Wednesday, 23 November 2022

Episode 87: Interview with Kate Stewart and Matthew Cole about vegan sociology, the ethical focus of veganism, and the Donald Watson Archive Research Project

 

This week, I am pleased to present my third interview with the vegan sociologists Dr. Kate Stewart and Dr. Matthew Cole, who are the authors of the 2014 book, Our Children and Other Animals: The Cultural Construction of Human-Animal Relations in Childhood.

In this interview, Matthew and Kate describe how they incorporate the topics of veganism and speciesism into their teaching at the universities where they work. Then they tell me about speciesism as a systemic social problem; veganism as a challenge to speciesism; what vegaphobia is and how it involves ignoring the exploitation of nonhuman animals; the current state of the vegan movement; their reading recommendations; and how sociology can help inform our work as vegan advocates. We also discuss the Donald Watson Archive Research Project, which looks at the early history of the Vegan Society in the UK by focusing on one of the Vegan Society's co-founders.

At the end of the episode, we'll hear the song, "Vegan World", by Katie Veg.

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/553/58445.html.
  2. Listen to or download the podcast from Archive.org at https://archive.org/details/afar-november-23-2022.

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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!

Thursday, 10 November 2022

Episode 86: Interview with John Sanbonmatsu about his forthcoming book, the connections between speciesism and other forms of oppression, and the myth of "humane" and "sustainable" animal agriculture

This week, I am pleased to present my third 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. His forthcoming book will be titled The Omnivore’s Deception: What We Get Wrong About Meat, Animals, and the Nature of Moral Life. He is the founder and main designer of CleanMeat-Hoax.com.

In this interview, John tells me about what inspired him to write his new book. We discuss a number of the themes he explores in the book, including the myth of “humane” animal exploitation and slaughter, the impact that the locavore movement has had on the “meat” economy, the relationship between capitalism and speciesism, why violence against other animals has been falsely viewed as a form of women’s empowerment, how the oppression of humans is connected to the oppression of other animals, and what we can do to work towards a just and peaceful world.

John's work on these topics is insightful, well-informed, and thought-provoking. You won't want to miss out on this discussion!

At the end of the episode, we'll hear the song "Hold On" from Vegan Queen V's music album Freedom Warrior.

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/553/58311.html.
  2. Listen to or download the podcast from Archive.org at https://archive.org/details/afar-november-10-2022.

You can also find Always for Animal Rights on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. 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, 28 September 2022

Episode 85: Interview with Wendy McGovern about respecting other animals' rights and creating a vegan world

This week, I am pleased to present my interview with the animal rights activist Wendy McGovern. Wendy has been a vegan since about 1997. She has been involved in a variety of vegan and animal advocacy initiatives over the years, including hosting the London Animal Rights March in 2021. She is the host of the Thrive Vegan World podcast and a co-panelist on the Animal Rights Show on YouTube.

In this interview, Wendy shares her story of becoming vegan, and she tells me about her motivation and experiences as a vegan podcast host. We also discuss the “Why Love One But Eat The Other?” argument for going vegan; why vivisection (like all other forms of animal exploitation) is fundamentally unethical; how the animal rights movement has changed over the years; and how we can work towards a vegan world. Wendy also shares her reading recommendations and describes the best thing about being vegan.

The song, "Vegan World", by the vegan musician Katie Veg, can be heard after the 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/553/57777.html.
  2. Listen to or download the podcast from Archive.org at https://archive.org/details/afar-september-28-2022.

You can also find Always for Animal Rights on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. 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, 21 September 2022

Episode 84: Interview with Bob Linden about why veganism needs to be the moral baseline of the animal rights movement

Image by Vegan Sidekick
This week, I am pleased to present my second interview with Bob Linden, the host of Go Vegan Radio. Bob became a vegan in 1984. Since he started Go Vegan Radio in 2001, the show has been broadcast on a variety of radio networks and stations in the United States. Bob is also an event organizer who has put together a number of highly successful vegan festivals and summits. I previously interviewed Bob on Episode 73 of my show.

In this interview, Bob speaks about his experiences as a long-time vegan activist. We discuss how animal exploitation is the foundational injustice in our society; why we, as vegans, should focus our efforts on vegan advocacy instead of welfare reforms or other single-issue campaigns; and why veganism should be the moral baseline of the animal rights movement. Bob also highlights the best thing about being vegan.

At the end of the show, we'll listen to the piano song, "Benediction of Light", by the vegan author and musician Will Tuttle.

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/553/57711.html.
  2. Listen to or download the podcast from Archive.org at https://archive.org/details/afar-september-21-2022.

You can also find Always for Animal Rights on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. 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, 7 September 2022

Episode 83: Interview with Will Tuttle, author of The World Peace Diet

Painting by the vegan artist, Lynda Bell.
This week, I am pleased to present my recent interview with Dr. Will Tuttle, author of The World Peace Diet: Eating For Spiritual Health and Social Harmony. Will Tuttle has given many thousands of speeches on veganism over the years, having presented in over 50 countries and in all 50 states of America. He is a former Zen Buddhist monk, and he has a PhD from the University of Berkeley in California. He has taught college courses about philosophy, religion, creativity, and humanities, and he is a composer and concert pianist.

In this interview, Will speaks about his approach to vegan ethics, outlining how animal exploitation has led to the rise of many other forms of injustice, violence, and oppression in the world. He responds to some of the common concerns that people have prior to becoming vegan and describes how the vegan movement has changed since he became a vegan more than four decades ago.

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/553/57563.html.
  2. Listen to or download the podcast from Archive.org at https://archive.org/details/afar-september-7-2022_202209.

You can also find Always for Animal Rights on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. 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, 17 August 2022

Episode 82: Discussing the necessity and power of veganism with Marlene Narrow

Painting by the vegan artist Lynda Bell
This week, I am pleased to present my second interview with Marlene Narrow. Marlene is the host of a radio show called Vegan Nation, which is broadcast weekly on WCUW 91.3 FM in Worcester, Massachusetts. She is a long-time vegan activist and a World Peace Diet Facilitator.

In this interview, Marlene outlines her approach to vegan philosophy, and we discuss why it’s important for vegans to be opposed to all forms of animal exploitation, including vivisection and pet ownership. We explore what’s wrong with promoting lab-grown “meat”, and Marlene explains why veganism and animal liberation are necessary in order to achieve freedom and peace for human beings as well as nonhuman beings. Finally, Marlene debunks some common anti-vegan arguments, and she describes the best thing about being vegan.

By the way, during the interview I said that promoting lab meat is a waste of vegan advocates' time. This is true, but I actually think that promoting lab meat is worse than a waste of time, as lab meat involves animal exploitation and perpetuates speciesist attitudes in society.

It was an interesting discussion!

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/553/57344.html.
  2. Listen to or download the podcast from Archive.org at https://archive.org/details/afar-august-17-2022.

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

Tuesday, 19 July 2022

Episode 81: Interview with Camila Perussello about veganism, her new book, and the real reason why "animal welfare" regulations exist

This week, I am pleased to present my interview with the food engineer and researcher Dr. Camila Perussello. Camila is the author of Food For Thought: Planetary Healing Begins on Our Plate, which was published by Lantern Publishing & Media earlier this year. In 2020, she left her job as a food scientist at an Irish university in order to focus her efforts on independent research and vegan activism.

In this interview, Camila tells her story of becoming vegan and outlines what we can expect to find in her book. She explains how “animal welfare” measures are designed to maximize financial gain for animal-exploiting industries. (Veganism, of course, is about animal rights and animal liberation rather than animal welfare.) Camila also describes how being vegan makes a positive difference for nonhuman animals and the environment, and she speaks about how we can work towards the abolition of animal exploitation.

At the end of the show, we'll listen to the song "Barbecue Protest", by the all-vegan punk band Scarlet Rescue.

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/553/57024.html.
  2. Listen to or download the podcast from Archive.org at https://archive.org/details/afar-july-19-2022.

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

Artwork by the vegan artist, Jo Frederiks.