Book Launch: Gonzalo Villanueva's 'A Transnational History of the Australian Animal Movement'

The Human Rights and Animal Ethics Research Network is pleased to announce that it will host the launch for Gonzalo Villanueva's new book A Transnational History of the Australian Animal Movement, 1970-2015, Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.

Professor Barbara Creed will act as MC for the evening and will introduce Professor Peter Singer and Glenys Oogjes.

Monday, 19 March 2018, 6.30pm-7.45pm
The University of Melbourne

This book offers the first transnational historical study of the creation, contention and consequences of the Australian animal movement. Largely inspired by Peter Singer and his 1975 book Animal Liberation, a new wave of animal activism emerged in Australia and across the world. In an effort to draw public and media attention to the plight of animals, such as the rearing of pigs and poultry in factory farms and the export of live animals to the Middle East and South East Asia, Australian activists were often innovative and provocative in how they made their claims. Through lobbying, disruptive methods, and vegan activism, the animal movement consistently contested the politics and culture of how animals were used and exploited. Australians not only observed and learnt from people and events overseas, but also played significant international roles. This book examines the complex and conflicting consequences of the animal movement for Australian politics, as well as its influence on broader social change.

Gonzalo Villanueva is a Gilbert Postdoctoral Career Development Fellow at the University of Melbourne. In 2016, he completed his PhD in history at the University of Melbourne.

Professor Peter Singer is Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University. Since 2005, he has combined this position with that of Laureate Professor at the University of Melbourne. He is also the co-founder of The Life You Can Save, a nonprofit devoted to spreading his ideas about why we should be doing much more to improve the lives of people living in extreme poverty.

Glenys Oogjes is the CEO of Animals Australia, one of the countr's foremost animal protection organisations. Animals Australia has an unprecedented track record in investigating and exposing animal cruelty and for conducting public awareness campaigns.

Admission is free. Bookings are required. Seating is limited.

For further information please contact: Dr Lynn Mowson