We chat with Shakira Free Miles from SaveABulls, a veterinary-led campaign based in the UK, creating awareness about breed-specific legislation, promoting responsible dog ownership & an end to breed discrimination. We also discuss with Bruce Poon from the Animal Justice Party, the recent recommendations regarding BSL in Victoria, Australia after an extensive inquiry into the legislation there.
We ask Athans Steffen from People Against Canned Hunting about how the selfie has become a weapon of mass destruction when it comes to lion cubs & how we must start sizing up the very idea of big cat sanctuaries.
Today we feature an informative talk on predators by Dr Euan Ritchie and how they provide many solutions to existing problems. Among other things, Euan tells us about fire management & its relationship to the destruction of our native species, how a landscape of fear can be a good thing and the best way to approach the issue of feral cats.
Emma Hurst is a Registered Psychologist, BA(Psy), PGDip(Psy), M(HealthPsy) and the Campaign Director at Animal Liberation, a New South Wales-based animal rights charity that works to end the suffering of exploited and confined animals
This podcast is Emma Hurst's presentation at the 2015 Animal Activist Forum, Using Psycholinguistics to Create Strong Messages for Change.
Emma discusses how the meat and dairy industries uses psycholinguistics - the psychology of language - to create strong messages to encourage the consumption of animal products.
In the lead up to the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21) that begins in Paris late this month, we are replaying two very relevant interviews we originally broadcast in June:
Gerard Wedderburn-Bisshop from Beyond Zero Emissions talks about BZE's Land Use Plan and its recommendations for Australia's animal agriculture industry. And Judith Friedlander from the University of Technology Sydney sheds some light on why mainstream media goes so quiet when it comes to meat's role in climate change.
Kym Staton is the founder and organiser of the Sydney Vegan Club and he has a plan – a Vegan Australia by 2025.
Ambitious ? Maybe.
But Kym has strategy, analysis and enthusiasm on his side.
The Sydney Vegan Club hit the ground running; since its recent founding in 2013, it has become one of the largest vegan communities in the world with an impressive 6,000 members … and growing with every outreach event.
This week's show present's highlights from the 2014 Animal Activists Forum, which was held in Sydney last October.
We present excerpts from three talks:
DANIEL BEECHER & DAVID RISSTROM
Experienced Lawyer / Criminal Defence Barrister
Legal Aspects of Animal Activism
Legal practitioners Daniel Beecher and David Risstrom lead an informative and thought provoking discussion on how activists can prepare for encounters with the legal system, and why it’s
important to do so.
Sustainable activism: How to avoid burn out
Drawing on 21-years of personal experience in the animal rights movement, this workshop focuses on the stresses and strains an individual can face being part of the movement and shares strategies and tactics to avoid becoming “burntout”. Bede Carmody has been involved in social change campaigning since the start of 1994, campaigning on both animal right and human rights. In 2001 he established A poultry place animal sanctuary. Since 2003 he has worked as a community organiser with the human rights organisation Amnesty International, a role which sees him working on a day-to-day basis with volunteer activists.
SENATOR LEE RHIANNON
Australian greens Senator for NSW
The point of lobbying MPs when parliament fails to act on animal cruelty people’s passion for animal welfare crosses all political persuasions but still progress is slow on ending cruelty to domestic and farm animals as well as Australian wildlife. Lee’s talk explores why MPs are dragging the chain on animal welfare, how animal activists can use parliament, and what history shows us are effective tools is winning change.
Lee illustrates her talk with two campaigns - end live exports and ban the import of cosmetics tested on animals – to examine why these campaigns that have mobilised mass support have
stalled in parliament.
These three excerpts give just a taste of what is in store at this year's Animal Activists Forum, to be held at Melbourne Town Hall on 10th &11th October 2015. Tickets are now on sale! www.activistsforum.com