vegan

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.

http://www.vegoa.org

We share the excellent talks given by Paul Mahony (climate change activist/blogger & Melbourne Pig Save co-founder) & Mark Doneddu (President of Vegetarian Victoria) at Melbourne's recent Sustainable Living Festival. They speak about the massive toll that animal agriculture has on climate, human health, and poverty.  The talks reference the Australian context, as well as the international context.  These two speakers are a wealth of information.

We revisit World Vegan Day 2015 in Melbourne when we asked festival attendees about veganism. And wow, what a cornucopia of thoughtful insightful responses we received!

Kym Staton is the founder and organiser of the Sydney Vegan Club and he has a plan – a Vegan Australia by 2025.

Ambitious ? Maybe.

But Kym has strategy, analysis and enthusiasm on his side.

The Sydney Vegan Club hit the ground running; since its recent founding in 2013, it has become one of the largest vegan communities in the world with an impressive 6,000 members … and growing with every outreach event.

Sydney Vegan Club http://www.sydneyveganclub.com.au/

"MAY THE FOREST BE WITH YOU"

HAPPY MARDI GRAS!
This weekend on Freedom of Species we celebrate Mardi Gras by chatting with activist and advocate pattrice jones. pattrice is the cofounder of VINE Sanctuary (http://vine.bravebirds.org/), an LGBTQ-run farmed animal sanctuary that works from within an ecofeminist understanding of the intersection of oppressions. Her activist work dates back to the 1970s and includes anti-racist education, tenant organizing, and direct action against AIDS as well as work within the feminist, peace, and LGBTQ liberation movements. She has taught college and university courses on the praxis of social change, and her contributions to movement thinking appear in numerous anthologies as well as her book, Aftershock.

This week we talk to Milesh, Susmitha, Arun and Vinay from Vegan Bengaluru (Bangalore, India).

Milesh and Susmitha discuss the vegan community in Bengaluru, Vinay his work in animal rescue and Arun the work of equine welfare organisation Samabhava.

Vegan Bengaluru & VGF:
www.facebook.com/groups/veganbengaluru
www.facebook.com/vgfisgreatfun

The equine welfare organisation that Arun is involved with:

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.

Dr Tuttle 's Australia & NZ tour info: http://www.willtuttletour.org.au/

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.

"MILK IS FOR BABY COWS"

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.

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