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Episode 170: “We must try to contribute joy to the world. I didn’t always know this and am happy I lived long enough to find it out.”

By Jasmin and Mariann — April 13, 2013

Welcome to the 170th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Dr. Ray Greek.

iStock_000008537373_ExtraSmallIn today’s episode, we start off by making a very exciting announcement about an honor bestowed upon the Our Hen House podcast this week. We’re gobsmacked, y’all. Somebody pinch us. Then, after we gather ourselves, we’ll squawk about a birthday cake make out of vegetables; why Rose is a genius dog; and how to remain optimistic. We’ll ramble about the annoying vegan couple who made a restaurant cook their pasta for them, and the irksome press veganism got as a result; we’ll chat about why Sara Gilbert discussing her girlfriend on television gives Mariann hope about animal rights; and we’ll ruminate on how it’s just not okay to compare open-heart surgery to animal agriculture.

Joining us today is the brilliant scientist, Dr. Ray Greek, whose extensive work in the field of science-based medical research has led him to be diametrically opposed to research modalities that have been shown to be scientifically invalid – specifically, the use of animals as predictive models. Dr. Greek will debunk commonly-held misperceptions about the so-called “benefit” that animals play in such research, and he’ll explain the alternatives. You won’t want to miss this interview with a modern-day hero to animals, and one of the few scientists and doctors this deeply involved with the issue of vivisection.

ghosts_postcard_final__300wFor our review, we are delighted to give you a first glance into the much-anticipated documentary, The Ghosts In Our Machine, directed by Liz Marshall. You’ve heard about this film for a while, and, finally, it’s getting ready for public consumption. Ghosts follows photographer Jo-Anne McArthur as she documents various forms of animal exploitation around the globe. The movie itself is a piece of art; don’t miss this rare opportunity to get a glimpse into why this film is about to change the world.

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

For a list of the news items we discuss in today episode, and then some, take a look at the breaking news ticker at the top of ourhenhouse.org, and also check out our list of archived news items.

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“We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try. I didn’t always know this and am happy I lived long enough to find it out.” -Roger Ebert

*Photo on previous page, of the cow head, was taken by Jo-Anne McArthur of We Animals, and is part of the poster for The Ghosts In Our Machine.






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  1. April 14, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Thanks for a great interview with Dr. Greek. All good questions and terrific guest!



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