Sunday, November 25, 2012

ARZone Podcast 56: Jonathan Balcombe - Pleasurable Kingdom

Episode 56 features ethologist, author, public speaker and vegan advocate, Dr. Jonathan Balcombe.  

Dr. Balcombe speaks with ARZone about his work with the newly launched Humane Society University, about the Experience of Pleasure and the Elimination of Suffering, as well as about the complex inner lives of fishes, language and communication in other animals, and much more. Audio Podcast, approx 57 minutes.

Dr. Balcombe has three biology degrees, including a PhD in ethology (the study of animal behaviour) from the University of Tennessee. Jonathan has published more than 40 scientific papers on animal behaviour, humane education and animal research. He is also the author of four books, The Use of Animals in Higher Education: Problems, Alternatives and Recommendations, Pleasurable Kingdom: Animals and the Nature of Feeling Good, Second Nature: The Inner Lives of Animals, and The Exultant Ark: A Pictorial Tour of Animal Pleasure. Jonathan was formerly the Senior Research Scientist with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, and is currently Chair of the Animal Studies Department with the Humane Society University.  

Please watch Dr. Balcombe's video presentation on the complex inner lives of fishes.

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

ARZone Podcast 57: James McWilliams - Eating Plants

Episode 57 features history professor, author, and vegan advocate James McWilliams.

Prof. McWilliams speaks with us about the sustainable agriculture/locavore movement, the controversy surrounding Green Mountain College's decision to slaughter the two oxen Bill and Lou, the divisions and disagreements within the movement, the parallels between the "animal movement and the movement to abolish human slavery in the Americas and much more. Audio podcast, approx 75 minutes.

James McWilliams, who earned his Ph.D. at John Hopkins, teaches at Texas State University. He’s the author of four books, including A Revolution in Eating: How the Quest for Food Shaped America and more recently Just Food: Where Locavores Get It Wrong and How We Can Truly Eat Responsibly which is the Winner of the 2009 Books for a Better Life Award.

James has written numerous papers and articles for the academic press and has also been published in The New York Times, the Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes magazine, Slate, and The Huffington Post. He’s also frequently presented his ideas as an invited lecturer at colleges and universities across the United States. James maintains his popular blog Eating Plants at

You may also listen H E R E, or visit this webpage to subscribe using iTunes, and please remember to visit ARZone on the web at

Monday, November 19, 2012

ARZone Podcast 55: Ed Coffin - Eating Consciously

Episode 55 features activist and writer, Ed Coffin.

Ed speaks with ARZone about his Free Speech battle with the city of Philadelphia, his grassroots activism, the HSUS/UEP deal regarding egg-laying hens, racism in the AR movement and more. Audio podcast, approx. 47 mins.

Ed, who received his degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, is a registered dietitian and licensed nutritionist. He co-founded and currently serves as campaign director for the Philadelphia based nonprofit, Peace Advocacy Network. PAN is an organisation which works on a number of issues, including animal rights and LGBTQ equality.

Ed has written for several digital and print publications, including the Huffington Post, and also maintains his popular blog called Eating Consciously. By day, Ed serves as chief marketing officer for an organic beverage company he co-founded.

You may also listen H E R E, or visit this webpage to subscribe using iTunes, and please remember to visit ARZone on the web at

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

ARZone Podcast 54: Dr. Andrew Knight Returns!

Episode 54: ARZone welcomes back special guest Dr. Andrew Knight.

Andrew speaks with ARZone about his work making schools of veterinary medicine aware of methods and procedures that respect the lives of other animals, he answers some questions regarding the health and diets of cats and dogs, and he tells about the incredible vegan endurance events he's participated. Audio podcast, approx 59 minutes.

Dr. Knight is the author of the book The Costs and Benefits of Animal Experiments which examines the practice of medical testing on other animals. Andrew is an Australian born bioethicist, living in London, who is now a European Veterinary specialist in welfare science, ethics and law. He first spoke with ARZone in a podcast published in July 2012. At that time, Andrew spoke about his pending lecture tour of Peru and his eagerly anticipated world’s first ever vegan ultramarathon in Wales, which sounds like it was more like a survival adventure!

You may also listen H E R E, or visit this webpage to subscribe using iTunes, and please remember to visit ARZone on the web at

Please click on the following links to learn more about Andrew's work:

ARZone's previous podcast interview with Dr. Knight is here.

To learn more about the benefits of vegan living for cats, dogs and other animals, please visit

The book: The Costs and Benefits of Animal Experiments:

Andrew's informational websites on animal experimentation ( and humane teaching methods (

Animals Count: a British political party for people and animals:
The Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics:
Animal Consultants International:
The Extreme Vegan Sporting Association:
The first vegan ultra-marathon (not run by, but in accordance with the aims and ethos of the Extreme Vegan Sporting Assoc):

For more information about Dr. Knight's publications or to inquire about the possibility of arranging for a presentation by Dr. Knight, please visit the website: