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Episode 89: “When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.”

By Jasmin and Mariann — September 24, 2011

Welcome to the 89th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Carolyn Merino Mullin from the National Museum of Animals & Society

In today’s episode, we give you our thoughts about a vegan art show we attended, and a workshop that Jasmin co-led for Mercy for Animals entitled “Commonality of Oppression.

Joining us today is Carolyn Merino Mullin, founder and executive director of the National Museum of Animals & Society, which employs traditional museum stratagems in achieving its mission: to enrich the lives of animals and people through exploration of our shared experience. Carolyn will tell us about the role that animal issues play in the museum movement, and will explain the process of bringing her brainchild – this one of a kind museum – to life.

For our review, we’ll give you our take on the latest book by powerhouse Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, The 30-Day Vegan Challenge (buy it here).

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

This week’s news items include:

“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” -John Muir

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(11) Readers Comments

  1. September 24, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    I usually love your podcasts ... but must admit that I'm very disappointed that you both seemed so excited when your "guest" was talking about Nicolette Niman. I didn't know you supported "Happy Meat". Nicolette Niman - a "vegetarian" rancher. Pretty twisted She's supposedly a "vegetarian", yet she exploits and kills animals for a living? Vegans should be OK with this? I think not. "Heritage Turkeys" - "Wow". What's next? Shall we find and celebrate a Vegan Vivisectionist? Very, very Disappointed and frankly feel kind of like I've been hoodwinked. Hope you won't be featuring any more "Happy Meat" lobbyists on your show.

    • September 24, 2011 at 3:02 pm

      I think you misinterpreted. I was impressed by the fact they got someone like her from industry or opposition. I'm SURPRISED that as a regular listener you're not aware of how we feel about this issue since we talk about it so frequently. The fact that I'm pleased that they got the opposition to talk about something doesn't mean I agree with them. Your comment sure was a bit presumptive, especially since all I said was "wow."

      • September 24, 2011 at 3:05 pm

        Just noticed the part about the "Happy Meat" lobbyist.... The fact that somebody invited somebody to talk does not mean they are lobbying for their position.

  2. September 26, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Hi Sarah, Thanks for sharing your concerns. The National Museum of Animals & Society is meant to spark thoughtful conversation about animals in society, and does promote reverence/respect for life and compassionate ethics in advancing healthy, meaningful interconnections with the animal world. I hope you'll take a closer look at our event website and see the spectrum of voices, including HSUS' Paul Shapiro and Vegan.com's Erik Marcus, that will be in attendance, as well as the selection for our film screening: Forks Over Knives. The audience in attendance will be able to deduce for themselves what their ethics have been, could be and should be in light of the information provided at the symposium. On a personal note, I myself am a committed vegan and animal advocate, having been involved in animal protection for 13+ years. But Museums aren't soapboxes. They can be unique and powerful venues that introduce issues and subject matter the average citizen wouldn't normally consider, but should. I'm very excited to reach out to a primarily non-veg crowd with this event, and encourage you to keep tabs on our progress and programming. I think you'd find our Fall Lecture Series partnerships with Kathryn Shevelow and Brett Mizelle of great interest. http://www.museumofanimals.org/symposium/ And thank you, Jasmin, for clarifying things! All the best, Carolyn

  3. October 3, 2011 at 2:17 am

    I just listened to this episode and wanted you both to know that I really enjoyed it and left a review on the Australian iTunes website. Thank-you again for this lively and engaging podcast.

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