Saturday, 4 June 2022

Episode 78: Discussing anti-speciesist language, vegan advocacy, farming subsidies, and the Liberation Pledge with Jeremy Hess

This week, I am pleased to present my second interview with the vegan animal rights activist Jeremy Hess. I previously interviewed Jeremy last year, on Episode 62 of my show.

In this episode, Jeremy and I continue our discussion about anti-speciesist language from our last interview. We also discuss vegan advocacy, the Liberation Pledge, and whether it’s useful to advocate for political and legislative change to try to help nonhuman animals, such as redirecting government subsidies away from animal agriculture.

Thanks to Jeremy for being a guest on the show again!

At the end of the episode we'll listen to the song "Sides" from Vegan Queen V's new music album.

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/553/56510.html.
  2. Listen to or download the podcast from Archive.org at https://archive.org/details/afar-june-4-2022.

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, 18 May 2022

Episode 77: Sarina Farb discusses "Bad Vegan", system change vs. individual change; harms of animal "gifting" programs; and why veganism is necessary for freedom, peace, and sustainability

Drawing by the vegan
artist Jo Frederiks

This week, I am pleased to present my second interview with the vegan advocate, speaker, and science educator Sarina Farb. Sarina previously appeared as a guest on Episode 61 of my show, in which she spoke about her experiences growing up as a vegan, as well as issues related to corporate influence over scientific research.

In our new interview, Sarina speaks about the overlap between individual change and system change, the approach she takes to using environmental and health arguments for veganism, and some of the problems* with programs that exploit nonhuman animals in the name of “food aid”. She also gives her review of the 2022 Netflix docuseries Bad Vegan, tells me about a speech that she recently gave at a conference in Mexico, and explains why there is hope that we can achieve a vegan world.

At the end of the show, we'll listen to the amazing song "Hold On" from Vegan Queen V's newly-released music album, Freedom Warrior.

*Of course, the main problem with animal-exploiting "food aid" programs is that they violate animals' rights by using nonhuman animals as resources. These programs are problematic in other ways too, though.

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/553/56322.html.
  2. Listen to or download the podcast from Archive.org at https://archive.org/details/afar-may-18-2022.

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, 13 April 2022

Episode 76: Interview with veganic farmer, researcher, and activist Jimmy Videle of La Ferme de l'Aube, Québec

This week, I am very happy to present my interview with the veganic farmer and activist Jimmy Videle. In 2014, Jimmy and his wife, Mélanie Bernier, started a vegan organic market farm, La Ferme de l’Aube, in Boileau, Québec, where they now live with their five rescued cats. In the past, Jimmy worked and consulted on eleven vegan, organic, and permaculture farms in Hawaii, Mexico, Central America, South America and Québec. He is currently a consultant and volunteer with A.U.M. Films & Media (the producers of the documentaries Cowspiracy, What the Health, and others) and the Animal Protection Party of Canada.

In this interview, Jimmy speaks about veganic farming and the practices that he and Mélanie use at La Ferme de l’Aube. He tells his story of becoming vegan, describes the importance of farming veganically, and discusses what needs to be done to help spread veganic farming methods across North America and around the world.

In research that Jimmy conducted for the Humane Party of the United States in 2018, he found that vegan organic farming was 2.2% more productive per acre when compared to growing crops using conventional methods. However, in a study published in 2019, Jimmy wrote that vegan organic agriculture can be 4198% more productive per acre than animal agriculture. This is due to the fact that animal agriculture uses a vast amount of land for grazing and growing feed crops to feed the animals who are exploited and killed by that industry. With a global shift to veganic farming, we could rewild much of the land that is currently used for agriculture.

This was such an inspiring interview. Thanks to Jimmy 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/553/55876.html.
  2. Listen to or download the podcast from Archive.org at https://archive.org/details/afar-april-13-2022.

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, 9 March 2022

Episode 75: Interview with Katina Czyczelis about why veganism is essential for the animals, human health, the environment, and world peace

Social media poster by Katina Czyczelis.
Artwork by the vegan artist Lynda Bell.

This week, I am pleased to present my interview with Katina Czyczelis, who is a vegan advocate, business manager, and musician living in Australia. An essay that Katina wrote about veganism was included in an anthology titled Vegan Voices: Essays by Inspiring Changemakers, edited by Joanne Kong, which was published in 2021.

In this interview, Katina tells me her story of becoming vegan, makes the case for ethical veganism, and responds to many of the excuses that people commonly make against going vegan. We also discuss why veganism is essential in order to achieve a peaceful, healthy, and fair world.

At the end of the show, we'll listen to the piano song, "Into the Sunrise", by 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/553/55522.html.
  2. Listen to or download the podcast from Archive.org at https://archive.org/details/afar-march-9-2022.

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, 23 February 2022

Episode 74: Interview with the vegan artist Maria Tiqwah, and some vegan songs

This week, I am pleased to present my interview with the vegan artist Maria Tiqwah, who lives in the Netherlands. Maria creates drawings, paintings, and murals depicting nonhuman animals living in freedom and peace. She is also the designer of the official coat of arms for the vegan flag.

In this interview, Maria tells me about her artwork, what inspires her, how she learned about vegan art supplies, and how becoming vegan has impacted her career decisions. We also discuss the importance of including positive images in the vegan community and vegan advocacy.

After that, we'll listen to some vegan songs, including "Choose a New Story" by Daniel Redwood, "Yes You Can" by Michael Prikryl, and "Benediction of Light" by 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/553/55338.html.
  2. Listen to or download the podcast from Archive.org at https://archive.org/details/afar-february-23-2022.

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, 26 January 2022

Episode 73: Interview with Bob Linden, host of Go Vegan Radio

This week, I am very happy to present my interview with Bob Linden, the host of Go Vegan Radio. Bob has been a vegan for 38 years. 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. He is unequivocal in his advocacy of veganism as a necessary solution to many of the problems afflicting today’s world.

In this interview, Bob tells me about the mission of Go Vegan Radio and shares his story of becoming vegan and starting the show. He speaks about the feedback he has received from listeners, the importance of incorporating vegan advocacy into our everyday lives, and why veganism is essential for the animals, the environment, human health, and world peace. He also explains why non-vegan vegetarianism doesn’t make sense, why he does not support welfarist animal charities, and why KFC’s Beyond Meat so-called “plant-based” chicken nuggets are not vegan.

I recommend that you listen to some of the episodes from Go Vegan Radio's archives after tuning in to this 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/553/55035.html.
  2.  Listen to or download the podcast from Archive.org at https://archive.org/details/afar-january-26-2022.

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, 19 January 2022

Episode 72: Interview with Tomas Anthony about vegan outreach, the language we use to describe animal exploitation, and being a vegan in a non-vegan world

Drawing by the vegan artist Jo Frederiks.
This week, I am pleased to present my interview with the vegan animal rights activist Tomas Anthony. Tomas, who lives in Ireland, advocates for veganism by doing street outreach and giving speeches, and he runs a YouTube channel and social media accounts under the name tomasanonymous. He frequently works with Clif Grant, another inspiring vegan activist whom I have interviewed on a past episode of this show.

In this interview, Tomas tells me the story of what led him to become vegan and get involved in activism. He also speaks about his experience doing street outreach, what he witnessed at a pig farm in Ireland, how he started giving speeches about veganism and animal rights at schools, and why it’s a moral obligation to speak up for animal rights. We discuss how we can respond to some common questions and comments that we hear when we’re having vegan advocacy conversations, whether it’s a good idea to use the word “holocaust” to refer to what is currently happening to animals, how becoming vegan has impacted our lives, and the difficulty of navigating situations in which animal exploitation is still a social norm.

As we discussed on this episode, there is no ethical or humane way to "farm", exploit, enslave, and/or murder animals. Veganism is simple and easy, and it is the only ethical solution to the problem of animal exploitation.

This was a great conversation!

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/553/54911.html.
  2.  Listen to or download the podcast from Archive.org at https://archive.org/details/afar-january-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!