Humans and Other Animals


In an article recently published by The Guardian, it is predicted that by 2050 the world will contain another 120 million tonnes of humans…and another 400 million tonnes of farm animals. Animals are here – they are everywhere – even if we don’t see them; but what might this unprecedented growth mean for both humans and non-humans alike?

Join us as we talk with Howard Nye, a philosophy professor whose work revolves around the ethics of human relationships with our non-human counterparts.

That’s right, this week on Terra Informa, we’re interested in tackling some big philosophical questions:  How do reason and/or emotion dictate how we ought to treat animals? What is veganism? What are the parameters of vegan ethics?  What will we have for lunch?

Okay, maybe not the last one…but maybe in the follow-up.

Download episode here.

For more information about topics in this episode, you can read about the Critical Animal Studies blog quoted in the interview, A Critique of Consumption-Centered Veganism, and you can read about the population crisis of farm animals.


What’s Happening

  1. On February 27th, listeners in Vancouver attend Seedy Sunday where you can swap seeds for the upcoming gardening season, attend lectures on worm composting, seed saving and other topics, and participate in the used book and magazine sale. Seedy Sunday takes place from 10-4 at the Van Dusen Botanical Garden. Entry is by donation and parking is free. In fact, Seedy Sunday events are happening all over Canada this weekend. Visit to find one near you.
  2. For listeners in Edmonton, Swing N Skate is happening every Sunday in February at City Hall from 1-4pm. Spend some time skating outside in the beautiful weather and then head inside to warm up and dance to Dave Babcock and His Jump Orchestra. For more information, visit the Edmonton Arts Council’s event page on Facebook.
  3. If you’re in Whitehorse and you have ideas about how to divert garbage from the landfill, you should sign up for the Zero Waste Hackathon happening March 1st to 4th! When you sign up in a team of 4 or less, you’ll receive 250$ for supplies and materials to create an innovative solution to this ongoing problem. For more information, visit the Zero Waste Yukon event page on Facebook.
  4. Do you live in St. Catharines and want to show off your smartphone photography skills? You can participate in the 3rd Annual Walk STC Your Downtown Photo Competition and have your photos hang in the Mahtay Cafe at 241 St. Paul Street from May 1 to 31. For more information on how you can share your photos on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, visit the Walk STC event page on Facebook.

Credit for the image to Fujoshi


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