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Beyond Species

A podcast exploring issues around speciesism and the struggle to dismantle it.

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Moving Forward

Season 1, Episode 3. In this episode, we hear from Betty, an activist based in Australia. Betty speaks about some of the challenges of working in different activist spaces. She considers some ways the animal liberation movement might move forward - evolving through strong community building - to reclaim its radical roots. Of course, it was impossible to ignore the catastrophic fires happening in Australia, but hope can be found in community self-reliance and solidarity.You can find Betty on Instagram.

1hr 11mins

19 Jan 2020

Rank #1

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Navigating Oppression

Season 1, Episode 4. In this episode, we hear from Meghana. As a womxn of colour, Meghana is forced to navigate her own oppression within the animal rights movement, while campaigning for justice for human and non-human animals and the environment. Hearing from Meghana, it’s clear that those of us with privilege need to work harder to unpack it and to understand oppression, if we ever want to reach liberation. Meghana finds hope in the decentralised, anti-oppression work happening in Extinction Rebellion and Animal Rebellion.You can find Meghana on Instagram.


8 Feb 2020

Rank #2

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Vegan Permaculture

Season 1, Episode 5. In this episode, we hear from Tash. Tash is a vet nurse studying Environmental Sciences. We learn what a plantbased food system might look like and some of the challenges facing it. Tash sees vegan permaculture as workable solution that can be done on a large scale. We also hear from Tash about some of her experiences as a vet nurse, and some thoughts on activism.You can find Tash and her permaculture page on Instagram.

1hr 11mins

16 Feb 2020

Rank #3

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Beyond Investigations

Season 1, Episode 16. In this episode, we hear from Oz and Keith, also known as Lonely Vegan. We consider the effectiveness of sharing undercover investigation footage on social media, as well as the emotional cost, which can lead to burnout. We hear about the corruption of farm industry regulators, issues with the activist identity, and how anger can be a motivating factor but also a detriment to activism. We reflect on the current state of the movement and the importance of knowing the history, as we learn to move forward.Instagram: @lonely_vegans

1hr 1min

3 May 2020

Rank #4

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Solarpunk Anarchism

Season 1, Episode 15. In this episode, we hear from Solarpunk Anarchist. He provides an introduction to solarpunk, a science fiction genre that sprang up around 2010, which imagines a hopeful future for all. He expands on the links between solarpunk and anarchism, in particular social ecology, which seems to mirror the ideals of solarpunk. Solarpunk Anarchist explains some of the practical steps that might be taken to create a solarpunk world and how this niche genre might inform our social justice movements. Website: https://solarpunkanarchists.com


27 Apr 2020

Rank #5

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Radical Anti-speciesism

Season 1, Episode 14. In this episode, we hear from Giulia, who is based in Italy and part of the anti-speciesist collective, Insectionals. We hear from Giulia about the need for direct action but also for effective public education; some of the issues around humans being centred in the movement; the importance of anti-speciesist language, and a need for a closer look at the theory and approaches often used in the animal rights movement. Giulia on Instagram: @maldeaurore


19 Apr 2020

Rank #6

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Season 1, Episode, 13. In this episode, we hear from Jamie. Jamie advocates for human and nonhuman animal rights using the philosophy of sentientism as an ethical grounding. Sentientism uses evidence and reason to inform our moral decision making. Jamie explains how anti-speciesism and sentientism can be combined, but how this can also be problematic for some anti-speciesist activists. He also digs deeper into some of the questions posted by sentientism, in relation to veganism, environmentalism and artificial intelligence.Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/sentientism/


14 Apr 2020

Rank #7

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Activism in Argentina

Season 1, Episode 12. In this episode, we hear from Camila. Based in Argentina, Camila explains why mainstream vegan advocacy doesn’t work there. She speaks about the need for a new approach, rooted in institutional education and tailored for the specific challenges of the region. Camila is also learning about feminism, and considers how this links to anti speciesist activism.You can find Camila on Instagram: @otrafeministaantiespecista

1hr 3mins

8 Apr 2020

Rank #8

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Anarchism & Direct Action

Season 1, Episode 11. In this episode, we hear from Danny. Danny tells  us about his journey from the far right of the political spectrum to his current post left, anarchist position. He explains the basics of anarchism and the importance of direct action, along with some history of these in the animal liberation movement. Danny also covers security culture and shares his thoughts on the celebrity culture within the vegan social movement.You can find Danny on Instagram @that.random.anarchist

1hr 1min

30 Mar 2020

Rank #9

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Season 1, Episode 9. In this episode, we hear from Justin. Justin speaks to us about the advocacy work of Triangle Chicken Advocates and the Microsanctuary Resource Center. They explain that sanctuary can be offered at any scale. By bringing nonhumans into our homes, we are able to deepen our understanding of them as individuals. This opens up a range of possibilities for activism and education, and leads us towards a deeper engagement with vegan practice. We also hear about some of the challenges of liberation and sanctuary provision.Link: Microsanctuary Resource Center


15 Mar 2020

Rank #10

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Lobbying for Liberation

Season 1, Episode 8.  In this episode, we hear from Connie. Connie is a founding member of the Agriculture Fairness Alliance and Vegan Justice League, based in the US. She speaks about the need for vegans to get political, and direct much needed resources into lobbying for system change. Connie explains how the supply and demand rhetoric of the vegan movement fails within a food system rigged by government and the industry, resulting in overproduction and stockpiling. Human and nonhuman animal issues are inextricably linked, and a holistic approach is needed if we want to achieve animal liberation. You can find Connie on Instagram @vegan_batgirl

1hr 3mins

7 Mar 2020

Rank #11

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Hunt Sabbing

Season 1, Episode 7. In this episode, we hear from Ghizzie. Ghizzie hosts the Scum Remover podcast, which focuses on hunt sabotage. He’s also been sabbing for years and we hear about some of the history of sabbing, as well as getting an insight into how the UK hunts work. Ghizzie covers the basics of how to sab and the strengths of non hierarchical organising. We also hear what the future of hunting and hunt sabbing might look like. Scum Remover podcast.

1hr 5mins

1 Mar 2020

Rank #12

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Caring for Wild Animals

Season 1, Episode 6. In this episode, we hear from Elisabeth. Elisabeth’s activism has a focus on research and working with nonhuman animals from the wild. She has worked extensively with conservation groups and we hear from her about the complexities of conservation work, most of which doesn’t take an anti-speciesist approach. We learn that ethics can sometimes be a grey area, which leaves questions unanswered. Activists and the movement as a whole need to consider carefully how we care for nonhuman animals from the wild, and the implications of doing so. You can follow Elisabeth's activism on Instagram, Facebook and the Ethos & Empathy website.


23 Feb 2020

Rank #13

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Small Scale Activism

Season 1, Episode 2. In this episode, we hear from Tanvir, who’s based in Richmond, Virginia (USA). They came to the animal liberation movement through the straight edge/hardcore punk scene. Tanvir gives us some idea of what it’s like to do activism solo, or in a small group, having moved away from well-known activism franchises.You can find Tanvir on Instagram: @aburningslaughterhouse1111

1hr 11mins

12 Jan 2020

Rank #14

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U.S. Dairy Farm

Season 1, Episode 1. In this episode, we hear from Shoana. Shoana is based in the US, and spent time working on a small scale dairy farm which marketed itself as ethical and humane. Shoana speaks to some of the problems inherent in dairy farming and shines a light on  the suffering that results from it. We spent a bit of time towards the end of the show discussing Million Dollar Vegan.You can find Shoana on Instagram @theroarinyouand on YouTube


9 Dec 2019

Rank #15