Episode 84 features advocate and activist Prof. Steven Best, Ph. D.
Steve Best is an associate professor of philosophy at the University of Texas at El Paso, but he’s perhaps best known as an advocate for the liberation of the earth and all who live on it - humans as well as other animals.
Steve has published 13 books and hundreds of articles and has been active nationally and internationally for more than 3 decades, challenging the conventional wisdom on topics ranging from environmentalism to sexual liberation to animal rights. Dr. Best joined us to speak about his new book, The Politics of Total Liberation: Revolution in the 21st Century. Audio podcast, approx. 65 minutes.
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Episode 83 features Paul Shapiro of the Humane Society of the United States.
Since 2005 Paul Shapiro has been the Vice President for Farm Animal Protection for the Humane Society of the United States. Prior to joining the HSUS, Paul was, for 10 years, the founder and campaigns director of Compassion Over Killing, a group he initially began while still in high school.
Paul joins us today to speak about what he learned from 10 years in grassroots activism, the role of the HSUS in the animal rights movement and some of the controversy surrounding it, and how advocates and activists can be most effective for other animals. Audio podcast, approx. 72 minutes.
Episode 82 features activist Matt Ball.
Matt Ball is Senior Advisor for VegFund, an organization that funds the outreach of advocates for other animals around the world. In 1993, Matt co-founded Vegan Outreach; where he served as the group’s Executive Director for more than 20 years. Matt speaks with us about his new job, his latest book, and his current thoughts about the state of the animal advocacy movement. Audio podcast, approx. 45 minutes.
In recognition for his dedication to the cause of reducing the suffering of other animals, in 2005 Matt was inducted into the Animal Rights Hall of Fame. He is the author of two books, The Animal Activist’s Handbook (with Bruce Friedrich in 2007) and, in 2014, The Accidental Activist. Matt has also written countless essays, attended an untold number of conferences and workshops, and spoken to audiences everywhere about the plight of other animals and the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle.
Episode 81 features long time advocate and author Will Tuttle Ph. D.
In early 2014 Dr. Will Tuttle, who holds a masters in humanities and a Ph.D in education, completed an international speaking tour, traveling to Taiwan, throughout Australia, and to New Zealand. In this podcast, Dr. Tuttle speaks with ARZone about his work and to tell us about his experience speaking to sold out audiences throughout his tour. Audio Podcast, approx 44 minutes.
The author of the best selling book, The World Peace Diet, Dr. Tuttle's work makes explicit the invisible connections between our food, our culture and a broad range of social, economic and environmental problems. He offers solutions to these problems based on a respect for all living beings.
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.
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
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.
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).