Tuesday, March 25, 2014

ARZone Podcast 80: Jon Bockman - Animal Charity Evaluators

Episode 80 features the Executive Director of Animal Charity Evaluators (ACE), Jon Bockman.

In this interview, we discuss the work that ACE does in trying to utilise the best survey and research methods to evaluate the effectiveness of various groups and organizations working within the animal advocacy movement. Audio Podcast, approx 57 minutes.



According to their website (www.AnimalCharityEvaluators.Org), Animal Charity Evaluators (ACE) is "a nonprofit dedicated to finding and advocating highly effective opportunities for improving the lives of animals.” Jon Bockman serves as its executive director.

Jon has held leadership positions at various animal advocacy groups over the past ten years, including having managed two wildlife rehabilitation centres and serving as a humane investigator in Illinois. Jon joined the team at Animal Charity Evaluators in 2013.

Monday, February 24, 2014

ARZone Podcast 79: Nick Cooney - Veganomics: The Surprising Science on What Motivates Vegetarians

Episode 79 features long time advocate Nick Cooney.

Nick Cooney, the Founder and Chairman of the Board of The Humane League, is also the Director of Education for Mercy For Animals. Nick is the author of two books, Change Of Heart: What Psychology Can Teach Us About Spreading Social Change (2011) and Veganomics: The Surprising Science on What Motivates Vegetarians, from the Breakfast Table to the Bedroom (2013). 

In this podcast, we discuss what advocates can learn from the research that exists on vegans, vegetarians, their behaviors, motivations, and beliefs. Audio podcast, approx. 53 minutes.



Please check out Nick's book at Veganomics.com

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

ARZone Podcast 78: Rob Garner - Animal Rights as Justice

Episode 78 features professor of political theory, Robert Garner.

Rob Garner is professor of political theory at the University of Leicester in the UK who has, for more than two decades, specialised in animal rights.

In this interview, Prof. Garner speaks with ARZone about his recently published book A Theory of Justice for Animals. He explains why Animal Welfare fails to protect the interests of other animals, why "species egalitarianism" (or abolitionism) will not achieve its goals, and why conceiving of animal rights as a political matter of justice affords us the best chance at creating a better world for animals. Audio podcast, approx. 54 mins.


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Rob Garner obtained his BA from the University of Salford and his MA and PhD from the University of Manchester. A professor at the University of Leicester, the focus of his principal research interest has been on the political representation of nonhuman interests. He is the author of 6 books in this area, including A Theory of Justice for Animals (2013), The Animal Rights Debate: Abolition or Regulation?(2010, with Professor Gary Francione), Animal Ethics (2005), The Political Theory of Animal Rights (2005), Animals, Politics and Morality (2004) and Environmental Politics: Britian, Europe and The Global Environment (2000).


Friday, December 13, 2013

ARZone Podcast 76: Ari Nessel - The Pollination Project

Episode 76 features the founder and president of The Pollination Project, Ari Nessel.

The Pollination Project is an organisation that gives seed grants and loans to individual change-makers throughout the world, focusing on social justice, environmental sustainability, and community health & wellness. (ARZone has been the very grateful recipient of one of these grants.)

Ari Nessel oversees a real estate company that focuses on the triple bottom line of people, planet and profit. With his wife, Becky, a doctor who cares for underserved populations, he shares the desire to serve others. For his efforts to promote animal rights and protect the environment, Ari was awarded with PETA's "Compassionate Company" Proggy Award.

Ari discusses why he has chosen to spend his time, energy, and resources on advocacy for human and other animals, what the Pollination Project has helped motivated individual people to accomplish, how advocates can best reach the general public and much more. Audio podcast, approx. 50 minutes.


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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

ARZone Podcast 75: Sherry Colb - Mind If I Order The Cheeseburger?

Episode 75 features Professor of Law and author Sherry Colb.

Sherry Colb is professor of Law at Cornell University and is the author of two books, When Sex Counts: Making Babies and Making Law (2007) about the modern challenges of sexual equality, and Mind If I Order the Cheeseburger? and Other Questions People Ask Vegans (2013). 

Sherry visits ARZone to talk about that book, in which she offers practical and well-reasoned advice to all of us who may encounter some of the most common questions put to vegans by non-vegans. She also talks with us about the importance of empathy and understanding in advocacy and how feminism intersects with animal rights. Audio podcast, approx. 36 minutes.





Wednesday, November 20, 2013

ARZone Podcast 74 - Kathy Divine - Plant Powered Men

Episode 74 features vegan advocate and author Kathy Divine.

Kathy, from Sydney, Australia, has been vegan for 9 years and vegetarian for 12 years before that. She speaks with ARZone about her latest book, Plant Powered Men. We ask her about how she chose those who contributed to the book, why she feels that it's important that a book about veganism focus on men, and what she learned in the process of interviewing 38 vegan men from around the globe. Audio podcast, approx. 19 mins.




Kathy’s mission is to share the benefits of the vegan lifestyle with as many people as possible, and to help empower others toward making compassionate decisions.

In 2009 Kathy started an interview-based blog – vegansarecool.com - where she presents the views of other vegans from around the planet.

In 2011 she published two books – Forever 21 and Vegans Are Cool. In 2012, she launched the Vegan of the Year Awards.


Friday, November 8, 2013

ARZone Podcast 73: Kim Socha And Sarahjane Blum - Confronting Animal Exploitation

ARZone Podcast 73 features Kim Socha and Sarahjane Blum.

Kim Socha is a grassroots animal liberation advocate, an author, and educator who sits on the boards of The Institute for Critical Animal Studies and the Animal Rights Coalition. Sarahjane is also a grassroots animal liberation advocate, educator and board member of Support Vegans in the Prison System, and of New York City’s Empty Cages Collective. Kim and Sarahjane join ARZone to talk about their recently published book, Confronting Animal Exploitation: Grassroots Essays on Liberation and Veganism. Audio podcast, approx 57 mins.




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Confronting Animal Exploitation: Grassroots Essays on Liberation and Veganism includes essays by Kim and Sarahjane as contributions by 15 of their fellow grassroots advocates from the midwest region of the United States. Available on Amazon here.