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Episode 119: “Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”

By Jasmin and Mariann — April 21, 2012

Welcome to the 119th episode of Our Hen House, featuring the undercover investigator, “Pete,” with special appearances by Kaitlyn Miklinevich (of Tie Dye Files) and Drew Wilson (of VegWorcester). 

In today’s episode, we discuss the recent story of the cow dubbed “Moo-dini” who escaped from slaughter, and the important role that escapees play in our movement. We will also give you our thoughts on the unfortunate quote-unquote “animal welfare” video produced by a huge restaurant chain. We’ll make you jealous with our banter about the new Café Blossom, this one on Carmine Street here in New York City, where we ate this past week, and we’ll give you the low-down on Jasmin’s performance in Mortified. We’ll also share with you our amazing experiences last weekend, where we spoke at the Worcester VegFest, and we’ll chat with organizers Drew Wilson and Kaitlyn Miklinevich about what it takes to put such an event together.

Joining us for our feature interview is “Pete,” the undercover investigator responsible for the undercover work that led to the film “Death on a Factory Farm,” as well as the HBO documentary, “Dealing Dogs,” not to mention countless other investigations into kennels selling animals to research, as well as puppy mills, factory farms, and slaughterhouses. Pete will give us a glimpse into this mind-blowing work, and he’ll tell us what it takes to become an investigator. You absolutely won’t want to miss this interview with a true unsung hero.

For our review, Our Hen House’s reviewer, Ari Solomon, will give you his thoughts on the book, One Good Dog, by Susan Wilson. Listen to Ari’s insightful take, and then order yourself this engrossing novel.

All that, vegan banter, and of course, current events from the world of animal rights.

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“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” -St. Francis of Assisi 


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  1. April 25, 2012 at 7:24 am

    You can work to support veganism without resorting to oversimplified and unsupported narratives. Your story here on the escapee cows is really anti-scientific, contrary to your claims, all available evidence points to cows having no conception of death, as I point to in my blog. Cows escape because because of weird new environments, sounds and sights (though we KNOW the sights of dead and slaughtered cows do NOT influence cattle)......If, rather than slaughter, that cow had to walk through the poorly planned chute at the slaughter plant just to get to the sanctuary, he still would have escaped....it's the environment, NOT the slaughter. You have real power here in your media work, please wield it responsibly :)

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