther Alloun. You can find more of Esther’s work at the following link: https://uow.academia.edu/EstherAlloun
We’re joined by Jess Ison from the Institute for Critical Animal Studies (Oceania) who discusses the upcoming workshop-based discussion forum in Melbourne: ‘Community as Activism: Building Community within the Animal Liberation Movement and Beyond’.
Saturday 4 August, 1-5pm at Library at the Dock (107 Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands).
We’re joined by activist and academic Jess Ison who discusses her research challenging the use of prisons and other punitive measures as a way to counter animal abuse. If you’d like to look further into the issues of prisons and prison abolition, Jess recommends the book Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Davis: https://www.sevenstories.com/books/2907-are-prisons-obsolete
In this episode, we speak with philosopher Michael Hauskeller about the problematic framing of animals within transhumanism. We also chat with recently completed PhD Ashley Keefner about her thesis on how prejudice impacts the study of animal minds.
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.
We feature a talk by Dr Andrew Knight, recorded at a recent Animal Justice Party seminar in Melbourne. Andrew describes how he got to where he is today - setting up a new centre for animal welfare at the University of Winchester in the UK. He discusses how people may become professional animal advocates. He also talks about the upcoming distance learning Masters course in Animal Welfare.