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.


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 – - 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.

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

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.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

ARZone Podcast 72: David Nibert - Domesecration

ARZone Podcast 72 features a return visit with sociologist and activist Prof. David Nibert.

A professor of sociology at Wittenburg University in Springfield, Ohio, USA, David Nibert is the author of the recently published book "Animal Oppression and Human Violence: Domesecration, Capitalism and Global Conflict". David discusses the thesis of his book, that the "domesecration" of other animals both promoted and enabled human violence - and the destruction it has wrought. 

We speak with David about his new book, about the entanglements of all oppressions, about veganism, and about alternatives to exploitative capitalist-consumerism. Audio podcast, approx 62 mins.

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Professor Nibert is also the author of “Animal Rights/Human Rights: Entanglements of Oppression and Liberation”, published in 2002, in which he makes the connection between the exploitation of other animals, and the exploitation, mistreatment and violence against other devalued groups. In his work, David connects animal rights theory with other economic and sociological theories. He believes that speciesism is an ideology that seeks to legitimise animal slavery, perpetuating the oppression of other individuals based solely on their species.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

ARzone Podcast 71: Kate Stewart and Matthew Cole - Food, Animals, and Children

ARZone Podcast 71 features sociologists Kate Stewart and Matthew Cole.

Kate Stewart is a medical sociologist working at the University of Nottingham; Matthew Cole is a sociologist teaching with The Open University. Kate and Matthew speak with ARZone about the work they've done examining how children "learn the difference between animals they eat and animals they love". They discuss how the culture into which children are born shapes who they will become, in particular how popular representations of other animals in movies and their associated promotional tie-in products (especially fast-food "kid's meals") influence children. Audio podcast, approx 65 mins.

This podcast focuses on the ideas that Kate & Matthew developed in their article "The Conceptual Separation of Food and Animals in Childhood". They and their publisher have been kind enough to provide ARZone and our audience with access to the entire text of the article; please take the time to read it (Click Here). Also, please review this short slideshow; it presents "Figure One" - something that's referred often in the podcast. Check them out!

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For the past decade Kate Stewart has had a particular research interest in how information about food is interpreted and applied. This work led to her first collaborative work with Matthew, -- 'The Conceptual Separation of Food and Animals in Childhood', which was published in Food, Culture and Society in 2009. Their first book together, 'Our Children and Other Animals: The Cultural Construction of Human-Animal Interaction in Childhood' will be published by Ashgate early next year.

Matthew Cole has research interests in how the human use of other animals is made to appear normal and acceptable, and in how vegans and veganism are represented (and often misrepresented) in popular culture, for instance in media including television and film.

You can read Kate's academic profile here and read Matthew's here.

Friday, August 2, 2013

ARZone Podcast 70: Ruby Roth - V is for Vegan

ARZone Podcast 70 features Ruby Roth.

Ruby Roth is an artist, designer, writer, and blogger with degrees in Art and American Studies; she’s now in her tenth year of living vegan. Ruby speaks with ARZone about her latest children's book "V is for Vegan: The ABC's of Being Kind", why she wrote it, and for whom it is intended. Ruby also talks about the importance of compassion and positive interaction, about how the increasing popularity of books about veganism has affected her, and about the children she has been able to reach with her work. Audio podcast, approx 28 mins.

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

Ruby is the author of children’s books, including 2009’s That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals, 2012’s Vegan is Love: Having Heart and Taking Action, and her new book, due for release on August 6, 2013 called V Is for Vegan: The ABCs of Being Kind.

Ruby’s books, which she writes to help teach children to love deeply, think critically and act responsibly, have been translated into several languages. Her newest book hopes to introduce children between the ages of 3 and 7 to the ABCs of a compassionate lifestyle.

You can learn more about Ruby, her books, her speaking tours, and read her blog at

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

ARZone Podcast 69: Dr. Will Tuttle - Radical Inclusiveness

ARZone Podcast 69 features Will Tuttle, PhD.

Will Tuttle, a former Zen monk who has been vegan for more than 30 years, is the author of the best-selling book The World Peace Diet. Will speaks with ARZone about his latest efforts to bring veganism into the mainstream, about how our treatment of other animals has led us to a crisis of inner and external turmoil, and about how we can each reject the burden that corporate materialism forces upon us. Audio podcast, approx 75 mins.

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Dr. Tuttle has a Masters Degree in humanities and a Ph.D in the Philosophy of Education. He is the co-founder of the Circle of Compassion Ministry, and a recipient of the Peace Abbey’s Courage of Conscience Award. Will appeals to the inherent wisdom and compassion in all humans, which he suggests is brutally suppressed by our culture’s relentless and routine commodification and killing of other animals. He has dedicated his life to creating cultural transformation and evolution by spreading a vegan message of radical inclusiveness.

Please visit Will's webpage for the World Peace Diet or view his personal webpage here.

You can learn more about the World Peace Diet Facilitator course here.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

ARZone Podcast 68: Al Nowatski - Vegan Parenting

ARZone Podcast 68 features writer, educator and activist Al Nowatzki.

We speak with Al about being a vegan parent raising vegan children, about the dominant narratives regarding other animals in media, about his work reaching out to new vegans, and much more. Audio podcast, approx. 65 minutes.

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Al Nowatzki, who, along with his wife, has been vegan for more than 10 years, is an animal rights activist in the US. He’s a stay-at-home dad who helps raise his 6 year old daughter and 4 year old son and blogs about raising them as vegans at These Little Piggies Had Tofu.

Al is a mentor for the Animal Rights Coalition's Vegan University programme, he’s co-facilitated informational workshops for the ARC, and has volunteered doing pay-per-view outreach for them. He's also a coordinator for ARC's family group, VegKins.

Al’s essay "Vegan Parenting: Navigating and Negating Speciesist Media" has been published in the recently released book, Confronting Animal Exploitation, edited by Kim Socha and Sarahjane Blum.

Friday, May 3, 2013

ARZone Podcast 67: Gypsy Wulff - Turning Points in Compassion

Episode 67 features our special guest, vegan advocate and educator, Gypsy Wulff.

Gypsy speaks with ARZone about her work bringing the vegan message to children and young people, about how her work with humans who have special needs has informed her advocacy, about her new book "Turning Points in Compassion" which features interviews with more than 50 advocates and activists from around the world, and much more. Audio podcast, approx 46 minutes.

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Gypsy Wulff been teaching in various capacities for the past 37 years, first in primary schools, then working with adults with mental and physical disabilities, setting up programmes for them as part of the Adult Education Department in Tasmania, Australia. Since 1992, Gypsy has been living in Western Australia, where she is originally from. 

Two years ago, Gypsy began compiling, from advocates for other animals from around the world, the stories and interviews that are collected in her new book “Turning Points in Compassion”. For a younger audience, Gypsy has also recently developed a series of Humane Education stories, accompanying activity books, and an interactive website for children called Kindness is Kool.

You can find Gypsy's books and other projects on the web at Turning Points in Compassion

Saturday, April 6, 2013

ARZone Podcast 66: Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

Episode 66 features our special guest Colleen Patrick-Goudreau.

Known widely as "The Compassionate Cook", Colleen talks with ARZone about her recent work reaching out to people who are interested in changing their lives through "The 30-Day Vegan Challenge". She also speaks about effective advocacy, the need for people to be compassionate to human as well as other-than-human animals, and the vital importance of communicating authentically. Audio podcast, approx 64 minutes.

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Colleen Patrick-Goudreau holds a Master’s Degree in English Literature, and is a noted author, advocate, public speaker and educator. Through her many articles and books, including “The Vegan's Daily Companion: 365 Days of Tips and Inspiration”, Colleen reaches out to a wide audience to encourage compassionate living. She hosts and produces her very popular podcast, Vegetarian Food for Thought, supports the work of rescues and sanctuaries, and is passionate about helping people make informed choices as they seek to align their practices with their values.

Please visit Colleen on the web at The Compassionate Cook.

Friday, March 29, 2013

ARZone Podcast 65: The Rise of the Eco-Ability Movement

ARZone is joined by five of the contributors to the recent book, "Earth, Animal and Disability Liberation: The Rise of the Eco-Ability Movement". In addition to two of the books editors, Judith K. C. Bentley and Anthony Nocella II, our conversation also includes contributing authors David Nibert, Norm Phelps and Kimberly Socha. Audio Podcast, approx 71 minutes.

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Eco-ability, in the words of Dr. Nocella, refers to and examines the connections between "ecology, dis-ability, and animal advocacy, couched in terms of interlocking social constructions and the interwoven web of interdependent global life." In this conversation, we explore the role of language in oppression, what "othering" consists in, and how advocates for the oppressed can be more effective through an appreciation for intersectionality.

Please view the book on Amazon here.

Please learn about the 1st Annual Conference “Engaging with Eco-ability” that's being held at University of Binghamton, New York on April 27 and 28, 2013 by visiting the web here and sign up on Facebook here.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

ARZone Podcast 64: Karen and Michael Budkie - Stop Animal Exploitation NOW!

Episode 64 features Karen and Michael Budkie of Stop Animal Exploitation NOW! (

Michael Budkie once worked in laboratories as an Animal Health Technician, witnessing first hand the traumas inflicted on other animals. Karen and Michael discuss the work that SAEN does in uncovering the abuse of other animals who are experimented on, the role of money in scientific research, and most importantly, what any person who cares about other animals can do to stop exploitation now. Audio podcast, approx 65 minutes.

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SAEN, founded by the Budkies in 1996, is a grassroots organisation in the United States that is focused on ending the abuse of other animals in laboratories.  

The Budkies campaign, educate and investigate full time throughout the US. SAEN calls attention to - and in many cases has put a stop to - experimentation on primates and other individuals, the seizures by labs of dogs and cats from shelters, as well as revealing many other forms of routine abuse.

Find SAEN on Facebook here.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

ARZone Podcast 63: Melanie Joy - Speaking Truth to Power

Episode 63 features professor of psychology and sociology, Dr. Melanie Joy. ARZone speaks with Dr. Joy about her recently published article “Speaking Truth to Power” and how the dominant ideology of carnism constructs and employs narratives to marginalize other animals and the humans who advocate on their behalf. Audio podcast, approx. 51 minutes.

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Melanie is the founder and president of the Carnism Awareness and Action Network (on the web at ARZone listeners will also be familiar with Melanie as the author of the very popular book Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs and Wear Cows and as a regular contributor at


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

ARZone Podcast 62: RPA's David Cantor Returns

Episode 62 features a return visit with the Executive Director of Responsible Policies for Animals, David Cantor. When we first spoke with David in Episode 53, David explained RPA’s vision and mission as a group that engages in what he calls “strict rights advocacy”, rejecting both the traditional animal welfare strategy as well as abolitionism. David believes and argues that “rights precede abolition”. In this podcast, David speaks about the progress RPA has been making as well as why he believes that other animals must be recognized as persons before they can be protected by rights. Audio Podcast, approx. 36 minutes.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

ARZone Podcast 61: Looking Back, Moving Forward

In this special Looking Back, Moving Forward podcast, ARZone presents the thoughts of 35 advocates and activists from around the world - looking back on 2012 and moving forward into 2013. We hope you’ll enjoy listening to these remarkable and dedicated people share their thoughts on past success and hope for the future. This diversity of voices shows that even though many of us favour different approaches, we are each committed to community and progress. Audio Podcast, approx 2 hours 27 minutes.

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ARZone sincerely appreciates the participation of each of the advocates and activists who’ve contributed to this project. We are proud to be able to add our small contribution to the movement we share with these fine people as the work continues on behalf of other animals.

The participants in this project are (listed in order of appearence):

Tom Regan, who began teaching college in 1967, is the moral philosopher whose ground-breaking book “The Case for Animal Rights” (1983) is widely regarded as the definitive argument for a rights-based theory of animal ethics. Prof. Regan is on the web at

Nick Cooney, Compassionate Communities Campaign manager for Farm Sanctuary and author of “Change of Heart: What Psychology Can Teach Us About Spreading Social Change” (2010).

Will Tuttle, tireless traveling lecturer, educator, and author of “The World Peace Diet” (2005).

David Cantor, founder and Executive Director of Responsible Policies for Animals.

Shannon Keith, animal rights lawyer, producer/director of the films “Skin Trade” (2010) and “Behind the Mask” (2006).

Brad King, founder and director of Farm Animal Rescue Australia in Queensland Australia.

Ronnie Lee, a British animal rights activist and vegan educator who founded the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) in 1976.

Priscilla Cohn, philosopher, Associate Director of the Ferrater Mora Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, and co-editor of the Journal of Animal Ethics.

Dan Mathews, Senior Vice President of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PeTA).

David Pearce, British philosopher, transhumanist, vegan, co-founder of Humanity+ and The Abolitionist Project.

Matt Ball, co-founder and Executive Director of Vegan Outreach.

Kathy Divine, from Sydney Australia, the author of two books, “Forever 21” (2011) and “Vegans Are Cool” (2011) can be found on the web at

Harold Brown, founder of Farm Kind, an advocate for animals’ rights; veganism; sustainable, independ4ent family farms; and environmental and social justice.

Dean Bracher, grassroots animal activist in the UK, focusing on educating children and young adults.

Kari Bagnall, founder and director of Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary in Gainesville, FL.

Robert Garner, professor of political theory in the UK and author of Animal Ethics (2005), and Animals, Politics and Morality (2004).

Bruce Friedrich, senior director for strategic initiatives at Farm Sanctuary, producer of the film “Meet your Meat” (2002).

Cameron Blewett, an outspoken vegan advocate and blogger ( in Brisbane, Australia.

Gary Smith, founder of and the public relations firm Evolotus PR.

Ruby Roth, author of two children’s books, “That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals” (2009) and her latest “Vegan is Love: Having Heart and Taking Action” (2012).

Anthony Marr, recipient in 2010 of the Henry Spira Grassroots Activist Award, noted environmentalist, conservationist, author and public speaker.

Dino Sarma, author of “Alternative Vegan: International Vegan Fare Straight From the Produce Aisle” (2011).

Mary Martin, vegan, runner, meditator, atheist, mother, author, blogger (

David Sztybel, philosopher and Canadian scholar specialising in animal ethics.

Oscar Horta, professor of moral philosophy and antispeciesist activist working in Spain and Latin America.

Steven Wise, “‘America’s best-known animal lawyer”, founder and president of the NonHuman Rights Project, author of “Rattling the Cage:Toward Legal Rights For Animals” (2001).

Jonathan Balcombe, ethologist, public speaker, Chair of the Animal Studies Department with the Humane Society University and author of numerous books including “Pleasurable Kingdom: Animals and the Nature of Feeling Good” (2007).

Karol Orzechowski, producer/director of “Maximum Tolerated Dose” (2012), a documentary focusing on the lives affected by vivisection.

David Nibert, Professor of Sociology, author of “Animal Rights/Human Rights: Entanglements of Oppression and Liberation” (2002).

Robin Lane, an advocate and activist for three decades, organiser since 1998 of the London Vegan Festival.

Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, the ‘Compassionate Cook’, public speaker, activist and author of many books including The 30-Day Vegan Challenge: The Ultimate Guide to Eating Cleaner, Getting Leaner, and Living Compassionately (2011).

Anthony Nocella II, educator, community organizer, and author/editor - most recently of “Earth, Animal, and Disability Liberation: The Rise of the Eco-Ability Movement” (2012).

Marc Bekoff, a recognized expert in the study of animal emotions and behavior, a prolific author whose work includes the 3 volume “Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior” (2004).

Melanie Joy, social psychologist and author of “Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows” (2011) and “Strategic Action for Animals” (2008), founder and president of the Carnism Awareness and Action Network.

Peter Singer, often called one of the world’s best known and most read philosophers, Prof. Singer is widely credited with rekindling the modern advocacy movement for other animals with the publication of his book “Animal Liberation” in 1975.

Photo design and production by Laura Cooley

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

ARZone Podcast 60: Karol Orzechowski - Maximum Tolerated Dose

Episode 60 features activist, vegan and creator of still and moving images, Karol Orzechowski.

Karol Orzechowski, a long time advocate for social justice causes, has recently produced and directed the full length documentary Maximum Tolerated Dose. MTD presents accounts of experimentation on other animals from the perspectives of the humans who have performed it as well as of the other animals who have survived it. Karol speaks with ARZone about his art and his activism - how they come together and how they stay apart. Audio podcast approx 95 minutes.

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Please click here for more information on the film Maximum Tolerated Dose.

Find MTD on Facebook.

Visit this page to keep up with all of Karol's work: Decipher Images.

To learn more about MTD's Lush Prize click here.

Join Fighting Animal Testing on Facebook.

Karol mentions the online archive Conflict Gypsy.

Read Tom Regan's ARZone interview.