Ahead of this year’s Animal activists forum in Sydney on the 18th &19th October, we catch up with some of the presenters.

Check out the full program and register now at

Be informed, have fun and meet people who are doing some pretty amazing things!

We chat with:

• David Risstrom - Barrister

• Katrina Fox – Journalist, Publisher and Media Coach

• Shari Elle – Founding Director of The Communication Group and Non- Violent Communication practitioner and trainer

September 21st is the International Day of Peace and The Jane Goodall Institute Australia is calling for a truce on the war against dingoes by supporting a National Day of Action for Dingoes which will also mark the launch of the Australian Dingo Coalition.
  We chat with Natalie Houghton, CEO of the Jane Goodall Institute Australia, Dr Julie Funnell, President of the Australian Dingo Coalition & Marie-Louise Sarjeant from the National Day of Action for Dingoes.

Many people believe that there is an abundance of kangaroos living just beyond the city sprawl. If this is so, why have large macropods, including the four species targeted by the commercial kangaroo industry, been nominated for listing as threatened species under the NSW Threatened Species Conservation Act?

Curious, indeed.

Tune in to listen to the unraveling of this riddle.

“A feral animal is a feral animal is a feral animal" -Peter Roper, Alpine Shire Council Mayor.
All over the world, Wild Horses that we in Australia label as feral are being reintroduced into landscapes after recognising they are beneficial in maintaining a healthy and  safer environment. No-one is saying these populations don't need management.

"BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE" is an understatement when explaining the reality for our Southern Hairy Nosed Wombats -their populations are rapidly declining due to land mismanagement, cruelty, misunderstanding or downright laziness to change attitudes even if it will save landowners a lot of money to do so!

We chat with the dynamic Brigitte Stevens, founder of The Wombat Awareness Organisation whose work with the Southern Hairy Nosed Wombat & landowners is integral for their survival & making a future for the Wombat, well, simply possible.

Wombat Awareness Organisation

Wombat Protection Society

Melbourne Chicken Save

This week we speak with Michael Bayliss, and Federal Member for Wills, Kelvin Thomson MP, about 'Victoria First'.

'Victoria First' is an organisation established to safeguard and enhance Victoria's way of life through halting rapid population growth and over-development.

We will be in particular hearing about the effect of increasing human populations on both human and non-human residents of Victoria.

Victoria First website

We chat with the very entertaining Sean Willmore, President of the International Ranger Federation and founding Director of The Thin Green Line.

The Thin Green Line is an Australian not-for-profit organisation that 'Protects Nature’s Protectors'; the rangers on the frontline of conservation across the globe. Over 1000 rangers have been killed in action over the past 10 years.

What is done in the dark will be brought to the light - witnessing modern-day intensive livestock agriculture in Australia.

The animal activist organisation, Aussie Farms, shines a light on the reality of intensive farming by posting anonymously-obtained, undercover footage from inside Australian intensive livestock production facilities.

"HELP EVER , HURT NEVER" is the motto for Whispering Acres Horse Starting and Trainings founder, Carlos Tabernaberri.
We chat with Carlos who is one of the trainers redefining the landscape of how we behave with horses, breaking free from the training approach of "breaking a horse in" by sheer grit and determination of the human spirit & punishing equipment over the horse . Their understanding of horses does for some beg the question, should we be riding horses at all?

Stormy Mays documentary, "Path of the Horse" Link: ( info on her book is there as well)

Will Potter is an award-winning journalist based in Washington, D.C., whose work focuses on the animal rights and environmental movements, and civil liberties post-9/11.

Will’s work discusses the rise of ag-gag legislation in the United States and he is a leading critic of the ‘Green Scare’, a term used to describe disproportionate and heavy-handed government pressure on the animal and environmental movements, including the reckless use of the word “terrorism”.

His reporting and commentary have appeared in media outlets including The Washington Post, National Public Radio and Rolling Stone. He testified before the US Congress about his reporting as the only witness opposing the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act and he has lectured at more than 100 universities and public forums internationally about his work.

His reporting has led to criminal prosecutions being overturned, and it has both been praised in Congressional reports and monitored by the Counter-Terrorism Unit. His book, Green Is The New Red: An Insider’s Account of a Social Movement Under Siege, was awarded a Kirkus Star for “remarkable merit” and he is currently a TED Fellow.

Will Potter has recently toured Australia as the keynote speaker at the 2014 Voiceless Law Lecture Series titled Ag-gag Laws: The Bid to Silence Animal Advocates.