To celebrate International Day of People with Disability (Dec 3rd) we will be showcasing the work of Sunaura “Sunny” Taylor.
Sunaura is an American painter and activist for disability and animal rights. She was born with arthrogryposis, a rare congenital joint disorder, that severely restricts the use of her legs or arms. She uses a motorised wheelchair and her mouth to paint. She is an abolitionist vegan.
Her published articles include The Right Not to Work: Disability and Capitalism, Is It Possible to Be a Conscientious Meat Eater?, Should We Eat Meat? and Beasts of Burden: Animals and Disability.
Her academic and artistic work explores the commonalities between ableism and speciesism. Sunaura believes both disability and animal oppression are often rooted in similar paradigms – those of dependency, nature and normalcy.
Tune in, limber up and lean in ... it's time to do some paradigm shifting!
We talk to Kim Socha about animal liberation, feminism, prison abolition and so much more. Kim is a Professor of English at Normandale Community College (Minnesota/U.S.) and a member of the Institute for Critical Animal Studies (ICAS), having sat on the ICAS board from 2011 to 2013. Kim is author of Women, Destruction and the Avant-Garde: A Paradigm for Animal Liberation (Rodopi 2011), contributing editor to Confronting Animal Exploitation: Grassroots Essays on Liberation and Veganism (McFarland 2013), and author of the upcoming book Atheism and Animal Liberation: Remaking the Procrustean Bed (Freethought House 2014). On a local level, she is Vice-President of Minnesota’s Animal Rights Coalition and an activist for animal liberation, drug policy reform, and transformative justice.
Historian, author and educator Jason Hribal has dedicated the past 15 years to exploring ideas about animal agency and resistance to exploitation, often striking at the roots of rigid academic theory.
His book 'Fear of the Animals Planet – The Hidden History of Animal Resistance' and contributions to CounterPunch bring his meticulously researched, well–considered, yet controversial theories to the general readership ... to much applause and even, standing ovations, wolf whistles and shouts of 'more, more'.
From humble jungle beginnings, today the pig is the one of the most prolific mammals on earth, yet almost invisible.
Most of us believe we know what a pig is, but do we really?
Dr Brett Mizelle has learnt a trough-load about pigs since researching his book, 'Pig'. The book is his contribution to the Reaktion Animal Series edited by Jonathan Burt, an animal-studies academic and researcher.
Dr Mizelle is a Professor of History at California State University Long Beach. He frequently teaches the history of human-animal relationships in his History and American Studies courses.
We also hear an Australian perspective from Paul Mahoney, co-founder of the local group, Melbourne Pig Save.
And Emma Haswell, founder of Brightside Farm Sanctuary in Tasmania, who knows many pigs personally, shares with us the joy of spending quality time with her porcine friends.
We present the first of two talks by Dr Andrew Knight, presented on his recent speaking tour of Australia. The first reviews the evidence for the efficacy of vivisection, and shows some profound conclusions.
The information can be found in more detail in his book "The Costs and Benefits of Animal Experimentation".