Founders of Melbourne Chicken Save, Melbourne Cow Save, Melbourne Pig Save & the newest Melbourne Sheep Save join us in the studio to talk about their place in the growing worldwide Save Movement for farmed animals. They explain what the principle of "bearing witness" means in practice, the purposes of their rallies and slaughterhouse vigils, and what each group is up to.
The introduction of the Australian brushtail possum to New Zealand for the fur industry has resulted in a highly successful population of approximately 30 million. We speak with Hans Kriek of SAFE New Zealand about the broad context of the issue, including the possum's entrenched demonisation in NZ society. We also hear from Nicholas Holm of Massey University about how the possum takes the blame for the ongoing degradation of the NZ environment by the #1 predator and pest species - the human.
Last April, we recorded the fantastic talk given by Dr Michael Klaper at Melbourne's Astor Theatre, an event hosted by Animal Liberation Victoria. Dr Klaper is an acclaimed doctor, dedicated environmentalist, and passionate educator. He has been a champion of the vegan diet since the early 1980s, recognising the devastating impacts that animal agriculture has on human and planetary health and, of course, on animals.
Paul Mahony, climate change & animal rights campaigner, describes the links he's found between Australia's environmental organisations & the livestock industry, which he's mapped out in his online presentation "The Link That Too Many Ignore". Could this explain why so few people are talking about the very significant role of animal agriculture in climate change?
We hear from Shir Friedman of Israeli food biotech start-up SuperMeat, about the anticipated arrival of cultured meat into our supermarkets. "Cultured meat packs a triple punch. First, it helps drastically reduce unsustainable environmental impacts that are common in the current meat industry. Second, it will set free countless of animals who currently undergo tragic conditions prior to slaughter.
Paul Bashir, co-founder and director of Anonymous For The Voiceless, explains the motivation and method behind this new highly effective direct action and public outreach initiative in Melbourne. He details how his astonishingly successful approach gets passing pedestrians to commit to veganism on the spot.
We hear about social and environmental impacts of livestock farming in rural Africa from Geoff Russell who's the author of "CSIRO Perfidy" and a candidate for the Animal Justice Party in South Australia, and Gerard Wedderburn-Bisshop of the World Preservation Foundation & Beyond Zero Emissions.
Fancy living with other like-minded folk in a self-sufficient paradise? Well, now you can! We hear from co-founding members behind Vegoa, a new vegan ecovillage initiative taking shape in Portugal. We also have a presentation from Melbourne's recent Sustainable Living Festival by Sea Shepherd volunteer Claire, about Operation Icefish.