Wednesday, 20 October 2021

Episode 64: Interview with Dr. Carlo Alvaro about raw veganism and raising children as ethical vegans

This week, I am pleased to present my second interview with the vegan philosopher and virtue ethicist, Dr. Carlo Alvaro. Carlo is an Associate Professor of philosophy at CUNY New York City College of Technology. He is the author of Ethical Veganism, Virtue Ethics, and the Great Soul, published in 2019, as well as Raw Veganism: The Philosophy of The Human Diet, which was published in 2020. His new book about raw veganism, The Book of Raw, will be published by Lantern Publishing & Media next year. He has also written a book titled, Deism: A Rational Journey from Disbelief to the Existence of God, which will be available in March 2022.

In this interview, Carlo tells me about the philosophy and science behind raw veganism, and he responds to the cliché that it’s okay to eat “everything in moderation”. We also discuss where raw vegans get calcium, why eating animal products constitutes a form of self-deception, and what we can expect to find in his upcoming book. Then Carlo speaks about why parents should raise their children as ethical vegans without compromising on this issue.

In case you're wondering, I've been vegan for the animals for more than 11 years, and now I'm experimenting with a high-raw diet (obviously still vegan!) in my own life.

Some of Dr. Alvaro's academic work can be found online. I recommend that you check it out!

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/553/53895.html.
  2. Listen to or download the podcast from Archive.org at https://archive.org/details/afar-october-21-2021.

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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, 13 October 2021

Episode 63: Interview with Dr. Benjamin Benulis about healing from chronic illness on a whole foods plant-based diet

This week, I am delighted to present my recent interview with Dr. Benjamin Benulis, a vegan and plant-based doctor of chiropractic based in Arizona. Having healed himself from chronic illness on a whole-foods plant-based diet over a decade ago, Dr. Ben now works to help others achieve optimal health by eliminating the root causes of disease.

In this interview, Dr. Ben tells me his story of how adopting a whole foods plant-based diet allowed him to heal from autoimmune disease, and he describes what his daily diet looks like now. We discuss some commonly asked questions about protein and sugar, what’s wrong with the way that mainstream medicine currently addresses chronic health issues, how a whole foods plant-based diet helps to reverse chronic disease, whether the natural health products industry is helpful or harmful, and whether eating a fruit-based vegan diet can prevent junk food cravings. Then Dr. Ben speaks about some of the connections between animal agriculture, the pharmaceutical industry, and vivisection, and we discuss the upcoming Worldwide Vegan Summit for Truth and Freedom.

Dr. Ben is an inspiration to me and I think you will find him inspiring too! I definitely recommend that you follow him on Instagram.

At the end of the show, we'll be listening to the song "Just Like Us" by the vegan singer-songwriter Jen Armstrong (the wonderful Vegan Queen V!).

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/553/53820.html.
  2. Listen to or download the podcast from Archive.org at https://archive.org/details/afar-october-13-2021.

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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, 29 September 2021

Episode 62: Interview with Jeremy Hess about animal rights, the importance of sanctuaries, and unlearning speciesist language

Jeremy and Mr. T at
FRIEND Farm Animal Sanctuary

This week, I am very happy to present my recent interview with the animal rights advocate Jeremy Hess. Jeremy has been a vegan for more than 7 years and has been involved in various forms of animal rights advocacy, including volunteering at sanctuaries, giving speeches about veganism and animal rights, creating YouTube videos, doing street outreach, and more. On his website, VeganInteractions.com, and his YouTube Channel, Jeremy the Ape, he provides resources to help advocates use accurate and non-speciesist language and learn about animal rights theory. He is currently working to create a vegan microsanctuary to provide a home for rescued animals in the United States.

In this interview, Jeremy tells his story of becoming vegan and embracing a rights-based approach to animal advocacy. We also discuss how we can avoid using speciesist language in our advocacy and our everyday lives, and whether there is a difference between the words “exploitation” and “use”. Jeremy describes the importance of sanctuaries in the animal rights movement, how veganism is connected to animal rights, how we can respond to the “plants” objection to veganism, and what is the best thing about being vegan in his experience.

During the interview, I also mentioned an essay, "The Case for Animal Rights" by Tom Regan, which summarizes the key concepts in Regan's book of the same name. Although I haven't read any of Regan's books, I have read a number of Gary Francione's books, which have helped me to learn about animal rights theory.

This was a very thought-provoking discussion, and I hope you'll tune 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/553/53658.html.
  2. Listen to or download the podcast from Archive.org at https://archive.org/details/afar-september-29-2021.

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, 15 September 2021

Episode 61: Interview with Sarina Farb about growing up vegan, industry influence over scientific research, and why vegans should not promote lab-grown "meat"

This week, I am pleased to present my interview with the vegan advocate Sarina Farb. Sarina lives in the Midwestern United States and has been a vegan for her entire life. She is the host of the YouTube channel Born Vegan and the host of the Science is Gray podcast. She previously served as the international liaison for the film-making organization Tribe of Heart, and she was a co-founder and co-host of the 2020 Climate Diet Summit. Sarina holds degrees in biochemistry and policy studies and formerly was a high school science teacher.

In this interview, Sarina speaks about her experiences growing up in a vegan family. She explains how these experiences have influenced the way she views the world, why she never wanted to stop being vegan, and why it isn’t fair to accuse vegan parents of "forcing" their children to be vegan. We also discuss why Sarina started her science podcast, how corporations influence scientific research, and why lab-grown meat is not the solution to the problem of animal exploitation.

It was a very interesting discussion. I hope you'll tune 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/553/53491.html.
  2. Listen to or download the podcast from Archive.org at https://archive.org/details/afar-september-15-2021.

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, 25 August 2021

Episode 60: Interview with Dr. Will Tuttle about veganism, questioning mainstream narratives, and the Boomerang Effect

This week, I am pleased to present my interview with Dr. Will Tuttle, the author of the best-selling book The World Peace Diet: Eating for Spiritual Health and Social Harmony.

Will Tuttle has given many thousands of speeches on veganism over the past 40 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. In addition to having written The World Peace Diet, he is the author of Your Inner Islands: The Keys to Intuitive Living and the editor of Circles of Compassion: Essays Connecting Issues of Justice and Buddhism and Veganism: Essays Connecting Spiritual Awakening and Animal Liberation. 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 the Boomerang Effect, which describes how when humans harm nonhuman animals, this harm rebounds upon humanity and causes social, environmental, health-related, and spiritual disharmony amongst the human population. Then we discuss why we need to challenge the mainstream narratives regarding animal agriculture, public health, and COVID-19, and Will highlights what we can do to speak up for justice, peace, and the truth. Will also tells me his story of becoming vegan and describes the blessings that we receive when we become vegan.

Dr. Tuttle is such an inspiring and insightful person, and everyone needs to hear his words!

At the end of the episode we'll listen to Will's piano song, "The Call".

I hope you'll also consider reading two of Will's online essays, "Spooks: The Herding of Humanity" and "The Vacca-cination of Humanity".

How to listen to this episode 

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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, 18 August 2021

Episode 59: Interview with Inge and Thomas, abolitionist vegan advocates in the Netherlands

This week, I am delighted to share my interview with the abolitionist vegan advocates Inge and Thomas, who do street outreach to educate the public about veganism in the Netherlands. Thomas is also the author of a website about veganism and animal rights in the Dutch language, called WaaromVeganisme.nl.

In this interview, Thomas and Inge tell me about what led them to become vegans and start doing abolitionist vegan advocacy. They also speak about their approach to vegan education, the current state of veganism and vegan advocacy in the Netherlands, and how nonhuman animal issues are portrayed in the Dutch mainstream media. Then they share their advice for vegans who would like to get involved in animal rights advocacy, and they tell me how being vegan has changed their lives and what their plans are for the future.

It was really inspiring to speak with Inge and Thomas and learn about the work they are doing to spread the abolitionist vegan message.

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/553/53171.html.
  2. Listen to or download the podcast from Archive.org at https://archive.org/details/afar-august-18-2021.

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, 11 August 2021

Episode 58: The Peppa Pig Paradox and speciesism in children's television with Lynda Korimboccus

This week, I am pleased to present my interview with Lynda Korimboccus, who lives in Scotland. Lynda will soon be starting her PhD in vegan Sociology, having completed a Master’s degree in Anthrozoology in 2019. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the upcoming Student Journal of Vegan Sociology, and she works as a social sciences lecturer in Scottish Further Education. Her PhD will focus on the experiences of vegan children living in a non-vegan world.

In this interview, we discuss how children are socialized into accepting and participating in animal exploitation in society, with a focus on Lynda’s research into how nonhuman animals are represented on children’s television shows in the UK. Lynda explains why she coined the term "the Peppa Pig Paradox", referring to the phenomenon in which people claim to love animals or animal characters (such as Peppa Pig) even while they eat real animals of the same species. She also tells me about her story of becoming vegan and her plans for her PhD research, and we discuss the importance of vegan education in order to achieve our goal of the abolition of animal exploitation.

If you'd like to watch some of the Peppa Pig episodes that I studied prior to speaking with Lynda, you can find them on YouTube. Each episode is about 5 minutes long.

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/553/53100.html.
  2. Listen to or download the podcast from Archive.org at https://archive.org/details/afar-august-11-2021.

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!