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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.
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.
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)
Hunters, horses and hounds vs. a lone, terrified fox. If you think that sounds one-sided, you’re not alone: the Hunt Saboteurs Association is marking 50 years of stepping in on the side of the animals. From laying false scent trails to sounding confusing signals with hunting horns, “sabs” do whatever they can to confound the hunt. (Photo from huntsabs.org.uk)
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!