Dying for Trophies and Trinkets: Threats to Bears, Rhinos, Elephants, and Tigers

Dying for Trophies and Trinkets: Threats to Bears, Rhinos, Elephants, and Tigers

Bears on the B.C. coast are being killed for their heads and paws. Elephants, rhinos and tigers are being hunted to extinction for ivory and folk remedies. Douglas Neasloss from the Bears Forever project, and Anne Pick and Tristan Chytroschek from the documentary film Gambling On Extinction, join Animal Voices to talk about what can be done. Continue reading

John Fitzgerald on the Fight to Ban Blood Sports in Ireland

John Fitzgerald on the Fight to Ban Blood Sports in Ireland

Ireland is about to revise its animal cruelty laws for the first time in over a century. John Fitzgerald returns to Animal Voices to describe the practices animal advocates want banned — such as “hare coursing” and “terrierwork” — and to give us an inside view of the political battle shaping up between animal advocates and the powerful pro-blood sports lobby. Continue reading

Beyond Earth Hour & The Seal Hunt

Board games by candlelight… shadowy city skylines….Images of Earth Hour flicker across the mainstream and alternative media. As debates continue about the practical and symbolic impact of the action, the Toronto Vegetarian Association (TVA) suggests that we move “Beyond Earth Hour.” This perennial gathering promotes a long-term and everyday strategy to help decrease the effects … Continue reading

Wildlife Photography: The Legacy of Camera Hunting, Masculinity, and Colonialism

Wildlife Photography: The Legacy of Camera Hunting, Masculinity, and Colonialism

In this conversation, Dr. Mathew Brower, Curator at the University of Toronto and Lecturer in Museum Studies, gives us a fascinating historical account of wildlife photography in the United States and Britain. With an emphasis on “camera hunting” and an eye toward masculinity, Brower notes the shifts in hunting and photography practices, and the larger … Continue reading

Seal Hunt Protests: Interviews about Rhetoric, Strategy, and Tactics

We are joined by three animal advocacy groups to discuss anti-sealing activism. We want to explore why some groups focus on the hunt, and ask critical questions about rhetoric, strategy, and tactics. Centrally, we hope to promote a dialogue amongst activists: we’ll be featuring two Toronto groups (ARK II and Wild at Heart) in conversation with … Continue reading

Exploring the Seal Eco-Tourism Industry on Canada’s East Coast

With guest co-host, Melissa Tkachyk, Canadian Campaigns Officer for the World Society for the Protection of Animals, we’ll be discussing this year’s commercial seal hunt, the cultural issues associated with it, and the viability of eco-tourism options on the east coast for celebrating seals to replace the business of destroying them. We’ll also look at the … Continue reading

Save Taiji Dolphins!

This week, we’ll be setting the stage for the international day of protest against the dolphin slaughter in Japan. Every year from September through April, fishermen in Japan hunt and kill about 20,000 dolphins and other whales in the largest dolphin slaughter in the world. The hunt is vicious but is justified for many reasons … Continue reading