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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. 

Colleen Patrick-Goudreau’s compassionate living philosophy is propelling plant-based eating into the mainstream and forever changing how we regard animals. She is an award-winning author of multiple books, acclaimed speaker and host of the podcast "Food for Thought." She will also be the guest speaker at this year's Vegetarian Society of El Paso's Compassionate Thanksgiving dinner!

http://www.colleenpatrickgoudreau.com/
http://vsep.org/

Vegans are often known as compassionate people, wanting to help the environment, improve one's health, and reduce animal suffering. But they often don't know the best ways to get others to adopt a similar lifestyle. We speak with Tobias Leenaert about his new book How to Create a Vegan World: A Pragmatic Approach, which leaves well-trodden animal advocacy paths and takes a fresh look at the strategies, objectives, and communication of the vegan and animal rights movement.

You wouldn't think much is going on in rural New Mexico about vegan nutrition, but you'll be surprised to hear about what one dedicated couple has accomplished. Victor and Karla Flores work for Vegan Outreach, a New Mexico based non-profit organization working to end violence towards animals and seek a future where sentient animals are no longer exploited as commodities. This week, they share with us their experiences and efforts towards their cruelty-free lifestyle.

This week on ACT Radio, hosts Greg Lawson and Tom Linney bring to light on the new non-profit organization Better Eating International. Michael Webberman, Strategic Director, and Michelle Rojas, Managing Director, share details with us on Better Eating International's dedication to inspiring compassion through personalized educational videos.

One in five hospitals has contracts with fast food restaurants to provide them with food. School lunch programs have become the dumping ground for excess cheese and milk - our country's food system is in dire need of reform. Audrey Sanchez, Executive Director of Balanced, is our guest this week and she shares how this organization is fighting for responsibility in our nation's food system. 

Jo-Anne McArthur, award-winning photojournalist author and educator, has dedicated her work to documenting the plight of animals on all seven continents for over a decade. We Animals is an ambitious project which documents, through photography, animals in the human environment. Her project has become an internationally celebrated archive, and over one hundred animal organizations have benefited from her photography, many of which continue to work closely with Jo-Anne on stories, investigations, campaigns and humane education.

Lisa Kemmerer, professor of philosophy and religions at Montana State University Billings, is a philosopher-activist. She is best known for her work for animal rights and liberation, where she works largely at the crossroads between speciesism and other social justice issues. Graduate of Reed, Harvard, and Glasgow University (Scotland), Kemmerer has written/edited nine books. 

http://www.lisakemmerer.com/

When we adopt a companion animal, we often overlook the inevitable - all good things come to an end. As our companions approach the end of their life, it can be a painful experience for both us and them. Dr. Jessica Pierce, author of The Last Walk: Reflections on Our Pets at the End of Their Lives, is our guest and explores the difficulty many of us face when loosing our beloved furry family members, and how to best cope with it all.

Laurelee Blanchard is the author of Finding Paradise: Lelaini Farm Sanctuary of Maui. The book chronicles Blanchard's unique journey from corporate America to non profit animal rescue. 

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

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