Literature and The Postcolonial Animal: An Interview with Philip Armstrong

Literature and The Postcolonial Animal: An Interview with Philip Armstrong

Q: Why did the chicken cross the road? (To escape the factory farm? To find somewhere good to dust bathe?) A: Or, maybe, the chicken crossed the road to knock on Philip Armstrong’s door. In Armstrong’s prize-winning essay, “Sympathy”, he writes about a chicken who mysteriously appeared at his home and quickly made herself comfortable, … Continue reading

Rescue, Shelter, and Education: The Ferret Aid Society Speaks

When people think of vivisection, ferrets aren’t usually the first animals who spring to mind. Or, similarly, mention animal cruelty investigations, and people tend to imagine cats and dogs. While ferrets are plagued by cultural stereotypes that they stink and love to bite, The Ferret Aid Society offers a very different interpretation of these inquisitive animals. … Continue reading

The Secret Lives of Sloths – Part II

We’re delighted that Judy Avey-Arroyo, co-founder of the Aviarios del Caribe Wildlife Centre and the Buttercup Centre Sloth Sanctuary in Costa Rica, will join us again to talk about sloths. We’ll hear more about sloths’ habitat and history, the sloth pet trade, the Sanctuary’s “Adopt A Sloth” program, additional stories about the individual animals at the … Continue reading

The Secret Lives of Sloths

Definition of “Sloth”: “Apathy and inactivity in the practice of virtue (personified as one of the deadly sins)”, and, “Any of several slow-moving arboreal mammals of South America and Central America; they hang from branches back downward and feed on leaves and fruits.” Sloths are one of those maligned animals whose very existence is associated … Continue reading

Sharkwater: An Interview With Rob Stewart

Sharkwater: An Interview With Rob Stewart

Rob Stewart, director of the award-winning film Sharkwater, makes a compelling case for the global protection of sharks. Busting the myth that sharks are unstoppable killing machines, Stewart portrays them as complex and evolved beings whose survival is threatened by the lucrative shark-fin industry. Stewart has worked alongside Sea Shepherd to expose and stop shark poachers, at times under harrowing conditions. He joins us to talk about his film, his travels, and why sharks matter. Continue reading