Though almost everyone claims to love animals many of us still eat them, while most try not to think too much about the terrible treatment humans mete out to our fellow Earthlings. But beyond vegetarianism, veganism, and rescue pet adoption what’s a compassionate person to do?
Primates of the Animal Protection Party of Canada and their allies have brought this year’s Animal Advocacy Camp to Victoria to explore just that. The ACC takes place this April 14th at Camosun College’s Gibson Auditorium and features a number of keynote speakers covering a variety of topics. Tayler Zavitz is one of those and she’ll present, ‘Empathy as Terrorism? The Criminalization of Animal Activism in Canada’.
Tayler’s a PhD candidate at UVic’s Department of Sociology whose research focus is the repression of animal activism and the criminalization of dissent in Canada. She holds degrees in Political Science and Critical Sociology, (with a focus on Critical Animal Studies) and is a current student scholar with the brand new, Animals & Society Research Initiative at the University of Victoria. She’s also a reviewer for the Journal for Critical Animal Studies.
Tayler Zavitz in the first half.
And; Monday morning, missiles again flew into Syria, killing at least seven and wounding scores more. Though they didn’t admit responsibility, Israel is implicated. Merely the latest in a series of unanswered military assaults on its neighbour, this latest comes at a critical point in Syria’s long and bitter war.
Over the weekend, US president Donald Trump promised “action” in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack against civilians in Douma, the last stronghold of pro-jihadist groups in besieged Eastern Ghouta. And, while Trump and his allies in NATO condemn without benefit of investigation Bashar al-Assad’s government, Russia has issued its own Red Line, saying should any Russians in Syria come under fire Moscow will consider that an act of war.
Eva Bartlett is an independent Canadian journalist and activist who has lived in and reported from Gaza and Syria over the last decade. She has been one of the few Western witnesses of the destruction of war from where the missiles and bombs land, and one of even fewer to fix properly the responsibility on those firing and dropping them. Eva is currently preparing for another foray into Syria, even as Washington’s war drum beats louder.
Eva Bartlett and back to Syria in the second half.
And; Victoria activist and CFUV Radio broadcaster at large, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour to bring us up to speed with some of what’s good to do in and around our town in the coming week. But first, Tayler Zavitz and meeting up with animals’ best friends at Victoria’s Animal Advocacy Camp.
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Thursday between 11-Noon Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca. He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/