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

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


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






21 Smith Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 3065 (03) 9376 4728


Vegan Vox Pop - Inspiration, Challenges & Hope

In this week’s show we check the pulse of the vegan community in Melbourne by speaking to people at the Spring Vegan Festival that was held at the old meat market. We discuss the challenges facing animals, what is inspiring about the vegan movement and where people find hope.

Duration: 00:54:35

Animal Activist Forum - Pam Ahern

Pam Ahern's presentation from the recent Australian Animal Activist Forum.Pam is the Founder and Director of farmed animal sanctuary Edgar's Mission (Victoria, Australia).Pam's talk was a journey of self-discovery from animal lover to animal advocate as she explores the role of farm sanctuaries in the bigger picture of creating a kinder world for animals.This is the perfect show to share with friends and family who may not 'get' why you are vegan or those who love animals but are still on...

Duration: 00:48:26

Kathleen Chapman -new Vic no kill shelter

In March this year, Darebin Council in Melbourne, Victoria, announced the next pound contractor will be a 'no kill' shelter facility for companion animals. Our guest is a major driver of that momentous change - Kathleen Chapman from Save Darebin Pets.The Maneki Neko Cat Lounge info: 3rd GECO Citizen science camp info ( note there are a few camps over summer if you can't attend in November) :

Duration: 00:45:52

Gary Yourofsky - New York presentation

We'll be playing a presentation delivered by American animal activist Gary Yourofsky, at a New York college. He's converted countless people to veganism with his powerful & damning argument. This presentation is just one of around 3000 that he's delivered at schools & universities across the USA & Israel. Gary also performs his spoken word piece I Will Not Stand

Duration: 00:51:10

New Vic planning laws & intensive animal ag

As the world is waking up to the cruelty and destructive consequences of industrial animal agriculture, do the proposed Victorian planning laws give the green light for more of it? And will they make it harder for us to oppose such facilities 'in our own backyards'? We speak with Sarah Davison from Planning for Animals about this and Lisa Ryan from Say No to Blantyre Pig Farms in Harden shares the activism nuts and bolts of the campaign that stopped a large intensive piggery from being...

Duration: 00:58:24

Protecting Animals in Emergency - Don’t Forget the Chickens!!

In this week’s show we talk with Dr Mel Taylor about protecting our animals in emergency situations and look at some new research that shows a plant-based food system would be much better for our environment.For more on what Dr Mel Taylor was talking about please see: is the Facebook link for Blue ARC:...

Duration: 00:45:39

Sandra Higgins - Go Vegan World / Eden Farmed Animal Sanctuary

There are some animal advocates that transform your thinking and how you approach your activism. Psychologist Melanie Joy and Animal Asia founder Jill Robinson come to mind. Well, add Sandra Higgins to the list. Sandra has a clarity of purpose that will inspire and challenge you.Sandra is the Founder and Director of Eden Farmed Animal Sanctuary and the creator of the world's largest vegan advertising campaign - 'Go Vegan World'. As a psychologist, Sandra is the Director of The Compassion...

Duration: 00:55:17

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...

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...
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