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ARZone Intersectionality Interview 19 – Casey Taft and Jay Shooster

ARZone Intersectionality Interview 19 – Casey Taft and Jay Shooster

2016-12-13 
| by Carolyn Bailey | Posted in Vlog

ARZone recently hosted an online debate with Dr. Casey Taft, Clinical Psychiatrist and co-founder of Vegan Publishers, and Jay Shooster, Masiyiwa Bernstein Fellow at the Centre for Human Rights and Global Justice at New York University School of Law.  

 

 

The purpose of this discussion was to address some of the issues associated with the “Effective Altruist” community in terms of animal advocacy, and how this group fits into, or *if* they fit into the animal rights movement. 

 

Jay, who identifies as an “effective altruist” spoke about some of the misconceptions about his group, whilst acknowledging that there are real concerns in regard to privilege and “whiteness” in the EA community. Casey addressed the issue of research – which the EA group pride themselves on being based on. Casey and Jay both agreed that there are definite problems with some of the research, but there was certainly disagreement on many issues as well. 

 

This debate is a spirited discussion, but remained respectful and friendly with both Casey and Jay acknowledging that the other were genuinely working on what they believe is the most “effective” way forward for other animals. 

 

Ever wondered what really is “effective”, without all of the rhetoric and biases of some groups with their own agendas? This debate may help you cut through some of the rubbish that we so often see floating around about who is “effective” and who is not. 

 

Visit this webpage to subscribe using iTunes, and please remember to visit the podcast page to view a complete listing of all ARZone podcasts.

 

More about the speakers

Casey Taft

Casey Taft, Ph. D., a Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine, is an internationally recognized researcher in the areas of trauma and the family, winning prestigious awards for his work in this area. He has published over 100 journal articles, book chapters, and scientific reports, and has consulted with the United Nations on preventing violence and abuse globally. He sees the prevention of violence towards other animals as a natural extension of this work and is also the co-owner of Vegan Publishers.

 

Jay Shooster

Jay Shooster, JD, is a Masiyiwa-Bernstein Fellow at the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at the New York University School of Law, where he serves as an associate editor for Just Security, a leading publication on national security, civil liberties, and human rights law. He holds a law degree from NYU and a Bachelor’s in Philosophy and Political Science from the University of Florida. Jay has worked at a host of leading human and animal rights organizations including the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the Open Society Justice Initiative, and the Nonhuman Rights Project. Currently, he serves on the Direct Action Everywhere legal working group and as an organizer for NYC United for Animals.

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