A speech by Philip Wollen at the recent Animal Law Conference, hosted by New South Wales Young Lawyers.
Philip Wollen is a former Vice-President of Citibank and was also General Manager at Citicorp. Wollen became a vegan following his departure from Citibank and is a prominent member of the animal rights movement. He conducts intervention programs to rescue abused animals and funds outreach programs that promote animal welfare and abstinence. At age 34, Australian Business Magazine named him in the top 40 headhunted executives in Australia. In 2005 he received the Medal of the Order of Australia and in 2007 he won the Australian of the Year (Victoria) award. In 2012 he was made an Honorary Fellow of the Oxford Centre of Animal Ethics, UK.
The opinions expressed in this talk are not those of NSW Young Lawyers
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
This week we chat with the International Vegan Rights Alliance, its founder Jeanette Rowley, and Australian representative Greg McFarlane. We discuss the paper Jeannette will be presenting at the current "ANIMAL PUBLICS: Emotions, Empathy, Activism" conference at The University of Melbourne. Her paper "Toward a vegan jurisprudence of human rights" provides much to discuss for vegan activists, and we hear from Greg McFarlane on the situation for vegans in Australian prisons.
This week we talk with Ahmad Safi, executive director of Palestinian Animal League, Ahmad is a Palestinian animal rights and veganism activist and founder of PAL. His work focuses on raising public awareness and the establishment of new laws for animal welfare and rights in Palestine.
"Every single one, who are breathing or not breathing are targetted from the occupation in this country" - Ahmed Safi
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.
This week's show features Kate Fowler, Head of Campaigns for Animal Aid, the UK's largest animal rights group and one of the longest established in the world, having been founded in 1977.
Animal Aid campaigns peacefully against all forms of animal abuse and promote a cruelty-free lifestyle. They investigate and expose animal cruelty, and their undercover investigations and other evidence are often used by the media, bringing these issues to public attention.