This week we speak with Clair Linzey, deputy director of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics.

Clair discusses the upcoming summer school and major report, "Normalising the Unthinkable - The ethics of using Animals in Research".

We discover what it is that makes vegan children's books so special, including interviews with Ruby Roth (the world's leading writer/illustrator of this genre), Kathleen McLaren (a writer/illustrator from Tasmania), and Matthew Cole (a British sociologist and co-author of academic text "Our Children and Other Animals").



-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!

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 ( 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.

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.

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 (, 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.

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:

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'.