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What are the connections between animal liberation and disability liberation?

Portrait by Erik McGregor


On this edition of Your Call, writer, artist, and activist Sunaura Taylor discusses her new book, Beasts of Burden: Animal and Disability Liberation.



Sunaura Taylor was six when she first learned that animals are mistreated. When she was 21, she realized the same thing about disabled people. The book prompts us to think deeply about what divides the human from the animal, the disabled from the nondisabled, and what it might mean to break down those divisions. How can we change the way we think about animals and disability?



Sunaura Taylor, artist, activist, and author of Beasts of Burden: Animal and Disability Liberation

Web Resources:

The New Yorker: Are Disability Rights and Animal Rights Connected?

The Baffler: After the Ugly Laws

Mother Jones: Trump’s USDA Wants to Make Pork Processing Faster—And More Dangerous

Food Empowerment Project


Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.