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Category Archives: Interviews

In New Prison Memoir, “Disabled Vegan” Rails Unabashedly Against Injustice

Before he was incarcerated, Jan Smitowicz believed he’d “end up in prison someday because of my radical earth and animal liberation politics,” he tells us in his memoir, Rebel Hell: Disabled Vegan Goes to Prison. “I just figured it’d be for a truly worthwhile crime. Like freeing caged mink at a fur farm … But here I am, […]

Vegan Fashion House Vaute Couture Shows There is “No Excuse Left to Wear Animals”

VAUTE- New York Fashion Week Solo Debut from Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart on Vimeo. In a January 31 blog post, Vaute Couture owner and designer Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart announced that she’d be presenting her “first solo show at New York Fashion Week, as the first all vegan label to show at” the high-profile event. Following her […]

Sitcom to Focus on “Lighter Side” of Being Vegan

In the second season of Joanne Rose’s Web-based TV series Vegan 101, Eric Roberts’ character, Dr. Eaton Wright, delivers lines like, “Are you tired of breathing the same air as ignorant people?” and “Do you eat meat because you’re a loser? Or, are you a loser because you eat meat?” The dialogue is amusing because […]

Nellie McKay on Animal Rights and Activism

I’m listening, as I write this, to Frank Zappa’s Broadway the Hard Way, a live recording made during a 1988 concert tour that remains as powerful a musical uppercut as has ever been delivered to the Republican Party’s drooling maw in the run-up to a presidential election. I’ve been thinking quite a bit lately about social […]

Performance Artist Frames Animal-Testing Protest

Police and officials from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals shut down a Regent Street cosmetics shop today minutes after a laboratory technician began conducting horrific and painful product testing on a terrified beagle in full view of shoppers and passersby. … That didn’t happen. After all, no fully evolved human […]

“Confessions of an Eco-Terrorist” — Peter Jay Brown on Paul Watson, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and Media Manipulation

I spoke recently with Peter Jay Brown, whose documentary film Confessions of an Eco-Terrorist chronicles the efforts of Paul Watson and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society to protect our oceans’ marine life from those who seek financial and spiritual reward through the slaughter of other species. More specifically, Brown’s film documents 30 years of “manipulating […]

“Project Earth” TV Series to Feature Animal-Rights Activists

I spoke last night with Carlie Jackson, the executive producer of a new documentary TV series called Project Earth, which will introduce us to animal-rights and environmental activists who’ll explain “what they are doing for the earth and why they are doing it,” according to the series’ website. What follows is a transcript of our […]

“Bold Native” — An Important Film About Freedom

At the beginning of Bold Native, the film’s protagonist, Charlie Cranehill, tells us (in voice-over) a great deal about himself in these few words: “We spend our lives saying, ‘No. Not me. Not my fight. Not my problem. Not tonight.’ What’s the difference between you and me? A few years ago, I became someone who […]