For the final vidchat we’re going right back to the beginning. James Serpell appeared in the first episode to talk about the ideas that hunter-gatherers hold about animals, including hints of guilt over killing them.
We’re also joined by Nicholas Baker-Brian, the historian of religion in the ancient world who told us about the Manichaeans. Their lost order of the “elect” maintained a vegan diet and persisted throughout the middle ages.
Why you should hear the epic backstory to today’s vegan movement. Trailer (2 mins).
VegHist Ep 15: Liberation. Veganism, hippies, and the animal rights movement. With Sam Calvert and Maneka Gandhi; at London, Cambridge, and Bangalore
How has western vegetarianism risen, within living memory, from fringe to mainstream choice? And how has veganism gone from nowhere to everywhere?
Episode 15: Liberation
This final episode recounts the growth of veganism, vegetarianism, and the modern animal advocacy movement.
Ian treads in the footsteps of the handful of pioneers who set up the vegan movement in the 1940s, and meets a life vegan born in 1951.
He investigates the sixties counterculture that combined the philosophy of ethics, activism, and new ways of living and working, visiting one of Britain’s first vegetarian wholefood co-operatives.
And as vegetarian and vegan movements increasingly link up around the world, he looks at developments in China and India. In New Delhi, he meets the vegan politician who is also the most prominent animal advocate in the world’s largest democracy.