Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Talking Animal Rights with Farmers

This morning I was on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Radio National's program 'Bush Telegraph'. You can listen to the interview online here: http://www.abc.net.au/rural/telegraph/content/2012/s3436609.htm.

Bush Telegraph focuses on rural issues and I was speaking in advance of my book launch this evening http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?pid=393597.

I am being increasingly asked to speak to agricultural interests and it makes we wonder about the value of doing so. Are farmers really interested in animal issues? Am I betraying animals by speaking to farmers? Do I have to moderate my message to meet the audience? Am I morally obliged to speak to farmers? Do my words have an impact?

I felt the interview went well. But so far I have only had feedback from sympathetic listeners. I will be very interested to hear what rural listeners thought of what I had to say. I will also be very interested to hear whether farmers buy and read my book. You never know!

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