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Animal Voices

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Covering the local, national, global, and politically diverse campaigns, struggles and victories of the animal liberation movement. Tune in for interviews with a broad spectrum of activists and academics working toward the liberation of animals, social justice, and environmental health. Animal Voices strives to shine a light on the issues around the taking of animal lives for human pleasure. Vast archive of shows (1996-present) on website.

The liberatory possibilites of literature: using sci-fi as a tool to question what it means to be an animal
3 Mar 2015 at 8:54pm
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Pressure, Resistance, Liberation: No New Animal Lab Discusses their Fight in Ending Vivisection.
24 Feb 2015 at 8:00am
We discuss how the University of Washington’s research lab currently operates and why the campaign is pressuring the private construction firm, SKANSKA. “If they decide that they’re going to ignore public pressure and concern over animals, and start building the lab, we’re going to be there every step of the way, to try (... More)
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“Don’t be afraid to turn your pain into power”: Permaculture Design and Empty Cages with Nicole Vosper
17 Feb 2015 at 8:00am
If you’ve envisioned a world where animals are no longer raised to be killed and eaten as food, you may have also wondered about finding alternative means of producing real food to feed the world. Nicole Vosper brings her experience with liberation permaculture and agroecology as a potential solution. These practices incorporate an ethic of care (... More)
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Love in abundance: Hana Low on the intersections between queer human and non-human animal liberation
10 Feb 2015 at 8:00am
Many of us have heard of the term “trickle-down economics”, but Hana Low wants to introduce us to “trickle-up social justice”. Coined by Dean Spade, this term is the jumping off point of a talk Hana gives about the connections between fighting oppression for LGBTQ communities and non-human animals. Hana alludes to a few common (... More)
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Addressing Fatphobia in the Vegan Community with Heather Kolaya-Spealman
3 Feb 2015 at 8:00am
Photo by Alyson Lawton   Veganism is often marketed by proponents of the mainstream animal activism movement, as a sure-fire way to shed some pounds. This approach has led to a lot of fatphobic campaigns that have been created by animal rights groups, which have led to the shaming of fat-identified folx and in particular fat identified vegans. In (... More)
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“There’s No Business on a Dead Planet”: Sadie Parr on the Killing of Wolves in our West Coast Wilderness
27 Jan 2015 at 9:50am
The wolves of Alberta and British Columbia are in dire need. With numbers already being reduced by environmental factors such as habitat loss and pollution, this keystone species now faces threats from hunting. Caribou in the region are dying from oil, mineral, timber, and other resource extraction, but governments and industries have taken to scapegoating (... More)
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A Secular Perspective on Animal Liberation with Kim Socha
20 Jan 2015 at 9:49am
What do atheism and veganism have in common? More than you might think, according to Kim Socha, author of the new book “Animal Liberation and Atheism: Dismantling the Procrustean Bed”. Often reviled for their political beliefs, Kim has noted that there is a trend for many animal advocates to subscribe to a secular ethic. She notes that both (... More)
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Working Towards a World Without Slaughterhouses: Activists Discuss Non-Violent Civil Disobedience Campaign at St. Helen’s Meat Packers
2 Dec 2014 at 8:00am
JoAnne McArthur   On November 6, 2014, activists held a peaceful vigil and sit-in with the purpose of disrupting “business-as-usual” at St. Helen’s Meat Packers. Activists, many of whom were inspired by bearing witness with the Toronto Cow Save and other Animal Saves, attempted to block an incoming transport truck from reaching (... More)
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Let’s Make Fur History
25 Nov 2014 at 8:45am
Adrian Nelson, with the Fur-Bearer Defenders in Canada, joins Animal Voices to speak about campaigning against fur, specifically about #MakeFurHistory The Fur-Bearer Defenders have worked with LUSH Cosmetics and the Montreal SPCA to unveil shocking footage obtained in 2014. We discuss the landscape of fur farms and how they continue to operate in our (... More)
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Fish in the Tomatoes! Joan Reddy on how GM Foods Affect Animals and the Environment
10 Nov 2014 at 9:11pm
Although many vegans skillfully avoid consuming meat, dairy, and eggs in defiance of the industries that raise and kill non-human animals for food, Joan Reddy explains that genetically modified foods, even some vegan ones, can be extremely harmful to non-human and human animals, as well as the environment. Advocates for organic food often cite that (... More)
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Jo-Anne McArthur and We Animals: Directing a Lens toward Animal Liberation
28 Oct 2014 at 10:00am
We, Animal Voices, are happy to present our interview with We Animals author and photojournalist, Jo-Anne McArthur. Her book is a powerful collection of photographs that illuminate the horrendous conditions of animals around the world who live as captives in zoos, farms, rodeos, and circuses. It also features the joyous faces of animals who were fortunate (... More)
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Standing Strong Against Trophy Hunters and Industrial Giants with Tommy Knowles of the Wildlife Defense League
14 Oct 2014 at 8:00am
Hunting. Mining. Pipelines. These are just a few of the threats that Tommy Knowles and the Wildlife Defense League are blockading in order to protect our natural world. After the launch of Operation Great Bear in September, the WDL has allied with the Klabona Keepers of the Tahltan Nation to successfully prevent trophy hunters from killing grizzly (... More)
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Storytelling as a Form of Resistance: Coco Riot on Mythology, Spanish Nationality and Extinction
9 Sep 2014 at 8:00am
Coco Riot by Nuria Ayarra Coco Riot, a queer Spanish artist believes art is not a tool for social change but social change itself. “I feel that my art practice deals with a lot of powerful, mythical creatures oppressed by society in a labyrinth of rules and punishments,” says Coco. Symbolic imagery is something Coco is drawn to in order to tell (... More)
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You can’t humanewash genocide. Riaz Sayani-Mulji on Israel’s Use of Vegan Propaganda to Normalize Apartheid, Genocide, and Ethnic Cleansing
2 Sep 2014 at 8:00am
Israel's claims to be leading the vegan revolution with vegan tourism, sympathetic politicians, misanthropic intellectuals, and accommodations for soldiers in the Israel Defence Forces. What does veganism have to do with what is going on in Palestine? Although there is seemingly a growing movement for animals in Israel, it is important to recognize (... More)
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Mapping the Extinction of the Passenger Pigeon Through Colonization: An Interview with Ecologist Stuart Pimm
5 Aug 2014 at 8:00am
“Martha,” the last known passenger pigeon. Photo by Carl Hansen, Smithsonian Institution, 1985 The passenger pigeon once numbered in the billions in North America. However, due to habitat loss resulting from european settlement, deforestation, and overhunting; the passenger pigeon population in North America fragmented and never recovered. Stuart Pimm (... More)
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Counter Narratives: scott crow on Anarchism, Pragmatic Ethics, and Going Beyond Vegan Consumerism
29 Jul 2014 at 8:00am
Building on ideas of larger struggles, crow discusses the philosophy of anarchism and the practical applications it has – how can anarchism create a framework for asking questions and challenge ourselves to envision different futures in which we don't have all of the solutions. Crow draws on his experience with Common Ground Collective, which was built (... More)
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What Does The Prairie Dog Say? Con Slobodchikoff, Author of Chasing Doctor Dolittle, on Animal Language
14 Jul 2014 at 8:00am
For a long time, people thought a prairie dog chirp just meant “Danger!” Then Con Slobodchikoff recorded the chirps, slowed them down and analyzed them. Turns out they mean more like “The tall man in the red shirt is coming this way again and this time there's a dog with him!” How many other animals might have complex forms of communication, if we made (... More)
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Finding Points of Unity: Darius Mirshahi Gets Us Ready for the Peoples’ Social Forum
17 Jun 2014 at 8:00am
Mirshahi a.k.a. Testament In August, activists representing the whole gamut of social justice causes will converge on Ottawa for the Peoples' Social Forum. Co-organizer Darius Mirshahi reports that over 10,000 people are expected to attend! Organized around themes such as food, climate, and impoverishment, the 4-day event will include workshops, assemblies, (... More)
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For People Who Love Animals And Numbers: An Interview With “Counting Animals” Blogger Harish Sethu
10 Jun 2014 at 8:00am
How many animals do you save each year by going vegetarian? Does factory farming make meat cheaper? Who's more animal-friendly, Democrats or Republicans? Are well-funded animal rights lobbyists drowning out the voice of the poor old meat industry in public debate? These are just a few of the questions Harish Sethu tackles on his blog, Counting Animals. (... More)
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Dylan Powell on Veganism in Occupied Territories
13 May 2014 at 8:00am
First up, Hannah Lachnit tells us about the activities Marineland Animal Defense has planned for the summer. The group is pressuring Marineland, a tourist attraction in Niagara Falls, to place the animals currently there into sanctuaries and reinvent itself as a park without exploited captive animals. Photo from Then, AV welcomes (... More)
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50 Years of the Hunt Saboteurs Association
29 Apr 2014 at 8:00am
Hunters, horses and hounds vs. a lone, terrified fox. If you think that sounds one-sided, you're not alone: the Hunt Saboteurs Association is marking 50 years of stepping in on the side of the animals. From laying false scent trails to sounding confusing signals with hunting horns, “sabs” do whatever they can to confound the hunt. Animal Voices is (... More)
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Fashionably Vegan Part II: Joshua Katcher of The Discerning Brute and Brave GentleMan
8 Apr 2014 at 8:00am
In part 2 of our series on vegans in the fashion world, Animal Voices welcomes Joshua Katcher, blogger at The Discerning Brute and creator of the fashion line Brave GentleMan. “We tend to look at the fashion industry and write it off as frivolous,” says Katcher, and yet human demands for particular materials and low prices have enormous impacts on (... More)
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Fashionably Vegan Part I: Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart of Vaute Couture
25 Mar 2014 at 8:00am
AV listeners have probably known for a long time that nothing is more attractive than compassion. Now the fashion world is starting to catch on too, thanks in part to Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart. In 2008, Hilgart quit her MBA and her modeling career to start Vaute Couture. She quickly made a splash with vegan dress coats made to handle Chicago winters. In (... More)
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Esther: Wonder Pig in the City! Plus, Cookbook Meets Comic Book in The Vegan Zombie: Cook & Survive
18 Mar 2014 at 8:00am
Derek Walter and Steve Jenkins didn't know what they were getting into when they welcomed Esther the “micropig” into their home. Smart and full of mischief, Esther quickly turned her bacon-eating guardians into vegans. And as she grew — and grew and grew — the little Facebook page Derek and Steve had set up to share Esther's adventures with their friends (... More)
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Dreams Can Become True: Claudio Pomo Reflects on the Green Hill Beagle Liberation
11 Mar 2014 at 8:11am
Photo by Animal Equality You've probably seen the pictures: beagle puppies being lifted past barbed wire, passed to waiting hands. The day was April 28, 2012, and a demonstration outside the Green Hill dog breeding facility in Italy spontaneously turned into a daylight raid. 70 dogs were brought out; eventually, Green Hill was shut down and all 3,000 (... More)
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