activism

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.

Tune in as we chat with Walter Collins, co-founder of BADGAR Wildlife Rescue & host (along with his dog Nugget!) of a new national TV Series called, "Animal Extra!"(and they are just 2 of his projects!).

We also touch base with Fiona Corke from Macedon Ranges Wildlife Network who are very busy looking after  injured and distressed wildlife that require on-going care in the aftermath of the recent fires.

Shining a light on the hush-hush kangaroo kill at the Puckapunyal Army Base, just outside of Seymour in North Central Victoria.

We'll be catching up with experienced kangaroo advocates, Fiona Corke and Nikki Sutterby from the Australian Society for Kangaroos (ASK).

ASK volunteers are on the ground at the military base aiming to stop the kill and demanding permits be suspended until a current kangaroo management plan has been developed. An updated management plan may find that there is no scientific basis for issuing kangaroo cull permits.

We also have a Christmas treat opinion piece from the wonderful wordsmith Lawrence Pope and ripper Xmas poems from Jenny Moxham

Taiji, a small Japanese town, had a secret. This secret was exposed when the 2009 Academy Award–winning documentary, 'The Cove', hit big & small screens around the world.

'The Cove' documented the Taiji dolphin drive, an annual mass killing of dolphins and capture for the live dolphin trade. Although viewers were shocked by ocean water stained red with the blood of slain dolphins, these scenes continue today. We are currently mid-season of what has been dubbed the ‘Taiji dolphin massacre’.

Len Varley is a passionate marine conservationist and activist. He has made three visits to the notorious Taiji cove. His experience has inspired two books, 'Salt Water Tears' and 'Deeper Water'. Len is the co-founder of marine conservation group, Freedom Blue.

Dr Elizabeth Hawkins, Founding Director and Executive Officer of Dolphin Research Australia Inc., provides an Australian perspective.

Stop UK Repression

An interview with Emma & Lorna from "Stop UK Repression". Emma & Lorna discuss their recent trial at the Old Bailey, which was the cumulation of a major UK police operation mounted in response to a peaceful five minute demonstration and leafleting session. They then go on to discuss the ways in which the British government uses the law to harass political activists, and what activists are doing in response. This interview was recorded at the UK Animal Rights gathering in August 2013.

Stop UK Repression was formed to create a network of resistance and solidarity with people in the UK who are experiencing state repression due to their political beliefs and alleged involvement in campaigns, protest groups and activism.

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