Wednesday, December 21, 2011

ARZone Podcast 27: Brandon Becker

This time the ARZone team are joined by grassroots activist from Animal Liberation Action, Brandon Becker. Brandon speaks about his time at PeTA and why he left the organisation, the formation of his grassroots group, their activities, and their aims. He also considers whether there remains a place for many of the large national animal advocacy groups in the age of internet and comments on Roger's recent blog essay, "The Abolitionist Approach is Not Fit for Purpose."

or play HERE.

Can you locate the "Hidden DANG!!"

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

ARZone Podcast 26: Dean Bracher.

Joining the ARZone team this time is Dean Bracher, a British grassroots animal activist who for many years has been giving school talks on veganism and related topics. He is also an experienced organiser of a number of vegan events and animal advocacy activities in Britain.

or play HERE.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

ARZone's Greatest Hits No.2

Welcome to ARZone's second Greatest Hits package, featuring discussions and guest voices from ARZone podcasts 11-20. Guests featured are Bruce Friedrich, Oscar Horta, Thomas Janak, Robin Lane, Helen Masterman-Smith, David Nibert and Jordan Wyatt. The ARZone team featured are Carolyn Bailey, Barbara DeGrande, Tim Gier, Ronnie Lee, Jason Ward and Roger Yates.

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Saturday, December 3, 2011

ARZone Podcast 25: Sharon Núñez & Jose Valle.

Find the Hidden DANG! and Win a Prize!

This time the ARZone team are joined by anti-speciesists Sharon Nunez and Jose Valle of Animal Equality who talk about their dramatic street events, single-issue events, vegan education, their open rescues, their journeys to veganism, their on-going legal problems, and their general anti-speciesist campaigning for other animals.

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Friday, December 2, 2011

ARZone Podcast 24. It's ****ing Dino Sarma!

This time the ARZone team are joined by Dino Sarma, cook, podcaster, vegan educator, and all-round good (vegan) egg. Dino Sarma is the author of Alternative Vegan: International Vegan Fare Straight From the Produce Aisle, which is a vegan cookbook based solely on produce. Dino focuses on cooking simply, inexpensively and with an East Indian influence. Dino produces popular podcasts, in which he takes his listeners through the world of the vegan kitchen, cooking without the use of what he deems "omnivore substitutes." He also maintains his blog, which is a cooking blog, but also a space that he uses to write about what's going on in his life. Dino currently lives in Manhattan with his husband. He has worked at the Sacred Chow, in Greenwich Village.

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

ARZone Podcast 23: David Sztybel - Vegan Animal Ethicist

Episode 23 features Dr. David Sztybel.

David has been a vegan since 1988 and talks about his evolving philosophy in the field of animal ethics, how a genuine interest in the concept of ahimsa has been an influence in his life, his interest in normative sociology, his journey to veganism, and his vision for the future.

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There were one or two technical difficulties during the recording of the podcast, so we hope that you do not find them too distracting - now and then, a word or two is not audible.

Also, since some of the podcast is quite philosophical in nature, you may find it useful to ref to the following glossary of terms while you listen.


Affect. Principally refers to (a) feelings and (b) desires. Also extends to moods, attitudes, and related phenomena.

Affective cognition. Part of David Sztybel's ethical theory: awareness of feelings and desires and their properties. For example, one may be aware that one is pleased. A property of the pleasure is that it is medium-grade wistful anticipation. Traditionally, feelings and desires are supposed to be noncognitive. Sztybel questions this because we are aware of our feelings, and not through the five senses either. So we must be aware of them somehow: through another mode of cognition or awareness. Let's call it feeling cognition, since it is literally the way we come to be aware of feelings as such. Are we aware that pain feels bad, not only in a verbal sense, through affective cognition? Does pain ever feel good or indifferent? Masochists feel bad from pain too or they would not inflict such hardship on themselves out of self-hatred or what-have-you.

Epistemology. The theory of knowledge in philosophy. It investigates questions such as: What is knowledge? How strict a standard should we use before we say we know that a belief is true? Should a belief be beyond all possible doubt? How is knowledge distinguished from, say, rational beliefs? Many epistemologists agree that we have certain knowledge of our mental states, but that technically, we do not have knowledge of the external world (which includes pencils and pogo sticks), because, for example, our perceptions could conceivably be "fed" to us as an illusion by a powerful being. These theorists would say we have very rational beliefs about the world that we perceive outside of ourselves, whereas we know 2 + 2 = 4, or if we are in pain, for two examples. Others say of course we know about the external world! But then it is a real challenge as to how to theorize that supposed knowledge. There are four popular theories of knowledge:

(a) foundationalism. Holds that we are aware of some truths that are self-evident, or otherwise evident, and that these basic pieces of knowledge form a foundation from which we can logically derive other pieces of knowledge. For example, I am aware of the side of a car. With other foundational bits of knowledge, I can be aware of a car as a whole, calculate estimated times of arrival, and so forth.

(b) coherentism.
Propounds that no single beliefs are foundations of knowledge, but rather a web of beliefs that "cohere" (stick together in terms of logic, analysis, causation, explanation, definitions, and so on) accounts for our claims to knowledge. My knowledge of the side of a car depends on knowledge about colour, distance, cars, and so forth. Beliefs depend on many other beliefs and a variety of different forms of evidence.

(c) skepticism. Essentially denies that we have knowledge. Sometimes it is confined to certain areas of knowledge, such as purported knowledge of the so-called external world.

(d) pragmatism. Agrees at some level with the skeptic that we cannot give an absolute account of supposedly everyday knowledge, but insists that we need a sense of knowledge by which we can unequivocally say absolute truths about the world we try to access with the five senses of sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch. So pragmatism holds that if it "works" for individuals to say that they know, then they know. It works much better in a court of law, for example, to declare what one has witnessed with certitude, if that applies, rather than unnecessarily introducing doubts that are impractcal to consider, and could needlessly undermine a case.

Intuition. A basic belief that is so basic that no justification can be given for it. For example, the following assumption is an intuition: We should maximize pleasure and minimize pain overall. The latter is a version of act utilitarianism in ethics. See below on utilitarianism.

Intuitionism. The view, sometimes confined to ethics, which states that it is acceptable to base our moral theories on intuitions. After all, we need to start somewhere. If we have an infinite chain of a belief that in turn justifies a belief that in turn justifies a belief, and so forth, we will not be able to start the process of justification. The first belief would also need to be justified, and so on. Intuitionism has in common with foundationalism (see above) the possibility of starting with a single belief. Where intuitionism and foundationalism may differ might be that whereas moral intuitions have no justification, a foundational belief about a computer screen in front of oneself is informed by various sensory perceptions that seem to count as relevant data in forming the belief in question.

Utilitarianism. The view that states that we should maximize the good and minimize the bad overall. Two typical versions of value theory for utilitarianism include hedonism (good = pleasure and bad = pain) and what I call preferentialism (good = preference-satisfaction and bad = preference frustration).

(a) Act utilitarians try to choose the most utility, or most units of value and least units of disvalue, for individual actions.

(b) Rule utilitarians hold that we cannot literally calculate utility for actions, and trying to do so might result in biased results, or courses of action that are too risky. Therefore, we should go by that set of rules that maximizes utility. Examples: Do not kill. Do not rape. And so forth.

(c) Indirect utilitarianism. Puts forward the idea that we cannot calculate utility for rules either and that, paradoxically, it would maximize utility (produce the most good and least bad overall) to forget about utilitarianism and just respect rights, be a loyal friend or love, and have a sturdy character. In other words, to go by common-sense morality. It is believed that trying to be a utilitarian might make one cold, calculating, treacherous, uncaring, and untrustworthy. For instance, one might be inclined to betray someone if it serves "the greater good."

Thursday, November 24, 2011

ARZone Podcast 22: Lynne Yates - Vegan advocate and anti-angling campaigner

Episode 22 features long-time British activist Lynne Yates. Lynne, a vegan since the late 1970s, has been a science teacher for many years, an education adviser to a local authority, and has worked in Southern Sudan. In the 1980s, she was the National Secretary of The Campaign for the Prevention of Cruelty by Angling (which, when she joined, had a membership of about 5 people!) and, as a radical feminist, organised and participated in many campaigns and mobilisations.

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Friday, October 21, 2011

ARZone Podcast 19 (Pt. 2): Entanglements of Oppression and Liberation

The second part of our podcast with Professor David Nibert and Dr. Helen Masterman-Smith.

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

ARZone Podcast 19 (Pt. 1): Entanglements of Oppression and Liberation.

This time and next, the ARZone Team discuss David Nibert's "entanglements thesis" laid out in the 2002 book Animal Rights/Human Rights: Entanglements of Oppression and Liberation with Professor Nibert himself, and with Dr. Helen Masterman-Smith of Charles Sturt University.

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Episode 19b can be heard HERE

Thursday, October 13, 2011

ARZone Podcast 18: Reflections on Bruce Friedrich

In our last podcast, ARZone interviewed Bruce Friedrich from Farm Sanctuary. In this episode, the ARZone team chat about issues that seemed to us to arise from Bruce Friedrich's podcast.

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Extra, Extra, hear all about it. A few minutes cut from the main podcast.


Monday, October 10, 2011

ARZone Podcast 17: Bruce Friedrich - Farm Sanctuary.

Episode 15 features Bruce Friedrich of Farm Sanctuary. Bruce Friedrich recently left PeTA after 15 years working there. The ARZone team were interested to discover the reason for the move, and to explore issues about "farm animal" welfare, his film editing, and his veganism.

We experienced a thunderstorm during the recording which accounts for the abrupt ending as well as for the less than perfect sound quality.
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Saturday, October 8, 2011

ARZone Podcast 16a: Studio Outtakes!

Here are some of the materials that did not make ARZone Podcast 16.

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

ARZone Podcast 16: Vegan Education in Schools.

Building on recent Veganacious and Coexisting With Nonhuman Animals podcasts, the ARZone team look again at vegan education - this time vegan education in schools and in relation to teaching young children about how society uses other animals. How can animal advocates get access into schools and what should they - what can they - say once there?

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Friday, September 23, 2011

ARZone Podcast 15: Prof. Oscar Horta - Anti-Speciesism

Episode 15 features special guest, professor of moral philosophy and member of Spanish animal rights group, Equanimal, Oscar Horta who discusses the plight of the Spanish 12, his position on free-living individuals, his thoughts on why environmentalism is not aligned with animal rights or anti speciesism, and much more.

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

ARZone Podcast 14: Robin Lane - London Vegan Festival

In this podcast, the ARZone team are joined by Robin Lane, co-founder with Alison Lane of the London Vegan Festival (LVF). Robin, an ethical vegan since 1982, talks about the development of the LVF, vegan education, national animal advocacy organisations, grassroots campaigns, and much more.

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

ARZone Podcast 13. Unlucky for Thomas Janak.

Thomas Janak of Wild Time Radio

Thomas Janak is the host of Wild Time radio, a pet psychologist and ananimal healer. Thomas has performed 190 interviews and has a wide array of experiences in talking with animal people.

Thomas discusses his successful radio show, explaining its transformation from a human rights show to one focused on animal rights. We also discuss his own transformation and the many and varied topics he’s covered on Wild Time over the years.
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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

ARZone Podcast 12. Vegans and Veganism.

Going Vegan.

The reasons that people live vegan vary. For some, like the founders of the English Vegan Society, it was a matter of ethics; for others, it is health; for others still, environmental issues. Some may go vegan for all of these reasons combined. Furthermore, what of the process of becoming a vegan? What "route" do people take? What triggers their veganism: is it the culmination of a whole series of striking - or mundane - events stretched out over months or even years? Does it happen suddenly (upon hearing an ARZone podcast perhaps)? What are the "catalytic experiences" as one researcher put it?

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Related links:

"Once you know something, you can't not know it:" An empirical look at becoming vegan. Barbara McDonald.

McDonald's "Empirical look at becoming vegan." Rachel MacNair.

Why do people become vegans/vegetarians? Survey says: all of the above.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

ARZone's Greatest Hits Vol. 1.

Welcome to Vol. 1 of ARZone's Greatest Hits in which we present highlights from past shows. In this podcast, we feature clips from our first 10 episodes, which feature wonderful guests and lively discussions. We hope you enjoy this Greatest Hits package.

Guests featured:

Kari Bagnall
Bob Ingersoll
Emma Kaczmarczyk
Ronnie Lee
David Pearce
Will Tuttle

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Friday, August 26, 2011

ARZone Podcast 11. Jordan Wyatt of the Invercargill Vegan Society.

Animal Rights Zone's special guest for this episode is Jordan Wyatt, Dictator for Life of the Invercargill Vegan Society (INVSOC), and the producer of the Coexisting With Nonhuman Animals Podcast.

Jordan talks about his chicken friends, the development of the Invercargill Vegan Society, his recent attendance at New Zealand's "National Animal Rights Conference 2011", and how language is used in the exploitation of other animals.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

ARZone Podcast 10. Hey, Hey, We're the Primates.

This time the ARZone team are joined by two guests, Bob Ingersoll of Mindy's Memory Primate Sanctuary, and Kari Bagnall of Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary. We speak about the Jungle Friends Expansion Project, and learn from Bob about the film Project Nim, in which he is featured.

Despite a few small technical problems, this was an informative and interesting conversation between seven people from all over the world.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

ARZone Podcast 9. Speciesism and Capitalism.

This time the ARZone team explore the ideology of speciesism and The Big C - Capitalism. Using themes from Professor David Nibert's "entanglements thesis," should we understand speciesism as rather more than simply a prejudice held by indviduals? To what extent is capitalism a major structural impediment to the liberation of all human and other animals? Can we see a vegan capitalist future - or do we have to become anti-capitalists to be animal liberationists?

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

ARZone Podcast 8. The Ethics of "Wildlife" Rehabilitation.

This time the ARZone team of Carolyn Bailey, Barbara DeGrande, Tim Gier, and Roger Yates are joined by "wildlife rehabilitator" Emma Kaczmarczyk to talk about the rehabilitation of "wildlife" and, in particular, the ethics of feeding flesh or other animal products to the recovering animals and birds.

What to do about - or with - free-living beings is far from a settled issue in terms of animal rights thought and practice.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

ARZone Podcast 7. General Orders.

ARZone's special guest for this episode is Ronnie "The General" Lee, longtime British animal protectionist, co-founder of the Animal Liberation Front (ALF), and ethical vegan since 1971.

Ronnie provides ARZone Podcast listeners with an action-packed trip down memory lane as well as a powerful thought-provoking vision for a radical vegan future in which humanity returns to inhabiting the Earth rather than "occupying" the globe as a "dominating, tyrannical, force."

See what you think of Ronnie's ideas about human supremacy, arson, single-issue campaigning, scrapping the private car and mechanised farming, the world population, vegan festivals, violence, and a dog who is thin and brown.

The ARZone team for this podcast was Carolyn Bailey, Barbara DeGrande, Tim Gier and Roger Yates.

You can also listen to the podcast by using THIS LINK.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

ARZone Podcast 6. Intervention, Interaction, or Non-Interference.

This time the ARZone team explore the difficult and complex issue about whether human beings should interfere in the lives of other animals - indeed, should we, as philosopher David Pearce suggests, micro-manage every part of the planet in the name of compassion and in order to prevent pain anywhere and everywhere?
The New York Times website mentioned by David Pearce in this podcast can be accessed here.

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Friday, July 8, 2011

ARZone Podcast 5. Dr. Will Tuttle.

This is our first podcast with a former ARZone "chat" guest. We are very pleased to have Dr. Will Tuttle, author of The World Peace Diet, as our first podcast interviewee.

Dr. Tuttle talks about his appearance at the 2011 Vegetarian Summer Fest in the USA (yes, we do ask him why it is not known as the Vegan Summer Fest), and issues raised in his book The World Peace Diet, including a wonderful story of his encounter with a free-living elk.

Listen via the embedded player above, or via THIS LINK.

ARZone thanks Dr. Will Tuttle for giving us his time during his busy schedule.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

ARZone Podcast 4: Bearing Silent Witness

In this podcast, the ARZone team provide a tour around the Animal Rights Zone (ARZone) website, explaining it uses and features and then they discuss an ARZone guest answer by Animal Equality's Jose Valle about a particular style of demonstration made popular in Spain when animal advocates quietly and respectfully hold the dead bodies of the nonhuman animals they have found on Spanish farms, making the usually invisible visible again.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

ARZone Podcast 3: Communicating Disagreement

After a productive ARZone guest interview, or "chat," with Colleen Patrick-Goudreau of Compassionate Cooks, the ARZone team discuss a clip from one of Colleen's podcasts in which she talks about communicating with those we disagree with - and also those we agree with.

The ARZone team for podcast 3 are Carolyn Bailey, Barbara DeGrande, Tim Gier, Jason Ward, and Roger Yates.

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[STOP PRESS - We have just about finished validating our Podcast Account for iTunes - watch this space!]

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

ARZone Podcast 2: Live Exports

Tim Gier reads out the ARZone Mission Statement and then the ARZone team, Carolyn Bailey, Barbara DeGrande, Tim Gier, Jason Ward and Roger Yates discuss the ongoing controversy about live exports to Indonesia from Australia.

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At about 6 mins in, this image is the subject of the discussion.

And just for fun...

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

ARZone Podcast 1: Considering Tom Regan

Welcome to the first podcast from Animal Rights Zone (ARZone). The ARZone team, Carolyn Bailey, Barbara DeGrande, Tim Gier, Jason Ward, and Roger Yates, explain the aims of the podcasts before presenting and discussing extracts from their guest Q&A interview with animal rights philosopher, professor Tom Regan, author of The Case for Animal Rights, Defending Animal Rights and Empty Cages: Facing the Challenge of Animal Rights.

Click on the embedded player above, or LISTEN HERE.

The Animal Rights Zone podcasts are the result of global Skype recordings by people located in Australia, North America, Canada and Ireland. Therefore, please excuse some slight volume problems and other technical glitches in some sections.

Related links.

Main ARZone site.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

ARZone Podcast 0: Introducing Animal Rights

ARZone hopes to begin posting soon.
In the meantime, here's a great podcast from Roger Yates, featuring some of the ARZone team.

The Tom Tom Club: An ARZone Tom Regan Week Podcast.

In this podcast, featuring Animal Rights Zone (ARZone) administrators Carolyn Bailey, Tim Gier, Jason Ward, and myself, we informally review and assess why ARZone staged the Tom Regan Week (duh!), talk about how we wanted to introduce another generation of animal advocates to this important rights-based philosopher's work, and explore the degree to which his body of work is still relevant in the 21st century.
In a moment of utter recklessness, I also handed over the choosing of the music for my "boring old fart" spot to Carolyn, Tim and Jason, and a right old rag-tag bunch of "music" they came up with, as you'll hear.
And HERE for some fun outtakes with a serious message at the end from Tim Gier.