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Episode 82: “If the times aren’t ripe, you have to ripen the times.”

By Jasmin and Mariann — August 06, 2011

Welcome to the 82nd episode of Our Hen House, featuring Farm Sanctuary‘s National Shelter Director, Susie Coston. 

In today’s episode, we tell you about our vegan happenings back here in New York City, including a frolic uptown to check out Ayurveda Café (where we met the Shannons), then on to see an old Molly Ringwald movie. We’ll also discuss the importance of recognizing the difference between vegan potlucks and vegan outreach. And we’ll give you our take on how to approach people who say the incredibly annoying – yet all too common – sentence, “Oh, but I buy my meat locally…”

Joining us today is Susie Coston, Farm Sanctuary’s National Shelter Director. Susie, who is one of our heroes and soon to be one of yours (if she’s not already), will talk about everything from the importance of the sanctuary movement, to stories of animals in her life who have touched her beyond words. Trust us: You won’t want to miss her heartfelt insights.

“Pack of Two” by Caroline Knapp

For our review, our Hollywood correspondent Ari Solomon will give us the skinny on the book, Pack of Two: The Intricate Bond Between People and Dogs, by Caroline Knapp.

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

This week’s news items include:

“If the times aren’t ripe, you have to ripen the times.” -Dorothy Height, social activist and educator
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Photo at top of blog: Farm Sanctuary Shelter Director Susie Coston holds long-time resident Bron as he is being euthanized, 2006. Photo by Jo-Anne McArthur of We Animals

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(3) Readers Comments

  1. December 17, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    Making my way through your podcast archives and wish I'd had a heads up that this would be a tear jerker. I pulled in the gas station to get gas as I was listening to Susie's story about having to let go of her pig friend, who was now too scared of her to have her in the room. My heart broke at her profound love and ability to put her friend's needs ahead of her own and I was a mess. The poor station attendant didn't know how to react as I handed him my credit card. Poor guy.Beautiful podcast.

    • Jasmin Singer
      December 18, 2012 at 12:44 am

      Oh I'm sorry!! This has definitely happened to each of us at some point, though, so at least you're not alone with feeling randomly overwhelmed with emotion. I'm sending you a big hug. And Susie is incredibly inspiring. She gives me hope, as do the animal ambassadors at sanctuaries. So hold onto that with all you've got. xo j

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