Knowing Animals



Knowing Animals is a fortnightly podcast about all things related to animals and ethics; animals and the law; animals and politics; and animal advocacy. It features interviews with Animal Studies scholars and animal advocates. It is available free so enjoy!


  • Episode 12: Jumps racing, horse deaths and social media with Phil McManus

    15/09/2015 Duración: 21min

    In this episode of Knowing Animals we speak to Prof. Phil McManus from Sydney University. We talk about his co-authored article 'The construction of human-animal relations: the national jumps day 2013 at Te Rapa, Hamilton, New Zealand’ which appeared in ‘New Zealand Geographer’ volume 70 issue 3, pages 190-200. He explains how the media reported the death of jumps racing horses and the impact of social media on the coverage. 

  • Protecting Animals 1: Emmanuel Giuffre from Voiceless

    12/09/2015 Duración: 24min

    In this first episode in the Protecting Animals series Siobhan O'Sullivan speaks to Emmanuel Giuffre from Voiceless about what drives him to work for animals; the role the law can play in change; dairy cows; and much more. 

  • Episode 11: Regulating animals with Jed Goodfellow

    29/08/2015 Duración: 18min

    In this episode of Knowing Animals, Jed Goodfellow, PhD candidate at Macquarie University and RSPCA Australia policy advisor talks about his book chapter 'Regulatory Capture and the Welfare of Farm Animals in Australia' which will appear in the upcoming book 'Animal Welfare Law and Science: International Perspectives' edited by Deborah Cao and Steven White. He explains why Departments of Primary Industries should not be responsible for animal welfare. 

  • Episode 10: Political Animals with Siobhan O'Sullivan

    16/08/2015 Duración: 19min

    In this very special episode of Knowing Animals the podcast Dr. Clare McCausland turns the tables and interviews Dr. Siobhan O'Sullivan from UNSW about her 2011 book 'Animals, Equality and Democracy'. 

  • Episode 9: Liberating animals with Peter Singer

    13/08/2015 Duración: 21min

    In this episode of Knowing Animals we speak to Prof. Peter Singer about his iconic book 'Animals Liberation' (1975) and its legacy. We also discuss how his work has been received and what, if anything, he could have done differently. It's available now, and it's free!

  • Episode 8: Milking other men's beasts with Erica Fudge

    06/08/2015 Duración: 20min

    In this epiosde of Knowing Animals Siobhan O'Sullivan talks to Erica Fudge about her piece 'Milking Other Men's Beasts' from History and Theory 52, pp. 13 - 28. We discover the place of cows in history. 

  • Episode 7: Not looking at animals with Anat Pick

    17/07/2015 Duración: 19min

    In this episode of Knowing Animals Anat Pick talks about her latest work Why not look at animals which appeared in NECSUS, the European Journal of Media Studies in Spring 2015.

  • Episode 6: Human and the Beast with Jeffrey Masson

    14/07/2015 Duración: 25min

    This episode is the official launch of Knowing Animals the podcast. The launch took place at the Animal Publics conference held at the University of Melbourne, in front of a live audience. The episide features best selling author Jeffrey Masson talking about his latest book 'Beasts: what animals can teach us about the origins of good and evil', published by Bloomsbury Press in 2014. 

  • Episode 5: Animal Factories with Yvette Watt

    10/07/2015 Duración: 19min

    In this epiode of Knowing Animals the podcast we talk to Dr. Yvette Watt from the University of Tasmania about her photographic series 'Animal Factories'. To view some of the photos from the series go to the Knowing Animals facebook page; the Dr. Siobhan O'Sullivan facebook page; of the @knowing_animals twitter feed. This episode is free, but your reviews on iTunes are very much apprecaited! 

  • Episode 4: Whips, racehorses and policy change with Paul McGreevy

    22/06/2015 Duración: 31min

    In this epside of Knowing Animals Dr. Paul McGreevy from the University of Sydney talks about his paper ‘Whip use by jockeys in a sample of Australian thoroughbred races – an observational study’ which appeared in PLOS ONE in March 2012. He also talks about his policy work trying to create policy change around the use of whips on racehorses in Australia. 

  • Episode 3: Property Rights for Nonhuman Animals with John Hadley

    10/06/2015 Duración: 27min

    In this episode of Knowing Animals the podcast, Dr. John Hadley from the University of Western Sydney (UWS) talks about his upcoming book 'Animal Property Rights: A Theory of Habitat Rights for Wild Animals' published through Lexington Books.  

  • Episode 2: animal rights, animal welfare and everything in-between with Clare McCausland

    21/05/2015 Duración: 22min

    In this episode of Knowing Animals Dr. Clare McCausland discussed her article 'The Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare are Rights' which appeared in Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics, August 2014, Volume 27, Issue 4, pp 649-662. She argues that we have misunderstood the distinction between animal welfare and animal rights and puts forward the notion of 'welfare rights'. 

  • Episode 1: Locke, Derrida and Violence against Animals with Dinesh Wadiwel

    21/05/2015 Duración: 19min

    In this episode Dr. Dinesh Wadiwel talks about his article: Wadiwel, D. (2014), 'The will for self-preservation: Locke and Derrida on dominion, preservation and animals', SubStance, 134:43, pp. 148 - 161.  What do Locke and Derrida have in common? What is systematic violence against animals? Which thinker influenced Dinesh and what does he think we should do to improve the human/nonhuman relationship?              

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