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.
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.http://www.veganmidlands.org.uk/
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).
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