Human Rights and Animal Rights: Making the Connections; & Dawn Moncrief, A Well-Fed World, on human hunger and animal agriculture

December 7, 2012
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Here’s this week’s show!

For this show, we have special programming for International Human Rights Day, which falls on December 10th.

We start this show with a call for Animal Voices collective members! Are you interested in getting more involved in the animal rights community and want to have your voice heard (literally!)? We are looking for eager volunteers to join the Animal Voices team at Vancouver Co-operative Radio, to help with programming, co-hosting, public outreach organizing, music procurement, and more! You need not even be available to host the show on Fridays – we have positions available that are just working behind the scenes, if that is what interests you. If you’d like to find out more, please send us an email at radioanimalvoices@gmail.com We’d love to hear from you!

Robin recently attended the Animal Liberation Forum conference in California, which we featured on our October 19th show, and she tells us about her experiences at this total liberation event.

Human Rights and Animal Rights: Making the Connections

In this segment, we give an introduction to the notions of human rights and animal rights, and address the correlations between the two, in making a case that they are actually not such separate entities as one might perceive. We are all inhabitants of this Earth with the purpose of living, and these lives should be free from harm, free from suffering, and treated with respect. We touch on the term speciesism, acknowledge anti-humanism as not having a part in regarding the rights of all, and identify and discuss some of the forms of human oppressions that tie in closely with animal oppression as well (ie. domestic violence and animal abuse, as featured on our Nov. 30th show).

This quote by Nobel laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer continues to stand true in our societal divide between “animals” and “humans”:

“As long as people will shed the blood of innocent creatures, there can be no peace, no liberty, no harmony between people. Slaughter and justice cannot dwell together.”

Dawn Moncrief, A Well-Fed World

For our feature interview, also in honour of International Human Rights Day, we have Dawn Moncrief on the show, who is the Executive Director of the U.S.-based non-profit organization called A Well-Fed World. A Well-Fed World is a hunger relief and animal protection organization chipping away at two of the world’s most immense, unnecessary and unconscionable forms of suffering: the suffering of people from lack of food and the suffering of animals used as food. These two significant global issues go hand in hand and Dawn speaks with us about the correlations between human hunger and animal agriculture.

We also talk about changing current inefficient food systems in which grain is fed to food animals instead of directly to humans; about some of the projects that A Well-Fed World works on; and about alternative hunger relief programs such as Heifer International, and why they are a bad approach as a solution.

Check out this short video featuring Dawn, which outlines the mandate of A Well-Fed World:

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2 Responses to Human Rights and Animal Rights: Making the Connections; & Dawn Moncrief, A Well-Fed World, on human hunger and animal agriculture

  1. marv
    December 8, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Alison, I thoroughly appreciated your feisty criticism of the trivialization of animal rights in relation to human rights. You are an impassioned and intelligent advocate for all species.

    Alissa, it is so moving to hear you regularly refer to patriarchy as a system of male power that negatively impacts women and animals. Very few activists are willing to address the association between sexism and speciesism except in superficial ways. Your boldness gives other fearful hearts the strength to speak up too.

    Here is a podcast of a round table discussion on pornography at a forum hosted last week by Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter. http://feministcurrent.com/6854/podcast-pornifying-violence-against-women-a-panel-discussion/

  2. Alison
    December 9, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Thank you so much for your comments, Marv. We really appreciate your support! I will have a listen to that podcast you posted later tonight.

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