Too often we see the mainstream framing of black veganism or indigenous veganism as an assimilation into white veganism. Veganism is painted as a white person thing, when it isn’t and never has been. That is why creating spaces for the narratives of black vegans to grow and flourish is extremely important. I hope with this …
On April 28, 2012 demonstrators spontaneously raided the Green Hill dog breeding facility in Italy. 70 beagles were rescued that day; later, Green Hill was shut down and every dog there was spared from life in a laboratory. Claudio Pomo, an organizer of the demonstration, joins us to reflect on what factors came together to make the Green Hill campaign so successful, and to update us on developments since.
(Photo by NNECAPA) Rachel Meeropol is lead counsel of a court challenge to the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA). The lawsuit claims that the AETA is so vague that it potentially applies to anyone who speaks out against cruel practices, documents abuse, or attends a protest. Meeropol will give us some history about how the law has been used against activists, and walk us through what the new court challenge is trying to accomplish.
On the first half of this show, author Franceen Neufeld and editor Calvin Neufeld talk with us about Suffering Eyes, Franceen’s deeply personal account of her awakening to issues of animal suffering. Then, artist Kelli Clifton discusses her moving and intricate piece The Tragedy of the Orca Tilikum.
If you’re an average-earning American, Dave Simon calculates that you give a $1500 gift to the meat and dairy industries every year, as part of your taxes. Simon, a lawyer, vegan, and the author of Meatonomics, shows us how these powerful industries benefit from government subsidies, industry-friendly laws, national marketing programs and more.
Victoria Moran is an author, speaker, health counsellor, and vegan for 30 years. She’ll talk about her journey from the early days writing about vegan philosophy and practice, to her latest endeavour, the Main Street Vegan Academy. With an all-star group of advisors and lecturers, the Academy trains vegans educators and lifestyle coaches.
From bear conservation in the B.C. rainforest to undercover work in Asia, from the group that’s closing fur shops in Dublin to the filmmaker who shook up Seaworld, we take a look back at some of the inspiring stories we featured in 2013.
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.
Should we be learning compassion for animals at the same time as our ABCs? Ruby Roth thinks so: her new illustrated book, V is for Vegan, gives kids aged 3 and up a fun introduction to veganism in 26 sentences. Roth will entertain us with rhymes from the book, but we’ll also get serious about navigating the tricky waters of grown-ups’ concerns around veganism and children.
Dr. Kendra Coulter is teaching the first-ever Labour Studies course focused on nonhuman animals at a major university. Using examples ranging from therapy dogs to horse racing, from socialized care of street dogs in Greece to low-cost veterinary clinics in Hamilton, Coulter shows us how animal work is enmeshed with capitalism and class, and how we can approach solidarity with working animals and the humans who work with them.
In 2001, Kathy Stevens walked away from a career in teaching, bought a junkyard, and transformed it into the Catskill Animal Sanctuary. Join us as Kathy talks about some of the 3,000+ animals she has rescued from situations of cruelty and hoarding, and recounts some moving recent experiences with Toronto animal activists!