On the FM airwaves on July 12th, we heard Part Two of my recent interview with Roger Yates. You can listen to the entire interview by clicking on "Listen Now" near the top of the page. *** This week, we’ll be listening to Part Two of my sixth interview with the vegan sociologist Roger Yates, PhD, who has been a vegan for more than four decades. Roger’s 2005 PhD dissertation focused on the social construction of speciesism. In the 1980's, he was a Press Officer for the Animal Liberation Front, and he is currently the organizing volunteer for the Vegan Information Project, a group which he co-founded in Ireland in 2013. He also has a blog, social media, and YouTube channel, where he advocates for veganism and animal rights from an abolitionist perspective. In Part Two of this interview, Roger speaks how the vegan movement has changed over the past few decades, and he provides a sociological perspective on why some people become “ex-vegans”. He describes about the radical vision of veganism, why capitalism is not in alignment with the vegan ethic, and the insights we might glean from the McLibel trial of the 1990’s. Additionally, Roger gives his advice for people who are interested in getting involved in vegan animal rights activism, emphasizing the need to challenge cultural speciesism as we work towards a vegan world.
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