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Paul Mahony, climate change & animal rights campaigner, describes the links he's found between Australia's environmental organisations & the livestock industry, which he's mapped out in his online presentation "The Link That Too Many Ignore".  Could this explain why so few people are talking about the very significant role of animal agriculture in climate change?

Paul's blog:  https://terrastendo.net

Lucy's Project is hosting the Domestic Violence & Animal Abuse, International Perspectives Conference in November. We chat with the creator of Lucy's Project, Anna Ludvik, & also chat with Lisa Craig about the project "Saving Grace" which she has co-created with photojournalist Richard Wainwright & will be launching at the conference.

Do we have to choose between native wildlife and cats?
Before we go to a cruel & expensive war on cats, the Threatened Species Commissioner is holding a round table on this issue.

We chat with Dr Lynn Johnson, founder of Breaking the Brand, an organisation fighting the rhino horn trade from a completely different angle.

 "Dairy is often promoted as a ‘no harm’ industry, yet at the core of this multi-billion dollar business is the exploitation of the dairy cow and her calf."

Voiceless sat down last year with a dairy farmer, a vegan, an academic and an animal activist to talk about the ethics of high production dairy farming in Australia.

We hear from Shir Friedman of Israeli food biotech start-up SuperMeat, about the anticipated arrival of cultured meat into our supermarkets. "Cultured meat packs a triple punch. First, it helps drastically reduce unsustainable environmental impacts that are common in the current meat industry. Second, it will set free countless of animals who currently undergo tragic conditions prior to slaughter.

Jonathan Balcombe is the director of animal sentience at the Humane Society Institute for Science and Policy and the author of a number of books, including Second Nature, Pleasurable Kingdom, and the newly released What a Fish Knows. Balcombe has three biology degrees, including a PhD in ethology from the University of Tennessee, where he studied communication in bats. A popular commentator, he has appeared on Fresh Air with Terry Gross, the BBC, and the National Geographic Channel, and in several documentaries, and has contributed features and opinions to The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Nature, and other publications. He lives in Florida. Find him on Facebook, follow him on Twitter at @Jonathanpb1959, and visit his website at www.jonathan-balcombe.com

19th August is the deadline for sending your submissions to the Kosciuszko National Park Draft Wild Horse management plan, or put more aptly, the brumby eradication plan. Don't let that date literally mean the DEAD line for thousands of brumbies!

We chat with Steven Wise, the central figure in the outstanding new documentary Unlocking the Cage that will screen at the 2016 Melbourne International Film Festival.

We feature a talk by Dr Andrew Knight, recorded at a recent Animal Justice Party seminar in Melbourne. Andrew describes how he got to where he is today - setting up a new centre for animal welfare at the University of Winchester in the UK. He discusses how people may become professional animal advocates. He also talks about the upcoming distance learning Masters course in Animal Welfare.

www.andrewknight.info

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