Australia

Do you think threatened & highly stressed animals should be used for fun & entertainment value? Animal Liberation Qld are calling for a ban on rodeos after two bull deaths last weekend. At the very least, ALQ want a ban on the calf roping event which is banned in Victoria and SA.

We talk with Revekka Eli (pictured), lead organiser with Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) Melbourne, and Rochelle Van, founder of Animal Activists Australia.  They discuss the recent surge of slaughterhouse actions and restaurant disruptions, both locally and internationally, and the significance of the resulting mainstream media coverage.

Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) Melbourne:  https://www.facebook.com/dxemelbourne/

We chat with Lucy's Project founder, Anna Ludvik.  Lucy’s Project is busy raising awareness that "we fail to save human domestic violence victims lives when we fail to address the whole family - paws and all."

https://lucysproject.com/

Trap-neuter-return for urban and peri-urban cats has proven to be a highly successful component for community cat population management.  Why aren't we adopting these community cat programmes more in Australia when we can't actually afford the alternatives proposed? We listen to an illuminating presentation by Emeritus Professor Jacquie Rand who is the Executive Director & Chief Scientist of the Australian Pet Welfare Foundation.

Laurie Levy, campaign director and founder of the Coalition Against Duck Shooting, brings us up-to-date on the campaign to stop Victoria's routine recreational slaughter of native waterbirds, including last year's massacres at Koorangie Marshes which shocked even the Game Management Authority.  He goes on to explain what we might expect this coming killing season. We also find out how to support and get involved in CADS' campaign to end this government-endorsed annual atrocity.

We speak with Kristin Leigh, the lead organiser of the campaign Melbourne Against Horse Drawn Carriages. Kristin gives us an update on some recent changes to the campaign and where it is headed in the future.

MAHDC on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/MelbourneAgainstHorseDrawnCarriages/


Parks Victoria want to completely eradicate the brumbies in the Bogong High Plains and Jill Pickering from the Australian Brumby Alliance explains the inconsistencies and injustices of this plan that is based on questionable science. DEADLINE IS FRIDAY FOR COMMUNITY FEEDBACK ! Please let Parks Victoria know you want them  to  protect the brumbies' freedom by following this link on the Victorian Brumby Association  page: http://www.victorianbrumbyassociation.org/alpine-national-park.html

We're in the studio, chatting with wildlife ecologist Joshua Griffiths (pictured here) & conservation photographer Doug Gimesy (photo credit) about threats to the platypus.  They also tell us about nifty 'citizen science' initiative PlatypusSPOT, new technology that detects platypus DNA in waterways, and the Victorian Alliance for Platypus-Safe Yabby Traps which has been formed with the objective of a complete ban on the enclosed yabby traps that kill platypus almost every day.  Josh & Doug advise us of actions we can all take to improve the chances of this u

This is the talk given by Brad King, director of Farm Animal Rescue (Qld), at the recent Animal Activists Forum in Melbourne.  Brad details the cruelty & terrible suffering caused by farmed animals' genetic design.  He also shares some wonderful stories of the FAR sanctuary residents who, now in safety, are able to express their natural range of social and emotional behaviours.

Farm Animal Rescue  https://www.farmanimalrescue.org.au/

Pam Ahern is the Founder and Director of farmed animal sanctuary Edgar's Mission (Victoria, Australia). 

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