When the fashion industry promotes materials like wool and leather, then animals, workers, and the environment can pay a high price. Joshua Katcher, blogger at The Discerning Brute and creator of the fashion line Brave GentleMan, talks with us about moving men’s fashions — and our ideals of masculinity in general — in a better direction.
Vaute Couture was the first all-vegan fashion label to show at New York Fashion Week — and the models walked adoptable shelter dogs down the runway. Find out how founder Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart is pushing fashion forward with high-tech, ethical fabrics, and the many ways she integrates her lifelong animal activism with her work.
When Derek Walter and Steve Jenkins welcomed Esther the “micropig” into their home, they had no idea she would grow to 400 pounds — and change the direction of their lives! Through her Facebook page, Esther has touched the hearts (and changed the diets) of people worldwide. Then, we catch up with Chris and Jon, the team behind YouTube hit cooking show The Vegan Zombie. They just released the cookbook their fans have been asking for — and threw in a comic book adventure to boot!
On April 28, 2012 demonstrators spontaneously raided the Green Hill dog breeding facility in Italy. 70 beagles were rescued that day; later, Green Hill was shut down and every dog there was spared from life in a laboratory. Claudio Pomo, an organizer of the demonstration, joins us to reflect on what factors came together to make the Green Hill campaign so successful, and to update us on developments since.
On the first half of this show, author Franceen Neufeld and editor Calvin Neufeld talk with us about Suffering Eyes, Franceen’s deeply personal account of her awakening to issues of animal suffering. Then, artist Kelli Clifton discusses her moving and intricate piece The Tragedy of the Orca Tilikum.
If you’re an average-earning American, Dave Simon calculates that you give a $1500 gift to the meat and dairy industries every year, as part of your taxes. Simon, a lawyer, vegan, and the author of Meatonomics, shows us how these powerful industries benefit from government subsidies, industry-friendly laws, national marketing programs and more.
Victoria Moran is an author, speaker, health counsellor, and vegan for 30 years. She’ll talk about her journey from the early days writing about vegan philosophy and practice, to her latest endeavour, the Main Street Vegan Academy. With an all-star group of advisors and lecturers, the Academy trains vegans educators and lifestyle coaches.
From bear conservation in the B.C. rainforest to undercover work in Asia, from the group that’s closing fur shops in Dublin to the filmmaker who shook up Seaworld, we take a look back at some of the inspiring stories we featured in 2013.