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
We chat with Mia Macdonald, Executive Director of policy action tank, "Brighter Green" about global agribusiness & finance focusing on China, animal activism in China, that headline that circulated last week, "Feds vegan diet best for planet" & "What's for dinner?", a groundbreaking Chinese documentary produced by Brighter Green & internationally recognized independent filmmaker, Jian Yi.
This week's show features Donalea Patman from "For the Love of Wildlife". Donalea was instrumental in lobbying Minster for the Environment Greg Hunt and Jason Wood MP to ban the importation of lion trophies to Australia. We hear how Donalea lobbied for this ban, and how a relative outsider to the animal protection movement was able to achieve so much.
Sarah Davison is standing as the second Senate candidate in Victoria for the Animal Justice Party.
The Animal Justice Party has been established to give voice to those who have none – to pursue the vital issues of animal protection through the Australian Parliamentary System by:
• Encouraging the adoption of animal-friendly policies by other political parties
• Demonstrating that voters care about animal issues by contesting elections
• Educating the electorate about the animal policies of candidates from other political parties.
President of the Animal Justice Party, Professor Steve Garlick explains the need for the party by saying “For the many voters wanting to truly help animals, a new door has opened. It is not entrapped with any compromise – it is the Animal Justice Party”,
Tune in to get the lowdown on the AJP in the upcoming federal election – its history, policies and party preferencing.