Marcia Condoy Truyenque is an Animal Law LLM at Lewis & Clark Law School after receiving a full scholarship from the Center for Animal Law Studies. She is a Peruvian lawyer with work experience in Labor Law and Constitutional Law, and investigative experience in International Law, International Human Rights Law and Animal Law. She has been a Research Fellow at Ankawa International Human Rights Organization, where she also was Director of the Center for Research and Defense of Vulnerable Populations in 2020. Also, she has been the AFADA Argentina Organization’s Peru correspondent until February 2022. Currently, she directs the Animal Law area of Preston+ Law Firm, the first law firm in Peru with a specialized area in this matter. Her research focuses on labor rights for animals, animal dignity, and the relationship between human rights and animal rights. Since 2021, she is part of the working group of the Convention on Animal Protection (CAP), a draft treaty based on the One Health approach to prevent future pandemics.
Jerico Fiestas Flores is a peruvian PhD Candidate in agricultural and resource economics at the University of Alberta (Canada). His research focuses on the economics of land and water reclamation, as well as animal welfare and food security. He is a bachelor in Economics by the Pacific University (Peru) and a MSc. in Ecological Economics by the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain). He has experience working in public institutions and non-profit organizations in Latin America, North America and Europe.
Pablo P. Castelló Junior Fellow of the Animals and Biodiversity programme, Global Research Network. Matthew Calarco is a continental and animal philosopher who has lived veganism as a set of daily practices for over three decades. His work has decisively influenced the field of critical animal studies and animal philosophy, and inspired the work of many scholars in those fields. Calarco is a grounded philosopher in that he stresses the importance of being attentive to the ecologies of our neighbourhoods and towns, how we constitute and are constituted by these ecological relations, and the environment more generally. He has coined the term “indistinction,” which is a concept that seeks to open spaces where the lines between humans and the more than human world blur. He contends that indistinction should contribute to changing human-animal relationships, and enable more just ways to live with, relate to and be with others. In this interview, Calarco will discuss some of his most important and ground-breaking ideas: he challenges the argument that speciesism is a key axis to discriminate against animals, and argues that we should not be led to practice veganism by creating sacred sites in which humans and some animals appear as inedible, but rather think of human and non-human animals as being meaty, that is, edible and vulnerable embodied mortals. This interview happened through correspondence in the Summer of 2021. Pablo P. Castelló (PPC): Can you tell us a bit about yourself? Where are you based and where were you raised? What was the political culture around you like? And how did you end up in the field of animal philosophy? Matthew Calarco (MC): I currently live in Aliso Viejo, California in the United States and teach philosophy at California State University, Fullerton. I was born and raised just down the road from here in Escondido. The city of Escondido was fairly conservative when I was growing up (and still is), and I attended Christian school up until middle school. So, I was surrounded for many years by strongly conservative people and institutions; oddly enough, though, those values and worldview never really appealed to me or formed me in any deep way. I became critical of religion at a fairly young age, and I always had a taste for the “outside”—by which I mean not just the outdoors (which I did love) but also alternative cultures, music, and ways of life. I was deeply immersed in hip hop culture and DJing all through my teen years and twenties, and my experiences in those circles were deeply formative for me. Even though I eventually left the music and DJing scene, the values and ideals of indie hip hop and related musical cultures remain important to me. In terms of animal philosophy and my interest in those topics, those things too began fairly early in my life. Before I entered high school, my family adopted a vegetarian diet largely for health reasons; but as we became more informed about animal issues, the commitment…
Animal Photojournalism: An Interview with Jo-Anne McArthur and Keith Wilson
Cebuan is a PhD candidate at Radboud University, the Netherlands, within the Environmental Governance and Politics Group. Her interdisciplinary research explains the synergies and trade-offs between animal and biodiversity governance systems using an Integrative Governance framework. In particular, she is researching topics in conservation where there are conflicts between protecting the interests of individual animals and those of species: ‘Invasive Alien’ Species, non-subsistence hunting and species ‘management’, and rewilding. These topics relate to themes on non-human agency, multi/inter-species justice and transformative governance. Cebuan obtained an MSc in Global Environmental Governance from Vrije University, Amsterdam, and a BA in Politics from Durham University in the UK.