• Matthew Glover is the founder of Veganuary, Million Dollar Vegan and now Veg Capital, an investment fund for companies striving to replace the use of animals in the food system.

    Veganuary launched in 2014 with 3,300 people pledging to go vegan for the month of January. Veganuary in 2021 has seen over 1 million people in 192 countries making that pledge.

    In this podcast Matthew chats with us about his introduction to vegetarianism, veganism and animal rights activism what inspired him to start Veganuary. Going from a businessman and entrepreneur in the north of England to the game-changing innovation of veganuary and his subsequent ventures. We chat about the changes happening in the food sector and what that means for producers, customers, consumers and the animals themselves.

    Veganuary website - https://veganuary.com

    Veg Capital website - https://vegcapital.co.uk

    Million Dollar Vegan website - https://www.milliondollarvegan.com

    Matthew Glover's Linkedin page - https://www.linkedin.com/in/matthew-glover/

  • Alexandra Horowitz is a professor at Barnard College, Columbia University, where she teaches seminars in canine cognition, creative nonfiction writing, and audio storytelling. As Senior Research Fellow, she heads the Dog Cognition Lab at Barnard.

    Alexandra has long been interested in how the world is experienced by dogs and her research and writing is aimed to answer the question of what it's like to be a dog. And her book, Inside of a Dog, was a New York Times bestseller for 65 weeks.

    In this podcast, Alexandra chats about her love of dogs, her work and her passion for understanding the world from a dogs point of view. She shares stories and insights about how our perception and expectations of dogs have changed over the years and in understanding these things, how it might help us become better owners. And we talk about the simple joy of what it's like to share our lives with dogs.

    Alexandra Horowitz website - https://alexandrahorowitz.net

    Inside of a Dog book - https://alexandrahorowitz.net/Inside-of-a-Dog

    Being a Dog book - https://alexandrahorowitz.net/Being-a-Dog

    Our Dogs, Ourselves book - https://alexandrahorowitz.net/Our-Dogs-Ourselves

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  • Mark Rowlands is Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Philosophy Department at the University of Miami.

    He is the author of seventeen books and has spent much of his career exploring the ethical and moral questions related to animal rights. His books, Animal Rights, Animals Like Us, and Can Animals be Moral are essential reading for anyone looking to understand the philosophy of animal rights, and his memoir, The Philosopher and the Wolf, became an international bestseller and charts the relationship between Mark Rowlands and Brenin, his extraordinarily well-travelled wolf.

    In this podcast Mark talks about his life and career, we explore some of the philosophical principles and theories that form the foundation of the animal right movement, and we talk about his life with Brenin and how their relationship led him to reevaluate his attitude toward love, happiness, nature, death and what it means to be human.

    Mark Rowlands books on Amazon - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mark-Rowlands/e/B001IXUBEI%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share

  • Melissa Liszewski is a Senior Program Manager for Community Engagement at the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). She has loved animals and wanted to help them for as long as she can remember, and that passion has seen her deliver some of the most progressive, sustainable and impactful animal welfare programs in communities around in the world.

    In this podcast, Melissa talks about her early love of animals and campaigning her parents to get her first dog. Her journey through her career, from studying animal science and Michigan State University to her work at The Brooke, that led to her passion for helping communities in order to improve the lives of animals. She talks about the importance of this work and how each project she worked on and each organisation she worked for, has helped improve the welfare of animals by also helping the people working and living with those animals.

    We also chat about what it's actually like to work in this sector, the things we've learned along the way and the advice we'd give people working or wanting to work in animal welfare.

    International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) website - https://www.ifaw.org/international

    The Brooke website - https://www.thebrooke.org

  • Dave Neale is the Animal Welfare Director for Animals Asia. He travels extensively to head up their campaign to improve animal welfare at zoos and safari parks in China, and also works to increase general veterinary and animal welfare standards and promote animal-welfare education in schools and universities.

    Dave chats to us about his career after graduating in Environmental Science and Conservation Biology, when he worked as an ecologist for a river restoration charity in England. He talks about his 12-month trip to Asia and South America where he carried out zoo investigations and reports on welfare conditions at local marketplaces and how, during his time in Vietnam, he was profoundly disturbed by seeing moon bears in markets being sold to bear bile farmers. That led to him contacting Jill Robinson and taking on a role at Animals Asia. We then chat about the incredible work he has done over the years throughout Asia to improve the lives of countless animals and changing attitudes and behaviours across the region.

    Animals Asia website - https://www.animalsasia.org/intl/

    Animals Asia facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/AnimalsAsia

  • Gene Baur has been hailed as “the conscience of the food movement”. A pioneer in the field of undercover investigations and farm animal rescue, Gene has visited hundreds of farms, stockyards, and slaughterhouses, documenting the deplorable conditions.

    His pictures and videos exposing factory farming cruelties have aired in the United States and internationally, educating millions about the plight of modern farm animals, and his rescue work inspired an international farm sanctuary movement.

    Gene was instrumental in passing the first U.S. laws prohibiting inhumane animal confinement and continues working on systemic food industry reforms. His work has been covered by major media outlets including ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, the New York Times, LA Times, and Wall Street Journal among others.

    In this podcast, Gene chats about his journey in animal rights activism, the changes he has seen and continues to see throughout the world, the incredible work of Farm Sanctuary, and the difference each of us can make for animals through our food choices.

    Farm Sanctuary website - https://www.farmsanctuary.org

    Gene Baur on facebook - https://www.facebook.com/GeneBaurofFarmSanctuary/

    Books by Gene Baur - https://www.farmsanctuary.org/about-us/gene-baur/

  • John Goodrich is the Chief Scientist for Panthera, an organisation that is leading the way in global wild cat conservation science and strategy.

    John is acknowledged as one of the world’s preeminent tiger biologists. He has over 30 years of experience in wildlife research and conservation focused on Siberian tigers and other large carnivores. While living in Siberia, John directed research and conservation projects on Siberian tigers in the Russian Far East, including the world’s longest running radio telemetry-based tiger research effort - tracking more than 60 wild tigers since 1992. John's work has led to our greater understanding of tigers' social structure, land use, food habits and relationships with other species—including humans.

    In this podcast, John chats with us about his life and work, the state of tiger welfare and conservation around the world, the enigmatic and almost mythical position that tigers hold in our culture, his lifelong passion for conservation and the incredible and magical experiences he had of seeing tigers in the wild first hand.

    Panthera website - https://www.panthera.org

  • Louie Psihoyos is the Oscar winning director of The Cove, the director of The Game Changers and Racing Extinction and the founder of Oceanic Preservation Society.

    Louie is recognised as one of the top still photographers in the world, having created iconic images for National Geographic for 18 years.

    Louie chats with us about his career, his lifelong passion for the ocean, the environment, conservation and animal welfare and the incredible journey that saw him become one the the most influential and inspirational documentary makers.

    He tells about the making of The Cove and The Game Changers and the fascinating insights into both of those worlds as well as amazing new projects he's working on.

    The Oceanic Preservation Society website - https://www.opsociety.org

    The Cove webpage - https://www.opsociety.org/our-work/films/the-cove/

    The Game Changers website - https://gamechangersmovie.com

    Racing Extinction website - https://racingextinction.com

  • Leah Garcés is the president of Mercy For Animals and author of the bestseller, Grilled: Turning Adversaries into Allies to Change the Chicken Industry. She has nearly 20 years of leadership experience in the animal protection movement and has partnered with some of the world’s largest food companies on her mission to end factory farming.

    Leah oversaw international campaigns in 14 countries at the World Society for the Protection of Animals and launched Compassion in World Farming in the United States. Her work has been featured in many national and international media outlets, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, BuzzFeed, VICE magazine, and the Chicago Tribune.

    In this podcast, Leah chats with Harry and Matt about her life, her career in animal welfare, how her ideas and passion guided how she moved forward and seized every opportunity. And how she was able to undertake her groundbreaking and inspiring work to change the US food and chicken industry.

    Leah Garces website - https://leahgarces.com

    Mercy For Animals website - https://mercyforanimals.org

    GRILLED: Turning Adversaries into Allies to Change the Chicken Industry by Leah Garces - https://leahgarces.com/grilled-book/

  • Jill Robinson is the founder of Animals Asia, one of the most pioneering and inspiring animal welfare organisations in the world today. Jill has worked in animal welfare for over 30 years but in 1993, a visit to a bear farm in southern China changed her life forever.

    In 1998, she created Animals Asia to end the barbaric practice of bear bile farming and improving the welfare of animals in China and Vietnam by promoting compassion and respect for all animals, and working to bring about long-term change.

    In this episode, Jill chats with Harry and Matt about her early life and where her love of animals came from. Her journey to Hong Kong and a chance encounter on a beach that opened the door to animal welfare. She talks about the bear bile trade and what it was like to start an organisation and how Animals Asia has grown over the years, and the incredible work it does.

    The Animals Asia website - https://www.animalsasia.org

  • In collaboration with International Cat Care, this special International Cat Day episode we chat with Ian Macfarlaine.

    Ian is one of the most significant and important figures in international cat welfare. He has run pioneering cat population management projects around the world, not only improving the welfare of countless cats but providing training and building local capacity in across communities.

    In this episode, we chat to Ian about his decades of work in animal welfare and stray cat management. From his veterinary nursing days at the PDSA, the Mayhew and International Cat Care, his time as an animal welfare inspector, to his overseas work in Portugal, Sudan, Malta, Bermuda. Ian shares stories, anecdotes and insights about his love of cats and a lifetime of working to improve their welfare.

    International Cat Day website - https://internationalcatday.org

    International Cat Care website - https://icatcare.org

    Ian MacFarlaine Linkedin page - https://www.linkedin.com/in/ian-macfarlaine-878870106/

    #InternationalCatDay #HappyCat

  • Paul Watson is one of the most influential and pioneering activists of marine wildlife and environmental conservation. Co-founder of Greenpeace and Founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, Paul has spent his entire life fighting injustice.

    Since its foundation, Sea Shepherd's innovative direct-action tactics have exposed and confronted illegal whaling, fishing, shark finning, hunting and poaching activities on the high seas.

    In this podcast, Paul chats about his lifetime of activism. From his childhood love of animals and respect for nature, to his early days in environmental activism, to his founding of Sea Shepherd and countless confrontations with whalers, hunters and poachers, to his partnerships with governments around the world to help protect the oceans.

    The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society website - https://seashepherd.org

    The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Global website - https://www.seashepherdglobal.org

  • David Mech is a world renowned researcher and expert on wolves, wolf behaviour and wolf conservation. He is a senior research scientist for the U.S. Geological Survey and an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota.

    David has studied wolves since 1958 in locations including northern Minnesota, Isle Royale, Alaska, Yellowstone National Park, Ellesmere Island and Italy, and has published some 450 articles and 11 books on the subject.

    He is the founder and vice-chair of the Board of Directors of the International Wolf Center, an organisations whose mission is to advance the survival of wolf populations by teaching people about wolves, their relationship to wildlands and the human role in their future and coexistence.

    In this podcast Harry and Matt talk to David about his life and work, his passion for wolves, their rebound from the brink of extinction, how some of his research on wolf behaviour continues to be misinterpreted by some dog behaviourists and trainers, and how we can do more to protect and understand these wonderful animals.

    David Mech business website - http://davemech.org

    David Mech personal website - http://davemech.com

    International Wold Center website - https://wolf.org

    International Wold Center facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/InternationalWolfCenter

  • Liz Tyson is the Programs Director for Born Free USA and Director of the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary. Prior to that she was International Director for the Palestinian Animal League and Director of the Captive Animals Protection Society (CAPS). She has a PhD in animal welfare law and has been an active advocate and voice for animals for over 15 years.

    Liz spent 2 years working with indigenous Amazonian Tikuna communities in South America on primate conservation.

    In this podcast, Liz chats about her love of animals, her journey into and within the animal welfare sector, the many issues related to wildlife in captivity and some of the incredible memories and moments she has experienced throughout her career.

    Born Free USA website - https://www.bornfreeusa.org

    Born Free Foundation website - https://www.bornfree.org.uk

    Freedom for Animals website - https://www.freedomforanimals.org.uk

  • Dr Trent Grassian earned his PhD in Social Policy from the University of Kent in 2019 by conducting research with non-profit organisations promoting meat reduction and veganism, in the largest study of its kind and has given presentations all over the world about the project. The full dissertation is freely available online, as well as a summary report.

    He wrote a book chapter, Food Policy: Where does environmental nutrition fit in? in the seminal volume Environmental Nutrition.

    He also runs the on-line group, Vegan Researchers & Enthusiasts, and is a passionate human and animal advocate, who has worked on a variety of social justice issues and volunteered with animals on three continents. In a former life, he worked as a Special Needs Education teacher in California for half a decade and helped found a local volunteering non-profit branch.

    You can follow Trent's work via his blog, For Us All, or get in touch with him via email.

    For All Of Us website: https://forusallsite.wordpress.com

    Vegan Society website: https://www.vegansociety.com/about-us/research/researcher-network/trent-grassian

    HBCA website: http://www.hbcforanimals.com/who-we-are/the-extended-team/trent-grassian/

  • Amy Dickman is an internationally renowned conservation biologist. She’s dedicated her life to saving big cats in the wild, working in Africa for over 20 years on carnivore ecology and how to resolve human-wildlife conflict.

    Amy is the Kaplan Senior Research Fellow in Wild Cat Conservation at Oxford University’s WildCRU. She worked at the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia before moving to Tanzania, where she established the amazing Ruaha Carnivore Project in 2009, which works closely with local villagers to develop effective conservation solutions and focusses on ensuring that local communities truly benefit from the conservation of big cats and other wildlife.

    She is a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species Survival Commission’s Cat Specialist Group and African Lion Working Group, is a co-founder of the Pride Lion Conservation Alliance that is helping to develop initiatives to empower future female conservation leaders in Africa.

    Ruaha Carnivore Project website: https://www.ruahacarnivoreproject.com

    Pride Lion Conservation Alliance website: http://pridelionalliance.org

    Nat Geo Big Cats Initiative: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/projects/big-cats-initiative/

    Snapshot Ruaha: https://www.zooniverse.org/projects/meredithspalmer/snapshot-ruaha

    Darem the Lion Defender book: https://www.ruahacarnivoreproject.com/news/darem-the-lion-defender/

  • For 25 years, Charles Vinick worked with Jean-Michel and Jacques Cousteau, helping the ocean explorers establish, grow and sustain their initiatives. As a co-founder of the Cousteau Centers, Charles oversaw development and management of Parc Oceanique Cousteau in Paris and shepherded the growth of the Cousteau Society.

    Charles also served as director of the Keiko Project, a pioneering effort that marshalled public and media support to reintroduce to the wild the captive orca made famous through the Free Willy films.

    Before joining the Whale Sanctuary Project, Charles served as CEO of two environmental technology companies. As President and Chief Executive Officer of the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound, Charles directed all aspects of an organization that was deeply engaged in ocean policy issues. He has received commendations from the White House for his work with youth education and from the Los Angeles City Council for community environmentalism.

    And as a member of the Whale Sanctuary Project Board of Directors, Charles brings his unique blend of leadership and experience to his role as Executive Director.

    Charles is no stranger to ambitious, visionary, ocean-related projects!

    The Whale Sanctuary project website: https://whalesanctuaryproject.org

    The Whale Sanctuary project facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/whalesanctuaryproject/

    The Whale Sanctuary project Twitter page: https://twitter.com/Whale_Sanctuary

    Charles Vinick "Whales Without Walls" TED talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/charles_vinick_whales_without_walls/transcript?language=en

  • Brian Faulkner’s is one of the world's foremost experts on dog population management and his experience animal control and welfare spans more than 30 years.

    After serving in the Royal Navy, Brian worked for local government in the UK where he was responsible for stray dog control and enforcing dog control legislation.

    In 1999, he began working for the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) and managed many of their stray dog control programmes across the globe.

    Since 2003, he has worked as an independent consultant in stray animal management for international NGO’s and governments around the world.

    Brian has travelled the world and earned the respect and trust of countless communities, and in this podcast he talks about his love of dogs, tells stories about some of his incredible experiences around the world, and how important dog welfare is to him and to all of us.

    Brian Faulkner on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/brian-faulkner-a0249534/

    Brian Faulkner on facebook - https://www.facebook.com/brian.faulkner.7777

    Bimbling With Dogs website - https://www.bimblingwithdogs.co.uk

  • Lori Marino is a neuroscientist and expert in animal behaviour and intelligence, and is internationally known for her work on the intelligence in dolphins and whales. In 2001, she co-authored a ground-breaking study offering the first conclusive evidence for mirror self-recognition in bottlenose dolphins, after which she decided against further research with captive animals.

    Lori is the Founder and Executive Director of The Kimmela Center for Animal Advocacy, which focuses on bridging the gap between academic research and scholarship and on-the-ground animal advocacy efforts.

    She is also the Founder and President of the Whale Sanctuary Project whose mission is to establish a model seaside sanctuary where whales and dolphins can be rehabilitated or can live permanently in an environment that maximises their well-being and autonomy and is as close as possible to their natural habitat.

    Lori has appeared in several films and television programs, including the 2013 documentary Blackfish, Unlocking the Cage and Long Gone Wild - the 2019 documentary that picks up where Blackfish left off and where the work of the Whale Sanctuary Project begins.

    The Whale Sanctuary project website: https://whalesanctuaryproject.org

    The Whale Sanctuary project facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/whalesanctuaryproject/

    The Whale Sanctuary project Twitter page: https://twitter.com/Whale_Sanctuary

    Lori Marino's contact email address: lorim@whalesanctuary.org