I’m excited to announce that I’ll be giving the keynote address at the 2014 Animal Law Conference, which is coming up in October at Lewis & Clark Law School.
This is the 22nd year of the conference, which has become the most important of its kind within the global animal law community.
I’ll be speaking about ag-gag laws, and fighting back against them.
The conference is nearly fully-booked, so if you haven’t signed up already, please do!
My latest article for Foreign Policy.
Hiking through the Tasmanian wilderness feels like a scene out of Jurassic Park. Overhead are the tallest flowering trees on the planet. Underfoot are so many layers of damp, mossy growth that, without stepping carefully, a boot could crunch right through. The Tasmanian devil lives here, and so do the platypus and wedge-tailed eagle; some Huon pine trees here are more than 2,000 years old. Located at the bottom of the world, Tasmania is a bioregion so unique that it is listed as a World Heritage site by the United Nations for “outstanding universal value.” It satisfies more criteria for that designation than any other World Heritage site on Earth.
But for Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, this remarkable natural legacy isn’t worth protecting. Instead, it should be stripped.
Soon after being elected in September 2013, Abbott started making plans to fulfill his campaign promise of removing some environmental protections on Tasmania’s forest and opening it to industry, specifically logging. In March, he invited loggers to Australia’s Parliament House and told them that members of the country’s Green party were “the devil” and that “the environment is meant for man.” The loggers were thrilled. [click to continue…]
“Will Potter is the author of a book called Green Is the New Red… He’s up here fucking moshing.”
This is the best. Thanks to Greg for sending in this clip from his phone. Can’t wait to see them again this Saturday in Baltimore!
Also, I love the weirdo who for some reason decided to yell out “RIP Howard Zinn” at the end. What a goof.
Oh, and if you’re not already, you should be listening to Chris and Derek’s podcast Escape Velocity.
In “tower defense” style video games, players are usually fighting off marauding armies (or zombies). They’re usually set in medieval times, or on distant planets—not farms.
But Relevant Games has just announced a new twist on the genre, and a biting new commentary on an agriculture industry run amok. [click to continue…]