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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.

Radicalizing ourselves with art: Jared Paul on life as a spoken word/hiphop artist, growing up working class and advice for folks navigating DIY creative communities.
18 Nov 2015 at 9:16am
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cross-cultural conflict: Dr. Claire Jean Kim on the Yulin Dog Festival, western ethics, and racial tension
6 Oct 2015 at 9:04am
The internet exploded earlier this year with outrage from Western vegans, animal lovers, and dog owners in response to the Lychee and Dog Meat Festival held in Yulin, China. Graphic images inflamed sensibilities and a conflict began to mount that was clearly producing racial tension between the (typically) white animal rights protestors and the people (... More)
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Getting to know chickens: Myths of humane meat, domestication, and developing respect for farm animals
1 Sep 2015 at 8:42am
On this show we talk to Hope Bohanec, who has been active in animal protection and environmental activism for over 20 years and is a nationally recognized leader and speaker in the animal protection movement. She is currently serving as Projects Manager for United Poultry Concerns as well as the Executive Director of Compassionate Living, a Sonoma County, (... More)
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Which side are you on? Producing radical DIY media in times of activist repression
11 Aug 2015 at 8:00am
In this episode, you’ll hear us talk with Jeremy and Jordan, both long time vegan anarchists who are behind Which Side, a podcast by activists, for activists, that gives a platform for folks who are passionate about fighting animal, human and environmental oppression. We talk about producing DIY media projects, what it was like growing up in Utah (... More)
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The Social Power of Cinema
4 Aug 2015 at 8:00am
This week we host a discussion with Cornell University sociology PhD student, Loredana Loy, on how representations of nonhuman animals and advocacy issues in cinema provide opportunities for social change and create an auspicious momentum for advocacy on behalf of nonhuman animals. Loredana;s blog series “Cinema for Social Change” provides (... More)
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Towards a world without domination and the end of meat
14 Jul 2015 at 8:00am
Have you ever imagined what our world would look like in a post-meat society? This episode we chat with Marc Pierschel and Jeff Wirth who are filmmakers working on the documentary, The End of Meat. This film project is seeking to explore what our world would look like in a post-meat world, where animals are no longer exploited for human use. What will (... More)
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Daring to care about ourselves and others: Anastasia Yarbrough on the foundations of liberation work
16 Jun 2015 at 8:00am
Anastasia Yarbrough, writer, naturalist, and activist, shares her reflections doing grounded grassroots community work that is inclusive to human and non-human animals. We talk about her experiences living in a small rural community as an activist, interspecies relationships, the powerful connections between afro-animal struggles, and the importance (... More)
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Resisting White Settler Colonization through Food Storytelling: Claudia Serrato from Decolonial Food for Thought
2 Jun 2015 at 8:00am
Illustration by Ernesto Yerena – “Decolonize Maiz” Claudia Serrato from Decolonial Food for Thought teaches about indigenous veganism from a Xicana Indigena perspective, sharing ways she has approached decolonizing her diet and creating spaces to hear how others are doing so too which ultimately, is a process of remembering ancestral (... More)
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Shining the Spotlight on Animal Hero Kids with Susan Hargreaves
12 May 2015 at 8:00am
Animal Voices is thrilled to welcome back to the show one of its co-founders, Susan Hargreaves! Now that the show has been on the air for approximately two decades, we reflect on how Animal Voices began, along with the importance of alternative media and community radio. Grounded in her work as an undercover investigator and an activist, she comments (... More)
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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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