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.
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.
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.
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.
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/