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Counter Narratives: scott crow on Anarchism, Pragmatic Ethics, and Going Beyond Vegan Consumerism

Counter Narratives: scott crow on Anarchism, Pragmatic Ethics, and Going Beyond Vegan Consumerism

Building on ideas of larger struggles, crow discusses the philosophy of anarchism and the practical applications it has – how can anarchism create a framework for asking questions and challenge ourselves to envision different futures in which we don’t have all of the solutions. Crow draws on his experience with Common Ground Collective, which was … Continue reading

What Does The Prairie Dog Say? Con Slobodchikoff, Author of <em>Chasing Doctor Dolittle</em>, on Animal Language

What Does The Prairie Dog Say? Con Slobodchikoff, Author of Chasing Doctor Dolittle, on Animal Language

For a long time, people thought a prairie dog chirp just meant “Danger!” Then Con Slobodchikoff recorded the chirps, slowed them down and analyzed them. Turns out they mean more like “The tall man in the red shirt is coming this way again and this time there’s a dog with him!” In this interview, Slobodchikoff explores prairie dog language, dog and cat communication, whale song, lizard body language, and much more. Continue reading

Finding Points of Unity: Darius Mirshahi Gets Us Ready for the Peoples’ Social Forum

Finding Points of Unity: Darius Mirshahi Gets Us Ready for the Peoples’ Social Forum

The Peoples’ Social Forum is a huge gathering of activists happening in Ottawa in August. Co-organizer Darius Mirshahi will tell us all about how to participate and what to expect. You may recognize Mirshahi as hip-hop artist Testament — he’ll also chat with us about how he got into hip-hop and why he feels it is the most potent form of music for conveying political messages. Continue reading

For People Who Love Animals And Numbers: An Interview With “Counting Animals” Blogger Harish Sethu

For People Who Love Animals And Numbers: An Interview With “Counting Animals” Blogger Harish Sethu

How many animals do you save each year by going vegetarian? Does factory farming make meat cheaper? Who’s more animal-friendly, Democrats or Republicans? These are just a few of the questions Harish Sethu tackles on his blog, Counting Animals. Using the best data available, Sethu works to give animal advocates accurate, defensible numbers they can use in their arguments. Continue reading

Dylan Powell on Veganism in Occupied Territories

Dylan Powell on Veganism in Occupied Territories

Dylan Powell talks with AV about veganism in occupied territories. The system of animal agriculture brought to the Americas 500 years ago is hungry for land — for grazing, for feedcrops — and its expansion is tied to land theft, displacement, and environmental destruction. Might activists fighting this system recognize as allies the Onkwehon:we (original people) activists fighting to protect remaining wild spaces against pipelines, fracking, and suburban sprawl? (Photo from ontarioplaques.com) Continue reading

Fashionably Vegan Part II: Joshua Katcher of The Discerning Brute and Brave GentleMan

Fashionably Vegan Part II: Joshua Katcher of The Discerning Brute and Brave GentleMan

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. Continue reading