Wednesday, 13 January 2021

Episode 47: Interview with Gülce Özen Gürkan about the abolitionist vegan movement in Turkey

Welcome to Episode 47 of Always for Animal Rights!

Recently I have been reading the work of Gary L. Francione and Anna Charlton, and I've decided to switch the focus of my show to be specifically about the Abolitionist Approach to Animal Rights. So, with that in mind, I am pleased to present my interview with this week's guest.

This week's episode features my interview with Gülce Özen Gürkan, who is doing some incredible work to spread the Abolitionist vegan message in Turkey. Gülce has been educating people about abolitionist veganism in public places and online for about eight years. In addition to doing vegan tabling, hosting vegan picnics and potlucks, hosting online events, and meeting with vegans to tell them about the Abolitionist Approach, she has created a number of songs to promote the Abolitionist Approach to Animal Rights. You can find her music here, and the Facebook page for the Turkish abolitionist vegan movement (which Gülce co-founded) here.

In this interview, Gülce speaks about this advocacy work and the vegan movement in Turkey. We also discuss why we should advocate for veganism instead of welfare reforms or single-issue campaigns, why corporate animal charities are counterproductive to the animal rights cause, why she now makes videos to accompany her animal rights songs, and why she decided not to attend VegFest UK in Brighton to perform her songs. She tells me that, since she and her partner started doing abolitionist advocacy, the number of vegans in Turkey has grown from about 20 vegans to thousands of vegans, and many vegans in Turkey are now promoting the Abolitionist Approach.

At the end of the show we will hear Gülce's song "My Vegan Friend", which is about Principle Three of the Abolitionist Approach to Animal Rights. It's a very interesting episode, 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/553/50467.html.
  2. Listen to or download the podcast from Archive.org at https://archive.org/details/afar-january-13-2021.

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, 6 January 2021

Episode 46: Interview with Marianna C. Gonzalez about the Abolitionist Approach, vegan art, and veganism in Mexico

This week, I am pleased to present my interview with Marianna C. Gonzalez. Marianna, who lives in Mexico, creates art that promotes animal rights and veganism, with a focus on the Abolitionist Approach to Animal Rights.

Marianna's work has been featured by Gary Francione’s Abolitionist Approach Facebook Page, and she was featured in the book Advocate for Animals! by Gary Francione and Anna Charlton. Marianna translated Gary and Anna’s book Eat Like You Care into Spanish. Her blog can be found at EcoVeganSpirit.com.

In this interview, we discuss what the Abolitionist Approach is about, how art can be used as advocacy to make a difference in the world, why it’s important to read a text slowly in order to deeply understand it, and how the vegan movement is currently faring in Mexico.

You can find more of Marianna's animal rights artwork on her Facebook page. Thanks to Marianna 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/553/50379.html.
  2. Listen to or download the podcast from Archive.org at https://archive.org/details/afar-january-6-2021.

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!

Sunday, 27 December 2020

Yes, Being Vegan Does Make a Difference

Today I am happy to let you know about a new article that I wrote, which was published on the website of a wonderful vegan education group called Gentle World. In the article, I explain that the vegan ethic is about non-violence and non-exploitation, and then I describe how being vegan, as an individual, has the power to influence society towards veganism and make a real difference for nonhuman animals.

You can read the article on Gentle World's website. Thanks to Gentle World for publishing it!



Wednesday, 23 December 2020

Episode 45: Interview with Liora Raphael and Glenn Saks, authors of the vegan children's book "Happy Animals: Friends Not Food"

Welcome to Episode 45 of Always for Animal Rights! I am really enjoying hosting this radio show and highlighting the work of people who are spreading the vegan message of peace all over the world.

This week's episode features my interview with Liora Raphael and Glenn Saks. Glenn and Liora are attorneys and long-time friends who live in Los Angeles. They are also the authors of a vegan children’s book called Happy Animals: Friends Not Food, which was published by Vegan Publishers in 2019.

In this interview, Glenn and Liora tell me why they decided to write this book and what made each of them decide to go vegan. We discuss the feedback they have received about the book, the healthfulness of a vegan diet, and the importance of reminding people why vegans are against the exploitation and killing of fishes. Liora also tells me about her experience raising vegan children in Los Angeles.

At the end of the show is the song "Just Like Us" by Jen Armstrong. This episode will be broadcast on CKCU 93.1 FM in Ottawa today at 4:30 pm Eastern Time. However, you can listen to it online any time as well!

*Please note: I would just like to clarify that I don't agree with the the tactics of the Save Movement, which holds vigils in places where animals are being exploited. To learn why I hold this view, please read the book Advocate for Animals! by Gary L. Francione and Anna Charlton.

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/553/50252.html.
  2. Listen to or download the podcast from Archive.org at https://archive.org/details/afar-december-23-2020.

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!

Thursday, 17 December 2020

Vegan Business Spotlight: Interview with Stéphanie, owner of the vegan bakery Pastel x Coco

Raw brownies from Pastel & Coco.

This week, I am publishing a bonus episode that features an interview with Stéphanie Gervais, who is the owner of a gluten-free vegan bakery and café called Pastel & Coco based in Gatineau, Quebec.

In this interview, Stéphanie tells me about her bakery and some of the products she sells. She also explains what led her to start her business and how the local community has responded to her café's vegan baked goods and other vegan foods. This interview was originally recorded in November 2020.

Pastel & Coco's menu, including their current holiday menu, can be found at https://www.pastelxcoco.com/. You can also find Pastel & Coco on Instagram, Facebook, and Uber Eats. Christmas logs and other holiday-themed items are available for pre-order until December 20th. Please note that Pastel & Coco is open for takeout only at this time.

Thanks to Stéphanie for being a guest on the show!

How to listen to this episode

  1. You can find this bonus episode on Archive.org at https://archive.org/details/afar-vegan-business-spotlight.

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, 9 December 2020

Episode 44: Advocating Veganism and Normalizing Vegan Families, with Adam and Daniella of UK Vegan Family

Welcome to Episode 44 of Always for Animal Rights!

This week, I am very happy to present my second interview with Daniella and Adam, who live in the UK and are raising their young son, Jack, as a vegan. On YouTube and Instagram, they are known as UK Vegan Family. Using the tagline, "Normalising Vegan Families", they aim to change society’s views about vegan families and vegan children, as well as raise awareness about anti-vegan discrimination and cyberbullying.

In this interview, Adam and Daniella tell me about how they aim to normalize veganism and educate others about veganism, vegan nutrition, and animal rights. They also share their story of being targeted by anti-vegan cyberbullying, which has led them to focus on advocating against anti-vegan discrimination in society. Then we discuss what their favourite vegan children’s books are, how their son feels when he sees people exploiting animals on TV, how we can cook without using refined oils, and what is currently bringing their family the most joy.

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/553/50039.html.
  2. Listen to or download the podcast from Archive.org at https://archive.org/details/afar-december-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, 25 November 2020

Episode 43: Why animal rights advocates should focus on vegan education instead of confrontational tactics

Welcome to Episode 43 of Always for Animal Rights!

Today, I am pleased to present my second interview with Elizabeth Collins, the host of New Zealand Vegan Podcast. Elizabeth's vegan advocacy is based on Gary Francione's Abolitionist Approach to Animal Rights. You might recall that Elizabeth was a guest on Episode 22 of the show.

In this interview, we discuss the following topics:

  • the importance of nonviolence in vegan advocacy;
  • why we think that confrontational tactics (such as disruptions and road blockades) are counterproductive to the animal rights movement;
  • how living as vegans and educating others about veganism and animal rights works to shift us towards a vegan world;
  • the state of the vegan movement in New Zealand right now; and
  • a moral conundrum involving vegan cooking classes in NZ.

These are very important (yet admittedly controversial) topics. I ask that all listeners think carefully about what we say. If you disagree with us, I am sure that you will be kind and respectful in any responses that you may submit.

This episode of Always for Animal Rights will be broadcast next Wednesday at 4:30 pm. However, you can listen to it online any time!

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/553/49928.html.
  2. Listen to or download the podcast from Archive.org at https://archive.org/details/afar-december-2-2020.

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!