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ACT Radio

Second and Fourth Sunday of the Month at 7:30pm

Welcome to ACT Radio -- Animal Concerns of Texas, with co-hosts Greg Lawson, Elizabeth Walsh, and Tom Linney. Every second and fourth Sunday evening at 7:30, we offer a unique program that focuses on animals, and related issues such as vegetarianism and the environment.

Everyone loves animals, and yet animals are the most helpless and victimized members of the living community. We believe with Gandhi that "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."

Most people have no idea the horrors our animal friends undergo in zoos, circuses, rodeos, experimental laboratories, and factory farms and slaughterhouses. Through the airwaves and elsewhere, we seek to be a voice for the voiceless and to promote change through education and expanding awareness and compassion.

We discuss the ways our society exploits animals, and how drastically this abuse affects human interests concerning health, the environment, and our level of connectedness to life. We offer new visions for how to heal the breaches in our social world and in our relation to the natural world. We believe that animal liberation is the next great liberation movement on this planet, and that by promoting respect for nonhuman animals, we are advancing human moral evolution.

ACT brings you the latest news about animals, from local concerns to global issues, from vegetarianism to animal rights activism. We also feature lively interviews with people involved in the animal welfare and animal rights movements, from local folks to well-known figures who work toward the same goal of promoting a New Enlightenment in our relations with other species. 

Carlos Marentes, Executive Director of Sin Fronteras Organizing Project, Jenny VanKleef, Sin Frontera Volunteer Coordinator, and Patricia Palafox, Board Member of Second Chance Wild Life Rescue, feature a conversation with host Greg Lawson about pesticides and the dangers farm workers face. 

Kristie Middleton is the Senior Food Policy Director for the Humane Society of the United States and shares her inspiration behind her latest book, Meatless: Transform the Way You Eat and Live - One Meal at a Time

On this episode of ACT Greg, Liz and Tom talk with Nafsika Antypas about her new show on A&E titled "Plant-based by Nafsika". Nafsika is the host and creator of the world's first vegan life style TV series. She studied olive oil and the Mediterrean diet in Greece through her father's business, Pilaros Inc where she is the marketing director. She also founded a non profit called People Against Violence in 2014 and designed a personal safety app called uAlert.

On this episode of ACT Greg, Liz and Tom talk with Virginia Messina about her new book Even Vegans Die which she co-authored with Carol Adams and Patti Breitman. Virginia is a registered dietitian who specializes in vegan nutrition and is the author of a number of books on that subject. 

While writing a chapter on animal rights of an ethics text book, philosophy professor James Brusseau began asking how the animal studies could reflect back to reveal human truths. In his new book - Dignity, Pleasures, Vulgarity: Philosophy and Animal Rights - he pursues that question as it ranges from an accessible look at today’s philosophy of animal ethics, to an investigation of what we can learn about ourselves in the midst of thinking about animals.

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Texas and cowboy boots go hand in hand - what’s a vegan living in El Paso to do? Kat Mendenhall, certified vegan lifestyle coach, shares her journey in creating her line of vegan cowboy boots.

Often in our relationships, one person eats one way while the other completely different. We visited with Zoe Eisenberg, co-author of The Lusty Vegan, who shares tips and tricks for inter-pallet partnering. 

Award winning film director Keegan Kuhn talks about his latest film "What the Health," a ground breaking feature length documentary that uncovers the impact of processed foods has on our personal health and greater community, and explores why leading health organizations continue to promote the industry despite countless medical studies and research.

If what's holding you back from adopting a plant-based diet is that you can't imagine a life without bacon, now's the perfect time to learn about some of the terrific plant-based bacon recipes. Leinana Two Moons talks about her new cookbook "Baconish."

  A conversation with Jim Hicks. Hicks is an author, blogger, consultant and international activist and speaker. https://hpjmh.com

Aired 1/22/2017

Robert Grillo, author of the new book "Farm to Fable," and founder and director of Free from Harm, was this week's featured guest to discuss his latest book. As an activist, author and speaker, Grillo advocates to close the ethical and social injustice gap between humans and other animals.

jlgoesvegan.com

JL Fields is a blogger, cookbook author, and instructor at the Main Street Vegan Academy.  She joins us to explain how she walked away from a high-paying position at a nonprofit to become a vegan activist, and how she uses an individual approach to spread a message of compassion and health.

http://jlgoesvegan.com/

Aired Nov. 27, 2016

US Fish & Wildlife

The latest in vegan and animal rights news.

Various animal-related measures were passed across the United States on Election Day, including a bill in Massachusetts which prohibited the confinement of farm animals and the ban of the sale of meat & eggs resulting from these practices.  Read more: http://aldf.org/blog/wins-for-animal-protection-in-the-2016-election/

Protections for the Greater Sage-Grouse are being threatened due to the birds' habitat encroaching upon military bases...therefore posing a threat to national security.  Read more:  https://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2016/greater-sage-grouse-11-18-2016.html

An El Paso bar has been following an internet trend of having customers gulp down live minnows in their cocktails.  The practice bypasses health regulations because the minnows are served on the side, but a petition is being circulated to encourage the bar to cease and desist.  The petition is available online at http://www.care2.com/causes/this-el-paso-bar-needs-to-stop-serving-drinks-with-live-fish.html

Aired Nov. 27, 2016

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The latest animal rights and vegetarian/vegan news:

The journal Open Science reports on tool making by wild crows in the South Pacific.  Read this report from BBC News: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-37024393

The Union of Concerned Scientists is ranking beef producers for their use of deforestation-free beef.  Beef production is the leading cause of deforestation in South America.  Read more at http://www.ucsusa.org/global-warming/stop-deforestation/drivers-of-deforestation-2016-beef-cattle#.WCC4Ri0rK70

The World Wildlife Fund reports on a sharp decline in wildlife in the last 42 years, due solely to human activity.  Read more at http://www.worldwildlife.org/press-releases/food-and-energy-demand-drives-58-percent-decline-in-global-wildlife-populations-new-wwf-report

Aired Nov 13, 2016

Vegan foods are one of the fastest growing products in supermarkets, and are no longer relegated to specialty markets or online mail order.  Allyson Kramer is a cookbook author, and her latest book "Naturally Lean," not only offers vegan recipes for Cheesy BBQ Kale Chips and Avocado Chick'n Salad ...these recipes are also gluten free and under 300 calories!  Kramer was diagnosed with Celiac disease, and these recipes offer delicious and easy ways to work healthy, decadent meals into a diet that is anything but restrictive.

http://www.allysonkramer.com/

Aired Nov. 13, 2016

 Liz Specht is the Senior Scientist at the Good Food Institute.  Researchers there are working to increase the accessibility of plant-based and cultured alternatives to animal products.  These products would continue to provide consumers animal-based products without the cruelty involved in breeding and slaughtering animals, and products would also be free of hormones or harmful diseases such as E. coli or salmonella.

http://www.gfi.org/

Liz will be the guest speaker at the Vegetarian Society of El Paso's Compassionate Thanksgiving Dinner on Nov. 5 at the Country Inn & Suites, 900 Sunland Park.  Learn more at http://vsep.org/
 

Aired Oct 23, 2016

Tom Smylie, USFWS

The latest vegetarian/vegan and animal rights news:

The Animal Legal Defense Fund has settled a lawsuit with the organizer of a coyote killing contest in Kansas.  Read more here: http://aldf.org/press-room/press-releases/coyote-killing-contest-organizer-settles-lawsuit/

The Center for Biological Diversity and the Animal Welfare Institute are suing the United States Department of Agriculture and US Fish & Wildlife over the unintentional killing of ocelots as part of their long-running program to exterminate nuisance coyotes, bears, bobcats, and other wildlife in Arizona & Texas.  Read more at http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2016/ocelot-05-26-2016.html

Tyson Foods, the country's largest meat processor, is investing in Beyond Meat, a company that offers plant proteins and meatless options to consumers.  Tyson Foods's investment is just another example of the growing popularity of plant-based foods.  Read more at http://ir.tyson.com/investor-relations/news-releases/news-releases-details/2016/Beyond-Meat-and-Tyson-Foods-Announce-Investment-Agreement/default.aspx

Aired Oct 23, 2016

Naomi Sophia Call is an author, yoga teacher, nutritionist & consultant, and is the producer & co-director of "Called to Rescue."  She joins us to tell us why she was inspired to tell the story of the compassion she encountered at the country's many farm animal sanctuaries.  The animals on the sanctuaries were rescued from the cruel treatment at factory farms and slaughterhouses, and Naomi shares the stories of the rescued animals and the people whose lives they touched.  

http://www.calledtorescuefilm.com/

Aired Sept 25, 2016

The latest news in Animal Rights and Vegetarianism/Veganism:

US dairy producers are being asked to pay $52 million in an antitrust class action suit after being accused of slaughtering thousands of cows to reduce milk supplies and inflate prices.  Read more at Compassion Over Killing: http://cok.net/blog/2016/09/dairy-industry-price-fixing-settlement/

Compassion is not only good for our psychological health, but for our physical well-being.  Research is showing that a compassionate lifestyle can add years to our lives.  Read more at One Green Planet: http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/how-showing-compassion-for-animals-can-improve-your-health/

A US Congressman has introduced a proposal to ban body-gripping traps (leg-holds and snares) by Wildlife Services.  Read more at the Center for Biological Diversity: http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2016/wildlife-traps-09-08-2016.html

Aired Sept 25, 2016

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  The latest in animal rights and vegetarian/vegan news:

The BBC recently published an article about the consequences to wildlife if a wall were built along the US/Mexico border.  Cutting a migration route could lead to severe consequences in genetic diversity.  Read the article here: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-37200583

The USDA is buying back 11 million pounds of cheese from a stockpile that resulted in falling demand for dairy products.  This may lead dairy producers to raise prices on their products.  How is this buyback affecting taxpayers?  Read more in this article from Taxpayers for Common Sense: http://www.taxpayer.net/media-center/article/helping-dairy-farms-usda-buys-20-million-worth-of-cheese

Aired Sept 11, 2016

  Robin Raven is an author, blogger, and activist who has published articles on the Huffington Post.  Her first children's book "Santa's First Vegan Christmas" grew out of an observation of "casual violence" when she noticed images of Santa with his reindeer.  In Robin's story, Santa wants Dana to join the other reindeer on his Christmas ride, but Dana helps Santa find kinder alternatives to delivering toys to boys & girls around the world.

Robin also shares her experiences growing up in the South as a young vegetarian.  Her father was a hunter.  Robin's mother was supportive of her decision, despite the occasional teasing that came her way.

https://www.facebook.com/RobinRaven/

Aired Sept 11, 2016

  Mark Renfield is an author and vegan chef whose new book "Healing the Vegan Way" walks vegans or vegans-to-be through delicious, filling recipes that take readers from salads to vegan sloppy joes and beyond!  Reinfeld talks about why "food activism" is probably the best way to get people turned on to a plant-based, compassionate lifestyle.  http://veganfusion.com/

Aired Aug. 28, 2016

WildEarth Guardians

  The latest vegan-related news and animal activism.

Millennials are behind the meteoric rise of veganism in Europe.  Read more at http://veganenthusiasts.com/2016/08/19/millennials-driving-a-rise-of-veganism/

Krill-based omega supplements are depleting the Antarctic of a specials critical to aquatic life and other Antarctic life.  Read more at http://www.onegreenplanet.org/environment/omega-supplement-killing-marine-animals/

The Texas Hornshell is a mussel that is being recommended for endangered species protection due to damming and overuse of the Rio Grande.  Read more at  https://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2016/texas-hornshell-08-09-2016.html

Aired Aug. 28, 2016

  The latest animal rights and vegetarian/vegan news:

The Cornucopia Institute has recently released its "Scrambled Eggs" report, which reveals fraud in the "organic" egg industry.  Most organic eggs on the market do not meet organic standards, despite receiving the USDA stamp of approval.  Read the full report here: http://www.cornucopia.org/scrambled-eggs-separating-factory-farm-egg-production-from-authentic-organic-agriculture/

The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) reports that Sea World has dropped its lawsuit challenging restrictions on its captive orca program.  Read more here: http://aldf.org/press-room/press-releases/seaworld-drops-lawsuit-challenging-restrictions-on-captive-orca-program/

Aired Aug. 14, 2016

Lisa Versaci and John Papola are the husband-and-wife filmmakers behind "At the Fork."  Lisa, a vegetarian, and omnivore John take a trip to factory farms to explore the moral dilemma between how animals are treated at these facilities and why we choose to eat them despite knowing the cruel facts. Oftentimes, its the farmers themselves who encounter the moral dilemmas.  

http://attheforkfilm.com/

Aired Aug. 14, 2016

  Hormel Foods is being sued for their "Natural Choice" brand of lunch meat.  "Natural" and "all-natural" are labels that are often imply the lack of additives, hormones, antibiotics, and sustainable practices.  Undercover video has revealed inhumane practices at the factory farm that provides Hormel Foods with their meat.  Read more at http://aldf.org/press-room/press-releases/hormel-sued-for-deceptive-misleading-advertising-of-so-called-natural-products/

Meat taxes are being recommended by a U.N. panel in order to reduce the widespread environmentally-harmful effects of the production of red meat.  China has already recommended a reduction in meat consumption, and Denmark is also proposing a tax on red meat.  Read more in this story from the Star-Telegram http://www.star-telegram.com/news/nation-world/world/article87172062.html

Aired July 10, 2016

Hal Marcus

  Local artist Hal Marcus joins us to talk about how a plant-based diet and a compassionate lifestyle has positively affected his life and art.  He believes that spreading the word about the health and spiritual benefits of a plant-based diet will eventually change the world.  Hal is not only walking the walk, but talking the talk - he is the Second Vice President of the Vegetarian Society of El Paso (VSEP), and he and his wife are paying $10 of the $20 yearly VSEP membership fee for every new member who mentions this program.

Information: http://vsep.org/.

View Hal's art at http://www.halmarcus.com/

Aired July 10, 2016

  Lori Marino is a neuroscientist, an expert in animal behavior & intelligence, and the founder & executive director of the Kimmela Center for Animal Advocacy.  As a scientist and an animal advocate, she demonstrates the effective use of science to advance advocacy issues.  Her Whale Sanctuary Project is a multidisciplinary effort to provide a seaside sanctuary for former captive marine mammals.  Orcas and other creatures showcased at aquatic theme parks will have a more natural environment to li  ve out their natural lives.

http://www.whalesanctuaryproject.org/

Aired June 26, 2016

  The latest news in vegan nutrition and animal activism:

Studies show that the blood of vegans has more cancer-fighting abilities than the blood of individuals who follow the standard American diet.  Read more: http://www.riseofthevegan.com/blog/scientists-find-blood-from-vegans-is-eight-times-more-protective-against-cancer

United Egg Producers aim to end chick culling by 2020.  Over 250 million male chicks are culled every year because they are considered unnecessary and cannot lay eggs.  Read more: https://www.thedodo.com/united-egg-producers-end-chick-culling-2020-1851945802.html

Dungeness crab fishermen are being asked to change their practices because whales are being entangled and killed in their nets.  Read more: https://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2016/whale-entanglements-06-09-2016.html

Aired June 26, 2016

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The latest news in animal rights and plant-based diets:

Mercy for Animals recently posted amateur video documenting cases of cruelty at a Tyson Foods plant in Tennessee.   The poultry industry has been encouraged by many animal rights groups to change they way they process & breed the 8 billion chickens we consume in the U.S.  Read more and view the video here:  http://www.mercyforanimals.org/

Santa Cruz Biotechnology must pay a $3.5 million penalty for animal welfare violations.  They were sued under California's new animal cruelty law and unfair competition law.    The facility can no longer use animals covered by the Animal Welfare Act in their research.  Read more here:  http://aldf.org/press-room/press-releases/cost-of-animal-cruelty-skyrockets-animal-research-facility-to-pay-unprecedented-3-5-million-penalty-over-animal-welfare-violations/

The Center for Biological Diversity has created Extinction Food Labels to mirror the nutritional facts labels on many food items.  The labels reveal the REAL cost of what we eat, including the costs of carbon emissions, habitat loss, and water pollution.  Learn more at http://extinctionfacts.org

Aired June 12, 2016

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