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Animal advocacy on the airwaves, hosted by a team of local animal advocates.






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Amanda Leeper - Chick hatching programs in schools

Amanda Leeper talks about the cruel realities behind the chick hatching programs commonly run by Australian primary schools, kindergartens and child-care centres. At face value, these programs seem to be a cute cuddly experience for all involved but the reality is very different, and the learning outcomes for the children are not necessarily positive. Having successfully lobbied her local council and primary school to discontinue their hatching programs, Amanda is well-qualified to share her...

Duration: 00:30:21

Threatened species & land clearing

Throwing the baby out with the bathwater? It appears current feverish land clearing, mostly for pastoral animal agriculture, makes a mockery of efforts & money to protect threatened species, biodiversity & climate change mitigation.We chat with Dr Hugh Finn from Curtin Law School who wants the animal welfare implications of land clearing addressed,April Reside from Queensland University about the crazy levels of land clearing happening there now & Fiona Probyn-Rapsey from UNSW about why we...

Duration: 00:54:58

Sandra Higgins - Go Vegan World

Sandra Higgin's presentation at this year's Irish Vegan Festival titled What Other Animals Need From Us. Sandra Higgins is Founder and Director of Eden Farm Sanctuary and the woman behind the largest vegan advertising campaign, Go Vegan World. As a psychologist, she is Director of The Compassion Foundation of Ireland.The talk is a motivation check for animal activists and an ethical check for vegetarians and those who still consume animals. Irish Vegan Festival Sandra Higgins presentation...

Duration: 00:59:45

Nick Spencer & Phalkun Chan - Ibis Rice

We hear from CEO Nick Spencer and Marketing Officer Phalkun Chan of Ibis Rice, in Phnom Penh. This project of the Wildlife Conservation Society protects some of Cambodia's most endangered wildlife species, particularly the iconic giant ibis, by collaborating with local rice farmers for a win-win outcome.Ibis Rice

Duration: 00:32:27

World Day for the End of Speciesism

WORLD DAY FOR THE END FOR SPECIESISMNearly 50 years on from when British psychologist Richard Ryder coined the term 'speciesism', we now have a World Day for the End of Speciesism.It's a day to call for an end to discrimination against another purely on the basis of their species.Marches are being held in over forty cities in ten countries, including Melbourne, Sydney and Burleigh Beach in Queensland March for the End of Speciesism event...

Duration: 00:54:08

Ag-gag & greyhound victories!

We are savouring some sweet victories! We chat with Chris del Force from Aussie Farms whose 'ag gag' charges, as well as those of Dori Kiss, were dismissed. We also chat with Andy Meddick about the recent successful campaign that resulted in a refusal to permit a new greyhound breeding & training facility . Photo credit: the beloved Sputnik Meddick courtesy of the Meddick familyFor more info on 'ag gag' laws: tune at the end of the show...

Duration: 00:54:18

Emma Sullivan & Luke Westmoreland - Lamb foster carers

Be inspired by the selflessness of lamb foster carers Emma Sullivan of Animal Liberation Victoria & Luke Westmoreland of Victorian Lamb Rescue, and get angry about the enormous yet largely unknown death toll of the Australian sheep industry. Victorian Lamb Rescue Liberation Victoria to the silence about 15 million dead lambs...

Duration: 00:38:43

ICAS 2017 - Dr Yamini Narayanan

2017 ICAS OCEANIA CONFERENCE - Forging Alliances and Intersections Dr Yamini Narayanan on Cow Protectionism And Indian Animal AdvocacyAudio provided by Progressive Podcast Australia Yamini Narayanan is an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) Senior Fellow at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation.Her work explores the notion that that religion influences urban development in India, and must inform policy....

Duration: 00:58:56

GECO - Ed Hill

Fact: In Victoria, old growth native forests, home to many threatened species, are still being cut down for low grade cheap paper products. Volunteer citizen scientists are on the front line of defence saving hundreds of hectares of forest. We speak with Ed Hill from GECO, Goongerah Environment Centre, East Gippsland."The fact that citizen surveys are repeatedly finding threatened species in forests that have not been appropriately surveyed raises questions about the functionality of the...

Duration: 00:42:31

Justin Kerswell - Viva! UK

Roy Taylor interviews Justin Kerswell of Viva! who has been supporting Australian activist groups by campaigning against the sale of kangaroo meat in the UK.

Duration: 00:54:24


Every year hundreds of brumbies lose their freedom & are transported for slaughter. This Sunday on FOS we discuss this & find out what is going on with the wild horse draft management plan for Kosciuszco National Park with Peter Cochran of Snowy River Mountain Bush Users Group & Mae Lee Sun from Wild Horse Journal.Photo of Trooper, a 'lucky' brumby that escaped slaughter.

Duration: 00:47:16

2017 Voiceless Law Lecture Series - David Robinson Simon

Via Voiceless - The Animal Protection Institute Few Australians are aware of the real economic forces behind the production of meat, fish, eggs, and dairy.Animal food producers rely on government subsidies, artificially low prices, and influence over legislation and regulation to provide the cheap meat, eggs and dairy to which consumers have become accustomed.As a result, Australians incur massive hidden costs associated with every animal product that are not visible at the checkout. These...

Duration: 01:00:30

Linking Animal and Human Rights Movements

We speak to Sally Hunter, an animal and human rights activist who works to end the oppression of all individuals. Sally describes the connections between the animal and human rights movements, what they do well and what they can learn from each other. For more information about the Declaration for Animal Rights, as discussed in the show, please see: To contact the Darebin Council and tell them that food and animal agriculture must be part of their...

Lorinda Jane & Natalie Sady - Palm Oil Investigations

Lorinda (founder and president, pictured) and Natalie (committee member) explain why palm oil has become so popular in food manufacturing and its consequences for orangutans and other forest species of Indonesia and Malaysia. They also describe how Palm Oil Investigations has become a force to be reckoned with and how governments prefer consumers to remain ignorant of the ingredients and impacts of their purchases. Palm Oil Investigations scanner...

Duration: 00:55:10

1080 Poison

We chat with Sydney Fox Rescue about 1080 poison which is used to kill foxes and in its usage kills many other 'unwanted' and 'wanted' species . Andy Meddick from AJP also joins us to shed light on this very dark & cruel poison.For info on the July school holiday event: sign the petitions!

Duration: 00:55:58

Anita Krajnc - Toronto Pig Save & #pigtrial

Welcome back, Anita!Anita Krajnc returns to Freedom of Species to discuss how Toronto Pig Save has inspired an animal save movement; pig, chicken, cow, sheep and soon-to-be fish save groups are bearing witness to animal suffering and changing hearts and minds all over the world. We also hear about the #pigtrial that is proving #compassionisnotacrime in the Canadian courts and garnering global media attention.It's great to have Anita back on the show!Toronto Pig Save...

Duration: 00:59:31

National Day of Action for Greyhounds - Melbourne rally

If you missed the National Day of Action for Greyhounds on April 9th, fret not. We recorded the following speakers at the Melbourne rally: Dr Eleonora Gullone, Brian Murray, Dr Helen Jeges, Kim Oxley, Dr Sonja Kassenboehmer and Jennifer Davis. We also chatted a bit further with Dr Helen Jeges about the Victorian Government's promotion of greyhound racing to children.

Duration: 00:40:30

Damien Mander - International Anti-Poaching Foundation

We get an update from Damien, the Australian founder & CEO of the IAPF, which primarily exists to protect rhinos and elephants from the ruthless organised crime syndicates that deal in rhino horn and elephant tusks. He explains what's developed in southern Africa since he was here in the 3CR studio in May last year. This includes the recent vicious attacks on two IAPF rangers in Mozambique, IAPF's new accredited training program for anti-poaching rangers, and South Africa's plans to...

Animal Law in Australia

Meg Good from 'Voiceless - The Animal Protection Society' discusses Australian animal law and how it is used to persecute and protect non-human animals.

Duration: 00:50:27

Effective environmental communications for campaigners & advocates

We're joined in the studio by two highly-experienced environmental communicators, Angela Rutter of the Australian Conservation Foundation and Doug Gimesy of communication consultancy The Framing Effect. They share their wealth of knowledge on how to most effectively deliver your message to engage audiences and, further, how to motivate them to act.

Duration: 00:52:55

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