Monday, 24 February 2020

Episode 17: Interview with Sandra Higgins of Eden Farmed Animal Sanctuary (Part One)

For Episode 17 of Always for Animal Rights, I am pleased to present Part One of my recent interview with Sandra Higgins, the founder and director of Eden Farmed Animal Sanctuary and Go Vegan World. (You may remember my previous interview with Sandra on Episode 5.)

In Part One of this most recent interview, Sandra told me about Eden Farmed Animal Sanctuary, the nonhuman individuals who live there and their unique personalities, and some of the challenges that come along with running a farmed animal sanctuary. One of these challenges is in treating the health conditions that result from the selective breeding that animal exploiting industries have imposed on farmed animals. We also spoke about the challenge of living in a speciesist world.


Sandra told me about several of Eden's residents in the interview; here are some photos of them... (All of these photos are courtesy of Agatha Kisiel Photography.)

Angel was rescued with other sheeps from a flooded yard beside a slaughterhouse



Fairy on the day she arrived at Eden
Maria

Genevieve with Maria in the background


Mamou with her daughters Ruth and Jane


Nora (RIP)

Penny and Connie

Pip and Cara
Razzle the blind rook (RIP) with Sandra


10 sheeps were rescued from a slaughterhouse field and now peacefully live at Eden


The rescued turkeys whom Sandra mentioned in the interview

We will hear Part Two of this interview in the near future. In the meantime, I hope you'll listen to this episode!

How to listen to this episode

There are two ways to listen to the episode.
  1. Listen to the podcast version that I uploaded to Archive.org at https://archive.org/details/afarfebruary192020. You can also download the MP3 file from that page.
  2.  Listen to the episode as it was heard live on CKCU 93.1 FM: https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/553/47069.html. Please note that, due to a technical error, the first couple minutes of the interview were played twice on the radio. However, after that, the rest of the interview played without a problem. If you don't want to hear the beginning of the interview twice, you can still listen to the Archive.org version.
You can also find Always for Animal Rights on Facebook and Instagram!

The next episode of Always for Animal Rights will be broadcast on CKCU 93.1 FM in Ottawa on Wednesday, March 4th, 2019-- and, of course, it will be available to listen to afterwards, as well.

Thursday, 6 February 2020

Episode 16: Ronnie Lee, founder of the Animal Liberation Front, discusses ALF history and the new definition of veganism

Ronnie Lee and Dennis Pickles
This week, I am pleased to present Part One of my recent interview with the animal rights activist Ronnie Lee. Ronnie founded the Animal Liberation Front in the 1970’s, and he has been involved in various animal rights and vegan education initiatives over the years. The Animal Liberation Front, of course, is a leaderless non-violent movement that rescues animals from exploitation and damages the equipment and property of animal exploitation industries.
 
In Part One of our interview, Ronnie told me about the history of the Animal Liberation Front and some of its accomplishments so far. We also discussed the new definition of veganism that Ronnie co-wrote with Tony Harris in 2017. This definition, which is also known as the Vegan Flag definition, can be seen below.

“Veganism is a way of living that seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of animals, which extends beyond dietary considerations to the avoidance of all types of animal use or abuse, including harm to their natural habitats.

“It includes a moral duty to actively oppose animal exploitation by encouraging and educating others to become vegan, with the core aim being the eradication of speciesism.”

At the end of the show, we'll hear Queen V's song called "Wearing My Blood".

In Part Two, which we will hear on a future episode, Ronnie explained what the animal rights movement needs to do in order to end the oppression of non-human animals.

How to listen to this episode

There are two ways to listen to the episode.
  1. Listen to the episode on CKCU FM's website at https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/553/46870.html. At the end of the show, there was a technical issue while Queen V's song was playing. The interruption doesn't last very long, though.
  2.  Listen to the episode on Archive.org or download the MP3 file at https://archive.org/details/afarfebruary52020.
You can also find Always for Animal Rights on Facebook and Instagram!

The next episode of Always for Animal Rights will be broadcast on CKCU 93.1 FM in Ottawa on Wednesday, February 19, 2019-- and, of course, it will be available to listen to afterwards, as well.

Friday, 24 January 2020

Episode 15: Vegan Business, Veganism in Australia, Social Justice Connections, and Anti-Speciesist Language

Australian vegans protest against animal exploitation and
tell passersby to watch the documentary Dominion
For this week's episode of Always for Animal Rights, I interviewed the journalist Katrina Fox. Katrina is the founder of VeganBusinessMedia.com, host of the Vegan Business Talk podcast, and author of Vegan Ventures: Start and Grow an Ethical Business. She has been a vegan since 1996, and she teaches vegan business owners about getting media coverage for their brands.

In our interview, Katrina spoke about her work, what to keep in mind when starting a vegan business, and how the vegan movement in Australia has been going.

After the interview, we’ll hear from the sociologist Corey Lee Wrenn, who will share her perspective on how animal rights and other social justice issues are connected.

Then, in an audio clip from one of Challenge Speciesism's videos, the founder of Challenge Speciesism will explain why we need to avoid euphemistic language when speaking about the violence that is committed against non-human animals.


Finally, at the end of the show we'll hear the song "One Species" by xTRUE NATUREx. It's an amazing song.

How to listen to this episode

There are two ways to listen to the episode.
  1.  Listen to the episode on Archive.org or download the MP3 file at https://archive.org/details/afarjanuary222020.
  2. Listen to the episode on CKCU FM's website at https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/553/46669.html.
You can also find Always for Animal Rights on Facebook and Instagram!

The next episode of Always for Animal Rights will be broadcast on CKCU 93.1 FM in Ottawa on Wednesday, February 5th, 2019-- and, of course, it will be available to listen to afterwards, as well.

Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Episode 14: Sociologist Dr. Corey Lee Wrenn discusses the impact of professionalization within the animal rights movement

For AFAR’s first episode of 2020, I am pleased to present Part One of my recent interview with Dr. Corey Lee Wrenn, Lecturer of Sociology at the University of Kent. As a sociologist, Corey studies the animal rights movement and the status of nonhuman animals in human society. She is the author of A Rational Approach to Animal Rights: Extensions in Abolitionist Theory (published in 2016) and Piecemeal Protest: Animal Rights in the Age of Nonprofits (published in December 2019). She has written more than thirty academic peer-reviewed journal articles (all of which are available to read for free online here) about the effectiveness of social movement tactics, and she is also the founder of the Vegan Feminist Network.

In Part One of our interview, Corey explains how professionalized animal advocacy nonprofits ignore and suppress the radical, abolitionist vegan message, and how this “watering down” of the vegan message is harmful to our movement. Corey also tells me what form of activism she believes will be the most effective, based on her research.


I believe it’s crucial for us, as activists, to understand how the vegan and animal rights movements are “selling out” to mainstream interests so that we can resist the pressure to soften our message. Instead, we must make the conscious decision to keep our messaging honest, abolitionist, and radical.


How to listen to this episode

There are two ways to listen to the episode.
  1. Listen to the episode on CKCU FM's website at https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/553/46458.html.
  2.  Listen to the episode on Archive.org or download the MP3 file at https://archive.org/details/afarjanuary82020.
You can also find Always for Animal Rights on Facebook and Instagram!

The next episode of Always for Animal Rights will be broadcast on CKCU 93.1 FM in Ottawa on Wednesday, January 22nd, 2019-- and, of course, it will be available to listen to afterwards, as well.

Friday, 20 December 2019

Episode 13: Interview with Dawn Moncrief, founder of A Well-Fed World

This week on Always for Animal Rights, I interviewed Dawn Moncrief, the founder of a non-profit organization called A Well-Fed World (AWFW).
 
Dawn founded AWFW to address two forms of suffering in the world: the suffering of non-human animals who are exploited by the food system, and the suffering of humans who do not have enough food to eat. AWFW's flagship program, Plants-4-Hunger, provides funding to plant-based school lunch programs in Ethiopia and Nepal as well as programs that plant fruit trees, provide seeds, and run veganic community food gardens. In addition, AWFW has a grants program that supports animal rescue and vegan advocacy initiatives around the world.

In our interview, Dawn told me about what AWFW does and why she founded the organization. We also discussed the following topics:
  • some of the reasons why it's harmful to send farmed animals overseas as "gifts" to impoverished human families;
  • how animal agriculture is connected to world hunger; and
  • what she hopes to accomplish in the future.

This week's episode also includes two animal rights songs: Queen V's poignant Christmas song "Cruel World" and Dr. Aryan Tavakkoli's hard-hitting animal rights song "Sixth Commandment".

How to listen to this episode

There are two ways to listen to the episode.
  1. Listen to the episode on CKCU FM's website at https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/553/46074.html.
  2.  Listen to the episode on Archive.org or download the MP3 file at https://archive.org/details/afardecember182019.
You can also find Always for Animal Rights on Facebook and Instagram!

Normally the show is broadcast once every two weeks, but we'll be skipping an extra week just this once. The next episode of Always for Animal Rights will be broadcast on CKCU 93.1 FM in Ottawa on Wednesday, January 8th, 2019-- and, of course, it will be available to listen to afterwards, as well.

Thursday, 5 December 2019

Episode 12: Interview with Matt, founder of Challenge Speciesism

Episode 12 of Always for Animal Rights features a fascinating interview with Matt, the founder of Challenge Speciesism.

Challenge Speciesism is an initiative dedicated to ending the oppression of non-human animals by challenging us to unlearn speciesist discrimination. We all need to work on unlearning speciesism, and Matt has created some great educational videos about how we can work at being non-speciesist in our language and in the way we frame our discussions about veganism and animal rights.

In our interview, we covered several topics, including the following:
  • What speciesism is (and what it isn't)
  • Why our treatment of non-human animals shouldn't be based on how intelligent we believe them to be
  • Why we should focus on protecting individual sentient beings rather than preserving a species as a whole
  • The speciesism behind comparing non-human animals with "products"
  • How we can use language to work towards the liberation of non-human animals
  •  ... And more!

Definitely, definitely listen to this episode if you can!

To learn more about this initiative, please visit Challenge Speciesism's website and YouTube channel.



How to listen to this episode

There are two ways to listen to the episode.
  1. Listen to the episode on CKCU FM's website at https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/553/45940.html.
  2.  Listen to the episode on Archive.org or download the MP3 file at https://archive.org/details/afardecember42019.

You can also find Always for Animal Rights on Facebook and Instagram!

The next episode of Always for Animal Rights will be broadcast on CKCU 93.1 FM in Ottawa on Wednesday, December 18, 2019-- and, of course, it will be available to listen to afterwards, as well.

Sunday, 24 November 2019

Episode 11: Interview with photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur

This week's episode of Always for Animal Rights features an interview with award-winning photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur.
 
Through her work documenting humans' relationship with other animals, Jo-Anne, who lives in Toronto, has visited nearly 60 countries around the world and was the subject of a 2013 documentary called The Ghosts in Our Machine. She is the author of two books that feature her photography and writings. This year, she founded We Animals Media, an international media agency dedicated to making the lives and the suffering of non-human animals visible to the public.


In this thought-provoking interview, we covered the following topics:

    Grazing at a sanctuary in S. Australia
    Credit: Jo-Anne McArthur/We Animals
  • Jo-Anne's photography journey and We Animals Media
  • how Jo-Anne gains access to animal exploitation facilities to take photos
  • the rise of effective altruism and effective activism
  • the importance of sanctuaries to the animal rights movement
  • how doing an internship at Farm Sanctuary helped her go vegan
  • how children have responded to her humane education program
  • the impact of her work, and what she hopes to accomplish in the future.

To learn more about We Animals Media, please visit WeAnimalsMedia.org.

If you are an animal rights activist looking for high-quality photos to use for your projects, you can find many of Jo-Anne's photographs at WeAnimalsArchive.org. The photos can be used for free as long as the project is intended to help animals and you cite the source of the image.

An arctic fox imprisoned on a fur farm
Photo credit: Jo-Anne McArthur/The Ghosts in Our Machine

Pigs imprisoned at a Finnish facility
Photo credit: Jo-Anne McArthur/Oikeutta eläimille

Elliot, a rescued sheep, at Freedom Hill Sanctuary in South Australia
Photo credit: Jo-Anne McArthur/We Animals

After our interview is Queen V's song "Wearing My Blood", which is told from the perspective of a non-human animal who is imprisoned on a fur farm. The song is beautiful yet tragic.

I hope you'll take a listen to this episode!

How to listen to this episode


There are two ways to listen to the episode.
  1. Listen to the episode on Archive.org or download the MP3 file at https://archive.org/details/afarnovember202019. This version contains the song "Wearing My Blood" in its entirety.
  2. Listen to the episode on CKCU FM's website at https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/553/45742.html. In this version, the song "Wearing My Blood" is faded out part-way through.

You can find Always for Animal Rights on Facebook and Instagram, as well!

The next episode of Always for Animal Rights will be broadcast on CKCU 93.1 FM in Ottawa on Wednesday, December 4, 2019-- and, of course, it will be available to listen to afterwards, as well.