In today’s episode, Mariann and I chat about a food writer’s internal battle to go vegan; we’ll give you the skinny on our experiences speaking at last week’s NYC VegFest; and we’ll tell you about a listener’s concern regarding a product we recently squawked about on the show. (In that context, see why Nestlé is the target of a boycott because it “contributes to the unnecessary death and suffering of infants around the world”; how Nestlé allows chocolate slavery; and how it continues animal testing.)
There’s lots of “Rising Anxieties” to report today, too, including everything from why Nicolette Hahn Niman wants us to “Support Our Local Slaughterhouse,” to why our recent trip to Chipotle had us snapping photos of their signage.
Joining us today is Paul Shapiro, the Vice President of Farm Animal Protection for the Humane Society of the United States. Paul will let us in on the latest numbers of farmed animals killed annually (there’s reason to hope, y’all!), and he will discuss some hopeful trends with people deciding to ditch the meat.
All that, vegan banter, and — of course — current events from the world of animal rights.
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