Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Episode 37: David Nibert speaks about the connections between animal oppression, human violence, and capitalism

Photo credit: Jo-Anne McArthur/We Animals.
(This photo was taken at a sanctuary.)
This week’s episode features my recent interview with the vegan sociologist David Nibert, Professor of Sociology at Wittenberg University in Ohio. David is the author of two books about the entanglements of animal oppression and human violence, and he is the editor of a two-volume book series titled Animal Oppression and Capitalism. He is also a co-founder of the section on Animals and Society of the American Sociological Association.

In this interview, David speaks about how the oppression of nonhuman animals has historically led to warfare between humans, as well as pandemics and environmental destruction, and how this continues to this day. He explains how capitalism, colonialism, and animal exploitation are connected, and he emphasizes the importance of being involved in activism, including vegan education, and using anti-speciesist language.


In the interview, David endorses the work of Vegan Information Project-- check out my previous interview with Roger Yates of Vegan Information Project here.

I am currently partway through reading David's book Animal Oppression and Human Violence, which I referenced in the interview. It's a very interesting book.

How to listen to this episode

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  1. Listen to the episode on CKCU FM's website at https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/553/49090.html.
  2. Listen to or download the podcast from Archive.org at https://archive.org/details/afar-september-16-2020.
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Go vegan, stay vegan, and let's remember to stand up and speak up for animal rights today and every day. Thanks for listening to the show!

Wednesday, 9 September 2020

Episode 36: Zoei Sutton discusses Emancipatory Animal Sociology and the ethical problems with keeping other animals as "pets"

Welcome to episode 36 of Always for Animal Rights!

This week, I am pleased to present my recent interview with Zoei Sutton, PhD, a vegan sociologist who works at the University of Adelaide in Australia. Zoei's research focuses on critically exploring the relationships between humans and nonhuman animals in society. Along with Corey Lee Wrenn, Zoei is the co-founder of the International Association of Vegan Sociologists.

In this interview, Zoei speaks about the need for an Emancipatory Animal Sociology-- that is, a sociology that is dedicated to the liberation of other animals-- and she tells me about what led to the founding of the International Association of Vegan Sociologists. (You can find many of the presentations from IAVS's latest conference on the Vegan Sociology YouTube channel.) She also speaks about her research on the discourse that the Australian media uses to speak about animals who are labelled as "pests". Then, we have a discussion about the ethical problems with using other animals as "pets".

It's a very interesting interview, and I hope you'll listen in!

How to listen to this episode

There are two ways you can listen to this episode.
  1. Listen to the episode on CKCU FM's website at https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/553/49008.html.
  2. Listen to or download the podcast from Archive.org at https://archive.org/details/afar-september-9-2020.
You can also find Always for Animal Rights on Facebook and Instagram. If you'd like to receive an e-mail every time there is a new post on the AFAR blog, feel free to enter your e-mail address into the appropriate box in the right-hand sidebar of this site. 

Go vegan, stay vegan, and let's remember to stand up and speak up for animal rights today and every day. Thanks for listening to the show!

Wednesday, 26 August 2020

Episode 35: John Sanbonmatsu discusses how bad faith perpetuates the ideological system of speciesism

This week, I am pleased to present my interview with John Sanbonmatsu, Associate Professor of philosophy at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. John is the editor of the book Critical Theory and Animal Liberation and the author of The Postmodern Prince: Critical Theory, Left Strategy, And The Making Of A New Political Subject. You may remember that John was previously a guest on Episode 25 of the show to speak about why vegans shouldn't promote lab-grown "meat".

I interviewed John for this week's episode about a book chapter that he wrote, titled “The Animal of Bad Faith: Speciesism as an Existential Project”, which was published in a 2014 anthology (edited by John Sorenson) called Critical Animal Studies: Thinking the Unthinkable. In his chapter, John Sanbonmatsu makes the case that speciesism is not simply a prejudice due to ignorance; instead, speciesism is an ideological system that holds "[a]bsolute, total violence" as its "innermost logic".

On this week's show, John discusses how bad faith upholds speciesism in society, why speciesism is an existential project, and what implications this has for the animal rights movement. He also speaks about Critical Animal Studies, why he thinks that animal rights activism should be a part of a broader leftist project, and why we need to continue being activists despite the obstacles to our success.

Lots of important topics were discussed in this interview. I hope you'll listen in!

How to listen to this episode

There are two ways you can listen to this episode.
  1. Listen to the episode on CKCU FM's website at https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/553/48817.html.
  2. Listen to or download the podcast from Archive.org at https://archive.org/details/afar-august-26-2020.
You can also find Always for Animal Rights on Facebook and Instagram. If you'd like to receive an e-mail every time there is a new post on the AFAR blog, feel free to enter your e-mail address into the appropriate box in the right-hand sidebar of this site. 

Go vegan, stay vegan, and let's remember to stand up and speak up for animal rights today and every day. Thanks for listening to the show!

Wednesday, 5 August 2020

Episode 34: Justin Van Kleeck speaks about providing sanctuary for chickens

Logo of Microsanctuary Resource Center (microsanctuary.org)
Welcome to Episode 34 of Always for Animal Rights!

Today's episode features an interview with Justin Van Kleeck, co-founder of Triangle Chicken Advocates sanctuary, co-founder of Microsanctuary Resource Center, and founder of the total liberation blog Striving with Systems.

In this interview, Justin speaks to me about their experiences providing sanctuary for chickens, and they tell the stories of some of the chickens who have lived at the sanctuary. These stories clearly demonstrate some of the many harms caused by "backyard" and "free-range" chicken exploitation. Justin also explains what the term "microsanctuary" means, what the core principles of the microsanctuary movement are, and how running a sanctuary has enriched their understanding of animal rights and veganism. We also briefly discuss the importance of veganism in the animal rights movement.

At the end of the show, we hear the song "One Species" by the band xTRUE NATUREx.

Thanks to Justin for being a guest on the show!

How to listen to this episode

There are two ways you can listen to this episode.
  1. Listen to the episode on CKCU FM's website at https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/553/48625.html.
  2. Listen to or download the podcast from Archive.org at https://archive.org/details/afar-august-5-2020.
You can also find Always for Animal Rights on Facebook and Instagram. If you'd like to receive an e-mail every time there is a new post on the AFAR blog, feel free to enter your e-mail address into the appropriate box in the right-hand sidebar of this site. 

Go vegan, stay vegan, and let's remember to stand up and speak up for animal rights today and every day. Thanks for listening to the show!

Bonus episode: What is the International Associaton of Vegan Sociologists?

This week, I am pleased to present a shorter bonus episode in addition to the usual longer episode.

In this bonus episode, the vegan sociologist Corey Lee Wrenn returns to the show to tell me about the new organization that she co-founded, the International Association of Vegan Sociologists. She explains what led her and Zoei Sutton to start this organization, and she gives some information about the association's upcoming conference. The conference is called Worldly Togetherness? Showcasing sociological contributions to understanding multispecies entanglements. I look forward to attending; it sounds fascinating.

Tickets for the conference are now sold out. However, anyone will be able to watch/listen to the presentations online afterwards!


Thanks to Corey for the second interview.

Please consider reading some of Corey's work; you can find all of her academic journal articles for free on her website. Also, my first interview with Corey Lee Wrenn on Episode 14 was one of the most popular interviews I've published so far, so you might want to listen to that one after this episode!
  
How to listen to this episode
  1. You can find this episode on Archive.org at https://archive.org/details/afar-august-5-bonus-episode.
You can also find Always for Animal Rights on Facebook and Instagram. If you'd like to receive an e-mail every time there is a new post on the AFAR blog, feel free to enter your e-mail address into the appropriate box in the right-hand sidebar of this site. 

Go vegan, stay vegan, and let's remember to stand up and speak up for animal rights today and every day. Thanks for listening to the show!

Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Episode 33: Vasile Stanescu explains how speciesism is connected to other forms of oppression

Welcome to Episode 33 of Always for Animal Rights!

This week, I am pleased to present my second interview with the Critical Animal Studies scholar Vasile Stanescu. Vasile is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies and the director of the Program in Speech and Debate at Mercer University. He is also a co-Senior editor of the Critical Animal Studies book series and former co-editor of the Journal for Critical Animal Studies. He has written more than twenty peer-reviewed publications about Critical Animal Studies and the environment.

In this interview, Vasile explains what Critical Animal Studies is, and he challenges us to reconsider our use of the term "nonhuman animal". He also speaks about how speciesism is connected to other forms of oppression, why animal rights activists should be opposed to capitalism, how the animal agriculture industry is funding disinformation about the effects of animal agriculture on climate change, and why there is no such thing as humane or sustainable animal agriculture. Additionally, he shares his view that animal rights activists should work with, and not against, other social justice movements.

During the discussion, Vasile spoke about his academic journal article titled "'White Power Milk’: Milk, Dietary Racism, and the ‘Alt-Right'", and his open letter to Peter Singer, both of which you can read for free online. He also mentioned the Animals & Society Institute video in which he explains what Critical Animal Studies is. (You may recall that Vasile was also a guest on Episode 25, which was about why vegans shouldn't promote lab-grown "meat".)

It's a fascinating interview!

How to listen to this episode

There are two ways you can listen to this episode.
  1. Listen to the episode on CKCU FM's website at https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/553/48549.html.
  2. Listen to or download the podcast from Archive.org at https://archive.org/details/afar-july-29-2020.
You can also find Always for Animal Rights on Facebook and Instagram. If you'd like to receive an e-mail every time there is a new post on the AFAR blog, feel free to enter your e-mail address into the appropriate box in the right-hand sidebar of this site. 

Go vegan, stay vegan, and let's remember to stand up and speak up for animal rights today and every day. Thanks for listening to the show!

Wednesday, 15 July 2020

Episode 32: Gary Francione explains why veganism is a moral imperative

Episode 32 of Always for Animal Rights features my recent interview with the animal rights scholar Gary Francione, professor of philosophy and law at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Gary Francione has been a vegan since the 1980's and is most well-known for his work developing the Abolitionist Approach to animal rights. He is the author of several influential books about animal rights and veganism. His most recent book, called Why Veganism Matters, will be published later this year.

In this interview, Gary Francione speaks about the principles of the Abolitionist Approach, and he explains why welfare reforms cannot lead to the abolition of animal exploitation. He also discusses why veganism is our moral obligation, what the COVID-19 pandemic is telling us about humans’ relationship with other animals, and why lab meat is not a solution to speciesism.

It's an interesting interview, indeed!

How to listen to this episode

There are two ways you can listen to this episode.
  1. Listen to the episode on CKCU FM's website at https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/553/48400.html.
  2. Listen to or download the podcast from Archive.org at https://archive.org/details/afar-july-15-2020.
You can also find Always for Animal Rights on Facebook and Instagram. If you'd like to receive an e-mail every time there is a new post on the AFAR blog, feel free to enter your e-mail address into the appropriate box in the right-hand sidebar of this site. 

Go vegan, stay vegan, and let's remember to stand up and speak up for animal rights today and every day. Thanks for listening to the show!