David is the founder of Melbourne Climate Save, one of the latest groups to join the worldwide Save movement. David talks about the connection between animal agriculture and climate change, the emergency in the Amazon with the new Brazilian government now endorsing its deforestation, and ponders whether veganism is the silver bullet for the escalating climate crisis.
Andy of the Animal Justice Party talks about live export, including the recent live cattle export protest in Geelong and the recent incident off Portland. Caroline of Melbourne Cow Save joins Andy to explain the context of the protest at last week's professional bull riding event in Melbourne.
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.
We are joined by a local campaigner from the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses, Elio Celotto, to discuss the inherent issues with horse racing and what we can do about it. In Australia, we are days away from the Melbourne Cup, a 3200 m race where horses are often pushed to physical exhaustion or injury by being forced to race.
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 in the studio with Doug Leith, president of Melbourne Save Animals In Laboratories (MSAIL), talking about vivisection (animal experimentation) in Australia, as well as how and why it fails to meet its claimed objectives of improved human health outcomes. Doug also talks about the work of MSAIL.