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.

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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!

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