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
Dr. Will Tuttle is an academic, author, educator, pianist, composer, former Zen monk and vegan of 33 years. The list goes on! He is most well-known for his acclaimed no#1 best-seller ‘The World Peace Diet’. He is currently on a speaking tour of Australia & New Zealand. See the link below for more details.
Dr Tuttle is also a recipient of the Peace Abbey's Courage of Conscience Award, and is the creator of several wellness training programs. His Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, focused on educating intuition and altruism in adults, and he has taught college courses in creativity, humanities, mythology, religion, and philosophy.
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.
To celebrate International Day of People with Disability (Dec 3rd) we will be showcasing the work of Sunaura “Sunny” Taylor.
Sunaura is an American painter and activist for disability and animal rights. She was born with arthrogryposis, a rare congenital joint disorder, that severely restricts the use of her legs or arms. She uses a motorised wheelchair and her mouth to paint. She is an abolitionist vegan.
Her published articles include The Right Not to Work: Disability and Capitalism, Is It Possible to Be a Conscientious Meat Eater?, Should We Eat Meat? and Beasts of Burden: Animals and Disability.
Her academic and artistic work explores the commonalities between ableism and speciesism. Sunaura believes both disability and animal oppression are often rooted in similar paradigms – those of dependency, nature and normalcy.
Tune in, limber up and lean in ... it's time to do some paradigm shifting!
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.
It was this common sense comment from comedian and Nova radio presenter, Dave Hughes, that sent the dairy industry and the newly-formed dairy lobby group, Farmer Power, into defence mode and damage control.
Why is common sense thinking so threatening to the dairy industry?
Freedom of Species takes a look behind the dairy farm gate, we get nutrition facts NOT paid for by the dairy industry and discover some tasty dairy-free alternatives that are just an arm’s reach away from you in the supermarket.
Can you eat meat and really care about the animals on your dinner plate? Can you continue to care for animals if your job is to kill animals ?
These are some of the questions that Madeleine Parry asks in her two award-winning documentaries, MurderMouth and Meatwork.
Madeleine shines a light on society's collective blind spot and sits with the uncomfortable, immovable fact that over 500 million land animals are killed in Australia every year for human consumption. Each animal is being killed by someone and is being eaten by another.
The documentaries weren't easy to produce, they are not easy documentaries to watch and this interview will not be an easy interview to listen to.
Both documentaries were produced by Daniel Joyce from Projector Films.