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In Conversation: with Nik Taylor. Companion Animals and Domestic Violence: Rescuing You, Rescuing Me

Prepared by Teya Brooks PribacImages: Mawson Lake Photography Club Nik Taylor is Associate Professor at the University of Canterbury, NZ. She is also, one could say, one of those people who are not afraid of difficult conversations. I first came … Continue reading

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Book Review

Yunker, John (ed). 2018. Writing for Animals: New Perspectives for Writers and Instructors to Educate and Inspire.  Ashland, Oregon: Ashland Creek Press. Review by Emma Hardy April 2019 Two years ago, I went out to the Great Barrier Reef with … Continue reading

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Report on the Melbourne Knowing Animals Reading Group in March 2019

The Melbourne Knowing Animals Reading Group continued our exploration of early animal studies scholarship, curated by lynn mowson, with Lori Gruen’s work on “Dismantling Oppression” (1993). Broadening the focus from ‘single issues’ is, Gruen argues, the only way to avoid … Continue reading

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Report on the Melbourne Knowing Animals Reading Group in February 2019

The Melbourne Knowing Animals Reading Group is spending 2019 with foundational thinking that focuses on multispecies justice. We began the year with Cora Diamond’s seminal paper “Eating Meat and Eating People” (1978). This work, which responds to the early animal … Continue reading

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Dr Alex Lockwood on public vigils for nonhuman animals

Alex Lockwood is a writer, activist and public speaker. Please visit his website for more info and updates: http://alexlockwood.co.uk/ ‘It’s a busy one today,’ says the guy with the goatee beard, who we often talk to as he arrives for work. … Continue reading

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Varda Mehrotra on Personhood: The Principle and the Practice

PERSONHOOD: THE PRINCIPLE AND THE PRACTICE  Varda Mehrotra, Executive Director of Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO) CONCEPT OF PERSONHOOD OF ANIMALS There is a growing debate as to what the legal classification of animals should be. Presently, within … Continue reading

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Varda Mehrotra on India’s Animal Protection Movement

From 1990 to 2007 I (Christine Townend) was living in India, as managing trustee of an animal protection organisation in Jaipur, and during this time I started two more animal shelters in Kalimpong and Darjeeling in the foothills of the … Continue reading

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Jane Johnson – Dissenting Animals

Dissenting Animals Oscar, my Cairn terrier, is a remarkable creature in lots of ways, including that he loves going to the vet. Although some pretty traumatic things have happened to him in his 14 years, Oscar seems to know that … Continue reading

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Peter Singer – The Cow Who…

MELBOURNE – Last month, a steer escaped from a slaughterhouse in the New York City borough of Queens. Video of the animal trotting down a busy street was soon featured on many media outlets. For those who care about animals, … Continue reading

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Peter Singer – Are Insects Conscious?

MELBOURNE – Last summer, a cabbage white butterfly laid its eggs on an arugula I was growing. Before long, the plant was swarming with green caterpillars, well disguised against the green leaves. I had other arugula plants, some distance away, … Continue reading

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