We love hearing from fellow animal advocates in different parts of the world, and this week we are thrilled to welcome Linda Ncube for an exceptional conversation about animal activism in rural Zimbabwe. Linda is the founder of Humane Africa Trust, a nonprofit dedicated to creating a “compassionate, healthy, and just environment” for animals. She joins us to explain how she’s educating her surrounding communities on the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle as well as the importance of caring for all animals. A devout Seventh-day Adventist, Linda shares how her faith impacts her relationship with animals and guides her advocacy work. Plus, we get into the current state of factory farming in Zimbabwe, how colonialism has changed the traditional Zimbabwean diet, and how Linda teaches children to respect and care for animals.
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Founder & Executive Director of Humane Africa Trust, Linda Ncube, is an animal lover advocating for the welfare of animals in Lupane, Zimbabwe. Humane Africa Trust is a non-profit organization with the mission of creating a better world for all animals. Her love for animals and Christian background makes her want to see human and non-human animals coexist perfectly as God’s creations. Linda is also an advocate for plant-based education and teaching communities about the benefits of eating plant-based. She is a devout member of the Seventh Day Adventist church and holds a diploma in Development Studies, Bachelor’s Degree, and a Master’s Degree in Local Governance Studies. She lives with her three human kids and four non-human kids (two dogs, Fender & Copper, and two cats, Kiratile & Jelly B Precise). A day well spent in her life is when she gives service to any non-human animal.
“It’s not that people are resistant to making new connections to animals, but people need to be taught.”
– Linda Ncube
Highlights for Episode 679:
- Linda’s vegan advocacy work
- Why people in Linda’s community are more likely to try a plant-based diet through concern for their health than concern for animals
- How the traditional diet in Zimbabwe changed during the colonial period and whether people are now more likely to incorporate animal products into their meals
- How Linda approaches teaching children about respecting and caring for animals
- The current promotion of factory farming in Zimbabwe and how it is changing the agricultural landscape
- Details of the work Linda does to bring awareness of the welfare of cats, dogs, and wild animals
- THE FIRST, Vegan Women, Fiction Authors, Round Table
- NYWBA’s Animal Law Committee presents a CLE Program: Activist Defense: What Happens When Doing the Right Thing Can Land You in Jail?
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