Saturday, March 23, 2019

In this interview we were pleased to welcome back to ARZone, Jeremy Hess. 

Jeremy is a rights-based advocate, who creates content for social media to inspire us to respect other animals and to be thoughtful about our advocacy.

He volunteers at FRIEND Farm Animal Sanctuary, writes for the Vegan Publishers Facebook page, mentors new vegans, and runs Vegan Interactions which is designed to help us find our voice by sharing ideas and supporting each other.

Jeremy is providing a space that adds to that support at Vegfest UK this year with the Vegan Activists Hub, which he hopes will give activists the opportunity to expand upon the ways we can better ourselves as advocates. We spoke with Jeremy about that initiative, about the meaning of 'animal rights', about why he has created a space for groups such as DxE and AV, and about what he hopes to accomplish at this year's Vegfest UK Brighton event. 


To listen to this interview, please CLICK HERE or use the player below. 









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Friday, March 22, 2019

In this interview we were pleased to welcome Phoebe Frampton to ARZone. 

Phoebe is a vegan activist and artist and has been organising various activism events and campaigns within the vegan movement for 7 years. She and her sister together founded activism groups ‘London Vegan Actions’ and then ‘The Earthlings Experience’ which became a new form of activism, with events taking place in more than 100 cities worldwide. She also performs spoken word and poetry to raise awareness about different injustices towards humans and other animals and encourage one love for all beings.

We spoke with Phoebe about The Earthlings Experience, about 'infighting', about showing footage without the consent of passersby, showing happy footage and much more. 




To listen to this interview, please CLICK HERE or use the player below. 






The Earthlings Expereince website: www.theearthlingsexperience.com








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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Casey Taft ARZone Vegfest UK Interview

In this interview we were very happy to welcome back to ARZone, Dr. Casey Taft. 

Casey is co-owner of Vegan Publishers and Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine. He’s an internationally recognised psychologist and clinical researcher, winning prestigious awards for his work. He has published over 100 journal articles, book chapters, and scientific reports, and has recently authored “Millennial Vegan,” “Motivational Methods for Animal Advocacy,” and “Trauma-Informed Treatment and Prevention of Intimate Partner Violence.” Casey spoke with us about trauma and bullying inside the animal movement, about goal setting and why having solid goals matters, and about much more. 



To listen to this interview please CLICK HERE or use the player below. 













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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Trent Grassian ARZone Vegfest UK Interview

In this new series of ARZone interviews, working with Vegfest UK we were very excited to begin the series with our special guest, Trent Grassian. 

Trent is a full-time researcher who has spent over a decade working in the fields of  anti-racism, LGBTQIA+ liberation, disability rights, and animal advocacy. He recently completed a PhD in Social Policy examining vegan, vegetarian, and even reducetarian transitioners participating in UK-based campaigns, entitled: ‘A New Way of Eating: Creating Meat Reducers, Vegetarians, and Vegans’. He also helps run London Vegan Voices.

Trent joined us to discuss his research, what we have to look forward to at Vegfest this year, and his work in general. 


To listen to the interview please CLICK HERE 



For the Facebook group, London Vegan Voices: 

For Trent's Research:   https://forusallsite.wordpress.com/​ 









Sunday, October 28, 2018

ARZone Vegfest London 2018 Series FARRAH RAINFLY

In this interview we welcomed our special guest, Farrah Rainfly. 

Farrah is a Food for Life instructor with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and the founding director of Social Enterprise Lifeafterhummus., a London-based  BME led Community Benefit Society who are on a mission to pioneer nutrition and lifestyle intervention solutions for a changing health and care landscape to improve the physical and mental health of the public and reduce health inequalities, tackle food poverty, and reduce social isolation whilst operating within an intersectional framework. 

Farrah will be speaking at Vegfest London this year and joins us today to speak about that and her work in general. 


To listen to this interview please CLICK HERE, or use the player below. 





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Friday, October 26, 2018

ARZone Vegfest London 2018 Series ~ GEERTRUI CAZAUX

In this interview we were very pleased to welcome our special guest, Geertrui Cazaux

Geertrui (Trudi) graduated in criminology and environmental sciences . As a research assistant, she explored the sociology of human, animal relations, and has a (PhD in anthropocentrism and speciesism in contemporary criminology). Geertrui edited the book 'Mensen en Andere Dieren' (Humans and Other Animals) in 2001, which is in Dutch

She later worked in youth care and as a policy adviser.
Now full time at home because of chronic diseases, she enjoys gardening and taking care of other animals. She writes about veganism and animal rights at Graswortels.org and Brugesvegan.com.

Geertrui will be speaking at Vegfest UK London this year and joins us to give us some insight into those talks and her work in general. 


To listen to this interview CLICK HERE or use the player below. 





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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

ARZone Vegfest UK London 2018 Series ~ Jeremy Hess

In this interview we were pleased to welcome our special guest, Jeremy Hess. 

Jeremy uses his street interviews and free resources, to demonstrate  how behavioural psychology can help us to communicate effectively with people who aren’t yet vegan.

He develops content for the Vegan Publishers Facebook page, is a vegan mentor, and runs the Vegan Interactions Facebook group designed to share strategies and provide support. Jeremy will be speaking at Vegfest UK London this year and joined us to give an insight into those talks and to his work in general, 



To listen to this interview CLICK HERE or use the player below. 










Monday, October 22, 2018

ARZone Vegfest London 2018 Series ~ Clare Mann

In this interview Roger and I were pleased to welcome Clare Mann as our special guest. 

Clare is an Australian based vegan psychologist, communications trainer and animal advocate. She consults with people around the world to help address the personal and social challenges of living vegan in a non-vegan world, and has recently released a book called Vystopia: The anguish of being vegan in a non vegan world. 

Clare also runs training programmes in communication, team building and ethical leadership. 

Clare will be speaking at Vegfest UK London this year and joined us here to give us a preview of her talk there as well as an insight into her work. 



To listen to this interview CLICK HERE, or use the player below. 












Saturday, October 20, 2018

ARZone Vegfest UK London 2018 Series ~ Dan Kidby & Massimo Viggiani

In this interview we were pleased to be joined two special guests, Dan Kidby and Massimo Viggiani. 

Dan is a campaigner, social movement researcher, trainer and animal lover. He is a co-founder of Animal Think Tank, a collective which seeks to develop and share knowledge about how to build an inclusive and strategic mass movement for animal liberation. He was a deckhand during Operation Nemesis, Sea Shepherd’s most recent anti-whaling mission in Antarctica and he has been active in various social justice movements ranging from free education, climate justice, the rights of indigenous people and more.

Massimo has a master’s degree in Arts and Humanities and a postgraduate degree in Education. He writes for anti-speciesist Italian pages on social media and currently co-organises events in Italy for The World Day for the End of Speciesism and other events. Massimo is opposed to speciesism and to all other forms of oppression. 
Both Dan and Massimo  manage the Facebook page, Animal Resistance, which is linked to in this interview. 

Dan will be speaking at Vegfest UK in London this year, and both him and Massimo joined us to speak about that talk and about their work with Animal Resistance. 



To listen to this interview please CLICK HERE or use the player below. 











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Thursday, October 11, 2018

ARZone Vegfest UK London 2018 Series ~ Carol Adams

In this interview, the first in our new series for Vegfest UK’s London event this year, we were very excited to welcome our good friend, Carol J Adams. 

Carol is the author of many books, most famously, The Sexual Politics of Meat, now in a 25th anniversary edition, Burger, part of the Bloomsbury’s Object Lessons Series, and the recently released Protest Kitchen: Fight Injustice, Save the Planet, and Fuel Your Resistance One Meal at a Time. 

She has been an activist against domestic violence, racism, and homelessness, and for reproductive justice and fair housing practices. She pioneered work on domestic violence and harm to other animals. 

Carol will be speaking at Vegfest UK London this year and joined us to give us an insight into what we can expect  there. 

To listen to this interview please CLICK HERE or use the player below. 







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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

ARZone Total Liberation Interview 16 ~ Michelle Carrera

In today’s interview we welcome our special guest, Michelle Carrera. 

Michelle is a professional translator, writer, and founding director of the vegan non-profit Chilis on Wheels, which is an organisation that helps to provide people in need with warm vegan meals via chapters across the US and in Puerto Rico.

Michelle has worked with a wide range of animal advocacy organisations, and has also worked in adult literature, immigration, food justice and reproductive rights initiatives. Such a wide spectrum of activism has shaped her view of connected struggles. She also leads talks on veganism and hunger, low income vegan living and community building. 

Michelle joins us today to speak about all of these issues, as well as her contribution to the new book, Veganism in an Oppressive World. 


To listen to this interview please CLICK HERE, or use the player below. 












Tuesday, June 5, 2018

ARZone Total Liberation Interview 15 ~ Rayven Whitaker

In this interview, we are joined by our very special guest, Rayven Whittaker.

Rayven is a 9th grade Home-Schooled Student, who chose to go vegan in 2017 after attending her second Triangle VegFest. She has been the co-host and co-producer of numerous Podcasts (dating back to 2012). 

She is looking forward to the continuing pursuits of her interests in (Music, Dance, Film, Photography, Writing, Journalism, and outside of the Arts.

Rayven is an advocate for Black lives, and is very proud to be so, she is also an advocate for human rights in general, and the rights of other animals. She joins us to speak about that, and about her essay in the new book, Veganism in an Oppressive World.


To listen to this interview please CLICK HERE, or use the player below. 


Thursday, May 10, 2018

ARZone Total Liberation Interview 14 ~ Carol J. Adams

In this interview we were thrilled to welcome our special guest, Carol J. Adams. 

Carol is the author of more than 20 books, including the ground breaking The Sexual Politics of Meat now in a 25th anniversary edition. Burger, just released in Bloomsbury’s Object Lessons Series and the forthcoming Protest Kitchen: Fight Injustice, Save the Planet, and Fuel Your Resistance One Meal at a Time. She is also the author of over 100 articles on the topics of vegetarianism and veganism, animal advocacy, domestic violence and sexual abuse, with a focus on the interconnections between forms of violence against humans and against other animals.

Carol has been an inspiring leader of the animal movement for decades, is highly respected for her work and has been a mentor to countless other advocates. To read Carol's article on DxE that was discussed in this interview, please CLICK HERE. 


To listen to this interview please CLICK HERE or use the player below. 












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Sunday, May 6, 2018

ARZone Total Liberation Interview 13 ~ Harley McDonald Eckersall

In this interview we were very excited to welcome our special guest, Harley McDonald-Eckersall. 

Harley is one of the directors and founding members of an exciting new Australian group called Young Voices for Animals or YVA (pronounced ee-vah). 

Founded in early 2017, YVA is a group run for youth, by youth, with a vision to educate, and empower the next generation of young people working towards animal liberation. This year they have launched their first project, Catalyst, which is a youth leadership and development program designed to allow young people the opportunity to take a concern for other animals to the next level and start building a better future. 

Harley is also passionate about using stories to change our perception of other animals and see them for who they really are. With a deep interest in social justice, she's spent the last two years serving as a volunteer for a number of organisations while studying a Bachelor of Arts (Theatre) and a Master of Cultural and Creative Industries at Monash University.


To listen to this interview please CLICK HERE, or use the player below. 











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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

ARZone Total Liberation Interview 12 ~ Meneka Repka

In this interview, we were delighted to welcome our special guest, Meneka Repka. 

Meneka is an artist and teacher living in Calgary.  As an illustrator, and in her work, Meneka investigates the complicated relationships between humans and other animals. 

Meneka joins us today to speak about the 'cruelty free' label, cash crops, what she would like mainstream veganism to recognise in regard to making safe spaces for People of Colour, and about her contribution to the new book, Veganism in an Oppressive World: A Vegans of Colour Community Project.

To listen to this interview please click HERE, or use the player below. 












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Saturday, February 17, 2018

ARZone Total LIberation Interview 11 ~ Mary Lawrence

In this interview we were pleased to welcome our special guest, Mary Lawrence. 

Mary is a vegan chef and wellness educator. She’s also a board member of the American Vegan Society, and a frequent speaker at vegan events in the United States.  She holds a certificate in plant based nutrition, a BA in English, and an MA in Communication. 

Through advocacy that includes cooking classes and engaging conversations, Mary helps to make the vegan transition as easy as possible, more affordable - and delicious. 

Mary joined us to speak about her brand new book, Eat Vegan with Me, a book which is about vegan-friendly food, and much more. She also covered issues such as overcoming obstacles, family dynamics, self care, reducetarianism and much more. 


To listen to this interview, please click HERE or use the player below.










Saturday, January 20, 2018

ARZone Total Liberation Interview 10 ~ Saryta Rodriguez

In this interview we spoke with Saryta Rodriguez. 

Saryta is an author, editor, social justice advocate, and educator. Their first book, Until Every Animal is Free, was published in 2015, and they are currently working on a compilation of essays examining food justice from a variety of lenses. Saryta’s past writings have focused on food justice, veganism, race, and gentrification. 

Saryta is joining us today to speak about their chapter in the new book, “Veganism in an Oppressive World: A Vegans of Colour Community Project”


To listen to this interview please click HERE or use the player below. 











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Thursday, January 4, 2018

ARZone Total LIberation Interview 9 ~ Rama Ganesan

In this interview we spoke with Rama Ganesan. 

Rama lived in Chennai India until the age of 10 when she emigrated to the UK with her family.  She graduated from the University of Oxford, and also has a PhD from the University of Wales. She then moved to the US with her spouse, and has lived there ever since. Rama became a vegan after reading “Eating Animals” by Jonathan Safran Foer, set as college reading for her son. She then began to work to promote veganism, and currently works as a vegan educator where she presents to thousands of students. She runs many local vegan events in northern Indiana, and is a Pollination Project grantee for this work.

Rama joined us to speak about her contribution to a new book recently released, titled “Veganism in an Oppressive World: A Vegans of Colour Community Project”. This book was conceptualised and edited by Julia Feliz Brueck and incorporates the views and advocacy advice of Vegans of Colour from around the world, in order to ensure that our movement is as effective as it can be.







To listen to this interview please click HERE, or use the player above. 





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Thursday, December 21, 2017

ARZone Total Liberation Interview 8 ~ Svetlana Chibireva and Laura Schlieffer on Holocaust memes.

In this interview, we are joined by two very special guests, Svetlana Chibireva and Laura Schleifer. 

Svetlana is a pro intersectional vegan with an interest in looking at veganism as a political and ethical philosophy through a critical lense in order to challenge current narratives in mainstream veganism. She was born in Stalingrad, a city recovering from the atrocities of nazi occupation during world war 2. She grew up with relatives, family friends and members of the local community who experienced the horrors of concentration camps as well as medical experimentation under fascism.

Laura is a Jewish American who has been researching the deep interconnections between animal exploitation, eugenics, Nazism and animal rights as part of a book she is working on, "Liberating Veganism; How Dominance and Control Issues are Sabotaging the Movement--And How to Free Ourselves" for Vegan Publishers. She also gave a talk relating to these themes at Vegfest UK earlier this year.

Svetlana and Laura joined us to speak about Holocaust and genocide analogies in animal advocacy and about the type of advocacy that can turn marginalised groups away from the animal movement. 

**This interview requires a trigger warning for language and subjects associated with the Holocaust, including talk of rape**. 





To listen to this interview please click HERE or use the player above. 




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Monday, November 6, 2017

ARZone Total Liberation Interview 7 ~ Kathy Divine

In this interview we welcomed inspirational vegan leader, Kathy Divine, to ARZone. 

Kathy is the author of five vegan books and founder of the magazine Australian Vegans Journal. The concept of ethical vegan leadership as the solution to world peace inspires and drives her work, and she uses publishing as a way to broadcast this vision into the world. Kathy offers one-on-one coaching to first-time authors and is currently developing an online course that will show them how they can successfully publish their books.

Kathy's publishing focus is on promoting vegans who exhibit great leadership, and her coaching focuses on those who have leadership aspirations and potential.

One of her #1 Amazon best-selling books Plant-Powered Women forms the basis for an upcoming conference series she is presenting. Launching in March 2018 in Sydney, the Plant-Powered Women Leadership Conference Series will be a series of one day events where vegan women will speak on various topics of expertise with the aim being to inspire the audience to become ethical vegan leaders in their communities.


To listen to Kathy's interview please CLICK HERE











Friday, October 20, 2017

ARZone Total LIberation Interview 6 ~ Dr. Casey Taft

In this interview we welcomed back Dr. Casey Taft to ARZone.

Casey is a Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University school of Medicine , and an internationally recognized researcher in the areas of trauma, family communication and violence prevention. 

Casey sees the prevention of violence toward other animals as a natural extension of his work with humans.

He’s is the co-owner of Vegan Publishers … and has published over 100 journal articles, book chapters and scientific reports, as well as recently authoring “Millennial Vegan,” “Motivational Methods for Animal Advocacy,” and “Trauma-Informed Treatment and Prevention of Intimate Partner Violence.”


To listen to Casey's Interview please click HERE








Wednesday, October 18, 2017

ARZone Total Liberation Interview 5 ~ James Aspey

In this interview, we welcomed my fellow Australian animal advocate, James Aspey

James has overcome some huge hurdles in his life and is a true inspiration. He conquered leukaemia, drug abuse and bulimia before becoming one of Australia’s most well-known animal advocates.

Grabbing global attention in 2015 after breaking a year long vow of silence in a powerful TV interview seen by millions, James has continued devoting himself to activism ever since, with a focus on peace, justice and fairness.

In 2016 he was tattooed for 24 hours to raise money for charity. He travels the world giving entertaining speeches on his journey from being an apathetic meat eater to a passionate animal advocate.

His viral speech has been viewed over 8 million times and is described as one of the most inspiring animal advocacy speeches ever delivered.



To listen to James' interview please click HERE


Sunday, October 15, 2017

ARZone Interview 92 ~ Stuart Chaifetz

Stuart Chaifetz is an investigator who works with SHARK - Showing Animals Respect and Kindness. 

Stu - began his animal campaigning as a “sab” in England in 1990 and continued his anti-hunting work after returning to the United States.

He’s also run for Congress as a Green Party candidate and is the winner of a Sea Shepherd Conservation Society award for anti-whaling work.

Stu is also an activist for special needs children.

Recently, SHARK released a video discussing some issues associated with the group Animal Charity Evaluators, or ACE. Stuart is joining us today to discuss that video, the claims made in the video and other issues that have followed the release of his video. 


To listen to Stu's interview please click HERE


To view the SHARK video addressed in the interview please click HERE 



Tuesday, October 10, 2017

ARZone Total Liberation Interview 4 ~ Katrina Fox

Katrina is the founder and editor of the vegan business blog VeganBusinessMedia.com, the host of Vegan Business Talk podcast and author of Vegan Ventures: Start and Grow an Ethical Business,  She’s been vegan since 1996, and has had her ideas about the interconnections between human and other animal social justice featured in numerous books and articles. Her goal is to inform and inspire as many people as possible to embrace a vision of a world in which all beings are free to thrive. 

Katrina joined us to speak about the new Trade Show wich is part of Vegfest UK, about the power of storytelling to promote animal rights and about capitalism and how vegans can do their best to live ethically. 



To listen to this interview, please CLICK HERE 



Friday, October 6, 2017

ARZone Total Liberation Interview 3 ~ Robert Grillo

In episode 3 of our new series on Total Liberation through Radical Veganism we spoke with Robert Grillo.

Robert is an activist, author and speaker. He is the director of Free from Harm, which he founded in 2009 to expose animal agriculture’s impact on other animals, on vulnerable communities, and on the environment. 

Robert’s first book, Farm to Fable: The Fictions of Our Animal-Consuming Culture, was published this year and he will be speaking about that, about "Who Chickens Really Are", about sources of inspiration and empowerment for activists, and a lot more this year at London Vegfest UK. 




To listen to this interview please click HERE




Sunday, October 1, 2017

The Pollination Project Lisa Shapiro Awards Winners 2017 ~ Anonymous - Unparalleled Suffering Photography

The activist behind Unparalleled Suffering Photography is a gifted artist who has chosen to use their significant talents to expose the diverse forms of animal exploitation and torment perpetrated and normalized by our culture. This activist, working anonymously and entirely on their own, expertly documents both the emotional terror and physical suffering that animals endure at human hands: --  from captive entertainment venues such as aquariums and rodeos, to the rapidly expanding trend of backyard animal farming and DIY (so called) “humane” slaughter. 

Without requesting any compensation, this activist has volunteered their work to numerous organizations and campaigns in order to bolster their messaging.

The activist behind Unparalleled Suffering Photography is committed to exposing the humane myth, but the nature of their undercover activism requires that they receive no personal acknowledgement for their powerful work, even with this award, and this interview. 


To listen to this interview please CLICK HERE



The Pollination Project Lisa Shapiro Awards Winners 2017 ~ Ms. Socorro 'Sukie' Muller Sargent

In the early 1990’s, at the age of 55,  Sukie, a Mexican born woman living in Texas and married to a hunter, made a life-changing choice to go vegan! She then went on to start the first animal advocacy group in El Paso along with The Vegetarian Society of El Paso.

The animal advocacy group Sukie started had their first meeting in her home in September 1992. There were eleven attendees, plus two from a group across the border in Mexico. 
They organised a variety of campaigns. They protested the annual rattlesnake roundup in New Mexico. They freed a 125- year-old lobster, and sent him to Maine, where CNN was waiting to film his release into the sea.

Sukie’s group has become a resource for people not only in Texas but also in nearby New Mexico. They organise Thanksgiving events that hundreds of people attend every year.


To listen to this interview please CLICK HERE