On this show we’re joined by animal activist and sociologist Roger Yates. The discussion covers a wide range of topics, including: his activism with the Vegan Information Project, online activism in a time when other forms of activism are less possible, challenging an “animals only” mindset in the movement, the animal rights versus welfare debate, and using humour in advocacy.
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.
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.
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