activism

Ahead of this year’s Animal activists forum in Sydney on the 18th &19th October, we catch up with some of the presenters.

Check out the full program and register now at http://www.activistsforum.com/

Be informed, have fun and meet people who are doing some pretty amazing things!

We chat with:

• David Risstrom - Barrister http://www.davidrisstrom.org/

• Katrina Fox – Journalist, Publisher and Media Coach http://katrinafox.com/

• Shari Elle – Founding Director of The Communication Group and Non- Violent Communication practitioner and trainer http://www.fullyalive.com.au/

September 21st is the International Day of Peace and The Jane Goodall Institute Australia is calling for a truce on the war against dingoes by supporting a National Day of Action for Dingoes which will also mark the launch of the Australian Dingo Coalition.
  We chat with Natalie Houghton, CEO of the Jane Goodall Institute Australia, Dr Julie Funnell, President of the Australian Dingo Coalition & Marie-Louise Sarjeant from the National Day of Action for Dingoes.

BREAKING WITH TRADITION. THE BATTLE TO BAN BULLFIGHTING

Marius Kolff, Director of CAS International, a not-for–profit organisation working to end bullfighting and other 'cultural' events that cause animal suffering.

This also includes fiestas ('patronal festivals'), like the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, and many other festivities during which bulls and other animals are maltreated and killed.

CAS International http://www.cas-international.org

“A feral animal is a feral animal is a feral animal" -Peter Roper, Alpine Shire Council Mayor.
All over the world, Wild Horses that we in Australia label as feral are being reintroduced into landscapes after recognising they are beneficial in maintaining a healthy and  safer environment. No-one is saying these populations don't need management.

What is done in the dark will be brought to the light - witnessing modern-day intensive livestock agriculture in Australia.

The animal activist organisation, Aussie Farms, shines a light on the reality of intensive farming by posting anonymously-obtained, undercover footage from inside Australian intensive livestock production facilities.

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.

JAVED DE COSTA

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

NICK PENDERGRAST
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 (www.ProgressivePodcastAustralia.com). 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.

"HELP EVER , HURT NEVER" is the motto for Whispering Acres Horse Starting and Trainings founder, Carlos Tabernaberri.
We chat with Carlos who is one of the trainers redefining the landscape of how we behave with horses, breaking free from the training approach of "breaking a horse in" by sheer grit and determination of the human spirit & punishing equipment over the horse . Their understanding of horses does for some beg the question, should we be riding horses at all?

http://www.whisperingacres.com.au/

Stormy Mays documentary, "Path of the Horse" Link: http://ourhorses.org/ ( info on her book is there as well)

http://www.savethebrumbies.org/

Tune in as we pay some attention to the Emu who is more than deserving of it! The Emu is a superstar for our biodiversity & holds much star power & recognition in Australian Aboriginal sacred stories and culture. We talk all things Emu with well renowned Wilcannia NSW artist Badger Bates, Environmentalist Steve Ross about his rescued companion emu named Miss Rissole (!) and we also discover why "oils ain't oils" when it comes to intensive farming of Emus with Lynda Stoner of Animal Liberation NSW.

ANIMAL WELFARE & THE ABBOTT GOVERNMENT - Glenys Oogjes (Animals Australia) & Dr Bidda Jones (RSPCA Australia)

Ahead of the 'March in March' rallies to be held across Australia from March 15th to 17th, we take a look at some of the significant and regressive changes the Coalition government has made to animal welfare initiatives.

Dr Bidda Jones, Chief Scientist RSPCA Australia, joins us to discuss the recent announcement from the Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, that Memoranda of Understanding will no longer be required for new overseas live animal export markets.

Glenys Oogjes, Executive Director Animals Australia, will discuss the litany of cuts to animal welfare initiatives. These cuts dramatically affect the ability of animal welfare organisations to provide advice to the government on animal welfare issues.

The cuts include:

* disbanding the Australian Animal Welfare Advisory Committee

* dismantling the Committee's initiative, the Australian Animal Welfare Strategy

* closure of the Department of Agriculture's Animal Welfare Branch

HAPPY MARDI GRAS!
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 (http://vine.bravebirds.org/), 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.

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