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To start this show, we talk about a heart-warming note that our former co-host Alissa just received from a former co-worker about inspiring her to go vegan, and we discuss the act of conveying positive influences to others in the way we conduct ourselves in our vegan lifestyles. Also, yesterday was National Cheese Lover’s Day, and Alison gives recommendations of some of her favorite commercially-available vegan cheeses that have come out in the past few years.
Then we announce that the Vancouver Aquarium exposé feature length documentary film “Vancouver Aquarium Uncovered” is now available to view free online! You can watch it either on Youtube or on Vimeo here:
Camille Labchuk, Animal Justice, on Ethical Veganism as a Human Right in Ontario
For our first interview, we have animal rights lawyer Camille Labchuk on the show. Camille works as the Executive Director of the animal law advocacy organization called Animal Justice. She takes on cases and campaigns designed to expose animal cruelty and improve legal protections for animals.
But also, as a recently graduated law student back in 2012, she had presented a case before the Ontario Human Rights Commission to have veganism recognized as a human right under the provincial law. (We had Camille on the show at the time to speak about the beginnings of this undertaking.) As of last month, there is now progress on this undertaking and Ontario is now one step closer to recognizing veganism as a human right under the law.
In this interview, Camille gives an update on this issue, explaining exactly how the belief (or “creed”) of ethical veganism now qualifies as a protected right under the Ontario Human Rights code, plus any precedents this may now set for future policies to come throughout Canada.
Dr. Keri Cronin, The Unbound Project
For our feature interview, we have Dr. Keri Cronin on the show. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Visual Arts at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. She is also a Faculty Affiliate in Brock’s Social Justice & Equity Studies graduate program and a founding member of the Social Justice Research Institute at Brock.
The Unbound Project is a multimedia and book project created by herself and acclaimed photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur. The Unbound Project aims to recognize and celebrate women at the forefront of animal advocacy, in both a contemporary and historical context.
In this interview, she tells us about the Project, including sharing a few women’s advocacy stories, and how she hopes that chronicling the history of women in the animal advocacy movement will make a difference.