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Wednesday January 13th, 2021 with Carolyn
This week, Gülce Özen Gürkan discusses the abolitionist vegan movement in Turkey and the importance of veganism being a grassroots movement rather than one dominated by corporate charities. We also listen to her song, "My Vegan Friend".

Recently I have been reading the work of Gary L. Francione and Anna Charlton, and I've decided to switch the focus of my show to be specifically about the Abolitionist Approach to Animal Rights. So, with that in mind, I am pleased to present my interview with this week's guest. This week's episode features my interview with Gülce Özen Gürkan, who is doing some incredible work to spread the Abolitionist vegan message in Turkey. Gülce has been educating non-vegans and non-abolitionist vegans about abolitionist veganism in public places and online for several years. In addition to doing vegan tabling, hosting vegan picnics and potlucks, hosting online events, and meeting with vegans to tell them about the Abolitionist Approach, she has created a number of songs to promote the Abolitionist Approach to Animal Rights. In this interview, Gülce speaks about this advocacy work and the vegan movement in Turkey. We also discuss why we should advocate for veganism instead of welfare reforms or single-issue campaigns, why corporate animal charities are counterproductive to the animal rights cause, why she now makes videos to accompany her animal rights songs, and why she decided not to attend VegFest UK in Brighton to perform her songs. She tells me that, since she and her partner started doing abolitionist advocacy, the number of vegans in Turkey has grown from about 20 vegans to several thousands of vegans, and many vegans in Turkey are now promoting the Abolitionist Approach. At the end of the show we will hear Gülce's song "My Vegan Friend", which is about Principle Three of the Abolitionist Approach to Animal Rights. It's a very interesting episode, and I hope you'll listen in! :) Links Abolitionist Approach: Gülce's music: Abolisyonist Vegan Hareket (Abolitionist Vegan Movement in Turkey):
My Vegan Friend
Gülce Özen Gürkan - Six Songs for the Six Principles of the Abolitionist Approach
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