From modest beginnings as a podcast and blog four years ago, to our evolution to a nonprofit organization with an online magazine, and, not only a podcast, but, soon, a TV Show, Our Hen House has continued to grow our scope and flock … and we have no intentions of stopping! After all, our growth is a testament to the growth of the movement to change the world for animals. That’s why we’re thrilled to announce the launch of our latest endeavor: an eBook publishing arm that we’re calling Hen Press.
Our goal with Hen Press will be to bring you the animal rights-related books and essays that you have dreamed of reading, but that mainstream publishers have missed out on. Thought-provoking, eye-opening, and inspiring, the works released by Hen Press will have the power to truly transform human conceptions of non-human others — and to therefore change the world for animals! Hen Press publishes both fiction and non-fiction, and its works can be purchased through Amazon, iBooks, and Barnes & Noble.
Hen Press’ first publication, a short eBook written by civil engineer Sangamithra Iyer (who was interviewed on the most recent episode of the Our Hen House podcast — #215), is entitled The Lines We Draw. A story about boundaries — physical, biological, and ethical — it evolved out of a conversation with the late Dr. Alfred Prince, a hepatitis researcher, about the use of chimpanzees in medical research, and expanded into a larger discussion about ethics. Prince left New York University’s Laboratory for Experimental Medicine and Surgery in Primates (LEMSIP) in the 1970s to establish New York Blood Center’s chimpanzee research colony in Liberia. The story weaves various threads and makes connections among logging, the Liberian Civil War, and vivisection. Chimpanzees are slowly being phased out of research in the United States, and the New York Blood Center has ceased testing in Liberia, but questions remain about the fate of laboratory chimpanzees.
By shedding light on the psychological impacts on both the chimpanzee victims of vivisection and those who experiment on them, Iyer has found her way to change the world for animals. We hope that her work inspires you to do the same.
You can purchase and download The Lines We Draw, on Amazon, iBooks, and Barnes & Noble. Our Hen House flock members will receive an electronic copy of the book for free! Stay tuned for details (and join the flock if you’re not already a member).
The Lines We Draw is one of what we hope will be many Hen Press publications to come. With a growing number of individuals experiencing a shift in consciousness regarding animals, stories that tell of revolutionary human-animal relations are needed more than ever. Hen Press can bring them to you!