Bogeyman: Michael Loadenthal on the Making (and Unmaking) of “Terrorists”

Bogeyman: Michael Loadenthal on the Making (and Unmaking) of “Terrorists”

Between his degrees in Terrorism Studies and International Peace and Conflict Resolution, and his time spent doing human rights work in Palestine, Michael Loadenthal knows a thing or two about conflicts. On this Animal Voices, Loadenthal tackles the thorny issue of defining “terrorism” and examines whose interests are served by various definitions. Just who gets labelled a villain can be surprisingly … Continue reading

Kim Socha discusses her new book, “Women, Destruction, and the Avant-Garde: A Paradigm for Animal Liberation”

Kim Socha discusses her new book, “Women, Destruction, and the Avant-Garde: A Paradigm for Animal Liberation”

“This interdisciplinary study fuses analysis of feminist literature and manifestos, radical political theory, critical vanguard studies, women’s performance art, and popular culture to argue for the animal liberation movement as successor to the liberationist visions of the early twentieth-century avant-gardes, most especially the Surrealists.” The interview introduces many of the book’s themes, focusing particularly on … Continue reading

Happy Herbivore Lindsay Nixon, The Eyes of Thailand update, and Niagara’s first VegFest!

Happy Herbivore Lindsay Nixon, The Eyes of Thailand update, and Niagara’s first VegFest!

This week’s first guest is Lindsay Nixon, the Happy Herbivore.  Lindsay has amassed a loyal following with her blog and two cookbooks full of low-fat vegan recipes. Her second book, Everyday Happy Herbivore, took a back-to-basics approach necessitated by her move from New York City to a small Caribbean island. Her upcoming book, The Happy … Continue reading

Human, Animal, and Environmental Well-Being: Connecting the Dots with Ashley Maier / Welcome Back, Otter? Jason Lutterman on why California’s No-Otter Zone should be abolished

This instalment of Animal Voices presents two interviews you won’t want to miss. First, Ashley Maier tells us how her work with victims of gendered violence led her to realize that a mindset of entitlement underlies most injustices: “Me and those like me are better and more important than others.  Our feelings, wants, needs, desires, and … Continue reading

Getting “Vegucated” with film writer/director/editor Marisa Miller Wolfson

Marisa Miller Wolfson discusses the inspiration for and making of Vegucated, a first-of-its-kind documentary that follows a trio of carnivorous New Yorkers through the process of becoming vegan. Wolfson, a longtime vegan and veteran food activist, describes the incredible seven-year process of making the film, during which she discovered how very complex and costly documentary … Continue reading

Highlights from the 11th Annual North American Conference for Critical Animal Studies, Part II

The second of two shows devoted to the 11th Annual North American Conference for Critical Animal Studies, this show features live recordings of three presentations. In “The Radical Debate: A Straw Man in the Movement?”, Carol Glasser relates how she analyzed decades of news articles and Peter Young’s catalog of direct actions, hoping to settle … Continue reading

Highlights from the 11th Annual North American Conference for Critical Animal Studies, Part I

Highlights from the 11th Annual North American Conference for Critical Animal Studies, Part I

The first of two shows devoted to the 11th Annual North American Conference for Critical Animal Studies, this show features live recordings of three presentations. In “This Little Piggy Went to Market: Animal Life and Death in Pork Industry Rhetoric”, Jan Dutkiewicz describes how the pork industry uses rhetoric to objectify pigs and deny responsibility … Continue reading

We Are Family: Diana Goodrich Introduces Us to the Residents of Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest

We Are Family: Diana Goodrich Introduces Us to the Residents of Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest

Diana Goodrich tells us about her journey from starting out as a psychology student studying human-chimpanzee communication to her current role as Director of Outreach for Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest. She introduces us to the seven residents of the sanctuary, describing the day she met them in the dark basement of a research facility in northern … Continue reading

Undercover Investigation: Inside a U.K. Pig Farm with Animal Equality’s Laura Gough

Animal Voices speaks with Laura Gough of Animal Equality about their recent undercover investigation of a pig farm in Norfolk, U.K. The routine brutality seen in the footage gathered over two months is shocking. So too is the revelation that the randomly-chosen farm boasted the “Red Tractor” symbol, supposedly awarded to U.K. farms that adhere to high animal welfare standards. … Continue reading