Saturday, 9 November 2019

Episode 10: Interview with Queen V about her music and activism

We have reached the tenth episode of Always for Animal Rights! I would like to thank AFAR's listeners for your encouragement and moral support so far.

This week's episode of Always for Animal Rights features my recent interview with Queen V, a vegan singer-songwriter based in the UK. Queen V's songs focus on issues related to veganism, animal rights, and the environment. Her music is very powerful.

In our interview, Queen V told me about the inspiration behind her songs, how people have responded to her music so far, and what she hopes to accomplish in the future. As well, we spoke about how she has recently adopted a dog named Zala.

In this episode we'll hear three of Queen V's songs: "What Hell is Like", "What's It Gonna Take", and "Only One Life".

Queen V wrote the song "What Hell is Like" after watching the documentary Land of Hope and Glory, which shows the conditions that non-human animals are subjected to on UK farms. (Land of Hope and Glory can be viewed online for free by clicking here.)


"What's It Gonna Take", which has an environmental focus, is Queen V's most recent release. The music video has a very cool "ghostly" quality to it.


The song "Only One Life" speaks about the injustice of killing animals and the need to respect other sentient beings' right to live and be free.


On the show, we also spoke about Queen V's anti-fur song, called "Wearing My Blood". I mentioned that I would include a link to this song in the show notes, so here it is! I hope to include it on a future episode.


You can find Queen V's other songs on her YouTube channel here. Definitely check it out after you listen to the interview!

How to listen to this episode

There are two ways to listen to the episode.
  1. Listen to the episode on Archive.org or download the MP3 file at https://archive.org/details/afarnovember62019.
  2. Listen to the episode on CKCU FM's website at https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/553/45540.html.

You can find Always for Animal Rights on Facebook, as well!

The next episode of Always for Animal Rights will be broadcast on CKCU 93.1 FM in Ottawa on Wednesday, November 20, 2019-- and, of course, it will be available to listen to afterwards, as well.

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Episode 9: Dominika Piasecka speaks about the Vegan Society, and Shaun Hofer discusses animal rights activism in Alberta

Episode 9 of Always for Animal Rights features interviews with two excellent guests!

First up on the show is my interview with Dominika Piasecka. Dominika is the Media and PR Officer for the Vegan Society. Dominika spoke to me about what the Vegan Society does and why vegans don't eat honey. Also, as it is nearly November, Dominika explained what World Vegan Month is all about.

You can find out more about the free app that Dominika mentioned in the interview, called VeGuide, on the Vegan Society's website.

Please remember that bees are sentient beings and they suffer when they are exploited by humans. Honey is completely unnecessary for humans to consume.

To learn more about bees, please visit Be Fair Be Vegan's page titled "Who They Are", and scroll down to the section titled, "Individuals| The Rich Lives of Bees". In addition to the Vegan Society's page about why honey isn't vegan, Go Vegan World's website also offers a brief explanation of what's wrong with eating honey and provides links to other websites with more information.

After speaking with Dominika, I signed up to become a member of the Vegan Society!



After my interview with Dominika, AFAR's new Alberta Correspondent, Shaun Hofer, told me about how the Alberta government is trying to repress animal rights activists. He also described what animal rights activists are doing to expose what's happening to non-human animals in the animal exploitation industries. Additionally, we discussed how Albertan society views veganism. It was a very informative interview.

Shaun mentioned that there was going to be a rally outside Alberta's legislature at the time that this episode was originally broadcast. The rally, which was in protest of Alberta's proposed ag-gag laws, did indeed take place, and you can find the video on DxE Edmonton's Facebook Page.

In our interview, Shaun recommended that listeners watch the documentary Outlook, which is about a hog farm in Alberta. You can watch the documentary for free online here.

I found this image on Facebook:



Thanks to both my guests for being on the show! This week's podcast episode (and all the others I've released so far) is definitely worth a listen.

How to listen to this episode
  1. Although this episode was broadcast on air, there are some issues with the version on the radio station's website, so please listen to this week's episode on Archive.org at https://archive.org/details/afaroctober232019.
  2. On CKCU's website, the introduction was cut off for this episode, but you can still listen to the rest of the episode on CKCU's website anyway if you'd prefer! I'll investigate this issue and try to make sure it is corrected in time for next week's show :)
You can also find Always for Animal Rights on Facebook!

The next episode of Always for Animal Rights will be broadcast on CKCU 93.1 FM in Ottawa on Wednesday, November 6th, 2019-- and, of course, it will be available to listen to afterwards, as well.

CKCU's Funding Drive is now underway! If you would like to make a donation to support this stellar community radio station, please click here and type "Always for Animal Rights" in the appropriate box. Alternatively, you can call CKCU to donate at (613) 520-3920. If you would like your donation to be acknowledged on the show, I will announce your donation on air (if I hear about your donation in time, that is).

Saturday, 12 October 2019

Episode 8: Shaun Hofer advocates for the Animal Bill of Rights, and Jeanette Rowley advocates for the right of vegans to live without exploiting other animals

This week on Always for Animal Rights we had two great interviews!

Calgary-based animal rights activist Shaun Hofer recently underwent a 60-hour hunger strike to advocate for an animal bill of rights called Rose's Law. Actions for Rose's Law took place around the world last week. I interviewed Shaun on October 1st, while he and four fellow activists were part-way through the hunger strike. In our interview, Shaun explained the 5 demands of Rose's Law and told me how the hunger strike was going.


Also on this week's show is my interview with Jeanette Rowley. Jeanette has a PhD in Law and is the founder of the International Vegan Rights Alliance, which is now a part of the Vegan Society in the UK and is known as the International Rights Network. In our interview, she spoke to me about why vegans' rights need to be protected, what vegans can do when they feel their rights aren't being respected, and how she entered the field of vegan rights law.


How to listen to this episode

There are two ways to listen to the episode.
  1. Listen to the episode on CKCU's website at https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/553/45142.html.
  2. Download the mP3 file from Archive.org (in the "Download Options" sidebar, do a right-mouse click on "VBR MP3" and click "Save Link As..." or "Save Target As...") at https://archive.org/details/afaroctober92019.

You can find Always for Animal Rights on Facebook, as well!

The next episode of Always for Animal Rights will be broadcast on CKCU 93.1 FM in Ottawa on Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019-- and, of course, it will be available to listen to afterwards, as well.

Saturday, 28 September 2019

Episode 7: Interview with Angel Flinn, Communications Manager of Be Fair Be Vegan (Part Two); and the animal rights music of Stephanie Valentin

This week's episode of Always for Animal Rights features Part Two of my interview with Angel Flinn, Communications Manager of Be Fair Be Vegan. As previously mentioned, Be Fair Be Vegan is an animal justice campaign that uses outdoor advertising to promote an uncompromising vegan message. Currently Be Fair Be Vegan is running two Canadian campaigns: one in Toronto and one in Montreal.

In Part One of the interview, Angel had told me why Be Fair Be Vegan's advertisements are designed the way they are, how people have reacted to the campaign, and how she explains to people who are not yet vegan why they should go vegan.

In Part Two, Angel tells me the fascinating story of how she became a vegan and an activist, how vegan activists can get involved with the campaign, and why Be Fair Be Vegan takes an uncompromising approach to their vegan message.






For more information about Be Fair Be Vegan, please visit BeFairBeVegan.com.

Today's episode also includes two of the vegan animal rights songs of French artist and musician Stephanie Valentin.

One of these songs, "Chair Amie", is told from the perspective of a non-human animal who is imprisoned in an animal exploitation industry. On Youtube you can also find the music video for this song, which includes Stephanie's remarkable artwork and the English translations of the lyrics. The video tells the tragic story of a calf who was taken away from his mother and is facing imminent death.

(As I mentioned on the show, in the dairy industry, male calves are routinely torn from their mothers so that humans can drink the mother cow’s milk. Meanwhile, the male calves are killed and their remains are sold as so-called “veal”.)

The second song, "Animal", expresses many of the feelings that we vegan activists have on a regular basis. Here is the English translation of the lyrics of the song's chorus:

Animal, I am like you
From my soul rises the same voice
Marginal, that's how they see me
But the evil will not pass by me anymore



You can see the videos for "Chair Amie" and "Animal" on Stephanie's YouTube channel (I apologize if you encounter any advertisements on YouTube).

Thanks so much to Stephanie for granting me permission to include your amazing songs in my podcast!

How to listen to this episode

There are two ways to listen to the episode.

1. Listen to the episode on CKCU's website at https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/553/44933.html.

2. Download the mP3 file from Archive.org (in the "Download Options" sidebar, do a right-mouse click on "VBR MP3" and click "Save Link As..." or "Save Target As...") at https://archive.org/details/afarseptember252019.

The next episode of Always for Animal Rights will air on CKCU 93.1 FM in Ottawa on Wednesday, October 9th, 2019-- and, of course, it will be available to listen to afterwards, as well.

Friday, 13 September 2019

Episode 6: Interview with Angel Flinn, Communications Manager of Be Fair Be Vegan (Part One)

This week on Always For Animal Rights, I aired Part One of my interview with Angel Flinn, Communications Manager of Be Fair Be Vegan. Be Fair Be Vegan is an animal justice campaign that uses outdoor advertising to promote an uncompromising vegan message. In Part One of the interview, Angel spoke to me about why Be Fair Be Vegan's advertisements are designed the way they are, how people have reacted to the campaign, and how she explains to people who are not yet vegan why they should go vegan.

Recently Be Fair Be Vegan has launched two new Canadian campaigns: one in Toronto and one in Montreal. Here is some information from Be Fair Be Vegan's press releases about these campaigns, along with some images from each.

In Toronto, “The media takeover will run from September 2nd through October 27th and focus on three transit stops: St. George Station, and the interiors of the Yonge Eglinton Centre and the Yonge Sheppard Centre. 

The BeFairBeVegan message will be broadcast across a broad range of media, including Flexity streetcar wraps, 20 bus murals and 10 transit center posters. Digital and online media images will also play a significant role in the campaign.” 

Stairs at St. George Station, Toronto


Flexity Streetcar in Toronto is covered with Be Fair Be Vegan's striking advertisements. The advertisements include images of a sheep, a pig, a turkey, a fish, and a cow. Each photo is accompanied by the words "Sentient", and "I Feel, I Think, I Know", and "Be FairBeVegan.com".
Flexity Streetcar in Toronto

Three of Be Fair Be Vegan's messages

Meanwhile, the Montreal campaign is an advertising takeover of Montreal's Berri-UQAM station along with 99 digital screens located in other key stations and hubs around the city, and will run until September 29th.

In addition to the official outdoor ads, BeFairBeVegan materials will be on display at a public vigil held by local activists on September 14th at Jardins Gamelin. The event begins at 2:00. 

Here are three examples of Be Fair Be Vegan's French-language advertisements for the Montreal campaign:




Part Two of the interview will be aired on the next episode of this show, on September 25, 2019.

For more information about Be Fair Be Vegan, please visit BeFairBeVegan.com.

How to listen to this episode

There are two ways to listen to the episode.

1. Listen to the episode on CKCU's website at https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/553/44729.html. This version also includes the song "Wake Up Now" by Claudia Robbens. Please also read the notices in the description on the episode's page before listening. Thank you.

2. Download the mP3 file from Archive.org (in the "Download Options" sidebar, do a right-mouse click on "VBR MP3" and click "Save Link As..." or "Save Target As...") at https://archive.org/details/afarseptember112019.

The next episode of Always for Animal Rights will air on CKCU 93.1 FM in Ottawa on Wednesday, September 25, 2019-- and, of course, it will be available to listen to afterwards, as well.

Friday, 30 August 2019

Episode 5: Interview with Sandra Higgins of the Go Vegan World campaign; announcement about the Liberation Pledge; and Queen V's song "Just Like Us"

This week's show features an interview with Sandra Higgins, the founder and director of Eden Farmed Animal Sanctuary and the Go Vegan World campaign.

Go Vegan World is an animal rights advocacy organization that educates the public about animal rights and promotes veganism. The advertisements have appeared on billboards and other places in Ireland, the UK, and Toronto. As stated on Go Vegan World's website, the campaign "is animal focused in nature and seeks complete cessation of animal use by humans." It is a truly excellent campaign.

Sandra spoke to me about the experience that led her to decide to go vegan, the animals who inspired the Go Vegan World campaign, the impact the campaign has had so far, and importance of remembering that veganism is about animal rights. Please visit GoVeganWorld.com to learn more about veganism, and EdenFarmedAnimalSanctuary.com to read the stories of the animals who live at the sanctuary.

Here are some photographs of Go Vegan World's advertisements:










As usual, the animal rights news is at the beginning of the show.

After the interview, I also announced my decision to take the Liberation Pledge. To learn more about the Liberation Pledge, you can visit https://www.liberationpledge.com/.

At the end of the show is Queen V's song "Just Like Us", which was inspired by the chants that are sung in animal rights marches.

How to listen to this episode

There are two ways to listen to the episode.

1. Listen to the episode on CKCU's website at https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/553/44526.html. In this version, the song "Just Like Us" was faded out about half-way through the song.

2. Download the mP3 file from Archive.org (in the "Download Options" sidebar, do a right-mouse click on "VBR MP3" and click "Save Link As..." or "Save Target As...") at https://archive.org/details/afaraugust282019. This podcast version contains the song "Just Like Us" in its entirety.

The next episode of Always for Animal Rights will air on CKCU 93.1 FM in Ottawa on Wednesday, September 11, 2019-- and, of course, it will be available to listen to afterwards, as well.

Friday, 16 August 2019

Episode 4: Animal Liberation Toronto Conference, Queen V's music, and Anti-Speciesist Language

Hello everyone!

For this week's show, I interviewed Johanna Nikoletos of Liberation T.O. about the Animal Liberation Toronto Conference, which will take place in Toronto from August 16th to 19th, 2019. Johanna told me about some of the things that will be happening at the conference and about what she hopes the conference will contribute to the Canadian animal rights community.

After the interview is the song "What Hell is Like" by the vegan singer/songwriter Queen V. The song is very powerful.

Then, I discuss some of the ways that we can use anti-speciesist language in everyday life. Afterwards I realized that there were some important points that I forgot to mention in this segment, so I look forward to having a "Part 2" to this topic in a future episode!

And, as always, we have the animal rights news at the beginning of the show.

How to listen to this episode

There are two ways to listen to the episode.

1. Listen to the episode on CKCU's website at https://cod.ckcufm.com/programs/553/44299.html. The version on CKCU's website also includes most of the song called "Meat is Murder" (by the Smiths) at the end.

2. Download the mP3 file from Archive.org (in the "Download Options" sidebar, do a right-mouse click on "VBR MP3" and click "Save Link As..." or "Save Target As...") at https://archive.org/details/afaraugust142019.

The next episode of Always for Animal Rights will air on CKCU 93.1 FM in Ottawa on Wednesday, August 28, 2019-- and, of course, it will be available to listen to afterwards, as well.