On the 24th of November 2018 Victorians went to the polls to vote for their next state representatives. An Australian political party dedicated to animals, called the Animal Justice Party, fielded candidates in 43 of the 88 lower house electorates and had candidates running in each of the 8 upper house regions. It is looking very likely that one of the Animal Justice Party candidates will be elected to the upper house.
We are joined by animal advocates Beth Allan (pictured on the right above) and Brighde Kennedy who discuss their own experiences of dealing with sexism in the movement and some ways we can work to overcome this problem as a movement.
You can hear Beth discussing this issue at the recent Community As Activism event. The session is on Transformative Justice and #MeToo, featuring Beth as well as Jess Ison and Anne-lise Ah-fat: https://archive.org/details/MeTooTJ
We’re joined by activist and academic Jess Ison who discusses her research challenging the use of prisons and other punitive measures as a way to counter animal abuse. If you’d like to look further into the issues of prisons and prison abolition, Jess recommends the book Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Davis: https://www.sevenstories.com/books/2907-are-prisons-obsolete
The Animal Justice Party's Andy Meddick chats about the community of Lara campaign against a cruel 4500 head intensive goat factory and processing plant, in what has truly been a David and Goliath struggle, battling not just the international dairy giant but City Hall as well!
If you missed the National Day of Action for Greyhounds on April 9th, fret not. We recorded the following speakers at the Melbourne rally: Dr Eleonora Gullone, Brian Murray, Dr Helen Jeges, Kim Oxley, Dr Sonja Kassenboehmer and Jennifer Davis. We also chatted a bit further with Dr Helen Jeges about the Victorian Government's promotion of greyhound racing to children.
This week's show will feature an interview with Dr Peter John Chen. Ahead of his upcoming talk at October's Animal Activists Forum we chat with Peter about lessons that can be learned form the history of the animal rights movement in Australia.
Peter John Chen DipMR, BComm(Hons), PhD is a lecturer in Australian politics, media and policy at the University of Sydney. He is the author of Electronic Engagement: A Guide for Public Managers (ANU E Press, 2007), Australian Politics in a Digital Age (ANU Press, 2013), and the forthcoming Animal Welfare in Australia: Politics and Policy (Sydney University Press, 2016).
This week, we have a chat with Andy Meddick of the Animal Justice Party about the recent Australian federal election, and then hear a recorded talk by Jasmijn de Boo, founder of The Animal Welfare Party (UK).
What's changed its name (not its business) 6 times, been legally thrown out of many environments because it is basically killing them and yet its cruel net of killing in our Australian waters is welcomed?
After finding out about this issue, I can't get this Edvard Munch "The Scream" expression off my face. These are the boats we should be stopping Australia!!
We discuss the Geelong Star supertrawler with Andy Meddick, candidate for Corangamite for the Animal Justice Party.
This week's show present's highlights from the 2014 Animal Activists Forum, which was held in Sydney last October.
We present excerpts from three talks:
DANIEL BEECHER & DAVID RISSTROM
Experienced Lawyer / Criminal Defence Barrister
Legal Aspects of Animal Activism
Legal practitioners Daniel Beecher and David Risstrom lead an informative and thought provoking discussion on how activists can prepare for encounters with the legal system, and why it’s
important to do so.
Sustainable activism: How to avoid burn out
Drawing on 21-years of personal experience in the animal rights movement, this workshop focuses on the stresses and strains an individual can face being part of the movement and shares strategies and tactics to avoid becoming “burntout”. Bede Carmody has been involved in social change campaigning since the start of 1994, campaigning on both animal right and human rights. In 2001 he established A poultry place animal sanctuary. Since 2003 he has worked as a community organiser with the human rights organisation Amnesty International, a role which sees him working on a day-to-day basis with volunteer activists.
SENATOR LEE RHIANNON
Australian greens Senator for NSW
The point of lobbying MPs when parliament fails to act on animal cruelty people’s passion for animal welfare crosses all political persuasions but still progress is slow on ending cruelty to domestic and farm animals as well as Australian wildlife. Lee’s talk explores why MPs are dragging the chain on animal welfare, how animal activists can use parliament, and what history shows us are effective tools is winning change.
Lee illustrates her talk with two campaigns - end live exports and ban the import of cosmetics tested on animals – to examine why these campaigns that have mobilised mass support have
stalled in parliament.
These three excerpts give just a taste of what is in store at this year's Animal Activists Forum, to be held at Melbourne Town Hall on 10th &11th October 2015. Tickets are now on sale! www.activistsforum.com