Jason Hribal, The Hidden History of Animal Resistance, and Nathan Runkle, “Farm to Fridge”

February 18, 2011
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In this episode we announce another contest giveaway! We will be giving away a copy of Jason Hribal’s book “Fear of the Animal Planet: The Hidden History of Animal Resistance” to a lucky listener. To enter the draw, please go to our Facebook page “Animal Voices Vancouver” and click on the “Discussions” tab to submit your entry there. Or you can email us your name directly at radioanimalvoices@gmail.com if you’re not on Facebook. To be eligible to win, you must not have won anything from us in the last year and you must be able to pick up your prize from the radio station in downtown Vancouver. Deadline for entries is Friday, February 25th at 9am and we will do the prize draw on the show that day. Good luck!

In the spirit of post-Valentine’s Day euphoria, we also discuss a new website called Rose Pedals Vegan Weddings, dedicated to those who are interested in planning an out-of-this-world proposal or an unforgettable vegan wedding. The site features different kinds of resources to make your cruelty-free wedding dreams come true.

Nathan Runkle, Mercy for Animals, “Farm to Fridge”

For our first interview, we have Nathan Runkle, Executive Director of the U.S. national non-profit animal advocacy organization Mercy For Animals. Nathan speaks to us about a riveting new short documentary film that MFA has just released to the public in recent weeks called “Farm to Fridge”, narrated by “Babe” actor James Cromwell. This film, which is just under 12 minutes, presents a comprehensive and graphic review of the animal farming industry and shows exactly the conditions, from real recent video footage, of how animals reared for food are raised, treated in the farms, slaughtered, and then delivered to the supermarkets and eventually to your fridge.

Here is the video as presented on YouTube (it can also be viewed at www.meetvideo.com).
Warning: the video does contain graphic images of animal abuse.

Jason Hribal, The Hidden History of Animal Resistance

For our feature interview, we interview Jason Hribal, who is a historian and educator and has just recently had a book published called “Fear of the Animal Planet: The Hidden History of Animal Resistance”. He talks about this well-researched book, which tells a multitude of stories throughout history of how animals under human captivity have resisted and rebelled against their captors in circuses, zoos, aquariums and research laboratories.

The books tells stories such as about a Siberian tiger at the San Fransisco Zoo who leapt a 12-foot high wall and mauled three visitors who had been tormenting her, killing one; a circus elephant who trampled and gored a sadistic trainer who had repeatedly fed her lit cigarettes; and about an orca at Sea World who snatched his trainer into the pool and held her underwater until she drowned. Jason persuasively argues that the actions of these animals are deliberate, and that through these planned actions, they are fighting for their natural desires for freedom.

Tatiana the tiger at the San Francisco Zoo

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One Response to Jason Hribal, The Hidden History of Animal Resistance, and Nathan Runkle, “Farm to Fridge”

  1. April 27, 2011 at 9:32 am

    I have understood for a long,long time that the
    animal’s soul has far more compassion, empathy,trust,
    kindness,and ever-lasting love than most humans,and
    I can see no other way but to classify animals as
    persons, simply and justifyingly because they do not
    do harm to this planet in any way. Animals have the
    wisdom and know-how that I wish all humans had.I
    suggest that humans take time to observe animals and
    learn to live simply, this way humans lives would be happier,healthier and wealthier,and most important is the lowering of human population, because when there is no need, there is no want.Never,ever under estimate the intelligence of animals.

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