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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.

Shining the Spotlight on Animal Hero Kids with Susan Hargreaves
12 May 2015 at 8:00am
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Keep Narwhals Real! Ian Rowan on Preventing the Extinction of this “Mythical” Species
28 Apr 2015 at 8:00am
Narwhals and unicorns are two animal species known for the distinct horn on top of their head. However, what some people may not know, is that if oil exploration continues down its current path, they may share another feature in common – not existing on planet Earth. Ian Rowan refuses to let that happen, and has launched the Keep Narwhals Real campaign (... More)
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WE can make a Difference: Firoz Alam and Macy Tollefson Connect Childhood Literacy Programs with Animal Advocacy in Bangladesh
21 Apr 2015 at 8:00am
Firoz Alam, President of the WE Foundation Bangladesh, and Macy Tollefson, project director, joined us in discussing the connection they are making between childhood literacy programs and animal advocacy in Bangladesh. The WE Foundation Bangladesh is a non-profit, youth based organization, providing support to poor families and children in Dhaka, Bangladesh. (... More)
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Urban Chicken Keeping, Sustainable for Who?: Mary Britton Clouse on Chicken Run Rescue
7 Apr 2015 at 8:00am
Nemo- Portrait / Self Portrait                Mary Britton Clouse From Minneapolis to Toronto, urban dwellers are on the hunt for local, sustainable food. While backyard and community gardens offer real opportunity, some take it a step further and attempt to keep a flock of laying hens. But is urban chicken keeping truly sustainable? And, more importantly, (... More)
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Failing Grade in Transparency: Queen’s Animal Defence Audits University Animal Testing Practices
31 Mar 2015 at 8:00am
Many of us are aware that research on non-consenting animals takes place behind the closed doors of universities all over the world. Animals are subject to captivity, restraint, and invasive procedures in the name of science, but the explicit details of these experiments are often well-hidden, both physically out of the public's eye, but also through (... More)
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“What Animals Can Teach Us About the Origins of Good and Evil”: Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson Discussing his New Book Beasts
24 Mar 2015 at 8:00am
Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson joins Animal Voices to discuss his new book “Beasts”, exploring the origins of morality and what animals can teach us about the nature of good and evil. The disparity between the apex predator of the sea, orcas, and the apex predator on land, humans, in relation to violence is staggering. Humans are the only species with a (... More)
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Watching Out for our Coyote Neighbours with Lesley Sampson
10 Mar 2015 at 8:00am
Despite the close relation between domesticated dogs and coyotes, there is a stark difference in the way that humans treat individuals of each species. While the former are beloved members of many human families, the latter are much maligned and vilified. Lesley Sampson of Coyote Watch Canada hopes that we can rethink the way we see the coyotes that (... More)
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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
In this interview we are diving into cyborg politics with Dr. Sherryl Vint, whose work called Animal Alterity inspired us to pursue this subject further. We explore the realm of science fiction which brings up wide ranging questions of what it means to be animal and how to reconfigure the historically constructed human and animal divide. We discuss (... More)
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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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