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To start this show, we speak with local activist Meaghan Beattie about the anti-fur march and protest that took place in downtown Vancouver last week. About 60 activists disrupted several businesses that sell fur, including Canada Goose, and Nordstrom locked their doors down, trapping customers inside the store, when they saw the activists coming! You can watch the Live Facebook video of the march and disruptions here.
Amy Meyer, Utah animal activist, on the open rescue of 100 turkeys from a slaughterhouse last week
For our first interview, we have Utah-based animal activist Amy Meyer on the show. She was one of the 300 activists last Monday who carried out 100 turkeys from one of America’s largest industrial farms to their freedom, to be taken to sanctuaries to live out the rest of their lives in peace. This is an unprecedented act where the farm owner gave up the animals in a show of good faith, in agreeing that open rescue is not a crime.
Amy happens to be the first person ever prosecuted in the U.S. under an “Ag Gag” law, in 2013, simply for taking photos from the side of the road of a slaughterhouse in Utah.
She also serves as a Board Director of the Utah Animal Rights Coalition. In this interview, she speaks about her experience in helping with the turkey rescue last week, and how this rescue may set an example now to show that these animals belong in sanctuaries, not slaughterhouses.
The full Live Facebook video of the whole rescue itself can be seen here, which shows actor James Cromwell carrying out the first turkey:
Amy Quichiz, Veggie Mijas
Launched by New York-based activist and writer Amy Quichiz in February, Veggie Mijas is a WOC-run vegan collective fighting for food justice and animal liberation. Through community-driven events and social media, Veggie Mijas applies the principles of intersectionality to veganism; the collective questions how being brown, Latinx, non-binary, womxn, queer, genderqueer, or coming from a working class background impacts what we consume.
In this feature interview, we talk with Amy about her work.