No Easy Answers: McWilliams Takes on Locavore Logic

Food movements have been gaining serious momentum lately. The meanings of “just”, “ethical,” and “sustainable” food are all contentious. Biotechnology, organics, “free range” meat, vegetarianism and localism are but a handful of issues currently marinating in the proverbial stew. Historian James E. McWilliams, author of Just Food: Where Locavores Get it Wrong and How We … Continue reading

Filling the Ark: Dr. Leslie Irvine discusses animals in disasters

When disaster strikes, news reports come fast and furious with constant updates and around the clock coverage. However, the coverage of earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes and floods is almost always human-focused; where animals are concerned, the media often has little to say, especially if those animals were to become food or be used as research subjects. … Continue reading

Friends or Dinner?: A Toronto Subway System Campaign Stops the Public in Its Tracks

“Why love one but eat the other?” is the provocative slogan of the recent campaign launched by concerned citizens of Toronto and the U.S.-based animal advocacy organization, Mercy for Animals. This ambitious initiative, running June 9th to August 15th, involves a series of visually-striking subway posters that centrally juxtapose images of animals typically considered pets … Continue reading

A Hen’s Perspective: Inside the Virtual Battery Cage

Mark Middleton, creator of Animal Visuals: Visual Resources for Animal Advocates, wants us to shift our perspective… literally. In his Virtual Battery Cage infographic, Middleton provides an immersive first person environment that attempts to give the user a visual and audio experience of a typical “battery hen,” an egg-laying chicken who spends most of her … Continue reading

Animals Asia Foundation: Sanctuary and the Struggle to End Bear Bile Farming

Jill Robinson, founder and CEO of Animals Asia Foundation, joins us from Chengdu, China. Tune in to hear Robinson describe her work with Chinese and Vietnamese animal activists to provide sanctuary for moon bears (Asiatic black bears), and their efforts to stop bear bile farming. Robinson provides detailed first-hand accounts of bear rescues, painting vivid … Continue reading

Cows, Colonialism, and Capitalism: Interview with David Nibert

Well-known within the animal movements as the author of Animal Rights/Human Rights: Entanglements of Oppression and Liberation, Dr. David Nibert is a professor of Sociology at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. Historically grounded, and passionately argued, Nibert’s theory contends that oppression is primarily underpinned by economic gain and supported by state ideology. His scholarship offers both an … Continue reading

The Way We Eat: Jim Mason Interview

We connect with Jim Mason, co-author of the book The Way We Eat: Why Our Food Choices Matter. Written with the controversial philosopher, Peter Singer, this new text gives readers an updated version of their previous ground-breaking book Animal Factories, which investigated North American factory farming in the early 1990s. Yet, The Way We Eat does more than provide … Continue reading