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Knowing Animals is a regular 20 minutes podcast about all things related to animals and ethics; animals and the law; animals and politics; and animal advocacy. It features interviews with academic and animal advocates. It is available free so enjoy!
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Welcome to Knowing Animals the podcast - featuring the Protecting Animals Series

Knowing Animals is a regular 20 minutes podcast about all things related to animals and ethics; animals and the law; animals and politics; and animal advocacy. It features interviews with academic and animal advocates. It is available free so enjoy!

May 9, 2016

Happy 1st birthday Knowing Animals! The celebrate our 1st birthday Knowing Animals recorded a live episode with musician, entertainer, vegan and animal advocate Lindsay McDougall. 

Lindsay talks about his journey toward veganism, what it's like as a member of the vegan community, and ends with a couple of songs. So much fun!

This special episode of Knowing Animals is brought to you by AASA - the Australasian Animal Studies Association. 

Follow Knowing Animals on Twitter @knowing_animals. Follow Siobhan on twitter @so_s and like us on Facebook at 'Knowing Animals'. Finally, don't forget to leave a review at iTunes! 

Apr 25, 2016

In this episode of Knowing Animals we speak to Dr. Denise Russell. Denise is a philosopher and research fellow at the Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts at the University of Wollongong. In addition to being an ethicist Denise is also an animal advocate. One of her areas of interest is animal research. We talk to her about why alternatives are developing so slowly in Australia. 

This episode of Knowing Animals is brought to you by the Australasian Animal Studies Association (AASA). Join now!

Apr 11, 2016

This episode of Knowing Animals is from our Protecting Animals series. We speak to Jessica Bailey from the Cruelty Free Shop. She explains what motivated her to establish a vegan business and she also answers the age old question; which city is better: Sydney of Melbourne! 


This episode of Knowing Animals is sponsored by the Australasian Animal Studies Association (AASA). Are you a member? 

Mar 28, 2016

In this episode of Knowing Animals we speak to Bidda Jones from RSPCA Australia. We discuss her work on live animal exports and her new book 'Backlash': https://shop.animalsaustralia.org/products/backlash.

This episode of Knowing Animals is sponsored by AASA: http://animalstudies.org.au.

Following Knowing Animals on twitter @knowing_animals and Facebook at Knowing Animals.

Join us for a live recording of Knowing Animals in Sydney on Monday May 2: http://www.meetup.com/Podcasting-Sydney/events/229567571/

Mar 14, 2016

In this episode of Knowing Animals we speak to Associate Professor Annie Potts from the New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies at the University of Canterbury. We discuss her co-authored paper ‘Vegan Sexuality: Challenging Heteronormative Masculinity through Meat-free Sex’ which appeared in the journal Feminism & Psychology in 2010. 

Feb 29, 2016

In this episode of Protecting Animals we speak to Nicola Beynon from World Animal Protection. Nicola is the Head of Campaigns - Australia. She talks to us about a new campaign to establish a Commonwealth, independent office for animal welfare in Australia. This episode of Knowing Animals is brought to you by the Australasian Animal Studies Association (AASA). Join now!

Feb 15, 2016

In this episode of Knowing Animals we speak to Richard Twine about his article "Vegan Killjoys at the Table—Contesting Happiness and Negotiating Relationships with Food Practices" which appeared in Societies in 2014. This episode of Knowing Animals is brought to you by AASA - the Australasian Animals Studies Association. 

Feb 1, 2016

In this episode of Knowing Animals we speak to Kym Staton founder of the Sydney Vegan Club and Films for Change. 

This episode of Knowing Animals is brought to you by the Australasian Animal Studies Association (AASA). Join today! 

Jan 18, 2016

In this episode of Knowing Animals I speak to Gordon Renouf who is CEO of Good on You. Good for You is working to create apps that allow consumers to understand their consumption choices harm animals. You can learn more about Good on You here: http://goodonyou.org.au. This episode of Knowing Animals is brought to you by the Australasian Animal Studies Association (AASA). Join now here: http://animalstudies.org.au.  

Jan 4, 2016

In this episode of Knowing Animals I speak to Nikki Savvides  from Sydney University. We discuss Nikki's piece “Loving-knowing” women and horses: Symbolic connections, real life conflicts and “natural horsemanship” which appeared in H U M a N I M A L I A in 2011. We also talk about Nikki's work with elephants in Thailand. This episode of Knowing Animals is brought to you by AASA: https://www.facebook.com/AASA-Australasian-Animal-Studies-Association-480316142116752/. Are you a member yet? 

Dec 22, 2015

In the episode of Knowing Animals I speak to Arian Wallach from the Centre for Compassionate Conservation at UTS. We talk about Arian's co-authored paper ‘Promoting Predators and Compassionate Conservation’ which appeared in the journal Conservation Biology in 2015.

Dec 14, 2015

In this episode of Knowing Animals I speak to Amanda Richman from the NSW Young Lawyers Animal Law Committee. Amanda is Chair of the committee and a practicing lawyer. We talk about what lawyers can do to aid animals and her work organising a regular animal law conference. This episode of Knowing Animals is sponsored by the Australasian Animal Studies Association (AASA). 

Dec 5, 2015

In this very special episode of Knowing Animals I share a laugh and a chat with comedian, podcaster (Spokey Blokeys), musician and vegan-about-town Rodney Todd. We talk about vegan junk food, making people laugh about animal rights, and using celebrities to promote veganims. We also battle it out for biggest hair! 

Nov 30, 2015

In this episode of Knowing Animals, David Mence from the University of Melbourne talks about whaling, anti-whaling, the use of the harpoon, Sea Shepherd and whale communication. 

Nov 16, 2015

In this episode of Protecting Animals we speak to Katrina Fox. Katrina has been involved in animal activism in the UK and Australia. She is a journalist and author and has recently published her first sole authored book: 'Vegan Ventures: Start and Grow an Ethical Business'.  

Nov 14, 2015

In this episode of Knowing Animals we speak to Shatha Hamade from Animals Australia. She has worked from the RSPCA South Australia; was Young Lawyer of the Year; and was very involved in exposing the blooding of greyhounds in Australia. She talks about animals and the law. 

Nov 9, 2015

Jonathan Balcombe from the Washington DC based Humane Society University discusses his article ‘Animal pleasure and its moral significance’ which appeared in Applied Animal Behaviour Science in 2009. Jonathan explains why we should take animal pleasure much more seriously. 

Oct 29, 2015

In this episode of Knowing Animals we speak to Di Evans, the animal welfare office with RSPCA South Australia (SA). She is working to ban jumps racing in SA. 

Oct 12, 2015

In this episode of Knowing Animals we talk to Professor David Schlosberg from the Sydney Environment Institute, at the University of Sydney, about his co-edited book 'Political Animals and Animal Politics' which came out in 2015 and is part of the Palsgrave Macmillan series on Animal Ethics. 

Oct 2, 2015

In this episode of Protection Animals I speak to Chris Townend who founded Animal Liberation NSW, Animals and Australia and who worked for animals in India for many years. 

Sep 29, 2015

This episode of Knowing Animals is from the Protecting Animals series. I speak to Senator Lee Rhiannon from the Australian Greens about her work as the Greens Animal Welfare Spokesperson. Lee shared that latest on ag-gag in federal parliament, as well as her work to establish an independent office of animal welfare and live animal exports. 

Sep 27, 2015

In this special Knowing Animals episode Siobhan O'Sullivan speaks to Fiona Probyn-Rapsey about her paper 'Dingoes and dog-whistling: a cultural politics of race and species in Australia' which will appear in the Animal Studies Journal in coming weeks. This episode is also available as a video on Youtube so if you would like to see what we look like, you can! 

Sep 15, 2015

In this episode of Knowing Animals we speak to Prof. Phil McManus from Sydney University. We talk about his co-authored article 'The construction of human-animal relations: the national jumps day 2013 at Te Rapa, Hamilton, New Zealand’ which appeared in ‘New Zealand Geographer’ volume 70 issue 3, pages 190-200. He explains how the media reported the death of jumps racing horses and the impact of social media on the coverage. 

Sep 12, 2015

In this first episode in the Protecting Animals series Siobhan O'Sullivan speaks to Emmanuel Giuffre from Voiceless about what drives him to work for animals; the role the law can play in change; dairy cows; and much more. 

Aug 29, 2015

In this episode of Knowing Animals, Jed Goodfellow, PhD candidate at Macquarie University and RSPCA Australia policy advisor talks about his book chapter 'Regulatory Capture and the Welfare of Farm Animals in Australia' which will appear in the upcoming book 'Animal Welfare Law and Science: International Perspectives' edited by Deborah Cao and Steven White. He explains why Departments of Primary Industries should not be responsible for animal welfare. 

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