Australia

Conservation & wildlife photographer Doug Gimesy, Finalist for the 2016 Wildlife Photograph of the Year awards for the image, "Caring for Joey" joins us in the studio today. The awards exhibit, including his work, is on until May 15th In Geelong.  Please sign his "Fast Roads, Slow Deaths" petition to change the speed limit on Kangaroo Island to reduce wildlife trauma and deaths.

On our first show back from the summer break, we speak with Kristin Leigh of Animal Liberation Victoria about a series of vigils they have been holding at Melbourne slaughterhouses. Kristin tells us about why ALV has been doing this activism, what they have witnessed and what happened when dozens of police showed up to one of their recent peaceful vigils. 


Animal Liberation Victoria https://www.alv.org.au/ 

For many, the goodwill of sharing a meal at Christmas often camouflages the animal cruelty when it comes to pigs in the food production system. For activists, there is much opportunity to speak up for these individuals this festive season.

Josh Agland - Where time is money and compassion is a cost. Ex-industry insider who worked in an abattoir for 3 years explored the realities of a modern slaughterhouse, and the effect they have on animals, workers and the surrounding community.

Our guest is Lawrence Pope  -  a successful campaigner for bats (he stopped a massive culling of flying foxes in Melbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens years ago), cats, dogs in relation to traps, horses (in particular jumps racing) & author of "The Teeth of Beasts" & "Some Touch of Pity " which give rare and transparent insights into these journeys of activism & campaigning in all their

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

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