Wednesday, 28 April 2021

Episode 53: Vegan sociologists Kate Stewart and Matthew Cole speak about speciesism in the media and popular culture

This week, I am pleased to present my second interview with the vegan sociologists Dr. Kate Stewart, Principal Lecturer in Sociology at Nottingham Trent University, and Dr. Matthew Cole, Lecturer in Criminology at The Open University. Matthew and Kate are the authors of the 2014 book, Our Children and Other Animals: The Cultural Construction of Human-Animal Relations in Childhood, as well as a number of academic articles and book chapters about the sociology of veganism and human-nonhuman animal relations.

In this interview, Matthew and Kate speak about the following topics:

  • how children are socialized into accepting and participating in animal exploitation in society
  • how the mainstream media and popular culture normalize animal oppression and marginalize veganism
  • why some people become very hostile in response to the mere mention of veganism or vegan food
  • why, for many of us, being vegan is actually easier than being non-vegan
  • whether a vegan world is possible
  • what we can do to help normalize veganism in society.

We spoke about the Doctor Who television series (as it relates to veganism and animal ethics) later on in this episode. My guests also discussed their research into the speciesism of animal farming games that people play on their mobile phones, among other topics.

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

You can also find my first interview with Kate and Matthew on Episode 28 of the Always for Animal Rights.

Note about Doctor Who: At the end of this section of the 2005 Doctor Who episode "Boom Town", the Doctor orders "steak" and chips at the restaurant, and then in this section (still at the restaurant), he lectures Margaret (a murderous alien) about why she shouldn't kill innocent people. We discussed this scene in the interview.

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/553/51787.html.
  2. Listen to or download the podcast from Archive.org at https://archive.org/details/afar-april-28-2021.

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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!

Tuesday, 13 April 2021

Episode 52: Interview with Dr. Frances McCormack about asking questions to promote veganism, measuring our success as advocates, and holding veganism as a moral baseline

This week’s episode features my recent interview with the abolitionist vegan advocate Dr. Frances McCormack, who has been a vegan since 2010* and promotes the Abolitionist Approach to Animal Rights.

In this interview, Frances tells me about the experiences that led her to become a vegan and find out about the Abolitionist Approach. We also discuss the role of asking questions in vegan advocacy conversations, how we can reflect on our progress as vegan advocates without using false measures of “success”, whether the concept of “carnism” helps or hinders discussions about veganism and animal rights, and why it’s important for vegans to promote veganism as a moral baseline and stay true to our ethical values, despite any social pressure to do otherwise.

Thanks to Frances for being a guest on the show!

* Coincidentally, 2010 is also the year that I became a vegan.

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/553/51639.html.
  2. Listen to or download the podcast from Archive.org at https://archive.org/details/afar-april-14-2021.

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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, 7 April 2021

Episode 51: Veganism and Virtue Ethics with Professor Carlo Alvaro

This week, I am pleased to present my interview with the virtue ethicist, ethical vegan, and author 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 third book, The Book of Raw, will be published by Lantern Publishing & Media in November 2021.

In this interview, Carlo tells me about what led him to become a vegan, and he explains the philosophy of Virtue Ethics and how it leads to veganism. Then we discuss why vegans should reject lab-grown meat and whether it’s problematic to consume plant-based replicas of animal products. Carlo also speaks about a particular issue that we’ll need to address in order to achieve a vegan world.

As my listeners are probably already aware, I promote a rights-based approach to animal ethics. At the same time, I think that Virtue Ethics also provides valuable insights into ethical questions. Carlo's academic journal articles about Virtue Ethics and veganism, which you can find on his Academia.edu page, are a good place to start if you'd like to learn more about a virtue-oriented approach to veganism.

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/553/51544.html.
  2. Listen to or download the podcast from Archive.org at https://archive.org/details/afar-april-7-2021.

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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, 17 March 2021

Episode 50: Interview with the sociologist Dr. Roger Yates on the animal rights movement, the definition of veganism, impacts of the pandemic on animals, and vegan education

This week, I am pleased to present my third interview with the sociologist, long-term vegan, and animal rights advocate Dr. Roger Yates. In this interview, Roger speaks to me about the following topics:

  • the history of the Vegan Society's definition of veganism
  •  how the animal advocacy movement has changed since Roger became a vegan in 1979
  • the focus and scope of the vegan social movement, and what Roger means when he says that vegan advocacy is new
  • the opportunities and obstacles that arise from using different forms of media to promote veganism
  • the role that cultural speciesism plays in perpetuating animal exploitation in society
  • the impact that the vegan education group Go Vegan World has had in Ireland (you can listen to my previous interviews with Sandra Higgins of Go Vegan World on Episode 17, Episode 20, and Episode 5)
  • whether the COVID-19 pandemic will affect humans' relationships with nonhuman animals in the long run
  • the importance of reading to educate ourselves about animal rights theory

It's a very interesting discussion. Thanks to Roger for being a guest on the show again!

You can find my previous interviews with Roger Yates on three past episodes of the show: Episode 29, Episode 19, and Episode 21.

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/553/51241.html.
  2. Listen to or download the podcast from Archive.org at https://archive.org/details/afar-march-17-2021.

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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, 10 February 2021

Episode 49: Interview with Mariana Landeros Corona, abolitionist vegan educator

Welcome to Episode 49 of Always for Animal Rights!

This week, I am pleased to present my interview with Mariana Landeros Corona, who is an abolitionist vegan educator living in California. Prior to the lockdown, Mariana was involved in vegan educational tabling outside of public libraries, and she hopes to get back to this advocacy once it is possible to do so again. She currently manages the Abolitionist Veganism Shared Information Facebook Page and other social media pages that promote veganism and the Abolitionist Approach to Animal Rights.

In this interview, Mariana tells me about what led her to go vegan and become involved in Abolitionist vegan advocacy. She also explains how she talks to non-vegans about veganism, what abolitionist vegan advocacy initiatives are currently taking place around the world, and how we can still be involved in advocacy even during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Mariana's responses to my questions are bilingual (in Spanish and English) so that this episode can reach people who speak Spanish as well as those who speak English.

At the end of the show, we'll listen to the song "How Do I Go Vegan" by Gülce Özen Gürkan.

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/553/50819.html.
  2. Listen to or download the podcast from Archive.org at https://archive.org/details/afar-february-10-2021.

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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, 27 January 2021

Episode 48: Interview with Gary Francione about veganism as a moral baseline, the importance of nonviolence, and what's wrong with keeping "pets"

This week, I am very happy to present my second interview with the animal rights scholar Gary L. Francione, Board of Governors Distinguished Professor of Law and Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Scholar of Law and Philosophy at Rutgers University School of Law in New Jersey. He is also Visting Professor of Philosophy at the University of Lincoln (UK). Professor Francione has been a vegan since 1982 and is well-known for having developed the Abolitionist Approach to Animal Rights. He is the author of many excellent books about animal rights theory, advocacy, and veganism.

In this interview, Professor Francione tells me about what happened in the 1980’s and 1990’s that led him to develop the Abolitionist Approach, and he speaks about how modern-day animal advocacy that does not hold veganism as a moral baseline perpetuates animal exploitation. Then we discuss why nonviolence is an important part of the Abolitionist Approach, why we shouldn’t bring nonhuman animals into existence to be our “pets”, and more. At the end of the interview, Professor Francione offers his advice for those who wish to work to bring about a vegan world.

After the interview, we'll hear the song "How Do I Go Vegan" by Gülce Özen Gürkan.

The essay that Professor Francione mentioned during the interview, "Reflections on Tom Regan and the Animal Rights Movement That Once Was", was published in Between the Species in 2018.

Gary Francione's websites can be found at AbolitionistApproach.com and HowDoIGoVegan.com.

You can find my previous interview with Professor Francione on Episode 32.

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/553/50656.html.
  2. Listen to or download the podcast from Archive.org at https://archive.org/details/afar-january-27-2021.

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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 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 focus on promoting 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, and why she now makes videos to accompany her animal rights 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!