This episode focuses on Snapperfest, a yearly event in Indiana which uses wild turtles for spectator sport at a private campground. For the last 15 years, local residents have participated in his Budweiser-sponsored event to the dismay of animal rights groups who have been unable to stop it through legal channels. This year, due to the increased attention, organizers banned all unauthorized photography equipment from the premises and only “locals” were allowed to attend. Therefore, WKRC was the only crew allowed to report on the event.
Rich Jaffe from WKRC had previously shown his support for the event by appearing on television holding a one of the wild turtles by the tail. During the WKRC broadcast, viewers were also shown a turtle in a bucket of shallow water (and what appears to be urine) while the announcer claims that the turtles are “well cared for”. In the background you can hear off-camera discussions[AUDIO] about smashing eels in the head with knives and also feeding [turtles?] pork chops.
This new shorter episode (30 minutes) features Rebecca as the new co-host since Josh has left to focus all of his spare time on writing an upcoming book and also scanning AR publications at his massive online database at Conflict Gypsy.
There is a reason that social justice movements are often referred to as “struggles”. As animal liberationists we face a particularly difficult time remaining positive in the face of a culture that kills billions of intelligent, feeling creatures annually. In this episode we speak with movie producer, singer, and long time activist Greg Bennick about the importance of positivity and how it can help us to stay in fighting shape as we attempt to turn the tide of history and create a more just relationship between humans and other life forms.
In this episode: interview with Vegan This about his activism and also his T-shirt company as well as an interview with Justin Kay from Portland Animal Defense League about the OHSU lockdown. Also, discussions about public art, postering, and other forms of visually sharing ideas in community spaces. This episode was recorded on the docks at a popular Seattle waterway, so we have the pleasure of screaming over boat whistles in the background once in a while.
Rebecca and Mo join us in the studio to discuss effective protest. Especially regarding foie gras, lockdowns, and how to organize effective and legal home demonstrations.
Let Live Foundation - This organization does a monthly event in Portland Oregon as well as a yearly conference which brings speakers and organizations from all across the country to educate and inspire anyone interested in helping animals. The 2010 conference is where i got this episode’s interviews.
Vegan This – maker of animal liberation themed attire and distributor of information regarding animal rights and legal issues. Jeff pulls no punches with his up-front and in your face style seen not only on his website, but on the clothing he sells. When the problem is severe, the discussion needs to be equally as severe.
Civil Liberties Defense Center – Legal council for anyone who finds themselves in a tight spot due to activism or other situations involving civil liberties. Lauren Regan is the founder and executive director of the Civil Liberties Defense Center where she serves as the staff attorney as well. She runs a public interest law firm specializing in environmental law, civil rights, landlord tenant matters and criminal defense. She is a founding board member and past president of the Cascadia Wildlands Project, she serves as a Lane County Teen Court judge, Oregon State Bar Leadership Fellow, National Lawyers Guild, Eugene cochair, and volunteers hundreds of hours a year to various progressive causes.
Dara Lovitz talks about her upcoming book, Muzzling a Movement – The Effects of Anti-Terrorism Law, Money, and Politics on Animal Activism. Contrary to what Rex says about this being “episode 1″, this is episode 2. Episode “0″ was in fact episode “1″.
Professor Dara Lovitz reveals the history behind the AETA, examines the tendentious and speculative government case against the SHAC activists, and in so doing shows how the U.S. government has deeply compromised the freedom of speech.
This is our first episode! Bare with us as we figure out what the heck we’re doing! Future episodes will have more interviews and contain features to keep things lively. In the meantime enjoy your two clumsy hosts, Josh and Rex!
In our show we talk about TLC using Sarah Palin as the narrator for a nature series. After just a few short days of this news, Sigourney Weaver has been chosen to over-dub all of Sarah’s lines. Go Sigourney!!!
Vegan Threat is a semi-regular web and radio broadcast based in Seattle. We discuss news & opinions promoting an end to animal abuse, encouraging nature conservation, and discussing the tenets of ethical lifestyles.
We encouraging our listeners to take an active role in animal protection.