West Coast Activism: Resisting the Fur Industry and Dissection; Visakha SPCA

First we hear from Rae Vasudevan, coordinator of Skinned!, a BC animal protection group. Two years of pressure from Skinned! has finally paid off: Famous Players has stopped advertising for the Fur Council of Canada and other independent furriers. Want to learn the secret of Skinned!’s success? Interested in learning more about the Canadian fur industry? Rae will give us the details.

Then we connect with Pradeep Kumar Nath, President of the Visakha SPCA, in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India. Hear first-hand about the conditions facing animals in India and how the organization is mobilizing to alleviate some of the suffering. Lesley Fox will then join us from the support group Frogs Are Cool, which helps students seeking alternatives to dissection. Indeed, the group argues that all students have the right to refuse to dissect, as part of exercising their rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Lesley will fill us in on some of the barriers students face when they refuse to dissect, how these obstacles can be overcome, as well as the alternatives to dissection. (And, of course, we’ll find out exactly why frogs are cool…)

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