Australia

In March this year, Darebin Council in Melbourne, Victoria, announced the next pound contractor will manage a 'no kill' shelter facility for companion animals. Our guest is a major driver of that momentous change - Kathleen Chapman from Save Darebin Pets.

The Maneki Neko Cat Lounge info: http://www.neko.org.au/neko-hq/

In this week’s show, we talk with Dr Mel Taylor about protecting our animals in emergency situations and look at some new research that shows a plant-based food system would be much better for our environment.

For more on what Dr Mel Taylor was talking about, please see: http://theconversation.com/seven-ways-to-protect-your-pets-in-an-emergency-83484

Amanda Leeper talks about the cruel realities behind the chick hatching programs commonly run by Australian primary schools, kindergartens and child-care centres.  At face value, these programs seem to be a cute cuddly experience for all involved but the reality is very different, and the learning outcomes for the children are not necessarily positive.  Having successfully lobbied her local council and primary school to discontinue their hatching programs, Amanda is well-qualified to share her experiences and tips on how to speak out on behalf of these most vulnerable.

Throwing the baby out with the bathwater?  It appears current feverish land clearing, mostly for pastoral animal agriculture, makes a mockery of efforts & money to protect threatened species, biodiversity & climate change mitigation.

We are savouring some sweet victories! We chat with Chris Delforce from Aussie Farms whose 'ag gag' charges, as well as those of Dori Kiss, were dismissed. We also chat with Andy Meddick about the recent successful campaign that resulted in a refusal to permit a new greyhound breeding & training facility . 

Photo credit: the beloved Sputnik Meddick, courtesy of the Meddick family.

For more info on 'ag gag' laws: https://www.voiceless.org.au/the-issues/ag-gag

Be inspired by the selflessness of lamb foster carers Emma Sullivan of Animal Liberation Victoria & Luke Westmoreland of Victorian Lamb Rescue, and get angry about the enormous yet largely unknown death toll of the Australian sheep industry.
 

2017 ICAS OCEANIA CONFERENCE - Forging Alliances and Intersections 
Dr Yamini Narayanan on Cow Protectionism And Indian Animal Advocacy

Audio provided by Progressive Podcast Australia 
https://progressivepodcastaustralia.com/

Dr Yamini Narayanan is an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) Senior Fellow at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation.

Fact: In Victoria, old growth native forests, home to many threatened species, are still being cut down for low grade cheap paper products. Volunteer citizen scientists are on the front line of defence saving hundreds of hectares of forest. We speak with Ed Hill from GECO, Goongerah Environment Centre, East Gippsland.
"The fact that citizen surveys are repeatedly finding threatened species in forests that have not been appropriately surveyed raises questions about the functionality of the regulatory system."

We chat with Ren Hurst, founder of New World Sanctuary. Ren gives us a lot to think about when it comes to our relationship with horses and how training can shut down a healthy conversation between human and horse, and, well, many other sentient beings!

Photo credit: Brandy Setzer Photography

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