Australia

There is a lot yet to be researched and articulated  surrounding the issue of wild horses in Australia.  One thing is clear though.  Our wild horses are not being given a fair go when one takes into consideration the more current understandings of a wild horse in the ecology, let alone the immense suffering of a wild animal trapped & killed in a slaughterhouse for pet food.

The show features Alexandra Sedgwick, animal activist, former science student at Deakin University and founder of Cruelty Free Labs Australia. Alexandra discusses what led her to start the organisation, and where to next for her and CFLA.

This week's show will feature an interview with Dr Peter John Chen. Ahead of his upcoming talk at October's Animal Activists Forum we chat with Peter about lessons that can be learned form the history of the animal rights movement in Australia.

Peter John Chen DipMR, BComm(Hons), PhD is a lecturer in Australian politics, media and policy at the University of Sydney. He is the author of Electronic Engagement: A Guide for Public Managers (ANU E Press, 2007), Australian Politics in a Digital Age (ANU Press, 2013), and the forthcoming Animal Welfare in Australia: Politics and Policy (Sydney University Press, 2016).

For more information on "Animal Welfare in Australia - Politics and policy", see:
http://purl.library.usyd.edu.au/sup/animalwelfareinaus

Has the use of the word 'feral' been a great weapon of distraction from the institutionalised violence & environmental destruction caused by the livestock industry?  We play a thought-provoking presentation by Fiona Probyn-Rapsey from the School of Humanities & Social Inquiry, University of Wollongong.

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

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.

 "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.

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!


MORE THAN GAME: THE 30-YEAR CAMPAIGN TO BAN DUCK SHOOTING IN VICTORIA.

Despite three out of four Victorians wanting duck shooting banned, it continues.

This program looks at why and how the thirty year campaign to protect Australian native waterbirds that are deemed game species is stronger than ever.

A formidable campaigner stepped up its involvement, changing the rules of engagement, thereby making the 2016 season like no other.

We play part of the recent Sydney seminar titled "Rethinking Kangaroos" & hosted by Voiceless.

"Australia's iconic kangaroos are hunted in the largest commercial slaughter of land-based wildlife on the planet.

While similar wildlife trades, such as the Canadian seal hunt or the Japanese whaling industry, attract global condemnation due to their brutality, the kangaroo hunt is unchallenged.

Is it simply a matter of our perception that allows this hunt to continue unopposed?

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