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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.

This talk was recorded at the National Herbarium of Victoria in Melbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens on 19th August 2013, as part of an Australian & NZ speaking tour produced by Sentient WE, in association with The Jane Goodall Institute Australia.

Dr Melanie Joy is a professor of psychology and sociology at the University of Massachusetts and author of the award-winning book "Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs & Wear Cows" and also "Strategic Action for Animals".  She is also the founder and president of the Carnism Awareness and Action Network (CAAN).  Dr Joy has given countless presentations across the USA and Europe on the subject of carnism, that is, the dominant, yet invisible paradigm in modern culture supporting the choice to consume meat.  

The night was introduced by Natalie Houghton (CEO of JGIA) and Phil Wollen OAM, and two short videos were played in the course of Dr Joy's presentation.   However, due to the venue's audio arrangement, the introductions and videos were largely inaudible in this recording and therefore have been edited out.


In the lead up to her Australia/NZ speaking tour later this month, social psychologist & professor Dr Joy (author of "Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, & Wear Cows") explains the psychology of carnism, that is, people's willlingness to eat certain animals - enabled only through blocking out what we know about the capacity for animals' consciousness and the ability to feel pain, and the inhumane husbandry practiced all over the world, simply to satisfy a taste for foods we don't need. Dr Joy provides fascinating insights for vegans, vegetarians, and meat-eaters alike.

Carnism Awareness & Action Network

Jane Goodall Institute Australia

Our show this week features Kevin White of Midland Vegan Campaigns. He talks about his work in animal rights campaigning that has ranged from anti vivisection camapigns including the Shamrock Monkey Farm, Regal Rabbits Farm and Hillgrove Cat Farm campaigns. He discusses his experiences of lock-ons and subsequent arrests as part of the SHAC campaign and his recent experiences in organising the West Midlands Vegan Fair.

VEGANIC GARDENING! What? Veganic Gardening. Listen in to hear what veganic gardening is and how it's done, direct from a Canberra veganic gardener of 25 years.

Barbara Schreiner is a self-confessed veganic gardening obsessive who is also a teacher of this particular type of cultivation. She explains why and how she practices veganic gardening.

If you can’t beat ’em, entertain ‘em … & they might just join you!

Vegan Smythe is a Melbourne-based cabaret performer. His catchy tunes highlight the hypocrisy of an animal lovin’, meat eatin’ world and promote a kinder, more consistent approach - veganism.

Check out these song titles - Flesh Hungry World, Human Milk Dairy and WTF do you eat ? ; )

Tune in  to hear the stories behind the tunes and why Vegan Smythe sports a teardrop tattoo

Bridget, a local animal activist & creator of intelligent articulate thoughtful zines, speaks about her experiences in Kurdistan where she worked with Nature Iraq on the devastating wildlife trafficking issue. It was these experiences that led her to create the zines "All My Friends Are Mountains" and "Veganistan" (winner of a zine award).

Struck by Lightning; James B “Lightning” Wilks, elite athlete, talks to us about why he became vegan, the physical benefits he gained and the peace of mind of knowing he was not contributing to harm.




Joe Cross, Australian entrepreneur & maker of the award-winning documentary “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead”. When middle age came knocking, Joe found he was literally “fat, sick & nearly dead”, 45 kg overweight & dosed up on potent steroids. He rebooted his life with a 60-day, micronutrient-rich, fruit & vegie juice fast while traveling nearly 5,000 km across America. Tune in to hear what all the buzz is about … It might just change your life