Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Episode 25: Why vegans should never promote lab-grown "meat"

Photo credit: Jo-Anne McArthur/We Animals
Welcome to Episode 25 of Always for Animal Rights!

This week's episode features an interview with the professors Vasile Stanescu, PhD, and John Sanbonmatsu, PhD, who explain why animal advocates should not promote lab-grown "meat" (a.k.a. animal flesh).

In 2019, John and Vasile participated in a debate in which they pointed out that lab "meat" harms animals directly and serves to further entrench animal exploitation in our culture. This is what we discuss on this week's show.

This is a very important topic that animal advocates need to be aware of. I hope you'll tune in!

You can learn more about this issue at You can also read Vasile's blog post (which he mentioned in the interview) in which he makes the case that vegan advocacy is, and has been, effective.

You may also wish to read my blog post in which I argue that vegan advocacy is the most essential part of the animal rights movement.

About today's guests:

Vasile Stanescu is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies and the director of the Program in Speech and Debate at Mercer University. He is the co-Senior editor of the Critical Animal Studies book series and former co-editor of the Journal for Critical Animal Studies. He has written more than twenty peer-reviewed publications about Critical Animal Studies and the environment. You can find some of his articles on his page.

John Sanbonmatsu is an Associate Professor of philosophy at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is the founder and main designer of He is the editor of the book Critical Theory and Animal Liberation and the author of The Postmodern Prince: Critical Theory, Left Strategy, And The Making Of A New Political Subject.

How to listen to this episode

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  1. Listen to the episode on CKCU FM's website at
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Until next week!

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