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James Aspey is a twenty-something, sydney-sider who decided to spend 2014 traveling around Australia raising awareness about the exploitation of animals; the way we use and harm animals for our food, our clothing, our entertainment - the kicker here - is that he would advocate for animals in silence to acknowledge the voicelessness of animals.

We talk, yes talk (!), to James about his campaign - Voiceless 365 - a twelve month vow of silence for animals.

Voiceless 365 http://www.voiceless365.com/


Balmy summer evenings and the onset of school holidays will see many people seeking out family entertainment. To some, a trip to the traveling circus could be tempting.

We talk to academic and author, Professor Peta Tait about her book ‘Wild and Dangerous Performances: Animals, Emotions, Circus’

Also, Hans Kriek, the Executive Director of SAFE for Animals, shares with us the long-running and ultimately successful campaign to end exotic animal circus acts in New Zealand.


The individual & the organization - highlighting the animal welfare cost of wild animal tourism.

Philippa Wilkinson, a Melbourne-based veterinary nurse, shares the personal story of her passion to educate travelers about the animals caught up in the wild animal tourism industry, including plans to produce an educational documentary to encourage tourists to make compassionate holiday entertainment choices.

Freedom of Species' team member, Kate Elliott, has just completed a radio documentary mentorship. Today we hear her radio feature, 'What's Up, Skip?' that explores what it is like to be an Australian kangaroo – both loved and labelled a pest in your own homeland.

The program examines our relationship with the kangaroo and questions how our attitudes towards this native animal have shaped government policy, industry practices and media representation.

The piece was produced as part of Community Broadcasting Association of Australia’s National Audio Documentary and Features Competition for the Community Radio Network with financial assistance from the Community Broadcasting Foundation. Training and mentoring were provided through the Community Media Training Organisation. 3CR provided technical resources and general support. (as always…big thanks!)

Also on the program, Lawrence Pope shares with us his opinion piece titled ' A Business called Australia'.

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 http://www.activistsforum.com/

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

We chat with:

• David Risstrom - Barrister http://www.davidrisstrom.org/

• Katrina Fox – Journalist, Publisher and Media Coach http://katrinafox.com/

• Shari Elle – Founding Director of The Communication Group and Non- Violent Communication practitioner and trainer http://www.fullyalive.com.au/

BREAKING WITH TRADITION. THE BATTLE TO BAN BULLFIGHTING

Marius Kolff, Director of CAS International, a not-for–profit organisation working to end bullfighting and other 'cultural' events that cause animal suffering.

This also includes fiestas ('patronal festivals'), like the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, and many other festivities during which bulls and other animals are maltreated and killed.

CAS International http://www.cas-international.org


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.

LIFE IS BETTER WITH COMPANION ANIMALS

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!

Australia is a land of drought and flooding rains and increasingly, devastating wild fires. In times of disaster, who should be saved?
Sociologist Dr Leslie Irvine, asks this challenging and confronting question in her book, Filling the Ark: Animal Welfare in Disasters.

In our interview with Dr Irvine she draws on her experience as a Hurricane Katrina disaster response animal welfare volunteer and her academic analysis to explore our obligation to consider animal welfare alongside human welfare in times of crisis.

By using concepts such as the sociological scale and the vulnerability paradigm, Dr Irvine argues that it is not only possible to identify individuals most at risk when disasters strike but offers practical suggestions on how to reduce vulnerability through planning and policy development.

Leslie Irvine is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She received her Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Her research focuses on the role of animals in society. In addition to Filling the Ark: Animal Welfare in Disasters, Dr Irvine has written: If You Tame Me: Understanding Our Connection with Animals, My Dog Always Eats First : Homeless People and their Animals.

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