Tune in as we pay some attention to the Emu who is more than deserving of it! The Emu is a superstar for our biodiversity & holds much star power & recognition in Australian Aboriginal sacred stories and culture. We talk all things Emu with well renowned Wilcannia NSW artist Badger Bates, Environmentalist Steve Ross about his rescued companion emu named Miss Rissole (!) and we also discover why "oils ain't oils" when it comes to intensive farming of Emus with Lynda Stoner of Animal Liberation NSW.
You know it, I know it … and Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist, Edith Wharton, described it perfectly when she said 'My little dog - a heartbeat at my feet'.
On the program we hear from people who are passionate about the benefits of including animals in our community.
DAWN PERRY talks to us about THE WALKING WOOF CLUB, a Port Phillip Community Group initiative that assists people and their dogs to get a good dose of social interaction each week, boosting the health and well-being of all. https://www.facebook.com/WalkingWoof
DR LIZ WALKER, CEO of LORT SMITH ANIMAL HOSPITAL, discusses the links between animal-friendly neighbourhoods and healthy, happy societies and the need for strong public policy to ensure we live in animal-inclusive communities. http://www.lortsmith.com/
SARAH DAVISON, urban planner and founder of PLANNING FOR ANIMALS, talks about the importance of considering animals when designing our cities and environments http://www.planningforanimals.com.au/
So snuggle up with your companion animals and enjoy!
This weekend we have a pre-ANZAC day show, highlighting some of the victims of war that we never hear about: nonhuman animals. We are joined by Colin Salter and Justin R. Goodman. Colin is one of the editors of the new book "Animals and war: Confronting the military-animal industrial complex". Justin is a contributor to the book, writing about medical military training in the U.S.
Meat Free Week is a national campaign to get you thinking about how much meat you eat and the impact eating too much has on your health, the environment and animals..and it's almost here!
Meat Free Week asks meat eaters (carnists) to pledge to go meat-free for a week. Participants enlist sponsors to support their challenge by donating to a charity. The selected charities represent the issues associated with excessive meat consumption and production: Bowel Cancer Australia, The Australian Conservation Foundation and Voiceless, the animal protection institute.
We catch up with Meat Free Week co-founder, Melissa Dixon, about the hows and whys of Meat Free Week.
And because ANY change is not always easy, we discuss the psychology of change with Nick Cooney. Nick is the author of 'Change of Heart: What psychology can teach us about spreading social change'. Nick is also the founder and director of The Humane League, an animal advocacy organisation based in Philadelphia.
ANIMAL WELFARE & THE ABBOTT GOVERNMENT - Glenys Oogjes (Animals Australia) & Dr Bidda Jones (RSPCA Australia)
Ahead of the 'March in March' rallies to be held across Australia from March 15th to 17th, we take a look at some of the significant and regressive changes the Coalition government has made to animal welfare initiatives.
Dr Bidda Jones, Chief Scientist RSPCA Australia, joins us to discuss the recent announcement from the Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, that Memoranda of Understanding will no longer be required for new overseas live animal export markets.
Glenys Oogjes, Executive Director Animals Australia, will discuss the litany of cuts to animal welfare initiatives. These cuts dramatically affect the ability of animal welfare organisations to provide advice to the government on animal welfare issues.
The cuts include:
* disbanding the Australian Animal Welfare Advisory Committee
* dismantling the Committee's initiative, the Australian Animal Welfare Strategy
* closure of the Department of Agriculture's Animal Welfare Branch
Shining a light on the hush-hush kangaroo kill at the Puckapunyal Army Base, just outside of Seymour in North Central Victoria.
We'll be catching up with experienced kangaroo advocates, Fiona Corke and Nikki Sutterby from the Australian Society for Kangaroos (ASK).
ASK volunteers are on the ground at the military base aiming to stop the kill and demanding permits be suspended until a current kangaroo management plan has been developed. An updated management plan may find that there is no scientific basis for issuing kangaroo cull permits.
We also have a Christmas treat opinion piece from the wonderful wordsmith Lawrence Pope and ripper Xmas poems from Jenny Moxham
Taiji, a small Japanese town, had a secret. This secret was exposed when the 2009 Academy Award–winning documentary, 'The Cove', hit big & small screens around the world.
'The Cove' documented the Taiji dolphin drive, an annual mass killing of dolphins and capture for the live dolphin trade. Although viewers were shocked by ocean water stained red with the blood of slain dolphins, these scenes continue today. We are currently mid-season of what has been dubbed the ‘Taiji dolphin massacre’.
Len Varley is a passionate marine conservationist and activist. He has made three visits to the notorious Taiji cove. His experience has inspired two books, 'Salt Water Tears' and 'Deeper Water'. Len is the co-founder of marine conservation group, Freedom Blue.
Dr Elizabeth Hawkins, Founding Director and Executive Officer of Dolphin Research Australia Inc., provides an Australian perspective.
World Vegan Day is celebrated on the 1st of November all over the globe: Chicago, Boston, Paris, Shanghai, Kypselis in Greece, throughout the UK, Tokyo, Dublin, Montevideo in Uruguay, Invercargill in New Zealand … you get the picture... it's big and it's getting bigger! Next weekend thousands of people will continue the celebration at the World Vegan Day Melbourne festival.
Mark Donnedu is the director of World Vegan Day Melbourne. He joins us to discuss the evolution of veganism, the festival and what a vegan world would actually look like.
We also have vox pops from some of the World Vegan Day Melbourne festival's musicians, contributors & stall holders.
So check out the World Vegan Day Melbourne programme, put the 10th of November in your diary and see you at the festival : )
P.S Spring Racing Carnival is also in full swing so Lawrence Pope shares a few choice words in his opinion piece about the horse racing industry. The frocks, fascinators, roses and champers may make it look like entertainment but the froth and bubble cannot hide the callous world of big business and gambling. The only sure bet is that the horses are the guaranteed losers. The Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses is working hard to change that and you can help them secure a retirement plan for ex-racehorses.
We are joined by Esther who discusses her life with rescue dog companions. She has 2 dog companions who have changed her life and solidified her commitment to animal liberation. She also discusses their vegan diet and offers advice for people who foster rescue dog companions.
We also chat with Patrycja from Unforgettable Creatures (UNC) who are a Melbourne based non-for-profit initiative consisting of passionate and dedicated individuals focused on rescuing, rehabilitating and re-homing companion animals in crisis. Patrycja tells us about her childhood in Eastern Europe and how rescuing a near-frozen dog led her to where she is today: rescuer and passionate activist. UNC are an expanding group in Melbourne and are always looking for new foster carers, and you will find out how you can be involved.