We All Have Something to Fear: Rachel Meeropol on Challenging the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act

We All Have Something to Fear: Rachel Meeropol on Challenging the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act

(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. Continue reading

<em>Meatonomics</em> Author Dave Simon on the Rigged Economics of Meat and Dairy

Meatonomics Author Dave Simon on the Rigged Economics of Meat and Dairy

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. Continue reading

Interview with Joyce Tischler, co-founder of the Animal Legal Defense Fund

Today we talk with Joyce Tischler, co-founder of the Animal Legal Defense Fund. As one and of the visionaries who has shaped the field of animal law, Tischler’s work has pushed the boundaries of the law to protect the lives and interests of animals. With unique insight into the creative legal strategies that attorneys have developed to protect animals, Tischler  tells … Continue reading

Part 2 – The Last Piece of the Thinking About Animals Conference Pie: On The War Against Animal Activists

Featured today is Part 2 of select presentations from the Thinking About Animals Conference at Brock University. The Animal Voices team is very excited to be able to bring you two incredible talks that ask important questions about the Animal Enterprises Terrorism Act (AETA) and the increasing criminalization of animal activism in the United States. We … Continue reading

Law Without Order: Catching up with Martin Balluch

This week we catch up with Martin Balluch – Austrian physicist, philosopher and animal rights activist. Balluch co-founded the Austrian Vegan Society in 1999, and has been president of the Austrian Association Against Animal Factories since 2002. Balluch was instrumental in a number of animal welfare changes, including the banning of battery cages, the banning … Continue reading

NO! On Puppy Mills: An Interview with “YES! On Prop B” Campaign Director, Barbara Schmitz

This week Animal Voices speaks with Barbara Schmitz, Missouri State Director for the Humane Society of the United States and campaign director for the YES! On Prop B campaign. The campaign is attempting to usher in The Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act in Missouri, where a full 30% of the estimated 3000 US Puppy Mills are … Continue reading

Local Actions and Legal Precedents: Interviews with Elizabeth Schoales and Will Potter

On this installment of Animal Voices we speak directly to an activist trying to effect important change on a local level in Canada, and to a journalist bringing attention to how a new legal precedent will affect activists all over the US. First, we speak with Elizabeth Schoales, an activist based in Charlottetown, Prince Edward … Continue reading

Unravelling the Acronym: Will Potter Exposes the AETA (Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act)

In this interview, Will Potter, award-winning independent journalist and creator of GreenIsTheNewRed.com, demystifies the AETA (Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act) and discusses the implications of the act for advocates. Potter argues that the AETA is a significant threat not only to those who engage in illegal activities on behalf of animals, but also to aboveground activists … Continue reading