The Animal Voices team

Alison Cole

Alison is proud to be a member of the Animal Voices collective since November 2009, where she reunited with her radio broadcast roots to produce and co-host a show that speaks deeply to several of her passions: animal rights, veganism, education, and broadcast communications. Her evolution into developing her awareness of animal issues and compassion for all creatures started as a teenager, when she began asking questions and adopted a vegetarian lifestyle to live in congruency with her ethics. Always on a path of learning, she went vegan in 2006, and since 2011 has been exploring a high raw vegan lifestyle.

She enjoys participating in many facets of animal activism in her community, from attending demos to tabling for animal rights groups to social media advocacy, but is most committed and focused to providing quality programming on the Animal Voices show each week, and continuing to educate herself in these issues so that she can have the most up-to-date and accurate information to educate others. A few of the most influential books she has ever read to help pave this path are “Slaughterhouse” by Gail Eisnitz, “Diet for a New America” by John Robbins, and “The World Peace Diet” by Will Tuttle – all must-reads for every human being, in her opinion!

 

Alissa Raye

Alissa joined Animal Voices in December of 2010 and started hosting and producing in December 2011. In highschool she stopped eating land animals after learning about the environmental destruction that it was causing on a global scale. She was a pescatarian for 10 years before she made the connection and committed to veganism in 2007, after watching the documentary Earthlings. She enjoys leafletting and tabling with veg outreach groups and is driven by a desire to continue learning about effective communication strategies. She is deeply inspired by the work of speaker, podcaster, and author, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, and photographer and humane educator, Jo-Anne McArthur.

Besides speaking out for animals, she hosts a monthly vegan supper club with her partner, writes and performs music, and daydreams about travelling to Europe and South America while working at Vancouver’s only carshare co-op. She looks forward to a time when she feels settled enough to welcome rescued animals into her home.

 

Jackie McIntosh

Jackie joined Animal Voices in October 2012, and serves as a host and producer of the show. She has always loved, and felt connected to, all animals, from rats to bears, and was fortunate enough to grow up in an area surrounded with wildlife. Jackie experimented with vegetarianism on and off as a teen, but living in a household where meat was always included in the meal plan made it difficult. Once she moved out from her parents’, at the age of 17, Jackie didn’t consume much meat for several years, being, as some call it, a “flexitarian”. However, after watching the documentary film Food Inc. in early 2010, she made the life-changing, committed switch to veganism. She committed to educating herself as much as possible about the legal torture of animals that takes place in today’s society, from animal testing to the fur trade to animal agriculture. Over the past several years, Jackie has become very involved in animal activism and animal rights groups. From demos and memorials to leafletting and educating the people closest to her, she feels more empowered every day to fight for the liberation of those exploited beings.

Jackie loves film outreach and finds it to be a powerful method of activism, especially as most humans need to “see to believe”. Some of her top most influential films include EarthlingsFood Inc., and Maximum Tolerated Dose, among many others. She currently lives in a home with her partner, and one canine and two feline companions. Her long term goal is to one day open up a sanctuary for animals rescued from exploitation, or at least to live somewhere with the ability of at-home rescue.

 

Tim Aretz

Tim

Tim

Tim joined Animal Voices in Summer 2012, initially as a tech operator but he stepped up to contribute, host, and produce shows as well. He became vegetarian at the age of 11 when it dawned on him that he wouldn’t want to eat his cat and it would be unfair to eat other animals simply because he didn’t know their name. It took him a long time to transition to veganism and to accept the label but he is glad he finally did. Together with Alissa Raye he runs the vegan dinner club Plate Invaders. Aside from animal rights he is very interested in environmentalism, social justice, and disc golf.