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Episode 189: “Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.”

By Jasmin and Mariann — August 24, 2013

MV5BMTYzNjY2OTYzM15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNzM2Njg0Mw@@._V1._SX214_CR0,0,214,314_Welcome to the 189th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Emily Deschanel [transcript], with a review by Bianca Phillips.

On today’s episode, we talk about taptivism, the sadness, and cuteness, inherent in bulldog puppies, and our identity crisis. We’ll also entertain you with the latest in a hopeful segment we like to call, “Rising Anxieties.”

Joining us today is Emily Deschanel, the star of the hit TV show “Bones,” now in its 9th season on Fox. Emily will chat with us about what it’s like to celebrate her 20 year veganversary, including how the world has changed since she first ditched animal products. She’ll also talk about how she gets animal rights messages onto “Bones,” how her co-workers have reacted to her veganism, and she’ll even let us in on some things to expect this coming season. Emily will walk us through a day of her favorite food. We’ll also ruminate about fair-trade chocolate, being normal, childhood memories, and honeymoons. Don’t miss this interview with one of our favorite actors of all time.

TheTexasChainSawMassacre-posterFor our review, we are excited to welcome Bianca Phillips, from “Vegan Crunk,” who will give us her take on the original version of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre – from, get this, an animal rights perspective. (Yep.)

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’s episode, and then some, take a look at the breaking news ticker at the top of the page, and also check out our list of archived news items.

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“Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.” -Edmund Burke


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  1. August 24, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    I think calling people who have purebred dogs "selfish assholes" makes you a pretentious asshole yourself. Yes, there are plenty of shelter dogs that need homes. However, if dog/pet owners were more responsible in the first place and spayed/neutered their animals (or monitored them more closely), we wouldn't have so many poor, homeless animals in the first place. There is nothing wrong with someone wanting a dog that has been raised by a respectable breeder who breeds for the good of the breed (health, temper, intelligence, etc.), in a good environment, who has a healthy bloodline. Not everyone can afford to rescue a stray (emotionally or financially). I have had both, however. The people you should be labeling "selfish assholes" are the owners who are too careless to make sure their dogs don't produce mixed puppies (and who don't make sure those puppies are placed in loving homes), and those who decide to breed purebreds just for fun or for mass profit (puppy mills) - those who don't care about the animals' well-being at all. Stop pissing on owners of purebreds and start blaming those who are truly responsible. JMHO.

  2. August 25, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Thank you Our Hen House for calling people who breed animals and those who support them selfish assholes.As you said Marianne,it is all about the breeders and buyers,not the animals themselves.Dominating,owning,controlling,exploiting,killing etc other animals(or humans) is obviously not love.A so called responsible breeder (oxymoron) decides when a dog will get pregnant,by whom and for what outcome.They also plan to sterilize the pups-kittens etc or at least those whom they do not see fit for more breeding.The times I have taken dogs in for sterilsation have been extremely sad days.I did it because I knew it had to be done but it is DEFINATELY not something to be taken lightly or intentionally and done planned in advance by breeders!!!.Do people not see what we are doing to these sentient beings??? I have seen far too many animals suffering in shelters etc.8 million dogs and cats etc end up in shelters across the US each year yet selfish asshole breeders continue to breed.If they really loved animals they would help the shelters instead.Also,remember that dogs,for example,are the exploited slave ancestors of wolves (who are at risk of extinction) who live(d) freely in their natural environments and on their own terms in packs with family etc.Domestic animals are 100% at the mercy of their guardians.There is much more to this like the food that most people feed their companion animals that is made from other tortured and murdered animals.Sadly,animals will continue to be slaughtered for years to come because of all of this selfishness,exploitation and ignorance.Adopt,don't shop or YOU ARE a selfish (or at the very least ignorant) ASSHOLE!!

  3. August 25, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    If people don't wish to neuter or spay their animals, then they should be responsible enough to keep them away from other intact animals. This is exactly why so many animals are in shelters - careless owners - not breeders. And as far as dogs being descendants of wolves and how they eat the meat of other animals just because that's what their owners feed them - I've got news for you: they would still be eating meat in the wild - and it wouldn't be pretty, either. And the majority of pet owners cherish their pets. Obviously, there is more ignorance on your side.

    • August 26, 2013 at 12:10 pm

      I have bad news for you bb83, because in the pet shelter at the town I live in, a lot of dogs come from breeders! They are badly taken care off and almost never know how to behave themselves around other animals. Often these are the saddest cases they see in the pet shelter. So no, it's not always careless owners. But I'm not saying that it's always the breeders' fault. And really, are you talking about "eating meat in the wild" and that this wouldn't be pretty on a vegan blog? That comment is so old, we know animals eat meat in the wild. But we can make the decision not to and the same goes for our dogs.

  4. August 26, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    bb83,the so called responsible breeders and the puppy mills and the people you describe are all responsible.animals must cease to be considered property and exploitation must be abolished.humans neeed to learn what true love is and stop wanting to own and exploit animals.

  5. August 29, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Buying pure-bred dogs turned out to be the catalyst in our family's decision to go vegan. But if you saw us walking with our dogs down the street, I guess you'd just see a bunch of "selfish assholes." Don't be so quick to judge - you don't know everyone's story on first glance.

  6. August 30, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Really great podcast this week! Mariann, sometimes I'm convinced that we're the same person. (As a side note, I'm still a Woody Allen fan. While yes, the Soon-Yi thing was shocking at first, they have been married for 20 years now. I think their relationship has stood the test of time.)

  7. August 31, 2013 at 11:27 am

    I have to say that I agree with the sentiment that people who do buy 'pure-breed' dogs are assholes but mainly for the fact that there are many 'pure-breed' dogs in shelters who need loving homes. My Boxer dog is a pure-breed but he's also a rescue dog who was sentence to death until he was rescued by a Boxer Rescue Group who saved him a day before he was due to be put to sleep. He had been abandoned on the streets by his owners who had him micro-chipped but for whatever reason didn't want him (maybe they didn't realize what hard work a young Boxer would be) Max is the love of my life he sleeps next to me every night on my bed with our rescue cat as well (they have a very special bond) I loved Emily's interview it was very touching to hear how she became vegan and her bits of advice are the same I've been giving people for the last 3 years! (I've been vegan just over 4 years now) Also I loved Bianca's review of Texas Chainsaw Massacre I have seen ALL of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre films the 1974 original the 1986 sequel TCM2 (which after watching if I wasn't already vegan I certainly would be, or at the very least have gone vegetarian after watching that film) The 1990 TCM3 had lost all AR messages and was just a weird film but entertaining film. The 1994 film was just stupid it had lost all of what made TCM epic and was just very, very 90's anyone remember the Buffy the Vampire Film done in '93? yeah it was that cheezy. The 2003 TCM was a remake of the original but it lost almost all of what made the first original TCM a great (if somewhat dated) film it lost the great AR moments we had in the first film (although we did have a small amount of time where Jessica Biel's character is running though an 'modern' slaughterhouse (tbh the slaughterhouse was too new for it to be one from the 1970's which was when this film was based) I also watched TCM The Beginning in 2006 which had a fairly strong (but shuttle) AR message with an old slaughterhouse being used (which fit in better imho) as well as other little things in the film. I also watched TCM 3D the 2013 film which had some AR moments (my only niggle with the film was that the 'old slaughterhouse' was a little too modern and clean for having been out of use for over 30 years. I'd also like to point out that Sally & Franklin were going to their Grandfather's house (which happened to be a field over from the Sawyer house ;) )

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